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Coursera: Introduction to HTML5

 with  Colleen Van Lent, Ph.D.
Thanks to a growing number of software programs, it seems as if anyone can make a webpage. But what if you actually want to understand how the page was created? There are great textbooks and online resources for learning web design, but most of those resources require some background knowledge. This course is designed to help the novice who wants to gain confidence and knowledge. We will explore the theory (what actually happens when you click on a link on a webpage?), the practical (what do I need to know to make my own page?), and the overlooked (I have a page, what do I do now?). Throughout the course there will be a strong emphasis on adhering to syntactic standards for validation and semantic standards to promote wide accessibility for users with disabilities. The textbook we use is available online, “The Missing Link: An Introduction to Web Development and Programming” by Michael Mendez from www.opensuny.org.

This course will appeal to a wide variety of people, but specifically those who would like a step-by-step description of the basics. There are no prerequisites for this course and it is assumed that students have no prior programming skills or IT experience. The course will culminate in a small final project that will require the completion of a very simple page with links and images. The focus of this course is on the basics, not appearance. You can see a sample final page at http://intro-webdesign.com/html5-plain.html.

This is the first course in the Web Design For Everybody specialization. Subsequent courses focus on the marketable skills of styling the page with CSS3, adding interactivity with JavaScript and enhancing the styling with responsive design. You can see a sample site for the capstone course at http://intro-webdesign.com/

Syllabus

Week One
This week we will uncover the "mystery" behind the Internet. What happens when you type a URL into your browser so that a webpage magically appears? What is HTML5 and what happened to HTML 1 - 4? We will also cover some practical concepts that you need to master before you begin coding your own pages.

Week Two
This week you will need to take a deep breath and jump into coding. I will cover a large number of HTML tags, but it is important that you do more than just listen to these video and read the text book material. You need to practice (and fail!) in order to learn. Believe it or not, once you master the basic idea of using tags and attributes you will know everything you need to use any HTML5 tag. The page may not look the way you want it to look yet, but you will be able to use text, links, images, tables, and even music and videos! If you want to refer to a textbook this week for reinforcement of concepts, we will be covering Chapters 7 (again), 9, 10, 11, 13, 16, and 18. Some of the quiz questions may come from the reading!!

Week Three
Okay, you created a file...what now? This week we will begin by covering the important but often overlooked concepts of validation and accessibility. Did you follow the DOM structure when you created your page? Did you use semantic tags to make sure that page viewers can access all of the information, even if they have physical or cognitive disabilities? This is knowledge you can use if you would like to pursue a career as a web accessibility specialist. Finally I will briefly cover the steps needed to post your site to the web. There are many free and paid services that you can use to get your work off your computer and on to the Internet.

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Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
Pace Upcoming
Subject Web Development
Provider Coursera
Language English
Certificates Paid Certificate Available
Calendar 3 weeks long
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2 years ago
Ericdo1810 completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
The QUALITY of the course instructional style and content: top-notched. You can feel the passion of the course instructor, Dr. Collene when she discusses about all the necessary knowledge in HTML5, the history of HTML, its evolution and the reasoning behind developing a global standard for web-page content language. H Read More
The QUALITY of the course instructional style and content: top-notched.

You can feel the passion of the course instructor, Dr. Collene when she discusses about all the necessary knowledge in HTML5, the history of HTML, its evolution and the reasoning behind developing a global standard for web-page content language. Her passion, coupled with the easy-to-understand lecture slides, are what make this course a really good starting ground for beginner.

I would have gone further to say that this course instructional quality may be even better than many on-campus courses. So, 5/5 stars for that.

However, what is lacking in this course is, the quizzes are rather memory-work-based. Though I understand the instructor really worked hard to deliver quality content, I feel like the quizzes can be improved to include simple code-input questions, or code-analysing questions, rather than consisting mainly of memory work MCQs.

The final project is also a good learning opportunity. The design of the project requirement is good. It requires hands-on application of all the basic concepts in HTML5. However, what is lacking is that the final project should have been peer-reviewed instead of being auto-graded (through an auto-grader that doesn't work).

So, the reason why I think this course is only 4/5 is because of the quizzes being too easy and memory-based and the final project grading mechanism being systematic. Overall, must say this is a very good course for beginner. Not for advanced though, advanced people should look to the HTML5 course on edX offered by W3Cx (WWW Consortium).
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Anna Gb completed this course.
The instructor might be a good web developer, but neither she nor anyone else on her team know how to write a parser. Unfortunately, that is exactly what they attempted to do for grading Final Projects. Unless you are ready to suffer through several hours of tearing your hair out because their parser does not accept p Read More
The instructor might be a good web developer, but neither she nor anyone else on her team know how to write a parser. Unfortunately, that is exactly what they attempted to do for grading Final Projects.

Unless you are ready to suffer through several hours of tearing your hair out because their parser does not accept perfectly written code, don't take this course. The only thing you'll learn through the experience is that some people should stay as far away from writing autograders as the planet would allow them.

Additionally, the information presented in this course is available in several better structured and presented versions both on Coursera and other MOOC platforms. So you don't need this course in particular in order to learn the material.
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Kagimu Brian Vicent completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This course was easy to understand and had a lot of content that helped me transform from a developer who loved talking about the web to actually coding for the web. I recommend for anyone interested in knowing more about web development and who knows you just may be the front end developer the world is looking for
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Samuel Octavianus completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course is really good for beginners who want to dive in to the world of web design / development. This course provides a basic foundation and understanding of HTML5. As for the instructor, she explanied every topics really well and the course also provides balanced hours of coding practice.
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Anonymous dropped this course.
"Web Design for Everybody" is a quite encouraging name. However, the course seems to actually assume some previous knowledge. Poorly edited videos also add to the frustration.
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Anonymous completed this course.
Taught a lot of html5 techniques, best practices, etc.

However, assignments are very limited. Quizzes are very easy to pass provided the learner bothers to Google. Not requiring much critical thinking or serious work to pass the course.
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I think that what makes this course a great introductory one is the instructor, Colleen van Lent. She has a positive and engaging manner in the way she presents the material. But that's not all: when needed, she explains key aspects in detail, warns you what you should be really careful of. Additionally, in the course Read More
I think that what makes this course a great introductory one is the instructor, Colleen van Lent. She has a positive and engaging manner in the way she presents the material. But that's not all: when needed, she explains key aspects in detail, warns you what you should be really careful of. Additionally, in the course you can find a lot of useful and interesting links. One final thing that I would like to point is that,in this lesson,not only do you learn the basics of HTML, but also you get a grasp of other aspects like accessibility.
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This course was easy to understand and had a lot of content that helped me transform from a developer who loved talking about the web to actually coding for the web. I recommend for anyone interested in knowing more about web development and who knows you just may be the front end developer the world is looking for
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This course was easy to understand and had a lot of content that helped me transform from a developer who loved talking about the web to actually coding for the web. I recommend for anyone interested in knowing more about web development and who knows you just may be the front end developer the world is looking for
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Siddharth Tiwari dropped this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.
loads very slow otherwise it will be more informative for the learners ,slow load adds to frustration . please improve this section first so learners will not be able to experience this
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