This week I am going to describe online training resource, Code Academy, and how it can help you with your professional development. You may already be familiar with this website, which is great! You will have an advantage in your upcoming assignment!
You might wonder how someone who has a Ph.D. in recreation and sport management turned into a web developer and instructional designer - it was because of sites like Code Academy that got me interested in the topic. I spent some free time I had on weekends and taught myself how to build websites. I quickly became good at making websites and putting courses online that I made a career change in 2011 to an IT-related field. I am definitely not suggesting that you change your career choices, recreation and sport management is a great field and I miss it; however, skills, such as web design, are valuable for almost any industry. You might work for a company that would like to make a website or you might have to update a website with your event information. So even thought you are not going to be an IT major or professional, HTML and CSS are, as Bostonians say, "wicked cool."
Code Academy provides lessons within each topic that helps you work toward a final project. We will be doing a similar final project in this class, which is why I am having everyone become familiar with this resource.
Ok! Time to get started. Go to Code Academy and sign up for an acount. Once you have done that, sign up for the HTML and CSS lesson and start your coding adventure. For an upcoming assignment I am going to ask you to complete the HTML module online, specifically these sections:
You can get started on this assignment this week because Code Academy saves your progress.