Prof Joline Blais
246 Boardman
Zoom | Slack

Mon & Wed  2-3:15 pm
Except: Feb 15, Mar 1, 22, 24

Use Slack to contact me
Zoom Office Hours Mon 5-7 pm
and by appointment

Prerequisites: New Media Majors or permission. Credits: 3


In this class you will work with real-world clients to create Web pages or apps with compelling designs and interactive features. You will review basic graphic design, HTML, CSS, simple PHP and web architecture tools like WordPress in order to meet the needs of community partners for web presence and potential social media support. Working with a client teaches critical skills for collaboration, negotiation and team work; you will apply these to tell a digital story that represents community or client values. In addition, you will apply the same skills of designing, coding and networking to produce a professional portfolio showcasing your own work, preparing you for future internships and jobs.




Texts, video and other materials via website


  • Your AND accoun
  • NMD Portfolio for drafting, revising and publishing your work.
  • Web Hosting, domain name, desk or laptop computer for class work

Learning Outcomes

Learn HTML, WordPress classic and WordPress Page Builders

Design and Develop personal portfolio

Work with Client to assess Web & Social Media Needs

Design & Create Client website


Commit to Zoom session, your own learning, and supporting your peers. 

Develop team and collaborative skills: Share. Ask for help. Give help.

Keep up, or contact me asap to request a “break” if you need one.

kRespect everyone: professor, visitors, classmates, yourself. Practice claiming your truths in ways that are constructive and supportive.  

Insist on your own and peer creative development. Negotiate with me for this.

Protect everyone’s health and privileges with safe Covid practices.

University Policies

Academic Honesty Statement*

Academic honesty is very important. It is dishonest to cheat on exams, to copy term papers, to submit papers written by another person, to fake experimental results, or to copy or reword parts of books or articles into your own papers without appropriately citing the source. Students committing or aiding in any of these violations may be given failing grades for an assignment or for an entire course, at the discretion of the instructor. In addition to any academic action taken by an instructor, these violations are also subject to action under the University of Maine Student Conduct Code.  The maximum possible sanction under the student conduct code is dismissal from the University.  Please see the University of Maine System’s Academic Integrity Policy  listed in the Board Policy Manual as Policy 314

Students Accessibility Services Statement*

If you have a disability for which you may be requesting an accommodation, please contact Student Accessibility Services, 121 East Annex, 581.2319, as early as possible in the term. Students who have already been approved for accommodations by SAS and have a current accommodation letter should meet with me (the instructor of the course) privately as soon as possible.

Course Schedule Disclaimer*

In the event of an extended disruption of normal classroom activities (due to COVID-19 or other long-term disruptions), the format for this course may be modified to enable its completion within its programmed time frame. In that event, you will be provided an addendum to the syllabus that will supersede this version.

Observance of Religious Holidays/Events*

The University of Maine recognizes that when students are observing significant religious holidays, some may be unable to attend classes or labs, study, take tests, or work on other assignments. If they provide adequate notice (at least one week and longer if at all possible), these students are allowed to make up course requirements as long as this effort does not create an unreasonable burden upon the instructor, department or University. At the discretion of the instructor, such coursework could be due before or after the examination or assignment. No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to a student’s grade for the examination, study, or course requirement on the day of religious observance. The student shall not be marked absent from the class due to observing a significant religious holiday. In the case of an internship or clinical, students should refer to the applicable policy in place by the employer or site.

Sexual Discrimination Reporting (Short Version)*

The University of Maine is committed to making campus a safe place for students. Because of this commitment, if you tell a teacher about an experience of sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, relationship abuse (dating violence and domestic violence), sexual misconduct or any form of gender discrimination involving members of the campus, your teacher is required to report this information to Title IX Student Services or the Office of Equal Opportunity.


If you want to talk in confidence to someone about an experience of sexual discrimination, please contact these resources:


For confidential resources on campus: Counseling Center: 207-581-1392 or Cutler Health Center: at 207-581-4000.


For confidential resources off campus:  Rape Response Services: 1-800-871-7741 or Partners for Peace: 1-800-863-9909.


Other resources:  The resources listed below can offer support but may have to report the incident to others who can help:


For support services on campus: Title IX Student Services: 207-581-1406, Office of Community Standards: 207-581-1409, University of Maine Police: 207-581-4040 or 911. Or see the OSAVP website for a complete list of services.

Sexual Discrimination Reporting (Long Version)*

Get creative and enjoy the effort!

Commit to learning what you can, and dig in to your creative side to make your effort enjoyable. Make sure you stay in conversation with me so I can help you make this work your own.