VCE Computing Unit 1 Essay

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The study area, as identified in assignment one, is VCE computing unit 1, learning outcome 3, which emphasises heavily on the design and development stages of the PSM. In order to teach this, a teacher needs to have a strong grasp of the design principles, web development and project management. The learning areas I have identified are connected to the learning requirements of my recent placement:
The immediate areas that I need to learn and update are highlighted (in red) in the curriculum map, and are sequenced and categorised as follows:
• Theory: design principles and information architecture; and
• Practical: Adobe Muse Creative Cloud (CC) as a web authoring tool, which supports (1) responsive web design for mobile devices (both tablets
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My learning curve involves extending this into the web-design principles in two areas, each addressing five key factors, each with five affective considerations: appearance {alignment, repetition, contrast, space, balance} and functionality {robustness, flexibility, ease of use, navigation, tolerance} of a website.
My previous knowledge of the information architecture (IA) focuses primarily on designing the backend databases. However, a web-IA (front end) governs how intuitive the information in a website flows in relation to its structure and organisation so that it is easily found by the site visitors. My learning comprises considerations for information disclosure, classifications, navigation, growth and choices.
For more details, please refer to the attached PowerPoint slides that I have created for the actual lessons. The order and grouping of the slides reflect the sequence in which I learn and teach the topics. The design principles are introduced as a hook to gain students interest with web
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Unfortunately, a previous offline Flash Pro installation has caused issues, and by default, has persistently hidden the Apps tab. I shall spare my readers the pain of having to read every detail of my troubleshootings; suffice to say, that in the last lap, I stumble upon an adobe forum entry that has led me to a solution: that the CC manager is a xml-based application. This prompts me to search for a xml configuration file, and it is found (in my Mac) at: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/OOBE/Configs. The same file, on the Windows, is located at: C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesAdobeOOBEConfigs. Its content comprises a line of xml code that turns the visibility of the Apps panel on and off with a boolean value (Fig. 3). Once this is resolved, downloading and installing Muse is straightforward.
Learning Muse…
My initial impression: this is by the far the most versatile and powerful web development platform I have encountered, and learning it, I must admit, is fun. Having a background with InDesign will help, because both applications follows a similar thought process.
My initial challenge, other than the installation issue, is time. Having submitted an assignment due the Friday before my placement, I have the weekend and parts of my first week of placement to learn Muse (my students have their SACs week one). Given the short time span, I seek out online video tutorials as a first choice of learning because it caters to

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