William M. Pegram
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Revised: August 26, 2021

Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale Campus

The schedule page contains the week-by-week material; the schedule page will be continually updated during the semester.

ITE 170 - Multimedia Software, Fall 2021, 001L - TTh 11:10-12:35 via Zoom - no meetings in a classroom

Web Site for Class: www.billpegram.com

Course Content

My course includes the process of developing a web site, web design principles, page layout, image formats, accessibility, and copyright issues, but HTML and CSS, the basic coding used in web pages, receives greater emphasis and time. In the second half of the course, we will do animation, photo editing, and video editing. The first six weeks of my ITE 170 course has substantial overlap with ITD 110. ITD 110 does not cover the animation, photo editing and video editing programs, and thus can cover topics to a greater depth than is possible in ITE 170.


20% midterm, 25% final, 25% project, 30% exercises. These are the weights specified in the ITE 170 common syllabus. That common syllabus provides that the 30% be equally divided between those done in class and homework done outside of class. However, due to the fact that all instruction will be remote this semester, there may or may not be any exercises done "in class".

Transfer to GMU

The current situation regarding transfer of ITE 170 to GMU is described at https://ist.gmu.edu/students/transfer-students/transferring-from-another-institution/


All software for this course will be free to students enrolled in the course. Text editors such as Notepad or Notepad++ (both Windows only), Atom, Sublime Text, Visual Studio Code are free downloads and will be used in the first part of the course. Students in this class will soon receive an email indicating how they can install the entire Adobe Creative Suite on their home computers for no charge; this was not the case before the pandemic. In the Adobe Suite, we will definitely spend several weeks on Photoshop and probably on Animate. For video editing, we will either use Adobe Premiere Pro or daVince Resolve (which is free). Although I used to teach the first part of the course using Adobe Dreamweaver, I've switched to using text editors for this part of the course since I think it helps you learn HTML and CSS better.

NVCC Canvas support advises students to use Chrome to be able to access Canvas, Zoom, Respondus Lockdown Browser, and many other external tools, such as publisher textbooks inside of Canvas. If they use another browser, they will likely have difficulties accessing any of these tools.

Hardware/OS Requirements

NVCC established minimum computer requirements for students in May 2020 - https://www.nvcc.edu/admissions/_files/Student-Computer-Specifications.pdf. The two key requirements for this course are 1) a webcam - so that I may proctor you during exams and 2) Windows 10 if you are using a Windows computer. The operating system requirement is important for this course because the current Adobe software requires Windows 10; Creative Cloud can run on Windows 7; the difficulty would be getting the version of Creative Cloud that runs on Windows 7. If you will be using a MacIntosh computer, see instead the Creative Cloud requirements at https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/system-requirements.html


The Photoshop Classroom in a Book is shown as required on the bookstore website. This book can be accessed online through the NVCC library: login to your myNova account and then click the link specified below.  The number of simultaneous users is limited, so if you can't get access, try back at another time.  Accessing the book this way does not provide you access to the exercise files.  I can provide the exercise files through Canvas if desired.

Photoshop CC 2020 release Classroom in a Book - https://learning-oreilly-com.eznvcc.vccs.edu:2443/library/view/adobe-photoshop-classroom/9780136177401/

I do not think you need to purchase this book; however purchasing will be useful if you wish to go deeper into this tool than we will go in class. If you do purchase the book, you may want to purchase the 2021 version of the book (not yet available online through the NVCC library) since this is the Photoshop version you will get when you install Photoshop on your home computer.

HTML and CSS are an important part of this course. The schedule page has links to some good online material on HTML and CSS. You might consider purchasing - HTML & CSS design and build websites by Jon Duckett. It is very good and inexpensive and we will spend more time on the subject matter covered in this book than we will on any single one of the three software programs listed above. You can also view it online through the NVCC library at https://proquest-safaribooksonline-com.eznvcc.vccs.edu:2443/9781118206911.


Homework assigned will generally be due 8 days after the homework is assigned. This will permit you to work on the homework during the week, get any questions resolved in the next class, and submit the homework on time. Late homework will not be accepted but your two lowest homework grades will be dropped; this policy of dropping the two lowest two grades is designed to cover illness, computer problems, work or family responsibilities, etc. so exceptions to this policy will not be granted.

You must submit your homework so that the files can be read on a Windows machine. Thus if you are using a Mac, you must do any necessary conversion of the files. If you are required to submit a zipped folder, make sure that whatever you submit can be opened by WinZip. If you are using software that is not properly licensed, make sure the resulting files can be opened on another Windows machine.


Practically all of the course content can be found at www.billpegram.com. Therefore the use of Canvas will be primarily for

Please let me know of problems when they arise.

Office Hours Schedule

Office hours will be held on Zoom immediately following the end of class and on Fridays 1-3pm. For Friday, email me in advance if you are coming.

Communication with Students

For general class announcements and messages to individual students, I will use Canvas so make sure Canvas is set up so you see these promptly. Similarly, I suggest using Canvas to send me a message. If you email me at wpegram@nvcc.edu, please remember to include your name and class.

Academic Integrity

On homework assignments and projects, students may ask for and receive some assistance from others, unless otherwise directed by the instructor.  Yet those helping a student should avoid "doing the work" for the student.

Unless specifically stated in the assignment, students may work together to complete an assignment. However my experience is that students who turn in essentially identical work on an assignment tend not to do well on subsequent tests either because they have not learned the material or are too reliant on another person. 

No assistance is permitted on exams and quizzes and you must have your webcam on during these times so that I may monitor you. The college policy on student conduct is found at www.nvcc.edu/students/handbook/conduct.html. You will be asked to submit your student ID or equivalent ID in Canvas to take exams.

Cheating on a test will result in a grade of 0 on the test. Cheating on a subsequent test will result in a grade of F for the course. Cheating may be reported to the Division Dean and the Annandale Judicial Affairs Officer.

Dropping and Withdrawal from the Class:

Wednesday, September 8 is the last day to drop a 15 week class and get a tuition refunds (use NovaConnect) or to switch to audit (which requires my signature).   Friday, October 29 is the last day to withdraw without grade penalty in a 15 week course. The award of W after the last day to withdraw REQUIRES official documentation and the Dean's signature which is very difficult to get..


Although all sessions of this class will be via Zoom, you should be aware of the following.

See https://www.nvcc.edu/safe-campus/index.html

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