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Codecademy

codecademy htmlHTML & CSS

This course is offered through Codecademy — you can add it to your Accredible profile to organize your learning, find others learning the same thing and to showcase evidence of your learning on your CV with Accredible’s export features.

Course Date: Anytime (self-paced)
Price: free

Syllabus

Introduction to HTML

  • HTML Basics
  • Fundamentals of HTML
  • Build Your Own Webpage - Now that you know HTML, you can create your very own webpage. Let’s get started!

HTML Structure: Using Lists

  • HTML Basics II - Now that you know how to build a webpage, let’s learn how to make it look a little nicer. You can add lists, change fonts, and more!
  • Social Networking Profile - It’s hard to believe, but you now know enough HTML to create your own basic social networking profile! Let’s get started.

HTML Structure: Tables, Divs, and Spans

  • HTML Basics III - Paragraphs and lists are great, but sometimes you want to lay your webpage out in a more complex way. Enter tables, divs, and spans!
  • Clickable Photo Page - Have you ever wanted to make a photo album or collection of images like the ones you’ve seen on Facebook or Pinterest? All it takes is a table.

Introduction to CSS

  • CSS: An Overview - CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) are what give your HTML pages their beautiful appearance. You’ve got the HTML structure down pat—now it’s time to make your website look great!
  • Design a Button for Your Website - Now that you know some CSS, you can style great-looking buttons for your webpages.

CSS Classes and IDs

  • CSS Selectors - You’ve learned a bit about CSS—now it’s time to dive into the details of selectors, including multiple selectors, universal selectors, and class and ID selectors.
  • Sorting Your Friends - You’ve probably got a lot of friends on social networking sites, but they’re not all your friends: you’ve probably got acquaintances, family members, coworkers, classmates, and so on. Let’s sort them with CSS!

CSS Element Positioning

  • CSS Positioning - Now that you know exactly how to style any HTML element you want, it’s time to learn how to place them exactly where you want them to appear on the page.
  • Build a Resume - Ready to (wait for it)… reposition yourself?

This is a beginner level course and takes about 7 hours to complete.  If you are like me and know just enough to get yourself into trouble, this is the course for you!  Learning, coding and testing in the same screen is a great feature that makes it easier to understand and remember.

Don’t forget to update your Learner’s Profile when you add this (or any other) course.  Did you sign up?  How did you do?  Let us know in the comments below.

Accredible Contest Hack #2: How to Create Winning Self-Paced Learning Slates

The Accredible #AwesomeSlates contest is running and we’re posting the series of hacks that will help you to win it. In the last blog post we gave you some insights into creating MOOCs Slates. Today we are going to walk you through one of the most difficult paths: self-paced learning by such MOOCs as Saylor, Udemy, Treehouse and others.

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Some self-paced learning platforms – YouTube, Saylor, Khan Academy, MIT Open Courseware,  iTunes U, P2PU, Udemy, Treehouse, Codecademy

With more freedom, people gain more responsibilities. Deadlines are an effective cure to procrastination, but they are absent in the self-paced learning. Hence you need more motivation and discipline to succeed there. Still, there are many benefits in self-paced learning. In this blog post, you’ll find out how you can use it to your advantage.

Before we can begin, make sure you are signed in. Then you can create a new Slate or open an existing Slate.

How to work with the Slate?

First of all, as for MOOCs and any other type of Slates, official syllabuses are very important – so, don’t skip this step. If syllabuses are not stated, think about what and how you’ll learn and write down your own syllabuses.

Second, planning for self-paced courses is more important than for traditional ones or MOOCs since your success depends on your discipline and organization. You should know exactly what you want to achieve and by what time. When you have infinite amount of time for completion and unlimited sources of information to enhance your knowledge, you can be very easily distracted and spend much more time than you wanted. One of the ways to motivate yourself to follow your plan is to state your plans in a public document and add it to your public Slate from the beginning.

