Programming for Non-Geeks: Easy Interactivity

Course Overview

Programming for Non-Geeks: Easy Interactivity
Originally Broadcast On:
January 21, 2011
Time Estimate:
One hour for the main presentation and questions. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

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This Webinar was originally broadcast on:
January 21, 2011 Enroll Now
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Have you ever wanted to create simple animations for your content, add slick rollover effects or put other interactive elements on your site? jQuery is the easiest way to make your content more engaging and interactive and to enhance the interface of your site.

Even if you've never written a line of code, you can learn how to use jQuery to create slideshows, add a news ticker or interactive centerpiece, embed Google maps and more. jQuery lets you do all of this and not worry about whether it works on mobile devices or certain browsers. And, you'll be able to use jQuery whether your site runs on Drupal, WordPress or any other platform.

This Webinar is not designed for programmers or others who have already worked in jQuery. It's for those who are looking to get started in jQuery. You'll learn how it works and get specific ways to enhance your content, with either custom code or pre-made plugins.

What Will I Learn:
  • How to get started: which software you need and where to get it
  • Some basic techniques to enhance your content, even as a non-programmer
  • What plugins are and which one plugins to consider when creating news-oriented content
  • About tools to make your jQuery development easier
  • About top resources to know and bookmark
Who Should Take this Course:

News producers and other beginners interested in the basics of jQuery. Whether you're working on an open-source platform for a startup or within a legacy CMS, jQuery can make your content more usable and engaging. We'll show you how.

Course Instructor:

Casey Frechette

Casey Frechette is an assistant professor in the journalism and media studies department at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg where he teaches digital media and researches technology, journalism and education.

Technical Requirements:

This Webinar contains audio. Please adjust your headphones or speakers.
We strongly suggest viewing our Webinars with a wired connection.

  • Flash Player - Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 or higher
  • Browsers - Mozilla Firefox 2 or higher; Safari 2 or higher; Google Chrome (any version)
    Windows users can also use Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or higher
  • Bandwidth - 256Kbps (512Kbps recommended)

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