Interactivity with JavaScript

This certification course by the University of Michigan teaches the fundamentals of JavaScript and is intended for an audience that already knows HTML & CSS. At just 3.5 hours of video content, it provides a basic understanding of the language with a minimial investment of your time required.

Created by: Colleen van Lent

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Overall Score : 98 / 100

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Course Description

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If you want to take your website to the next level, the ability to incorporate interactivity is a must. But adding some of these types of capabilities requires a stronger programming language than HTML5 or CSS3, and JavaScript can provide just what you need. With just a basic understanding of the language, you can create a page that will react to common events such as page loads, mouse clicks & movements, and even keyboard input. This course will introduce you to the basics of the JavaScript language. We will cover concepts such as variables, looping, functions, and even a little bit about debugging tools. You will understand how the Document Object Model (DOM) is used by JavaScript to identify and modify specific parts of your page. After the course, learners will be able to react to DOM Events and dymically alter the contents and style of their page. The class will culmite in a fil project - the creation of an interactive HTML5 form that accepts and verifies input.This is the third course in the Web Design For Everybody specialization. A basic understanding of HTML and CSS is expected when you enroll in this class. Additiol courses focus on enhancing the styling with responsive design and completing a capstone project.



    • Concise introductory course perfect for complete beginners.
    • Fun and useful quizzes and peer-reviewed assignments that encourage interactivity.
    • Instructor uses a problem-solving oriented approach great for facilitating deep-learning.
    • Lacking in content, further reading and practicing beyond this course are necessary to get a solid grasp of JS fundamentals.
    • Very few practical assignments.

Instructor Details

Colleen van Lent

Colleen van Lent is a Lecturer IV at the University of Michigan School of Information, where she teaches various technology-oriented courses including introductory programming and Web development. Colleen's previous jobs include Associate Professor at California State University and positions at NASA JPL, the Naval Research Lab, and the NSA. She received her BS from Kent State University Honors College in Computer Science, and an MS and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, also in Computer Science. Her thesis was on Artificial Intelligence applications on the Nursebot Project, a robotic assistant for the elderly. Her honors include being chosen as a National Physical Sciences Consortium Fellow and a NASA Faculty Fellow. Colleen has always emphasized the idea of technology for everybody.



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By Anna S on 2-May-18

Unfortunately I have to agree with other people who reviewed this course before me. I loved the HTML and CSS course, but this one is not at their level. Difficult to follow, it doesn't give you the important basis for then let you built your own knowledge, it just gives you some random and not well organised notions and then let you figure out all by yourself. I understand it can be hard to explain javascript in 4 weeks, but this just means it should have been longer than this.

By Gens T V on 3-Dec-18

This course is a lot worse than the others in this module. It does not teach what js is, just how to do a few basic things with it. People who know any programming language will sleep through half of the lectures. People who don't won't learn to code anyway.

By Annie on 27-Feb-19

Colleen van Lent is a AMAZING instructor. I really wish all Javascript courses were taught by her - the others I have taken are difficult to follow because 1) the instructors are very monotone and seem like they don't even want to be doing this and 2) because they dont go into the logic of things or point out areas where mistakes in logic can happen. Colleen van Lent anticipates what errors are common and warns the learner about them, and she goes into why things happen in your programming and how, explaining things really well instead of just having the learner copy code that they don't understand. I can't be enthusiastic enough about Colleen van Lent's teaching style.

By Scott N on 3-Mar-19

Great class and great instructor. The peer-reviewed assignments were actually fun, and it was interesting to see how other people coded similar functionality. I feel like I have a foundational knowledge of JavaScript that I can "run with" and continue learning more complex JavaScript in other courses.

By Ngassa J on 8-Mar-19

I love this course. I was well taught and evaluated. Am better prepare for front end development thanks to this course.

By Rebecca S on 7-Apr-19

I love Colleen! She's a great instructor and I get what she's saying about pursuing additional education supplementing my new Javascript knowledge. Thanks, Colleen.

By Asfad N on 31-Mar-17

Bloody coursei am very much angry with this course

By kunal s on 1-Feb-19

Great course

By Sayan S on 1-Jan-19

Good course & good mentor

By R M A on 5-Jan-19


By Salma M R E on 12-Jan-19

Highly Recommended this Course

By Vanessa D D d S on 23-Feb-19

Great course! A must-enroll for those who wanna start learning javascript from scratch!