Learn to Code for the Web
I recently earned a free certificate from FutureLearn by taking . This entry level HTML & CSS courses is presented by the University of Leeds . If you already have basic HTML and CSS ...
- Quality of Presentation4.9
- How Effectively the Course Teaches the Subject4.5
- Value Proposition (Was This Course Worth It?)5.0
- Our Review of the Website Overall4.1
I recently earned a free certificate from FutureLearn by taking “Learn to Code for the Web“ [ futurelearn.com]. This entry level HTML & CSS courses is presented by the University of Leeds [ leeds.ac.uk].
If you already have basic HTML and CSS experience, there is no need for this course. For everyone else, stick around for my full review.
- After completing this course, I feel like anyone can follow along these instructions and in two weeks time have a firm grasp on the fundamentals of HTML [ mozilla.org]and CSS [ w3.org].
- Anyone who is already familiar with the basics of CSS and HTML should skip this course though.
- Even if you’ve never coded or are not technologically inclined, this course will have you coding in under 2 weeks.
Who Should Take This Course?
So many jobs today revolve around the web, which is why having a basic understanding of HTML and CSS is essential. Using email, creating eBay or Craigslist listings, or writing blog posts all benefit from having at least a basic understanding of HTML/CSS.
FutureLearn’s “Learn to Code for the Web” [ futurelearn.com] is the perfect entry point to anyone who is new to the basic coding that powers the web.
This is an entry level two week course that is designed for those who want to get up-to-speed rather quickly on how and why the web works the way it does. The course has several short videos, a handful of non-graded practice quizzes, and some interactive coding exercises that you’re able to do directly in your web browser. At the end, there is an exam.
Completing the Course, Passing the Exam & Getting a Free Certificate
At the time of writing, this course comes with a free digital upgrade which grants you full access to premium features like certificate or completion, interactive exams and more.
If you click on my certificate it will verify that I do hold this certificate:
When you complete this course you will also be issued a PDF certificate as well as a verification link like this one, which will allow you to put your verifiable certificates on your LinkedIn or other online resumes or resources.
What Is Actually Covered In The Course?
The course is divided into two sections: week 1 and week 2. Week 1 is all about introducing concepts while week 2 is about letting you play with those concepts in action.
Here is my breakdown of the course. Week 1 is about theory and is roughly organized like this:
- Orientation and introduction
- A real basic overview of how the internet works
- A look into what code is and how it is used to make computers do tasks for us
- A sneak-peak behind the hood of a webpage by looking at a site’s source code
- An introduction to CSS styling and how it is different than HTML
- A recap of the first week
As I said, week 1 is largely about theory. Week 2 is about practice and can be summed up as:
- Getting introduced to “Codepen” an online tool that lets you code in your browser and see the results
- Using Codepen to edit HTML for the first time
- Editing and applying CSS styles to target specific HTML elements
- Bringing it all together to understand how websites are built and the role that HTML/CSS have in the business world
- Final Exam
To be awarded your Certificate of Completion, you need to complete at least 90% of the steps on the course and pass the final exam with a score of 70% or higher. After completion, you still have access to the course materials. You are also emailed a PDF certificate and are issued a URL that you can give out or link to prove the authenticity of your award.
Concluding Thoughts on the “Learn to Code for the Web” Course
The web has become such a common part of modern life, that it can be easy to ignore the underlying tech that powers it. However, once you dig into HTML and CSS code a bit, you will come to see that it is easy to read and write and has all kinds of practical use in the real-world.
This course is polished and complete. I find everything in this course to be aesthetically pleasing, functional and informative.
I have no problem recommending this course to anyone, of virtually any age, just as long as they’ve used the internet a fair bit.
Well, that about concludes my thoughts on this course. It wasn’t anything new or challenging to me, but it was a fun little refresher course on the fundamentals.
Thanks for reading this review. This is both the perfect course for those completely new to HTML/CSS and also a complete waste of time if you’re already happily coding in both these languages. If you’ve taken the course and would like to share your experience, please leave your review below. Keep learning and growing!
Learn to Code for the Web by FutureLearnFREE
Quality of Presentation4.9/5
How Effectively the Course Teaches The Subject4.5/5
Our Review of the Website Overall4.1/5
- Starts small and stays focused on the fundamentals
- Serves as a really good introduction to HTML & CSS
- Good lesson structure with a variety of teaching methods and excercises
- The final exam felt a little brief but was adequate