Building Effective Websites for Better User Experience

About this product

This hands-on, project-based course will help you develop website-building skills from the ground up – no prior coding experience necessary.


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Teaching dates

May 17 – June 16

Live video sessions

Tuesday, May 21 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 28 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 11 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

If you’re unable to attend a live session, there will be a recording available.

Learn to create beautiful, functional websites with the most popular tools in this four-week online group seminar. This hands-on, project-based course will help you develop website-building skills from the ground up – no prior coding experience necessary.

You’ll learn how to create news, media or marketing websites that communicate your message and engage your audience.

You can participate in this training experience when and where you want, and you’ll gain a comprehensive skill set to build polished, professional stories.

It may take up to five hours each week to complete the work.


Casey Frechette

Dr. Casey Frechette is an associate professor in the department of journalism and digital communication at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg where he teaches digital media and researches technology, journalism and education.

Frechette is a former interactive learning producer with Poynter’s News University and adjunct with Poynter. He also produced multimedia lessons at the University of New Mexico. He has degrees in media arts and computer science, with a concentration in digital audio and video production, and organizational learning and instructional technologies. His dissertation concerns the effects of animated characters in web-based learning environments.

What will I learn

  • A practical process for building websites
  • Essential WordPress skills
  • HTML, CSS and other essential web technologies
  • Foundational web design principles

Who should take this course

  • Entrepreneurs, freelancers and others who want to create their own web content
  • Anyone working on a website who needs a firmer understanding of how all the parts fit together
  • Anyone who’s dabbled in HTML and wants to take their skills to the next level
  • Teachers looking for a crash course in modern web technologies to share with their students

About online group seminars

In an online group seminar, you will gather with other participants in a virtual space, logging in from anywhere, day or night, over the course of several weeks. A faculty member guides the group through new material, moderates discussions and provides individual feedback.

Time estimate

The content of this course unfolds over several weeks. There are few scheduled live meeting times. Except for several live discussions, you’ll be able to learn on a schedule that works for you. The minimum time commitment each week is three to four hours.


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