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Course Review: HTML5 & CSS3 Fundamentals: Development for Absolute Beginners

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Provider: Microsoft Virtual Academy [course page]

English: Diagram of the HTML5 block elements: ...

English: Diagram of the HTML5 block elements: body, header, navigation, section, article, paragraph, aside, and footer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lecturer: Bob Tabor from LearnVisualStudio.Net
Subject: Computer Science / Webpage Design
Delivery: Self-paced, Asynchronous study
Completion Date: 11/07/2013

Description: Bob Tabor delivers 21 fast-paced but easy to follow lessons on HTML5 and CSS3 using basic tools such as Notepad and some browser-based addons. It should be noted that this series was made for the Channel9 website before being added to the MVA website. It was also made after one of his other Channel9 courses Javascript Fundamentals: Development for Absolute Beginners, which I am currently in the middle of and highly recommend.

Strengths: The pace of the course and the enthusiastic manner in which Bob Tabor delivers the lessons engages the student right from the beginning. He offers these lessons with Semantics and Structure in mind early on as these concepts are becoming more relevant for making website content accessible to devices such as e-readers, as well as discovery on search engines. This struck me as a rather intelligent approach and makes them a priority rather than an afterthought for folks wanting to learn about web design or simply trying to update their own knowledge from previous versions of HTML and CSS.

Weaknesses: If there were only flaws or errors in this course, I didn’t notice them. Unless you count the complete lack of elephants and monkeys, but that is another issue… 😉

Conclusion: Though I’d completed a course track on web design on another site recently, I found myself understanding a lot more about the concepts through Bob’s teaching. He offered great examples and used free tools, which is freaking awesome for anyone starting out. Seriously, if you want to learn the fundamentals of creating a website, you should really watch these lectures and do the various activities Bob Tabor runs the viewer through during the course. And if you get something out of it, take some time out to post a review of the course, send some kudos the direction of Bob, and if you have some coin then consider paying for membership at LearnVisualStudio.Net

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