Building Effective Websites for Better User Experience (Summer 2018)

Course Overview

Building Effective Websites for Better User Experience (Summer 2018)
Online Group Seminar
Time Estimate:
The course runs for a duration of four weeks.

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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.

We will offer this online group seminar on the following dates in 2018:
May 11 to June 10, 2018
Applications are due by: May 10, 2018

Learn to create beautiful, functional interactive stories in this four-week online group seminar. This hands-on, project-based course will help you develop multimedia storytelling skills from the ground up – no prior coding 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 multimedia stories 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 stories.

It may take up to five hours each week to complete the work.

Here’s what you can expect each week:

Live classes: Tuesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. EST

Week 1 (Live Class: May 15)
Multimedia Storytelling Tools, Techniques, and Principles
In this week, you’ll learn what we can do with web development techniques, how progressive enhancement and graceful degradation work, the tools we’ll be using for this course, and see examples from established professionals.

Week 2 (Live Class: May 22)
Introduction to Technology
In this week, you’ll learn how content management systems work and CMS basics. Learn about how to use platforms, publishing tools, bootstrap, foundation, and shorthand.

Week 3 (Live Class: May 29)
Web Design Principles
In this week, you’ll learn web design fundamentals, how to create website wireframes and more. You’ll learn design techniques for how to use galleries, maps, pull out quotes, parallax, and interactive design.

Week 4 (Live Class: June 5)
Final Publish/Review
In this week, we’ll publish our stories. Learn how to integrate with our CMS and more.

What Will I Learn:
  • A practical process for building websites
  • HTML5, CSS3 and other essential web technologies
  • How responsive design can be used to build one site for multiple desktop and mobile platforms
  • Essential web design principles
Who should take this course:
  • Entrepreneurs, freelancers and others who want to create their own web content
  • 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
Course Instructor:

Casey Frechette

Casey Frechette is an assistant professor in the journalism and media studies department at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg where he teaches digital media and researches technology, journalism and education.

Technical Requirements:

No special software is needed. However, we strongly recommend you have a high-speed or broadband connection. For Mac users, we recommend accessing this course with Firefox or Safari 2.x or higher.