PE 306
PE 306 - Web Resources Assignment
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OBJECTIVE:  The world wide web contains a great deal of useful information for your professional development, that information exists in many different places, and you may need to access that information from any computer you happen to be working at.  If you have a computer and you only work at that one computer then once you locate useful web based resources, you can bookmark them in your browser so you can find them again later.  The use of bookmarks on a browser doesn't work if you use multiple computers.  The objectives of this assignment are: 1)  To have you locate web based resources that are useful for your professional development, and 2) To teach you how to use a commercial service to record and organize these sites so that you can easily access them from any computer.  Additionally, you will see how a "web portal" may be used to organize your access to other web information and resources (e.g., your mail, news, weather, discussion groups etc.).

The assignment:
Start Internet explorer
Step 1: Perform the following steps to open a "my Yahoo" account  at and record your first site.

  1. click on the following link -
  2. click on the "MY" button in the top left
  3. Look for the "Sign Up Now" button in the box near the center top, click on the button
  4. enter required information (SUGGESTION - use a different password than the one you use on your WWU account)
  5. On acknowledgement page note the lines "Click here to edit your Marketing Preferences. You can select and customize the categories of communications you receive about Yahoo! products and services, or choose to opt-out of each."  Use this chance to say "No" to marketing mail. Also do not select "Yes, personalize my browser with Yahoo! Companion toolbar".
  6. You end up (after a few clicks) on the "my Yahoo" page.
  7. Click on the "Choose Content" button.
  8. Under: My Yahoo! Essentials select headlines, weather, Yahoo! Mail Preview 
  9. Under: Reference & Tools select Bookmarks
  10. Select a couple other modules you are interested in, if you wish to (not too many, you page will become too big.  Later you can organize multiple pages in your "my Yahoo" (e.g., school page, sports page, health page)
  11. Click "Finished"
  12. In the "Bookmarks" module on the left, click "edit"
  13. Click "New Folder"
  14. In the Folder Name field enter "University Programs"
  15. Click on "University Programs" link to open the folder.
  16. Click on "Add Bookmark" link
  17. in URL field enter ""
  18. in "Site Name"  field enter "Western"
  19. in Comments field enter "My School"
  20. click on "save"
Congratulations, you have created an account, created a bookmark module, and entered a useful URL into the record of bookmarks.  If you wish to change anything in a bookmark folder you have created (e.g., descriptions, links etc.) in the "Bookmarks" module on the left, click "edit", open to the folder or bookmark you want to change, then click "edit" on the far right.

Now to complete the assignment, carry out the following steps.

Step 2: Use web search engines or useful starting links to locate web sites that are important for your professional development.  Organize, describe and file your important web sites in your "my Yahoo" bookmark module.  See the grading table below to determine how many you should find.  Each link must be labeled with a brief description in the comment field.  Your work will be easier if you have one browser window open and being used to search for useful sites, and another browser window open to your "my Yahoo" account to create new folders and add links within folders.  To resume work on this assignment after you have stopped and left a computer you need to return to the "my Yahoo"  home page (  and login again to your "my Yahoo" account.

