My name is Andrianna Boykin and this is my first year at NOVA. I am majoring in Social Sciences with a concentration in Teacher Education. I haven’t decided yet which four-year college I am transferring to, but I narrowed it down to VCU, JMU or GMU. I love reading, writing and funny stuff! So, if you are looking for some comedic relief, check out my blog! I am very excited to share my first impressions of all that NOVA has to offer!

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End of First GMU Semester

Hello NOVA!

I just completed my first semester completely online at GMU and I want to share my experience thus far. There are at least 1/3 of NOVA Nursing graduates that transferred to the RN-BSN program at Mason just like me but we each went through different classes over the course of 14 weeks.

Part of the online program is the curriculum is shorter than NOVA instead of 16 weeks there’s 14 and for half-semester classes it’s only 7 weeks. Sounds great, but it’s a lot of work to compensate for the extra week NOVA grads are used to having with the added holiday break (yes not to worry there is still a week off for Thanksgiving!) Usually the semester for in-person classes ends the week of December 15; however, the online classes usually finish first because professors can open the final exams earlier. Which brings me to another note. Finals.

Finals online with GMU were different than what I expected. Depending on the program and professor you have, you are given the opportunity to take exams anywhere you want, most of the time I chose my cozy desk at home. The catch is that you must download a special program called “Lockdown Browser”, once activated, the only accessible window you can open is Blackboard and only the test for which it is meant to proctor. It monitors you through webcam and tracks your activity to decipher if you are cheating. It’s not as bad as you think, but it makes you study and learn better. I also had my first experience submitting a physical assessment final exam which included a video recording of me and a patient of my choosing. With that particular final, the professor wanted us to submit our videos using a program called “Kaltura”. *Make sure you check all your computer equipment and programs before starting your semester and make needed changes and/or updates. It was new and stressful but ‘this too shall pass’.

Similarly, at the end of the semester, there is the course and faculty review, completely online and a lot more extensive than NOVA’s reviews.

Most important experience from my first online GMU semester is learning to trust your online community. Your community consists of your classmates, peers, professors, IT support etc. Everyone is there to learn and to get the most out of the courses and it’s a great way to network and build relationships. I’ve made new friends who I’ve never even met in person before but we have supported each other, learned from each other, and guided one another through hard projects.

I promise you like I said before, NOVA has prepared you well for whatever is next, be it GMU or another university or job.

Good Luck!

George Mason University


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ITD Web Design 1 – Image Tags

Image Tags

Image element is an empty element so the tag ends with a forward slash.

img /

Example: <img src =””>

The src attribute must contain the image filename.

Sizing attribute are width and height.

There are two additional attributes for the image tag the alt and title. The alt attribute provides the information of the image. The title provides the screen tip when you hover over an image to provide some information about the element that it is included in.

The best format for an image is jpg because it is a compressed image and will not take up a lot of space.

Images as links
Thumbnail image is used to use to link to another page that contains a larger instance of that image. When using an image as a hyperlink, you should provide a title attribute value for screen readers and for visually impaired viewers.

a href = “imagename” alt =alternatetext”

title = “titlevalue”

width = widthvalue” height = “heightvalue”

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ITD 110 Web Design – Introduction to Hyperlinks


Anchor element:  is used to create a link, it is an inline element so it must occur inside a block-level element such as the paragraph element (<p></P>).

Example: <a href = title = ‘Google Search Engine”> Search Google </a>

href – this attribute specifies the destination of the web address.

http (hypertext transfer protocal) – sustains the standards for the communication between the file servers (the computer that contains the Web Browser)

Link to non-HTML Files

You can use an anchor element to link to any type of non-HTML file, such as Microsoft Word or PDF file. You should always include some text that identifies the file type, or indicates that a file will be downloaded.

Create an Email Link

< a href = “mailto: addressname@domainname.suffix”>linktext</a>

mailto: is the protocol, addressname@domainname.suffixis the email address of the recipient, and linktext is the test that users click to activate the link.

<p><a href = “mailto:” title = “> Send email to the webmaster</a> at </p>

When creating a mailto: link, you can also include a default subject for the email. You add a question mark (?) after the email address followed by the word subject, an equals sign, and subject line for the email.

Create a section with an id

Example: <section id = “idvalue”> content </section>

“Section” is the name of the element, “id” is the id attribute. “Idvalue” is the value for the id, and “content” is the content of the element.

<section id = “top”> content < /section>

Create a link to a section on the same page

Example: < a href = “#idname”> linktext </a>

“a” is the element name, “href” is the hypertext reference attribute, “idname” is the name of the id you are linking to, and “linktext” is the name of the id you are linking to.

Example: <a href = “#top”> Go to Top </a>


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ITD 110 Web Design

Let’s start this blog with first understanding and defining what HTML and CSS are, also what they do. HTML is the standard markup language used to create different web pages. So it basically places content on the web page where you want them to be displayed. The reason we will be teaching you about HTML 5 is to use the latest version of this language. CSS is basically the same; it’s a style sheet language that is used for describing the look and formatting of a document written in a markup language.

HTML Structure

Paired element and empty elements

All elements that are paired must contain a start tag and an end tag.

For an example


There are empty elements that do not have an end tag.

For an example:

<img src = ”images/worldmusiclogo.jpg” />

HTML Documents Structure

All HTML documents should start with a type declaration:

<!DOCTYPE html> followed by the HTML element and in between is the Body element

The content in between the <body></body> element is the visible part of the HTML document .


Every HTML document should begin with a DOCTYPE tag. This element identifies the version of HTML used in the document.

Example of the DOCTYPE tag:

<!DOCTYPE html>

The HTML Element

The html element is the root element of a Web document, meaning that it is the container for all the other elements on the Web page. The start <html> tag goes immediately below the DOCTYPE tag.

The Head Section of the Web Page:

The head section of the web page contains HTML code that does not appear on the web page when that web page is open in the web browser. You can think of the head section as a container for information.

The Body Element

The body element is the container for all of the page content that will be rendered

in the document window.

HTML Headings

HTML headings are defined with the <h1> to <h6> elements:


<h1>Heading 1</h1>
eading 2</h2>
<h3>Heading 3</h3>

HTML Paragraphs

HTML paragraphs are defined with the <p> element:


<p>This is a paragraph.</p>
<p>This is another paragraph.</p>

Example Basic Web Page


<h1>Heading 1</h1>

<p>My first paragraph.</p>


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