Communicating in Cyberspace OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Bachelor Level Digital Communication Course

Published Apr 15, 2009

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Get tips on how to design an effective website and to effectively use digital interactive media with this OpenCourseWare from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 'Communicating in Cyberspace' contains information on creating websites that engage readers while remaining simple and easy to use. This course was originally offered through the Department of Writing and Humanistic Studies at MIT.

Communicating in Cyberspace: Course Specifics

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Communicating in Cyberspace: Course Description

The design of a website is almost as important as its content. If the reader finds a site confusing or difficult to navigate, he or she won't stay to explore it. This OpenCourseWare from MIT Professor Edward Barrett offers advice on designing a website that is informative and entertaining. The readings discuss many elements a web designer must keep in mind when building a site, including the project's goal and the intended audience. The readings also include tips on graphic design techniques. The related resources section of this course includes examples of good and bad web design along with links to guidelines for web content.

Readings, links to sites with further study material and list of helpful books for web designers, are available free online. To find these materials, visit the website design course page.

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