In our current media-rich environment a Web site is more than a collection of relative html documents of text and images on a static desktop computer monitor. We now have an unlimited combination of screens, devices, platforms, browsers, locations, versions, users, and exabytes of data with which to interact. Our mediated atmosphere surrounds us all of the time, and in nearly every place. It is an ecosystem that is part human, part hardware, and part software. A unique condition is upon us.
This class is all about a process of creating Web-based systems (ie, Web sites, content, etc.) that consider each of the parts, the modules, the organisms – binary or otherwise – that make up a balanced, sustainable Web ecosystem.
Created and taught in a highly approachable, practical style, this class and the companion text book are highly relevant and practically useful for stakeholders, system administrators, developers, designers, content managers, and the anonymous Web user in industry and the same plus faculty, staff, and students of all levels involved in teaching and learning in information technology.
Each Week this course will include:
I am a Lecturer and Sr. Web UI Engineer at the College of Information Sciences & Technology at The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA, USA where I teach Sustainable Web Ecosystem Design and work in front end, open source web development, research, and education. Additionally, I am a Research Cyberspecialist in the Penn State Earth and Environmental Systems Institute which is part of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the Penn State Institute for Energy and the Environment. I am an affiliated researcher with the Social Science Research Institute and an adjunct faculty in the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State. Additionally, I am an Assistant Professor at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division in the Web Design and Interactive Media Department where I teach related classes, and have a lot of fun offering seminars on contemporary Web topics. I am a Visiting Lecturer at Ochanomizu University, Tokyo, Japan. After a lively oral defense in Berlin, Germany, I am very proud that my Ph.D. was recently conferred Magna Cum Laude in Media & Communication at European Graduate School in Saas-fee, Switzerland.
In general I am a webmedia technologist working in webmedia consulting, theory, research, development, and education from the PA I-99 Innovation Corridor. For 20+ years I have been working professionally in technical creative media. (Before that time, I started painting still life in first grade.) In 2000 I took an HTML class at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, got instantly hooked on the intersection of computer science, creative expression, and human psychology and never looked back. Parts of my career have been spent as a writer and photojournalist in remote, northwest Montana; as an environmental engineering technical writer for Sunoco, Inc. at the Philadelphia refineries; in related private industry roles in Denver and Chicago; and as a faculty member and Web applications developer for the University of Denver and, now, at Penn State and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division. These days I live valid rooting distance from the home of the Philadelphia Phillies, Flyers, and Union. Simultaneously, I am lucky to live on the edge of 2.3 million acres of protected public wilderness: a stone's throw away from some of the best trout streams in the country. I spend my professional time on the following topics: lightweight, scalable, accessible, mobile, usable, creative Web development, research, photography, writing, and user interface engineering. We have arrived at a point where we now need to specify our discourse about "HCI" or human-computer interface, and include the more direct process of "BCI" or brain-computer interface, so my long term interests go a bit further than creating cool web projects for exceptionally cool people. For that reason, I have a more formal biograph on my Website (www.otoole.info). If you visit, feel free to take a look around and enjoy the site. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to give me a shout.