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Web Development FAQ

What is web development? Web development is the creation of websites, webpages, and apps that are available for use on the internet (World Wide Web) or an intranet (private local network). The broad definition for web development used in our Course Finder search tool includes building websites as well as web and mobile apps, linking websites and apps to databases, Artificial Intelligence, virtual reality, game development, and general programming languages.

What are the most popular subjects? The five most popular subjects in our Course Finder search tool are: HTML Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) is the most common markup language for documents to be displayed on a browser. HTML is the structure of most web pages. CSS Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a style sheet language that describes how HTML should be displayed on screen. CSS allows the developer to change the font styling, layout, color, etc. JavaScript JavaScript is the programming language for most modern webpages. It typically works in combination with HTML and CSS to make webpages more dynamic, and has a wide variety of other uses. Python Python is a high-level, general-purpose programming language with a wide variety of uses. It can be used for server-side web development, building apps, parsing data, and mathematics, to name a few of its broad usage categories. Java Java is a general-purpose, object-oriented programming language with a wide variety of uses. It can be used to build applications to run on a single computer or on a network of servers and clients. The language for Android development is also based on Java.

How can I learn web development for free? Many MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) providers offer free beginner web development courses, and some even offer free courses at intermediate and advanced levels. In addition, several MOOC platforms have an "audit" option that allows you to take a normally paid course for free. The only difference with the free audit option is that you typically cannot take all tests or earn a certificate upon completion.

How long does it take to become a developer? You will likely be able to build a basic static web page within several weeks of getting started with web development. Learning how to do more complex things like building apps and linking a site or app to a database takes longer. However, it is realistic to become a full-stack developer (a developer who can code what the user sees in a browser along with the code that links the browser code to a database) in 1-3 years of persistent study and practice.

Do I need a degree to be a developer? No.

MOOCs FAQ

What is a MOOC? MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. MOOCs are Massive because there is unlimited enrollment which leads to a much higher number of students than in-person courses. They are Open because they are accessible to anyone and typically have few or no prerequisites. They are Online because you can take them over the internet and coursework can be completed anywhere with an internet connection. And they are Courses, as opposed to just a series of lectures, because you typically have to pass a series of quizzes and assignments to complete them.

How much does a MOOC cost? The cost ranges anywhere from free to thousands of dollars. Most MOOC platforms offer free individual courses to attract students who are interested in learning but do not want to pay for a certificate. The next step up are individual courses for which you earn a certificate upon completion, and these courses often cost between 40 and 100 USD (costs vary). Beyond that, there are entire degree programs that cost up to thousands and sometimes even tens of thousands of dollars.

Does a MOOC look good on my resume? Absolutely! While some prospective employers value online education more than others, any interest in learning or furthering your skills in a certain area will look good to employers. Some employers already value online courses as much as they do in-person courses, and the trend should continue as internet access spreads around the world!

Can a MOOC be used for credit at a university? Yes. Many universities partner with MOOCs. In fact, most MOOC courses and degree programs are taught through a university and feature video lectures with a professor along with university course materials. In many cases online courses completed through a MOOC platform put on by a university count as credits towards a degree at the university.

What subjects can I study with a MOOC? Almost any subject you can think of. While technology courses and degree programs are often the focal point of MOOC platforms, many offer courses and degrees on a range of subjects just as wide as you’d find at a traditional university.

What is Tomorrow’s Campus?

The name "Tomorrow's Campus" represents online education. With the rising popularity of online courses and degree programs, you have access to high-quality education anywhere with an internet connection, at a much lower cost than on-campus education. We’ll help you find online courses and programs where you can gain the skills, knowledge, and credentials you seek, at the lowest possible cost. We are an organization whose entire business and website was built with skills we learned from online courses. Start learning and achieve your goals just like us!

Our Founders

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Sean Tumilson

Sean is a web developer who learned to code online. After working for five years as a translator and interpreter for the several foreign languages he speaks, Sean began developing a great interest in technology. He saw computer programming and web development as a terrific skill set for the current and future job market, and decided it was time for a career change. He didn’t have the time or money to go back to college, so he started taking online courses. He first mastered the web development basics of HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and then moved on to several more advanced specializations on Python programming and IT Support. After gaining a broader perspective on the different fields of technology, he decided to focus on front-end web development, and completed another specialization with several JavaScript libraries along with the Bootstrap framework for responsive design. He has also learned to create databases and link them to websites via PHP and SQL. Sean has become a successful web developer after just two years of taking online courses, and he hopes to inspire others to do the same as he continues learning and expanding his skill set. Sean’s greatest web development accomplishment to date is building this entire site from scratch, particularly the Course Finder, the most comprehensive search tool on the market for other aspiring web developers looking for online courses.

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Joel deRegnier

Joel is a digital marketing and SEO expert who also learned his craft online. After working for over five years at the American Red Cross, he was inspired to be in business for himself. Joel started learning as much as he could about different online business opportunities, particularly digital marketing. He has now taken courses to learn digital marketing, Facebook advertising, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and web development through several different online learning platforms. Having narrowed his area of focus to mainly SEO, Joel will use what he has learned (and continues to learn) to help Tomorrow’s Campus reach as many fellow learners as possible through organic search results and social media marketing.

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