Virginia Montecino

NCLC 249 - Internet Literacy

Experiential Learning Project: Non-profit Web Site Assignment
Option A

Proposal for Non-Profit Web Site

This project, if it meets the objectives, will fulfill the experiential learning component of the course.  It will also fulfill one of the course grade requirements.

[ An alternative way to fulfill the experiential learning component is to provide a technology service
to an organization (teaching technology skills, doing Web research, etc.)]

You will be making an agreement with the Center for Service and Leadership and with me to perform the necessary course work and community service to qualify for your one credit of  experiential learning, a required part of this course.  One credit of experiential learning requires 45 contact hours of work. You will sign a "Service-Learning Partners Agreement" with the Center for Service and Leadership and submit a copy to me.  You will also submit a proposal, after review by your class members and me, to the organization for which you will be creating the Web site.  You will evaluate your performance and your group member's, and write a reflective essay on your experience.

    Objectives of experiential learning project:

  • gain workplace experience and extend the learning experience beyond the classroom walls
  • engage in responsible citizenship by providing a service to a non-profit organization
  • enhance critical thinking and evaluation skills
  • acquire new and build upon current technology skills
  • build upon research and analytical skills
  • work with design principles
  • build upon communication and group work skills
You will use the knowledge and critical thinking and technology skills acquired in this course to create or redesign a Web site for a non-profit organization.  To that end, your group will meet with and interview members of the organization to find out the organizational technology needs and submit a proposal to the organization, based on the organization's expressed needs (if they also meet the expectations of  the professor, New Century College and the Center for Service and Leadership). You will enhance your communication and group skills by interacting with members of the organization and with each other to complete the project.

You will be required to do research, gather and evaluate material for the Web site.

After the project is over,  you will write individual reports and a group report, reflecting on what you learned and what they might do differently. You will also write a report for the Center for Service and Leadership. (see form in the Service Learning Handbook.)

Keep a log:  Record all of your work, time spent, what you did (meetings, planning, editing, writing, publishing, travel, how this work complements your course work and vice versa, what you learnied, what you might have done differently.  This will help you write your reports.

Before you write the proposal, you need to meet with representatives of the organization.  Explain why you are suggesting the Web site for their group.  Ask them what they would like to see on the Web site. Explain that the Web site will reside on your Mason Web page for a period of time, but that, if they agree to use it, they will have to put the Web site on their own Web space with an independent provider of Internet services.

Whether or not they agree to actually use the Web page will not affect your grade, as long as the Web page fulfills the criteria for the assignment. Develop a workable plan.  Set realistic expectations of your skills, possible design  elements  and the amount of and kind of content.

After you set up preliminary expectations - both yours and theirs, do some brainstorming, develop your strategy and formulate your proposal.

Your proposal should have appropriate headings, for example,  the recipient/s of the proposal and position/s with the organization; title of proposal; suggested elements in Web site - purpose, kinds of graphics, design, contents, time frame for completion.  Include other pertinent information.  Provide as much information as you can, in a concise, edited format, to help the organization decide whether or not to accept your proposal.

The proposal must be presented to appropriate representatives of the organization for approval. The group will discuss and design appropriate proposal formats, to be approved by the professor. The group will then design and create a sample Web page to present to the organization for implementation.

Research should include interviews with organization members, a review of organization materials, analysis of audience and purpose, appropriate location, analysis of copyright and permission to post graphics, investigation of privacy issues, and location of the Web page. You may get help from the STAR  (Student Technology Assistance and Resources) in the Johnson Center, Rm 311.

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