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Student Web spaces available through IT

Friday, November 30, 2007  
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By Kristin Cumbie

Any student at Oklahoma Christian University can request a Web space from Information Technology services. This is available at no charge to students who agree to the rules of publishing.

Students may use the Web space for personal use, and some are required to use the space for courses.

The Web space has been available to students since Oklahoma Christian began their student network in the late ‘90s, Chief Technology Officer John Hermes said.

The available Web space is not advertised to students throughout the year, but students are informed of the opportunity during orientation and by word of mouth.

Once students request the space, IT will organize it and let the students know it is ready.

There is no training to teach the students how to use the space, but there is HTML assistance available on-line.

This year the available space on the sites has been upgraded from 10Mb to 30Mb, Hermes said.

If students are in need of more space, they can contact IT with a request.

Hermes said most students request the Web space to put a few pictures on.

Other students use the web space as an online résumé.

This is a way of letting future employers now about their schooling, accomplishments and skills.

Student teachers and students enrolled in e-business and education technology are required to use the Web spaces.

Assistant professor of business Kerianne Roper teaches the e-business class in which students are required to create a Web site for a business of their choice.

Senior Lauren Kelso used her personal Web space as on online résumé and created her page while she was enrolled in e-business.

“While I was going through the class, it was great to have the Web space available so that we could actually create Web pages for ourselves and our chosen companies,” Kelso said. 

Oklahoma Christian alum, Sarah Bailey, benefited from this in the spring of 2007 when three students created her business Web site.

Bailey opened up her business, Too Good to be Through, in February 2005.

Students enrolled in Darin Martin’s education technology class are also required to create a Web site.

The Web site is not required to be published, but some students choose to.

“It has improved my computer skills,” senior Samantha Marshall said. “When I began the project, I thought there was no way I could manage to create this, but it turned out to be much easier than I had feared.”

This requirement helps to prepare students for the Web site they must create as student teachers.

When they reach that point, they must create a Web site for their class and keep it updated.

“I enjoy providing the Web site.  It’s been a great experience to learn FrontPage and to express my creativity through that,” Marshall said. “I especially love posting a new comic on it weekly.”

For Marshall, who works with high school math, the space serves as a great outlet. She posts scholarship information on the site and assignments when students miss a class period.

Students use the Web space for a variety of things, but all the students are learning a different tool.

“I like providing students with tools to improve their digital fluency,” Hermes said.

Whether the Web space is being used as a requirement, or for personal use, each student takes away something different.

“Had OC not provided the opportunity, we likely would not have been able to see the entire Web design process,” Kelso said.

Marshall said the experience has provided her with the skills needed to create a Web site when she becomes a teacher.

“I will probably provide a Web site because it is a great way for students and parents to gain information,” Marshall said.

If you are interested in looking at other students Web space, or requesting a space of your own you can visit students.oc.edu.

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