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Introduction to HTML5, University of Michigan

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About this Course

Thanks to a growing number of software programs, it seems as if anyone can make a webpage. But what if you actually want to understand how the page was created? There are great textbooks and online resources for learning web design, but most of those resources require some background knowledge. This course is designed to help the novice who wants to gain confidence and knowledge. We will explore the theory (what actually happens when you click on a link on a webpage?), the practical (what do I need to know to make my own page?), and the overlooked (I have a page, what do I do now?). Throughout the course there will be a strong emphasis on adhering to syntactic standards for validation and semantic standards to promote wide accessibility for users with disabilities. The textbook we use is available online, “The Missing Link: An Introduction to Web Development and Programming” by Michael Mendez from This course will appeal to a wide variety of people, but specifically those who would like a step-by-step description of the basics. There are no prerequisites for this course and it is assumed that students have no prior programming skills or IT experience. The course will culminate in a small final project that will require the completion of a very simple page with links and images. The focus of this course is on the basics, not appearance. You can see a sample final page at This is the first course in the Web Design For Everybody specialization. Subsequent courses focus on the marketable skills of styling the page with CSS3, adding interactivity with JavaScript and enhancing the styling with responsive design. You can see a sample site for the capstone course at

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Sep 27, 2017

I really enjoyed everything about this course. I thought the exercises/quizzes were fair and the instructor showed me many things that will serve me well going forward. Great course, great instructor!


Nov 11, 2017

Good introduction to web development. The teacher (Colleen van Lent) has great attitude and seems interested in getting students themselves interested... she explained the intro topics very clearly.

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By Aryan Gupta

Feb 19, 2019

I really like this course. this helped me a lot and it help me to build my robust carrier in web development. I really recommand you this course.

By Sajad Yarzada

Feb 16, 2019

Overall, this course is pretty good. Colleen explains the concepts very well and also directs to other resources that can be helpful. However, it will be more effective if there are more coding exercises especially, in week 2 where there is a lot of discussion on "tags". Lastly, the only part which I did not find very useful was the "peer reviewed final project" and the reason behind that is that for some people like me who are going through the course very rapidly, have to wait until someone reviews your course and that takes some time to be completed.


Feb 16, 2019


By John Michael

Feb 14, 2019

Good intro to HTML5. I rated it 4 stars because I feel the instructor spent too much time on accessibility and validation. Although important, 1 video might have been enough. As a web designer/developer I worked for several major international companies and accessibility/validation was never a high priority with them. I had to go to the mat at times to get them to change their standards. When the instructor did discuss accessibility, she should have provided examples of what a reader looks like and how they are used.

Also, there were several quiz questions about the info in some of the OPTIONAL readings. If it is optional, they should not have been included in the quizzes.

The final test HTML should have included a simple table and not the <display> tag. The display tag is rarely used, yet tables are very important.

By zenghaijia

Feb 13, 2019

Very good videos and super nice teacher!

By Shubham Gupta

Feb 12, 2019

Great course for the beginner


Feb 09, 2019

Its great Course

By Mario Andretti

Feb 06, 2019

Extremely useful, glad I participated. Unfortunately too little coding but I hope you will make it up to in CSS course. Would recommend 9/10.

By Brittni Lighthizer

Feb 06, 2019

Honestly one of my favorite classes ive taken


Feb 06, 2019

Very well prepared content to get enough knowledge on basic HTML5. It definitely help the beginners to expand their knowledge on HTML5.