Studying HTML on EDx has put me in an interesting position.
It’s one of surprise…
In university life, I took classes on CALL and, to be honest, I never found it to anything more than decorative fluff lackluster in content. There were CD ROMS, click through procedural pictures, archaic datasets, and email support
Learning online with EDx
Initially, for me, studying HTML on EDx was just to be a quick refresher for my HTML, but that stopped the moment that I found resources and attention on par with what you’d expect from a well structured university class: with TA David Neil, or =dn as he refers to himself, often responding within a day or two with wit and clarity. The inclusive sharing of industry insight and the excellent resources make this series a true breathe of fresh air for the realm of CALL.
This is a class that was designed and is maintained as a cooperation between Intel and W3C to help HTML curious webizens. I’m amazed with how well it works. If you are looking to learn HTML, you don’t need to look anywhere else, but don’t expect to breeze through it. Each week of material, they recommend six-hours of study time. I find, in my own study time, that it will take more than that if you read through all the extra literature and you take the coding activity assignments seriously. As you can already imagine learning any language, computer or otherwise, easy doesn’t really translate; but with a TA like =dn, you might actually enjoy the work, as I do.
The courses are part of the XSeries certification program. I won’t go into detail on that, but on a general level what it means is that it’s a specially-structured highly dense learning curriculum with the purpose of preparing students for application. Each XSeries program requires you to run through the matrix of classes to get full certification. The HTML program is no different. It is composed of three classes:
- HTML5 Introduction
- HTML5 Part 1: HTML5 Coding Essentials and Best Practices
- HTML5 Part 2: Advanced Techniques for Designing HTML5 Apps
If you decide to give it a shot, give me a shout. I would love to hear how you take to the program and would be more than happy to work on a collaborative project.