Five Best Paths For Learning Web Design (Part 2)

Posted on October 9, 2012 by
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This article continues with three more paths for learning web design:

3. Video instructions
Since affordable broadband connections are made available for average users, instructional videos become the favored way to obtain information quickly. This learning method is nothing new, since televisions have offered instructions to audience, though they are far less flexible and interactive. Just a few decades ago, few dream about a multimedia “book” in the form of tablets and high resolution smartphones that allow us to access thousands of instructional videos for free. Today, you can get high-quality and in-depth video instructions on web development and they haven’t hit anywhere near the saturation level yet. Compared to written instructions, video tutorial on web design are resource-intensive to produce. The time, software, knowledge and equipment needed to make them serve as high-barrier to entry for those looking to enter the market.

However, this doesn’t stop generous individuals from distributing free video instructions on sharing services such as YouTube, although the more high quality products are not free. For premium video, you can visit Netflix for monthly subscription.

Video instructions are very visual. They are preferable if you can’t make yourself read more than a few pages of web design book. Video instructions can be quite entertaining and easier to understand. It doesn’t mean that these videos won’t get you bored though. Some videos can be poorly composed and narrated with dreary voices, in addition watching people write code for more than 30 minutes might not be fun. Some web design experts can make video instructions really interesting, while others drone on endlessly lulling audience into a deep comma.

Video instructions also tick your auditory learning box. Many web designers read something for dozens of times and not retain the core information, but as soon as they hear something, it is locked forever in their brain. Video courses are the best route for you if this rings a bell. Some students and professionals choose Podcasts, but for many it’s virtually impossible to learn web design without visual cues. Learning through videos can also be time consuming and you may need to spend twice the time to absorb the same amount of information you get from reading books.

TVs are now very rarely tuned into web design shows, which make video instructions really important for many of us. If you think web design books are lame, then you should check out this learning method. Videos can also block out a chunk of time for learning in a quiet setting. It is easy to get overwhelmed by reading options available today. Just remember that really thorough video instructions are usually subscription-based.

4. Interactive Tools
When we were in college, we sometimes encountered stuffy old professors bent on failing as many students as possible. Questions were almost never tolerated and instructions were fast-paced. If you didn’t understand most of the material the first time, you risk dropped the class. But for luckier students, they got interactive computer program that allowed them to go through lessons at their own pace. This method of learning helps them take short exercises and re-learn difficult topics. Students pulled A+ more easily when they use more interactive methods.

It seems there’s something wonderful about computer-guided learning. You can dive easily into a topic, instead of absorbing information passively. A good web design learning tool consistently checks your progress before allowing you to proceed with material. Because your work is checked by an emotionless machine, not by an intimidating human, it won’t chastise you for making mistakes. The interaction system may even feel more like a video game instead of a boring textbook. This wonderful teaching style is being applied to the web development industry with some really impressive results. Some apps for smartphones and tablets can also guide you through the whole process of learning scripting and programming languages, such as HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Ruby on Rails and PHP. You are usually asked to read short instructions and type something into the onscreen terminal as exercises.

Instructional programs offer very hands-on approaches. They are not for web designers who get bored easily and have a short attention span, because even well-produced software can be really difficult to sit through. Interactive learning method asks for inputs at every step and can hold users’ interest better than other learning methods. Whether you are a particularly slow or fast learner, this learning method is equally great. If you have a very slow learning pace, the computer doesn’t mind. Regardless of how many wrong answers you enter, you’ll never run out of chances. You can click back easily and rehash previous lessons at any time.

If you play games regularly, this learning method may feel very familiar. The computer tracks your progress and you can save your results. Some learning software even features virtual badges, trophies and high scores.

If you rather spending a large proportion of your day in front of gaming console than with web design books, then interactive learning software should resonate really well within you. Boring content can look more interesting and the educational process becomes a game to beat. There are some affordable and free interactive options, so despite limited budget, any web designer can get started easily.

5. Hybrid
For some, a learning method stands out significantly from others and it feels the best way possible. But for many of us, our learning experiences typically involve multiple learning styles. Jump around a little, if a learning method doesn’t hold your interest or provide what you need. For example, you may also use a companion book, when watching an instructional video on web design. Jumping between different learning methods allows you to dig deeper and keep you interested than you would with a single method.
Your ultimate goal isn’t only to find a learning method that works best, but also a combination if methods that provides the most effective learning experience. Nothing is more disappointing than trying repeatedly and still coming out no better in the end. You should build yourself customized learning plans that can break the frustration cycle for good.

Author :

  • Adam Scott