Tags: Access and Affordability
, Diversity and Inclusion
Motivated to ensure that web design is accessible for a broad range of learners, Dr. Colleen Van Lent developed Web Design for Everybody as a Specialization for the masses. This comprehensive series of introductory MOOCs introduces novice learners to the fundamentals of web design and has the potential to reach millions of students who previously have not been granted access to technology by providing them with a guided entry into the logistics of creating web pages. Additionally, the material centers on creating sites that are accessible to a diverse range of users. Learners are supplied with the ability to create and update pre-existing front-end sites and frameworks, resulting in a responsive, professional-level portfolio across three platforms. Overall, the course provides entry into the world of web design by making introductory web development skills accessible to a wide array of students from varying backgrounds while also creating a robust set of learning materials to support existing courses on the U-M campus.