Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Creating an Environmental Education Website at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
by van der Heijden, Anna Maria Henrica, M.T.S.C., Miami University, 2002, 88; 10817962
Abstract (Summary)

This report describes my 16-week internship at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, MD, where I started on 29 January 2001 as an "Education Specialist/Web Developer" at SERC's education department. I was responsible for the website for the Education Department and for a website related to Watershed Radio, an environmental education project about the Chesapeake Bay watershed. In this report, I describe the five phases of the development of the website, namely the 1) Information Planning Phase; 2) Content-Specification Phase; 3) Implementation Phase; 4) Production Phase; and 5) Evaluation Phase. I also discuss the difference between education and advocacy and how the combination of a non-contextualized model and a website-specific tutorial provides a good basis for developing a website. The internship report ends with the conclusion that my internship was successful; although I could have done a better job of planning and managing my project, I delivered a well-received product, learned a lot, and worked with great colleagues at an interesting organization.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Simmons, W.
School: Miami University
Department: Technical and Scientific Communication
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Environmental education, Communication
Keywords: Online publication, Publication's development life cycle, Web design, Web site, Website
Publication Number: 10817962
ISBN: 978-0-355-84511-2
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