Adapting Your Seminar Essay for the Web

When you adapt your seminar project for the web, you’ll need to think about how to translate your ideas for a new context and audience. That will mean the following:

  • Devising a structure that works well for the web, probably including main page and a series of main pages–or including a single page with a table of contents built of live links that take you to various sections on that page and subheadings for each of those sections. See U Mass Dartmouth’s suggestions for “Writing for the Web.”
  • Adapting your prose style so that it captures complex and nuanced ideas in ways that will be easy for online readers to digest.
  • Including some combination of video, images, links, and sound files–with the intent that these will do new kinds of rhetorical work, that they will help you communicate in ways that you couldn’t in a traditional essay.
  • Considering questions about copyright and fair use when it comes to images, video, and sound files. See the “Copyright and Fair” use links on the right side of this page for discussion of these questions. For links to material in the public domain or made available through a Creative Commons license, see The Educators Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons.
  • Deciding whether to stick with the motive and thesis that govern your essay or to revise these somewhat for the new format.

As you know, we’ll be using the Goodspace theme to build our site. We’ll come up with a title together. You will propose titles for the menus that represent the categories that structure the site. Each writing group will be responsible for the contents of one of these categories. You will propose suggestions for design and layout–though we don’t have infinite flexibility with these. Here’s the link to the front page for our site:

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