Build the Web

Thursdays 5:00-7:00pm Library Fishbowl

What will we be doing?

This workshop series will focus on HTML, CSS and JS. Each participant will be working on creating a website as we learn. The series will have a heavy focus on 'learning by doing.'


What you should expect of yourself:

  • Practice & Exploration- you will need to try things out and test your boundaries
  • Learning is messy- failure is actually a very useful and important part of programming
  • Collaboration- learn from and & share with others
  • Independence- you will need to practice on your own
  • Expect to spend time outside of the workshops if you want to get the most out of what we cover


Why are YOU here?

  • How will you apply what you learn?
  • Do you have a specific project you are working on?
  • What kind of experience do you have with web development or computer programming?

What do YOU expect from the series?

  • Beyond building a site?
  • Do you prefer more freedom or more structure?
  • Are there any specific topics you want to address or explore?


Learning is not 'one size fits all'

  • Through learning-by-doing and exploration, we will creating flexibility in how we learn and what content we cover
  • Through independent exploration we will try, fail & succeed at things that couldn't be planned
  • Learning through exploration will give you a deeper understanding of the concepts
  • Don't be afraid to break anything! We won't be learning nearly enough to get us to the point where we might be able to break the Internet.


Respect for each other & our ideas

  • We want a diversity of voices/ideas
  • Try not to 'shoot anyone down'
    • Use "Yes, and..." to be constructive
  • We will all make mistakes and ask for help
  • Encourage exploration - try doing things differently to see what happens
    • allow others to try things on their own
    • offer support, without being controlling


Basic Plan/Timeline

  • HTML (2-3 weeks)
  • CSS (2-3 weeks)
  • JavaScript (2-3 weeks)


  • Other issues:
    • design
    • mobile design
    • accessibility
    • CSS3/HTML5
    • Databases (MySQL)
    • other ideas?


There will be overlap with these- plan on ~8 weeks total