Filtering and Writing Emails

Filtering Emails

I decided to go with the filter Digest. Students are sent daily emails of the digestlist. The digest is informative of things going on around campus and gives the latest news involving USA. It is great to see what events are coming up and what is happening around campus. Unfortunately, with all the emails about multiple things coming in, the digestlist can get mixed in with all of it and overlooked. Making this filter, ensures that I know exactly where each digestlist will be and it wont get lost among the many emails I receive daily.

With the help of 7 Gmail Filters to Make Email Less of a Chore and Gmail Filter Help, it made the process of creating a filter fairly easy. Now that I know how to create a filter, I will create filters for each of my classes.

 

Professional Email Example

Dr. Hussain,

I’m Stephanie Feagin from your TR CA260: Digital Writing and Produciton class. Due to an upcoming doctor’s appointment, I will have to leave lab early this Thursday. I read on the syllabus that your office hours are MW 8:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. I would like to meet with you Monday at 8:15 a.m., if you are available, regarding any assignments I missed. Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Stephanie Feagin

 

Class & Lab Reflection

This week we continued to learn how to do HTML coding. It is difficult because the smallest thing can cause the code to not work properly. It is challenging, but the more I practice and activities I do, it has become easier.

 

Website Accessibility

“It is essential that the Web be accessible in order to provide equal access and equal opportunity to people with diverse abilities.” I couldn’t agree more with this statement found in the article, Accessibility.

It is so important to make your website accessible for all people with different disabilities. After watching the video and reading the assigned articles, it has made me realize just how important it is to make your website accessible. I would now like to elaborate on a few things I’ve learned from the articles: Accessibility, Introduction to Web Accessibility, Epilepsy Action: Web Design and the video, Tips to make your website accessible.

Ensure that all the parts of your website can be accessed using the keyboard!

Some people only have access to a keyboard or can’t properly use a mouse, therefore, your website needs to be accessible and easily navigated with a keyboard alone. People that can only use their keyboard to navigate a website may become frustrated that your website doesn’t allow easy and proper navigation using the keys on the keyboard.

Include captions and subtitles for videos!

People with hearing problems may not be able to properly hear the video even on it’s loudest setting. Captions should be provided and include, details of the speaker, what they’re saying and significant audio, all of which are important in understanding contexts and subtle cues. Providing subtitles in your video, ensures that hearing impaired viewers can watch your video without having to worry about hearing the audio.

Provide equivalent alternative text in the markup/code of images!

This is important for people with serious vision problems, most importantly, people who are blind. Providing the equivalent alt. text, allows people with vision problems and people who have their images turned off to hear what the image is.

Use suitable language!

There are some people who have learning disabilities. You want to make your content understandable for them because you don’t want them to become frustrated. Using simple language ensures that viewers will not become overwhelmed, completely understand what you’re trying to get across, and they’ll feel more comfortable reading content on your website. Overall, it makes for a more fun and enjoyable experience!

Be careful when including flashy images or videos on your website!

Some people have photosensitive epilepsy. This mean that they can have seizures caused by displays that flicker, flash, or blink. Be mindful when putting something on your website that could possibly cause a seizure. If you absolutely have to put something that you know flickers, flashes, or blinks put a clear warning messaging letting viewers know. If it’s possibly, try to avoid putting anything on your website that could possibly cause someone to have a seizure.

The video and articles do an awesome job at covering all the different ways to make your website accessible. It is truly important to make your website accessible!

Go Jags!

It has been an exciting past two weeks here at the University of South Alabama! Our football team may have fallen short against Georgia Southern Saturday, but we did win last Saturday! Everyone is still celebrating the football teams’ win against Mississippi State. Of course, I can’t forget to mention the girls’ soccer teams big win over Florida State University, who was ranked number 1 in the nation! How awesome is that? So, this past week has been filled with a lot excitement!

Aside from all the celebrating and excitement over the big wins, class must continue. Classes are still going well, and I’m trying my best to keep up with all the homework and studying. It’s definitely becoming a little tougher the farther along I get in all my classes, but that’s expected. I’m just trying to stay positive and not fall behind!

In this class, CA260, we are all being taught how to create our own website with Weebly.com. Along with learning how to create our own website, we learned how to embed a code. I am still trying to grasp the basics of how to embed a code. It’s a little challenging, but the more we go over it and practice it, it will become easier. It has been a blast learning how to create my own website, and beginning to learn things like embedding codes! It can get a little tricky sometimes, but it is very exciting to learn!

It has been a great past couple of weeks at USA! I’m looking forward to what the future holds here at the University of South Alabama. Go Jags!

Designing My Website

“Planning and organizing website content can feel overwhelming, especially if you have a lot of it.” Jordan Dick says this in his article, Organizing Website Content, and he is right!

After many attempts and throwing away several sheets of paper I used to sketch out ideas, I finally settled on a design. Now, the below design isn’t set in stone. I may change things, and I will probably add a couple images to my home page.

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After watching the videos and reading the article, I feel more prepared when it comes to designing my website. I have learned several helpful tips when it comes to web design thanks to the videos and article. I would like to share with my viewers five tips I have found to be important and helpful.