All sites you list must be related to your field of study and future professional direction (later you can add other links for other interests).  The links must be organized into folder categories within the bookmark module of "my Yahoo".  The following list shows possible categories. Note that the first category is required, and that you can not invent other categories.
    • Professional associations - A REQUIRED CATEGORY This is an association that oversees your profession, you must be eligible to join this association, now or later in your career progression.  Note that a web based collection of information in a field is not a professional association.
    • Newsletters- A newsletter is a regularly updated web site that keep you current on new developments in your field.  These may be updated daily, weekly,  monthly, or (occasionally) quarterly, depending on the site and topic.  It is not a page with information like a textbook or journal article, it is like a newspaper or weekly magazine, changing daily, weekly or  monthly with "news"of your field (not articles to read like a journal, think of a news paper or news magazine for your field).  Also, this is not a site where your subscribe to an email newsletter to be sent to you, you read the information on the site.
    • School programs.  Schools you may attend after you finish your current degree at Western.  This link must take the viewer directly to the program you are considering, a link to the home page of the school is not acceptable.  This folder may only hold a link to WWU if you are considering continuing here, in that case you must identify in the link description the program you are considering at WWU.  This folder is different from the "University Program" folder that you made when learning to use Backflip, which holds a link to WWU.
    • Sites that contain listings of job ads.  Single jobs ads are not acceptable.
    • Equipment suppliers (you must not need a password to view the products).  Not book suppliers (include these with professional information below).
    • Lesson plans (for you to teach from).
    • K-12 schools or districts, that you work at, or would like to work at.
    • Professional information (e.g., online information sources, manuals etc.).  This must be the actual information you read on this site.  Not information on how to buy the information.
    • Professional certification information.
    • Professional journal.  Published by a professional organization and/or peer reviewed, not a magazine for the lay public.  You must be able to read the entire text of all of the articles for free (not just some sample articles, not just abstracts).  If you can view only the table of contents and/or abstracts, that is not sufficient for inclusion.  See also the hints for finding electronic journals.
    • Web discussion group.  CAUTION HERE:  It is best to participate in or read discussion groups that are professionally based, or moderated by a professional in the field, or a discussion that limits membership to professionals.  Reading the opinion of any quack with access to a computer is not useful for your professional development.  Also,  this is a hard category to get to work (but may potentially be an important method of communication in the near future).  What you need here is a web based discussion, not a list of email discussion groups or information on a particular email discussion group (like you used one of in the internet assignment).  Also, the web archives of a email discussion group are not acceptable (because they are not "discussion" you can partake in, they are graphic based records of previous discussions).  Even if you find a web based discussion, it sometimes requires registration, so Dr. Chalmers grading your assignment will not be able to see the discussion page.  It is very important that if you use this category you check to see that the discussion page is visible to someone viewing your public folder (see instructions for self checking the assignment).  See also the hints for finding electronic discussion groups.  They do not need to be Yahoo discussion groups.
 The folder categories and specific links must really be related to your professional development or they will not count (e.g., sports pages, general interest pages, pages for the lay public, ones written by lay people, or on topics not related to your profession are not useful).  You must have two working links in each category for the category to be counted for your grade. You will be graded based on the number of categories you complete, see the grading scale, and instructions for self checking the assignment.

Note the following specific requirements for grading:

HINTS to find online professional journals:

HINTS to find web based discussion groups:

If you know of other ways to locate electronic journals, or web discussion groups in our field, please let Dr. Chalmers know so the method can be added to these resources for other students.
Email Dr. Chalmers: (

Step 3: Submit the assignment for grading via email to Dr. Chalmers. You must send in the text of the letter:

  1. The names of all three people in the group..
  2. What your career goal is (the theme of your collection of sites).
  3. The Yahoo ID and the PassWord needed to access your "my Yahoo" account
  4. In the subject line of the message you must include "PE 306 web resources assignment" (messages with a blank subject line run a high risk of being thrown away without being read and graded).
  5. Submit the assignment to: Email Dr. Chalmers: (

A sample "My Yahoo" account (on a topic that would not be acceptable) would look something like the following image. Note that since a non-professional topic was selected for the sample page there are no professional online journals available for the "Professional journal" category.  To illustrate online publications non-professional publications were included in the sample.  For your assignment only professional journals will be accepted in the "Professional journal" category.  In most cases these will be peer reviewed.  Magazines such as used in the sample will not be acceptable. Note also that the "Change Layout" button was used to move the bookmarks to the top of the column they are located in.


To get a point for one category, the category must be have a close relationship to your professional goal.  There must be two links in the category folder that are related to the category theme. Both of the links in a category must work,  must have a description line, and must take the viewer directly to the needed information.  The specific requirements previously listed must also be met.
Number of successful categories of folders in your collection of links with two working links
3 / 3
2 / 3
1 / 3
0 / 3