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 websites with the most popular tools in this four-week online group seminar. This hands-on, project-based course will help you develop website-building skills from the ground up – no prior coding experience necessary.

You’ll learn how to create news, media or marketing 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 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. ET

Week 1 (Live Class: May 15)
So You Want To Run a Website
This week, you’ll learn how to get started with your very own website, why a content management system can save your life and what makes WordPress the most popular website-building tool.

Week 2 (Live Class: May 22)
WordPress: The Basics
This week, you’ll learn how to administer a WordPress site. You’ll create content and users, modify themes and install must-have plugins.

Week 3 (Live Class: May 29)
WordPress: Next Steps
This week, you’ll learn how to customize WordPress to make it look and act exactly the way you want. You’ll find out how to use it for more than just a blog, and how untap all its hidden power.

Week 4 (Live Class: June 5)
Leveling Up With HTML & CSS
This week, you’ll roll up your sleeves and learn how to use the building blocks of the web — HTML and CSS — to bring your WordPress site to the next level.

What Will I Learn:
  • A practical process for building websites
  • Essential WordPress skills
  • HTML, CSS and other essential web technologies
  • Foundational 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.