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ENG 123: Writing for the World Wide Web - 3 Credits
Instructor: Alicia Steffann


This course covers how to create and share engaging online content for publication on the web using WordPress, a versatile and popular blogging platform. Whether students are total beginners in creating web content or simply have a desire to reach a new level of polish in their design, this course offers the latest tools and strategies for success.




If you do well in this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify good and not-so-good design on the web and implement design best-practices on your own site
  • Create and publish a multi-section web site that is tailored to and showcases your unique content
  • Explain how writing online can differ from writing on paper, and apply that knowledge when you create your own content
  • Implement the rules for sourcing and sharing content on the web, and become familiar with your options for utilizing social media to spread your content


No textbooks are required for this course. All resources are free and available on the web. Students will need a working internet connection and a basic understanding of how to navigate the internet.



Your course grade will be determined by the following points:

Weekly postings and ongoing website design activities 45
Exam 1: Best Practices in Design 15
Exam 2:Wordpress, HTML, and copyright 10
Final Paper: Key Web Developer Skills 15
Final Evaluation of Personal Website 15
Total: 100

Grading Scale
Less than 600
Fewer than 60%


There are 2 exams in this course. You are expected to take your examinations at one of the NVCC campus Testing Centers. Be sure to allow enough time to complete your exam before the Testing Center closes; Testing Centers have specific policies relating to the administration of ELI exams. You will need to take a photo ID, your NovaConnect empl ID number, and the appropriate Exam Pass when you go to the Testing Center.  

For Testing Center locations, hours of operation and policies, click here.

For information on taking exams outside of the metropolitan area, click here.



ELI Policies and Procedures

This is an Extended Learning Institute (ELI) course. ELI courses differ from campus courses in several important ways, including enrollment dates, communication with faculty, assignment completion requirements, and exams. You must follow ELI's policies and procedures if you take this course. Read (or review) ELI's Policies and Procedures before you begin the course. If you have questions, call ELI at (703) 323-3347 or (888) 435-6822.

Contacting the Instructor

I am here to help you have a valuable and successful experience in this course. If you are experiencing problems or have questions, you can reach me as follows:

E-mail : asteffann@nvcc.edu
Telephone : (540) 391-0331

I am also very happy to arrange online conferences via Google Hangout or chat, or to meet at the Loudoun campus by appointment.


Beginning the Course

1. Use your web browser to connect to http://www.nvcc.edu/bbstart. Follow the directions to determine your email, Blackboard and VIVA account user names and passwords.
2. Access your email account and make sure you know how to use it; you will be required to use this account for all course-related email.
3. Log on to Blackboard at http://learn.vccs.edu.
4. Click on this course under "My Courses." Review the entire course to make sure you understand what will be required of you. Then start completing the assignments.

Please note that account generation takes approximately one week from the time of your paid registration. If you cannot log on after one week, contact the IT Help Desk. If you can log on to Blackboard, but your course isn't listed, please contact ELI or your instructor.