Congratulations to the students and nonprofits for another successful semester. This photo keeps getting bigger! Nine nonprofits received free IT assistance in the fall while 36 students gained valuable internship experience for course credit.
Toward the end of each semester students in the Nonprof-IT program have the opportunity to present their work for their nonprofit at local business’s. The students above spent the morning visiting the new Northwestern Mutual headquarters to present their work, hear a presentation from the innovation arm of the company, and get a tour of the facility. Both student teams worked mainly on re-designing outdated websites for the nonprofits.
Occasionally when working with nonprofits the topic of usability will come up in regards to the website. Usability is something that should be at the forefront of designer’s minds when building applications. There are a number of great resources on the topic from Web Aim among others.
I cover usability for about a week in my introductory web design course but it could easily be an entire course. This recently created screen-cast demonstrates using label tags. Label tags are used to create more usable HTML form inputs. The screen-cast was created using the Scrimba screen-cast tool.
I recently came across a new tool for watching and creating tutorials, Scrimba. The site has many useful tutorials for front end developers. The tutorial series on CSS Grid and Flexbox are great. These layout formats represent the future and any aspiring designer/developer should know the basics. The code editor allows you to manipulate the code directly within the video without the need to open an external editor. You can connect your Github account to authenticate and start watching for free.
Users can use Scrimba to create their own tutorials. As an instructor I create many screen-casts and found the tool to be easy-to-use and develop with. My CSS Flexbox tutorial is currently featured on the homepage. Check it out!
My students continue to make me look good… Excellent work Monique and Justin. Proud to say that they were both offered jobs before graduation last spring.
The talk I gave last year at the UW-Milwaukee Tedx Event discussing the Nonprof-IT program I co-founded.
So pleased to announce that the nonprofIT program that I run at UWM has received a grant to expand our services. This will allow for more nonprofits in greater Milwaukee to receive the technical assistance they need to further their missions. This also creates more opportunities for students to gain experience outside of the classroom leading to internships and full time jobs upon graduation. Read more details from this news release.