Due 2016-09-27 Tue before class

You do not have to become a coder to do well in this course. However, you will have to be willing to explore technical skills that you might not otherwise develop as a humanities scholar. In this initial assignment, we’ll use one of the web’s many excellent self-education platforms to learn the very basics of how web pages work.

Web pages are composed of three components: HTML, CSS, and Javascript. HTML provides the structure and content of a web page; CSS controls the style of presentation; and Javascript permits dynamic modification of both. To explore the web from the inside, you need to be alittle bit comfortable in all three.

Assignment is a platform that focusses on teaching web skills; head over there and set up an account. Once you’ve done that, complete the HTML & CSS course, which will take about 7 hours.

Once you have finished, send me a link to your profile page (click “view my Profile” under the top right menu item with your picture on it). That’s all! But feel free to continue exploring on Codeacademy – there’s lots to learn and much of it will be helpful to this course, or to your further explorations in this field.


Already a web hotshot? If you feel like you already know everything you need to about HTML, CSS, and Javascript, prove it to me:

  • Set up an account on Github. Upload one of your completed projects there. Send me the link so I can explore.

You can learn more about git and github here. This information will come in handy later, so it’s well worth your time now.