Looking For Good Online Class
Posted 05 March 2007 - 09:45 AM
My company has offered to pay for an online class for me. Somewhere in the $300 range is what I told them. My problem is that I have never taken a class online before, and don't even know reputable schools.
I'm looking for classes along the lines of the ones I've listed below that would start in the next month or so:
Intermediate CSS Workshop
Introduction to Dreamweaver
Can anyone point me to a good school that might fit my need.
Thanks in advance.
Posted 05 March 2007 - 12:32 PM
Welcome to the forums!
Let me start with a caveat; I've never taken an online class and cannot speak for their quality or anything.
2) I'd recommend 2 books to you:
Designing with Web Standards (2nd Edition) by Jeffrey Zeldman:
Between them, after shipping, they'll set you back about $60; then you can pick a good HTML reference book if needs be, and you will probably still be below $100.
Work your way through them, and make a few dummy projects to test your skills. Keep visiting these forums to ask when you get stuck; the other forums that may be of use are the Webmaster World, which are free also. You'll find these forums are filled with very helpful and knowledgable people, who can answer the specific questions you have.
I think this sort of approach would allow you to cater to teaching yourself more specifically to your current skill level, and to would also be a method of learning you could sustain over years as you improve your skills.
I hope this is of some help.
Posted 05 March 2007 - 12:56 PM
Thanks for the advice. I will check those books out.
I think the reason I want to do a class at this point has more to do with self-discipline than anything else. I write code and look at books all day long at work. I know I can do more reading when I finally get home at night, I just never do.
I'm the type of person who needs a class structure to really sit down and bang this stuff out. Plus, I would be motivated by employer's expectations after shelling out the $$$. Hope that makes sense.
I'm self-taught in 95% of the stuff I know. Books and forums have given me a lot. But it would be great at this point to learn from an actual person.
Posted 08 March 2007 - 09:27 PM
Edited by tinkerbellchime, 08 March 2007 - 09:32 PM.
Posted 09 March 2007 - 06:52 AM
That sounds like exactly what I was looking for. I'm gonna check it out, and hopefully sign up for a few.
Good luck with your own classes, and thanks again.
Posted 14 March 2007 - 12:02 PM
Books and mucking around. It's the way forward!
Posted 14 March 2007 - 04:57 PM
What sort of contact do you have with the tutor during your courses? What format do the classes take (all text instruction, photos, video?)? I'm tempted to take one to see what they are like.
Posted 15 March 2007 - 01:06 AM
I think ed2go.com is great, but some of the material is dated. When I took HTML 1 and 2, for example, there was very little CSS.
Tom, the only time you interact with the instructor is if you post a question in the class forum. To be honest, Iíve only posted one question. I got a reply within a day or two. I seldom even look at the forums anymore.
The lessons are all text with a few screen shots. No videos.
I find that the male instructors are better because they have a more direct writing style than the women. One instructor spent a page and half explaining how she got into her field.
I take online classes so I donít have to be put in a group to teach the slow students how to do things that they would rather not learn. Iím not there to do the teacherís work! Besides, if you pay for your theater ticket you shouldnít have to run the projector. (Iím a teacher, so I can say this!)
Their classes are fast, so this allows you to really make progress.
Edited by tinkerbellchime, 15 March 2007 - 01:17 AM.
Posted 15 March 2007 - 07:51 AM
In some ways I think 'text + screenshots, with a forum' sounds a lot like buying a book and using this forum (for a lot cheaper). But I guess a lot of it is about the structure of having a class and a timetable to work from.
For most technical things I like to get a book and dive in and play about with it. However, with a design course (like their Illustrator course), I would just be all over the place, so that sort of structure might work in my favour.
Thanks again -- I'll let you know if I do try them out.
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