- Building Effective News & Information Websites
- Online Group Seminar
- Time Estimate:
- The course runs for a duration of four weeks
About Online Group Seminars
In an online group seminar, you will gather with other participants in a virtual space, logging in from anywhere, day or night, over the course of several weeks. A faculty member guides the group through new material, moderates discussions and provides individual feedback.
- October 22 to November 16, 2012
Learn to create beautiful, functional websites in this four-week online group seminar. This hands-on, project-based course will help you develop web publishing skills from the ground up – no prior programming or development experience necessary.
Whether you’ve only dabbled in web technologies and need to get up to speed – fast – or have some experience and want to flesh out your knowledge, this course will teach you the essential principles and techniques needed to create websites that communicate your message and engage your audience.
You can participate in this training experience when and where you want, and you’ll gain a comprehensive skill set focused on the principles and techniques needed to build polished, professional sites.
It may take up to four hours each week to complete the work.
Here’s what you can expect each week:
Week 1: Web Fundamentals, XHTML & HTML5
In this week, you’ll learn how websites work, how modern audiences access the web, a website-building process, how to secure server space and a domain name, essential developer tools, HTML, XHTML, HTML5 and more.
Week 2: Web Design Principles & Technologies
In this week, you’ll learn web design fundamentals, key Photoshop techniques for web designers, CSS fundamentals, how to convert a PSD file to XHTML/CSS and more.
Week 4: Content Management Systems & Beyond
In this week, you’ll learn how content management systems work, WordPress basics, how to make WordPress a CMS, how to move a site from XHTML/CSS to a CMS, how to leverage APIs and more.
What Will I Learn:
- A practical process for building websites
- XHTML, CSS, jQuery and other essential Web technologies
- How to use WordPress and other content management systems to deploy dynamic, large-scale sites
- How responsive design can be used to build one site for multiple desktop and mobile platforms
- What HTML5 and CSS3 have in store for web developers
- Essential web design principles
- How to use APIs to enhance your sites
- How to integrate social media for maximum benefit
Who should take this course:
- Entrepreneurs, freelancers and others who want to create their own websites, whether portfolio sites, product sites or a news and information sites
- Anyone working on a website who needs a firmer understanding of how all the parts fit together
- Anyone who’s dabbled in HTML and wants to take their skills to the next level
- Teachers looking for a crash course in modern web technologies to share with their students
- WordPress users who want to learn more about how to customize their sites
Casey Frechette is a visiting assistant professor in the journalism and media studies department and the director of online research and development at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg and an adjunct with The Poynter Institute. He teaches digital media and researches the role of technology in learning.