Adapting Your Biographical
Report for the Web
Creating Web-Adapted Content
Creating a web page is one of two options for publicly
presenting your biographical report in History 338. The other
option is an oral report before the class. All students are required
to turn in a written version of their report. The purpose of the
both forms of public presentation is to present supplemental course
information to your classmates.
Both forms of public presentation should begin with
the content of your written report. Therefore, at minimum,
you should plan on putting the text of your written report on
your web page(s) (though the order in which you
present the material to your audience may be different from you
Beyond this, you should adapt the presentation to
the medium you are using. Written reports, oral reports, and hypertext
(web) reports need to be presented differently for maximum effectiveness.
Just as students would be well advised not to read their papers
before the class but instead to present their reports in a natural
speaking style from an outline, students should be advised not
to simply turn their written papers into long HTML files but instead
to present them in an Internet-adapted form.
- Make Several Short Pages:
If you've ever experienced the "World Wide Wait," you
know how frustrating it can be to wait while a large file downloads
to your Internet browser. While you could simply take your term
paper and turn it into a single web page, this would not be an
effective presentation for people viewing it on the Internet.
Plan to break up the material you've written on your biographical
subject into several shorter pages. People who
view your page will gain access to your material more quickly
if it is presented in several shorter web pages rather than one
long web page.
- Use Hypertext:
An advantage of the Internet over traditional methods of presenting
information is the ability to use hyperlinks. This gives your
audience the ability to learn by exploring and following your
subject in a way that makes sense to them. The presentation of
your biographical report via web pages should not be as linear
as your written presentation. Provide hyperlinks on your
web pages to allow viewers to jump from place to place within
and among your web pages.
- Add Links:
Another advantage of the Internet over traditional methods of
presenting information is that the Internet makes it easy to provide
supplemental information about your subject via hyperlinks. Look
for opportunities to link your page to other people's pages on
the Internet. For instance, a student doing a biography
of Jonathan Edwards might link at several points to the "Jonathan
Edwards On-line" page, located in Dallas, Texas. If the student
referred to one of Edwards' writings, the student could not only
describe the writing, but provide a link to the actual text of
the document so the viewer could read it for himself or herself.
Or, a student doing a paper on Dwight Moody or Billy Sunday might
provide links to MIDI sound files which would allow the people
to hear some of the musical innovations introduced by Moody's
and Sunday's revivals.
- Use Graphics:
The World Wide Web's graphical interface is especially effective
in drawing viewers into the subject matter of web pages. Therefore,
you should use multimedia, especially graphics, to create
an attractive display which will enhance learning. If
you see a non-copyrighted image on the web, you can easily copy
it and use it on your page. For background images, right click
on the background, choose "Save Background As," and
select the folder (subdirectory) on your C:\ drive or floppy disk
where you want the image to be saved. For other graphics, right
click on the graphic, choose "Save Picture As," and
select the folder (subdirectory)on your C:\ drive or floppy disk
where you want the image to be saved. You can also use a scanner
to make your own graphics from non-copyrighted pictures in books
and other writings. Or, you can use a drawing program to make
your own images.
This page was last updated on 2/7/99.
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