When I first toured Fedora at the beginning of 2015, I knew I'd found what I wanted: A super-simple platform for delivering my awesome (ahem. yes.) instructional content. Chances are, you've discovered the same thing. You have awesome stuff to teach. You LOVE teaching, and now you can create a new course framework in minutes. You probably have a course or two in your school now, and you're looking to build on it.
Now you're in charge of designing your own school - your own brand - and suddenly the game is changing. You've gone beyond needing a bare-bones school. Now you need a gorgeous website that reflects your growing brand AND attracts lots of new students. You've come to the right place!
Having a beautiful school makes a huge difference. More than any other transaction, online education requires TRUST. People aren't just buying a product, they are making an investment in themselves. They have the choice to do lots of other things, but they choose you. That's a matter of trust, and you can increase that trust with a beautiful school. In TV and movie creation they call this "Production Value" - and while it's hard to quantify, it's real. It means that your site looks like a pro put it together. You certainly wouldn't bank at a place that looks run down and has broken windows. The same principle applies when people give you not only their money, but something infinitely more precious in these busy days: they give you their time.
I'm going to use the metaphor of building a deck off the back of your house. You can hire a builder to come build your deck and sit back with your lemonade and it's done. Not only is this VERY expensive, you feel no "sweat equity" in the work. It's just another piece of the house, and if something goes wrong, there you are calling the builder. BUT if you are adventurous you can design and build your OWN deck. Sure, it'll take more time, but in the end you'll gain skills and knowledge, you'll have a lot more tools to work with in the future, and you'll have saved thousands of dollars.
So. Are you ready to build your deck? Here's the cool part: I'm your neighbor and I've built a gorgeous, enviable deck. Rather than just give pointers from a distance, I'm going to bring my hammer and nails over and we will work together to build something of lasting value.
Our four-week class will begin on Tuesday, September 1, and will run Tuesday to Tuesday until class ends! Remember that even though lessons launch on specific days, you DO NOT need to be online at a specific time to get the content.
In addition, we'll have a weekly webinar with special guests and plenty of Q&A.
This class will be followed by a special course in Creating Great Web Images, which opens mid-October.
You can have your school designed, tested, built, and accepting students in time for the holidays!
In this class, you'll learn how to:
Design and implement a custom home page
Design your own navigation
Create your own interactive footer
Create static pages that contain your custom header and footer
Add custom CSS to Fedora so you can add the little touches, like color, typography, dropdown menu, and rollovers for social icons
First things first, we need to hit up the hardware store for some tools. You'll need to have the following:
A web server with FTP access
An HTML/CSS code editor, such as Adobe Dreamweaver
Beverage of your choice
Hi there! I'm Jessica Sprague, owner and instructor here at JessicaSprague.com. I founded JessicaSprague.com in 2007 to share the creative potential of Photoshop for crafting. Thousands of hours and dozens of classes later, and it's still my goal: to help you find your creative wings with digital crafting! Learn more about me. Are you ready to start the journey? Join me!