Website & App Development for Community

Spring 2014 School of Computing TLO

Special Topics Course 

Website & App Development for Community course is a community-based learning opportunity for students. Students will apply the knowledge and techniques they have learned in the classroom to help local community partners to develop a website for their organization. In the digital era, the Web has become the essential source for people to gather information and news. Having a well-designed and easy-to-use website is the key to success for any organization. The effectiveness of website development depends on good interactions and communications between clients and Web designers. Therefore, it is important for students to gain first-hand experiences of interacting with real-world clients. Students participating in the TLO program will receive scholarship award of $500. This program is managed by Dr. Ching-Hua Chuan and Dr. Karthikeyan Umapathy. This program is funded by TLO funds from UNF Undergraduate Studies Office. 


Local community partners such as non-profit and small business organizations with minimum IT support and resources are ideal partners for this TLO. Building effective Web applications is costly because it involves hiring professional designers, purchasing software and hardware, as well as incurring costs for future maintenance. These costs undoubtedly constitute financial barriers for organizations to establish online presence and outreach. However, the proposed TLO aims to turn the constraints of software/hardware expenses and limited budget into educational opportunities for students to solve real-world problems. 


Seeking Students 

We are seeking highly motivated undergraduate junior–level students to engage in a rewarding and challenging real-world experience. Please read the application information document to learn more about the course, schedule, requirements, and criteria for selecting student candidates. This course will be limited to 10 students. Interested students should complete the online application form to participate in the course. 10 students will be selected from the application pool for participation in the course.


TLO Benefits for Students:

Students will be empowered to see the real-world application of the knowledge and skills they have learned in the classroom, and to give back to the society in a meaningful and tangible way. Students will be transformed by learning how to explain their design and concept using non-technical terms to communicate with their community partner.

Students will learn how to achieve a balance between technical efficiency and partner's expectations.

Students will learn how to use Joomla content management system to develop a website.

How to Sign up for Students 

Complete online application form available at below link. Please review list of questions provided in the page of the application information document and prepare your answers, before attempting to complete the application.


Online Application Form


Deadline for application is November 1, 2013. The selected students will be contacted via email by November 15, 2013.


Application Information Document


Partner with Us

Website & App Development for Community course provides an excellent opportunity for nonprofit organizations and small-businesses to create a website presence or redesign their website. Student interns will work with community partners in regards design and development of the website. There is no fee for community partners to participate but must invest significant amount of time and effort to benefit from the partnership. Partners must also learn how to design and develop website during the process to ensure partners can sustain website development and maintenance without students help after semester ends.


TLO Benefits for Community Partners:

  • Community partner will obtain a cost-effective means of designing and developing a website. 
  • Community partner will obtain a cost-effective means of designing and developing a website.
  • Community partners will have self-sustainable solution for website, as student will demonstrate to partners how to use Joomla content management system to develop their website


How to Sign up for Community Partners

We are looking for community partners who need a website for spring 2014 course. We are happy to meet with you and discuss your website needs. We will work with you to design a website that helps the mission of your organization. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Umapathy and Dr. Chuan.


Click here to email Dr. Umapathy and Dr. Chuan 


Program Materials


Application Information Document


Website for Community Flyer


Previous TLO Offerings

2012 Summer TLO Internship