Five tips on Website Design

Tip 1: Organization has to be the number one tip that is stressed! I couldn’t agree more because I would much rather visit a website that’s nicely organized compared to one where everything is jumbled, and It’s difficult to navigate around the website.

Tip 2: As mentioned in the video, How to design a killer home page (advanced web design), You don’t need a bunch of flash on your home page. It is unnecessary to have a lot of flash that your potential viewers don’t like or find distracting.

Tip 3: Mentioned in the linked video above, he explains that your homepage should function as a table of contents. It should help with being a preview of what your website will show, its shows your audience exactly what your website is about.

Tip 4: In Jordan Dick’s article, Organizing Website Content, he talks about the amount of pages your website should have. When asked how many pages should your website have he says, “The short answer is, every service you provide needs its own landing page.” That is a great tip because who wants to view a website page with multiple topics that aren’t related to one another?

Tip 5: Also found in the article I mentioned in tip 3, he talks about your target audience. He talks about how understanding exactly who you want your target audience to be is important. It is important because everything on your website will be be for your audience. Also, getting a better understanding on who you want to be your audience will help you decide exactly what all you want on your website.

 

All About Weebly

What features of Weebly make it useful to people learning web design?

Weebly makes it fairly simple to create a website. When editing your website, Weebly provides a toolbar to the left of the screen. This toolbar is divided into five sections: Basic, Structure, Media, Commerce and More.

Basic has helpful tools that will help you write out content, put images onto your website, embed codes and more.

Structure helps with the building of your website. Divider and Spacer are the only things found under this section.

Media helps you add audio and videos onto your website.

Commerce is more helpful if you’re into selling items on your website.

More is the last section you’ll find. More helps with adding things into your website such as, social icons and surveys.

Weebly is organized well, making it extremely helpful for someone who doesn’t know how to make a website. With the helpful tools and features found on Weebly, it makes it easier for people learning web design.

Setting up my Weebly account and discussing the process.

Creating a Weebly account is easy and all it requires is your name, email address and creating a password. Just like that, you have created your account, and it’s time to start making your website!

After I created my account, I picked a theme for my website. Picking a theme was probably the hardest thing for me because there were many to choose from. After I finally settled on a theme, I came up with my Domain name. After that all that was left to do was design my website the way I like it. The process was very easy and didn’t take too long!

What theme did you choose and why? Do you think you will keep this theme or change it later?

I’m currently using the theme Venue-Personal. I chose this theme because it was simple, and I like the way it looks. Like I said above, picking the theme was the hardest thing for me to do. There were just so many other themes I liked! I will most definitely change this theme, but right now it will stay as it its.

 

First couple weeks at USA

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       College has officially started back! The past two weeks have consisted of meeting the professors, going over the syllabus, and beginning to do assignments and homework. The third week of classes is about to start, and I’m excited! I haven’t ever been truly this excited about my classes, but I am this semester because I’m finally taking classes for my major. I’m hoping and praying I can maintain this level of excitement and motivation throughout this semester.

      I’m so excited about all the communication classes I’m taking this semester. In this class, CA 260, I’m looking forward to learning about web design. I know it will be a challenge learning about every little thing that goes into making a website, but I’m ready to learn. In addition to CA 260, I’m taking two more communication classes. Those classes are going great, and I really enjoy them! I know I’m super exited and I have a lot of motivation right now, but I know the time will come when I will be stressed, and just wishing I didn’t have so much work piled up to do. With that being said, I am going to try my best to stay positive both in my blog post and outside of my blog post when everything is becoming more hectic with assignments and projects due.

         I’m happy to say that I’m really looking forward to my first semester at the University of South Alabama. These past few weeks have been great, and I’m looking forward to what the semester will bring.

The Dos and Don’ts of Blogging

Brian Klem’s article, The 12 Dos and Don’ts of Writing a Blog, gives advice and tips to help make a blog successful. I would like to elaborate on some of the tips he mentions.

 

The Dos of Blogging:

  • Be relatable, be yourself

I think this is one of the most important Dos of all! Don’t be afraid to be yourself. You’ll enjoy blogging more and most importantly that with help you to be relatable to your audience and form an honest relationship with your viewers.

  • Respond to blog comments

Comments are so important to receive on your blog post. It helps the blogger to see what the viewers like or do not like about your blog post. If people are taking the time to comment on your blog, then it’s important for the blogger to take their time to respond to at least a few comments.

The Don’ts of Blogging:

  • Limit your word count

Brian Klem says, “If you have something to say, say it.” I couldn’t agree with this statement more. Whether your blog post is 250 words or a 1,000 words, type as much or as little as you need to get your point across.

  • Be negative

No one wants to read a negative blog. It’s important to write positive post that will inspire and help people.

 

Application:

I will apply the “dos and don’ts” mentioned in the article, in my blog post each week. I plan on trying my best to be relatable, respond in a timely manner to comments, type as much or as little as I think necessary and to be positive.

Every tip Klem mentions is important to remember in my future career. There is a strong possibly I could help in the making of a blog for my future job. I will apply all the things in this article such as, focusing on writing the best content for my readers and making as little grammar mistakes as possible.

Each week I will set aside the time and put the effort into making my blog post readable, memorable and making sure it appeals to my audience. I plan on using the advice and tips in Brian Klem’s article to accomplish all three.