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Whether you’re looking to upgrade your skills to level-up at work, make a career switch, start your own business, or just want to learn something new, our part-time 7-week Digital Skills program has something for you.

This program is designed to give beginners essential 21st century skills you can start using right away. You’ll understand what things like UX/UI, HTML & CSS, jQuery, WordPress, SEO and SEM mean and how to incorporate them into your professional and/or personal projects. 

Featuring the same hands-on, social, and collaborative learning approach that has made Ladies Learning Code so popular, this program offers you the opportunity to learn directly from industry leading designers and developers.

Interested? Learn more about what this experience has to offer.

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Week One

The language of the web

We’ll start from the beginning with the basics of HTML & CSS – what it means, what it is and you’ll start writing your very own HTML & CSS starting on day one.

  • Creating HTML page structures
  • Writing semantic & standards compliant HTML5 (We’re only teaching the newest HTML5 & CSS3)
  • Getting started with CSS

Week 2

All about design

Students will learn about the design process, how user interactions factor into good design and some simple tools you can use and apply right away in your own projects, personally or professionally.

  • Elements of good design
  • Fonts & typography
  • Designing logos and page layouts
  • Use design software: Pixlr
  • Form design
  • How to use colour & graphics

Week 3 + 4

 Code, code, code

In weeks 3 and 4, we’ll take a deeper dive into HTML & CSS, learn about the elusive and all important ‘search engine optimization’, add contact forms to our sites and learn how to create websites that are responsive, or mobile friendly, and look good on all device types and sizes.

  • HTML/CSS fundamentals (box model, positioning, CSS3, best practices, tips & tricks)
  • Creating flexible & responsive web pages
  • SEO/SEM
  • HTML Forms, Google Forms & data manipulation with Sheets

Week 5

Adding that little sumthin’ sumthin’ to the web

Students will be introduced to programming basics and how to add interactivity to their web projects using the popular JavaScript library, jQuery. By the end of week 5, your web pages will no longer just sit there and look pretty, they’ll be full of fun interactions and ‘web tricks’.

  • JavaScript vs jQuery
  • Using jQuery effects & plugins – think photo sliders, smooth scroll, sticky navs and more!

Week 6

CMS, what?

In week 6, you will learn what content management systems are all about. We’ll explore different options for using the popular and powerful WordPress platform and tips for creating and styling content in WordPress.

  • What is a CMS?
  • WordPress.com vs WordPress.org
  • Intro to Blogging

Week 7

Ready, set, launch!

This week we’ll spend some time adding finishing touches to our projects and cover different options for getting your projects up and live for the world to see!

  • Domains & hosting
  • How to use FTP software
  • Students’ Choice – we’re letting you pick and vote on what you want to review or anything else you’d like to learn.

Saki

Digital Skills Learner

“I began the Ladies Learning Code Digital Skills course as a testing ground to see if coding was something I wanted to pursue. I was even lucky enough to receive a partial scholarship, which made participating more feasible as a recent grad. One part-time course can’t cover everything, but what I took away was more than just the basics of digital literacy. It was the confidence that this was a possible career path for me and a part of my future.  The comradery and collaborative atmosphere between the instructors, mentors, and other learners was incredibly encouraging.”

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