Kyle Harms received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2017 at Washington University in St. Louis. Under the supervision of Dr. Caitlin L. Kelleher, he investigated leveraging completion problems to help enable middle school students to learn computer programming independently. He has completed and published research on a variety of topics relating to young learners and learning how to code, both through structured programs and through self-taught methods. His software work is available on the novice programming environment, Looking Glass, and the open source program github.
In this course, students will start by identifying the various types of elements that exist in a web page and the importance of information architecture. They will immediately begin organizing and structuring web page content and then markup the content using HTML. This process will introduce the document object model, which enables students to build a mental model of how web pages are built and how web browsers render those pages. Important facets of writing valid HTML that is also semantically sound are introduced through a number of code writing activities. From single page coding, we zoom out to explore how websites with multiple pages, hyperlinks, and navigation are organized and developed. Students will take these new skills and apply them to building a simple multi-page website with valid code and a functional navigation.
You are required to have completed the following course or have equivalent experience before taking this course:
- Framing Front-End Web Development
Key Course Takeaways
- Identify and organize the types of elements used to structure content in a semantically meaningful way
- Mark-up content with HTML elements to produce valid HTML
- Build a mental model of how a browser “translates” (renders) HTML into on-screen components
- Define, structure, and build the navigation of a multipage website
- Manage and maintain multiple files within a website
- Define the relationship between HTML files using hyperlinks
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
- Aspiring web developers, web designers, and UX designers
- Backend programmers who need front-end skills to become full-stack developers
- Self-taught web programmers