Final Web Projects

Due December 2, 2020

By Wednesday, December 2, students should post a profiles in diplomacy project on their own Weebly site that explains a major diplomatic contribution from an American historical figure (not serving as president). Each project should be designed as an online teaching exhibit, revised from material submitted earlier in one of the previous profiles papers, but now focusing on conveying a more wide-ranging multi-institutional (executive branch, congress, political parties, media, etc.) and multi-dimensional perspectives (both American and international).

  • Students should consult with Prof. Pinsker over email as they make decisions about transforming one of their previous profiles into an effective teaching web exhibit.
  • Teaching websites can be organized with an essential question or theme rather than a thesis statement (as in a standard paper). 

Once again, students should employ a variety of primary and secondary sources, but now benefiting from the online platform, they should also strive to find ways for providing full-text access to those primary sources whenever available.

  • Consider using the course web guides as models for sharing access to sources

Most important, students should also strive to engage classroom audiences with a host of visual and multi-media tools such as timelines, maps and short videos.

  • Students may incorporate revised versions of their previously submitted multi-media appendixes.  They may also attempt to use other tools like podcasts, infographics, etc.  

Students may embed and curate multi-media elements from outside sources, but they must take care to credit and caption those sources properly.

  • Credits offer short acknowledgments of sources (Library of Congress) or (House Divided Project at Dickinson College).  Captions provide brief descriptions of images or multi-media.

All text content at the student-produced websites should be original and cited with Chicago-style footnotes.

Students should submit a link to their website by email to Prof. Pinsker.  Late projects will be penalized up to 5 points per day.

Weebly guidance

  • Building websites in Weebly is easy –and free.  Just make sure you sign up for the free version of the site and pick the “subdomain” URL that allows for Weebly branding (e.g. 1876election.weebly.com).  NOTE: sometimes your desired subdomain URL is not available.  Just keep trying.
  • All websites should have at least three content pages: e.g. Background, Diplomatic Episode, Significance.  All sites should also have a separate home page that describes both the project and the author.

Model Sites

Finally, here are some model student-produced Weebly sites culled from the Student Hall of Fame.  Take special notice of how these students organized their content toward teaching goals.  Also, pay attention to the ways they employed embedded images, multi-media resources, and hypertext links to primary sources.