Understand HTML5 With WC3 & edX

Over 60,000 students have enrolled on an new course on HTML5 that has been devised in collaboration with experts from the Worldwide Web Consortium (W3C).

In the promo video for the course we meet Michel Buffa, Professor and researcher at the University of Nice, who is the  instructor for Learn HTML5 from W3C,  which started on June 1.


Joining Michel as co-instructor is Marie-Claire Forgue, Head of Training at W3C and in the first week’s content  Philippe Le Hégaret, a member of the W3C management team, makes a short appearance to tell students how HTML5 has been built by the global Web community.

The course is pitched at intermediate level and lasts for 6 weeks with an estimated effort of 6-8 hours per week. Its prerequisites are a basic knowledge of HTML and some familiarity with CSS. Basic knowledge of JavaScript and DOM APIs helpful, but not required.

The goal of the course is to to teach participants how to code with HTML5 and do it the best way, thus increase their skills as Web developers. More specifically students will:


  • Learn the new simplified HTML5 tags

  • Play with the audio and video tags

  • Draw and animate fun Web graphics

  • Discover the newest HTML5 forms features

  • Understand why accessibility is important

  • Test the basic APIs, such as Web storage and geolocation

  • Practice coding techniques thanks to multiple interactive examples

In a recent announcement Marie-Claire notes that most students have signed up for the free Honor code route but encourages them to sign up for a Verified Certificate. This would normally cost $129 for this course but for the first presentation is just $99. She offers a further incentive:

W3C is working on plans that will make your obtainment of these Certificates more visible to the industry. 

So if you are looking for a credential in HTML5 join the first cohort of students on this course.


If you are not familiar with the edX platform there is now a short (10-30 minute) module called DemoX that explains, among other things, how to navigate the edX interface and how grades work on this platform. 



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