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Web Design & Development

Today, there are various options for publishing to the web. The emergence of Web 2.0 technologies have made it much easier to publish and share content online. Although most course activities now take place in Oncourse or some other Learning Management System, publishing a course website or syllabus on the web is particularly important for marketing purposes and allowing potential students to evaluate and compare courses before they register. Below are a few options for creating a course website as well as general resources for effective design and development practices.

IU Resources

  • IU Visual Identity/Style Guide Resources
      Resources, downloads, templates and other information for complying with Indiana University's visual identity guidelines.
  • Course Syllabus Templates
      We are providing the course syllabus templates as a starting point for your course syllabus. They are meant to provide a general idea of what information you may want to include when constructing a syllabus. These can be used as part of a website, printed as a pdf document, or inserted into Oncourse. Depending on the delivery of your course (i.e, face2face, blended, or online) there are different templates to help.
  • IU Webmaster
      This website is an excellent source for news and information regarding the IU web environment, particularly when working with websites which are located on the main webserver (also called
  • Publishing a Course Website on IU Webservers (Mercury or Webserve)
      This is a more traditional (and sligtly more complex) method for publishing content to the web using technologies such as an HTML editor, and FTP. This is only a very quick conceptual overview of the process. for detailed information, please stop by the IC or see the links found within the link for more information.

Web Resources

Other Options for Publishing Content on the Web

  • Various Web 2.0 Tools:
      Below are a just a few examples of the third-party web 2.0 tools that the IC has investigated. As always it is important to be cognizant of possible issues (i.e., privacy, avalability, ads, etc.) when using third-party tools in your courses. The tools have many different features and purposes, so please stop in to see one of our consultants to help you find a tool that meets your needs.
        Google Sites (hosted blog)

Learning HTML

Web Design

Casecading Style Sheet (CSS)

Colors and Graphic Design

Marketing, Web Analytics & Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Web Design Help Sites

Web Accessibility