New Online Tutorial Assists Faculty in Course Web Site With Macromedia Dreamweaver

November 2, 2001

Pressure is building among higher education faculty to supplement classes with course Web sites. While the vast majority of college students report that they use the Web for college work, only 40 percent of four-year college faculty and 22 percent of two-year college faculty have course Web sites. For faculty interested in building Web sites, makes it easy to build course Web sites with instruction, examples, and free Macromedia Dreamweaver templates.

The new “How to Build a Course Web Site” tutorial at enables instructors and professors with minimal computer skills to build a full-featured course Web site in a few hours using Macromedia Dreamweaver, the market-leading visual Web authoring product used by professional Web developers. With step-by–step instructions and easy fill-in-the-blank templates, faculty can create a professional-looking course Web site that includes a syllabus, detailed assignments, instructional materials, and community.

The tutorial was written by Patti Shank, an instructional technologist and instructor at the University of Denver. Author of numerous articles, and dozens of Web sites, Shank has taught hundreds of students and faculty on topics ranging from instructional technology to the function and design of course Web sites.

Both the tutorial and the Dreamweaver templates are fully Section 508 compliant, ensuring the content will be available to people with disabilities.

Sponsored by Macromedia, is a free, educator site for professional development. Courses include 17 lessons on Internet technology basics, plus eight lessons on using Macromedia products. The new “How to Build a Course Web Site” tutorial will be available in November 2001. For more information, visit

A free, 30-day trial version of Dreamweaver can be downloaded from for review. Educators can purchase Dreamweaver for a special educator price of $99 from education resellers or directly from Macromedia. Education volume licenses are also available at more substantial discounts. Contact Macromedia at or by phone at 800-457-1774.

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