Third, you have more freedom and more time studying self-paced courses. You can put more effort and creativity into creating extra work. This will make your Slate truly innovative and beautiful and enhance its credibility. Still, be sure that you planned your work thoroughly because it’s very easy to get lost in oceans of available information.

Pro Tip 1

Accredible Slate can be very useful for you in terms of planning. Before beginning to study the subject, create a doc with detailed plan on what and when you’ll cover. Publish it in your Slate to commit yourself to this plan. The format of document may be in any way you like! You can use tabs, checkpoints, to-do’s bullets for things you want to study.

Alternatively, you can create a public Trello board to plan and schedule your course work and add it to the Accredible Slate.  This way you don’t have to worry about forgotten personal deadlines.

 

Pro Tip 2

Whenever you write some notes or take a quiz, add them to the Slate and go ahead with the learning. You could also record videos of yourself explaining what you learnt in a given unit. This way you won’t worry about lost knowledge. These archived artifacts are immensely helpful in revising too!

Danny King, CEO of Accredible, explains Gamification concepts (see it on his Gamification Slate)

You can even win $150 Amazon voucher for your learning. So don’t forget to enter your self-paced learning Slates to our #AwesomeSlates contest: https://www.accredible.com/contest

We’ve explored hacks for creating MOOC Slates earlier and self-paced learning Slates today. The next blog post will be tips for creating Accredible Slate for traditional learning. Stay tuned!

This post is part of a series on the Hacks to Create Winning Slates:

0. Contest Announcement

1. MOOC Slates

2. “Saylor category for self-paced learning” Slates (current post)

If you have any question, ideas or feedback, feel free to comment or drop a line to hello@accredible.com. What are your thoughts on planning beforehand the learning? How do you do it? Have you submitted your AwesomeSlate to the contest?

Accredible’s #AwesomeSlates Contest

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
- Benjamin Franklin

At Accredible, we believe that all kinds of education matter, whether it’s courses in traditional universities, certificates from MOOC classes or even reading books. We want to help you to learn, to show the world what you know. We are pleased to announce our #AwesomeSlates contest where you can show your learning by creating cool Slates, save and organize your knowledge, and even get prizes from us – vouchers for Amazon.

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The best Slate in each of these five categories will each win a $150 prize:

Why give you money for creating awesome Slates?

  • Motivation. We want you to challenge yourself, to explore new boundaries and discover new horizons. We want you to learn.
  • Help you to create your intellectual portfolio. Today employers and colleges want to see your knowledge, skills and talent. Your intellectual portfolio is the first step in standing out and demonstrating what you can do. Be the first, be creative and be credible.
  • Show you’re more than just a grade. We embrace your creativity, talents and aspirations, providing the place for you to show who you are. 

Today, on the 29th April, 2013 we are launching our #AwesomeSlates contest. The rules are simple: you create a Slate and submit it into one of 4 categories. The most creative, inspiring and beautiful slates of their knowledge, skills, or coursework will receive prizes and the chance to be on the first page in the history of digital education. Start building your slate now!

We want you to win! Every week we will post tips on how to create winning Slates, where to find ideas, and how to make your portfolio more effective.

The contest closes on 31st May 31st July (read about the deadline extension here) but remember, the contest isn’t about winning, it’s about your learning. As the talented coach and executive Vince Lombardi once said: “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is”. Try your best, be yourself and enter the contest. Start building your Slate now!

To submit your Slate and find the rules, go here: https://www.accredible.com/contest

Help about Accredible Slates:
Getting Started with Accredible Slates
What all can be added to a Slate

This post is part of a series on the Hacks to Create Winning Slates:

0. Contest Announcement (current post)

1. MOOC Slates

2. “Saylor category for self-paced learning” Slates

3. Formal Learning Slates

4. Knowledge/Skill Slates 

5. How to Make the Most of Accredible?

If you have any questions, ideas or feedback, feel free to comment or send us a line at hello@accredible.com