WWU Web Design Class Extends Learning, Helps Local Businesses

Each semester William Woods University’s website development
students work with businesses and organizations to construct promotional
websites.

The class, which has been offered since 1999, has created websites
for many entities – as close as a few blocks away and as far as Sweden, the
Bahamas and London.

Dr. Linda Davis and Murphy Tetley, management information
systems faculty, offer the course for students interested in learning the
basics of website development. Approximately 500 students have completed the
course over the years, creating websites for an equal number of businesses and
organizations.
 
At the beginning of the semester, each student chooses a
particular business or organization in need of a website. Students work to
create a website for the chosen client, a class project that stretches beyond
the classroom.
 
 “Students are not only
learning to design and develop a website for a business, but they are learning
to work with clients,” Davis explained. 
“This provides a valuable link on their resume as a reference and as a
project showing real-world expertise.”
 
Katie TerMeer, a May graduate who lives in Tebbetts, Mo., but
is originally from Covert, Mich., combined her love of dance with her class assignment
and produced a website for Dance Ovations Dance Company of Fulton. She worked
with Adrienne Branson, Dance Ovations owner and adjunct dance instructor at
WWU.
 
“I really enjoyed working on this project because it not
only allowed me to be creative and artistic, but it allowed me to showcase
something great,” TerMeer said. “All the members of Dance Ovations, including
myself, work very hard to do what we love, and I am glad that I
could develop a website that would showcase our talent.”

She added, “I never would have been able to do it if it
weren’t for Adrienne Branson, who supplied me with all the necessary materials,
and Murphy Tetley, who taught me how to put it all together.”
 
Erin Crooks, a senior from Clinton, Mo., took the class
during spring semester and created a website for Maplewood Farm, which is located between Fulton and Kingdom City.

Crooks has worked there for three years, so she was familiar enough with the “client” to actually write the copy for the website, as well as design it.

“I loved the class,” she said. “It was really fun to make the website and have something to show, something to be proud of. Having that skill on my resume will attract employers and make me more marketable for any job.”