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JavaScript & jQuery

The web is an interactive medium! Learn how to design engaging user experiences and then translate those dreams into motion using JavaScript and jQuery. JavaScript is fast becoming THE language of the mobile web, and jQuery is the #8 fastest growing job keyword!

You'll Learn:
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery

What exactly ARE JavaScript & jQuery?

Tired of hearing these words and not fully comprehending? Here's a breakdown of what you'll understand to do by the end of this class.


JavaScript (not to be confused with Java!) is what makes the Web interactive. Ever play a game on the Web? Ever take an online quiz or click on a drop-down? All of these things require JavaScript to function!


jQuery actually uses JavaScript to make interactive features even quicker. Ever see an animation on the Web? Ever try to buy a plane ticket or book a hotel online? These things are made possible with the help of jQuery. Think of it as JavaScript shorthand.

Taking that first step and learning with Skillcrush was life-changing. Not only did it make coding accessible and fun, but I also felt that I was part of a community that genuinely wanted me to succeed.

- Paola Maldonado

What You'll Learn In This Class:


Week 1: Get To Understand JavaScript

In your first week of class, we’ll introduce you to the basics of the interactive web, starting with JavaScript. It may sound intimidating, but trust us. It’s not as hard as it may sound! We’ll teach you everything you need to get started building something really neat.


Week 2: Make It Interactive With Events

By your second week, you’ll already have enough knowledge of JavaScript that we’ll get you programming with JavaScript events and writing code that responds to user interactions. Plus, you'll get some important debugging tools to help you along the way.


Week 3: Liven Things Up With jQuery

In your third week, you'll get to know JavaScript's sister language, jQuery. jQuery lets you add features to JavaScript to make your sites look amazing - and use less code! You'll learn how to do all kinds of nifty effects with jQuery and harness the power of its plugins. Don’t believe us? We’ve had hundreds of people just like you do it!

Meet Your Mentors

Adda Birnir

Adda is not only the CEO and founder of Skillcrush but also an instructor. With her self-taught tech skills, she’s worked on building sites for the New York Times, ProPublica and MTV. When Adda isn’t developing or teaching on Skillcrush, she enjoys watching Hall & Oates videos on YouTube.

Emily Davis

Emily is a patient instructor who has 10 years of experience as a developer, specializing in PHP and JavaScript. She previously worked at the Broad Institute, a genome research foundation run out of MIT and Harvard. Emily is currently the lead developer, as well as an instructor, at Skillcrush and in her spare time loves to listen to music and craft adorable stuffed critters.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What previous knowledge do I need to take this class?
You’ll need to know the basics of HTML and CSS. If you aren’t familiar with them, you can take our Skillcrush 101 class first.

I’m looking to transition into a more technical role at work. Will this class help me?
Yes! JavaScript is one of the most in-demand skills nowadays and a great programming language to start with.

There are many places to start in tech, but learning the fundamentals of programming and creating projects from scratch – both of which you’ll do in this class – will give you a wide variety of the most important tech skills. So, you’ll leave this class with a solid understanding with which you can continue your professional transition into tech.

I work full time. Can I fit this class into my busy schedule?
Absolutely! We recommend setting aside about an hour a day to engage with the class materials and your classmates and instructors, but you can shift this around depending on your weekly schedule.

Some of our students can’t devote an hour every day to the class but can study for longer periods of time over the weekend — This is totally fine too, and our material is always available for you when you need it.

What if I get behind in the class? Will the lessons still be available to me?
Yes, absolutely! You’ll continue to have access to the class well beyond the “official” class dates so you can catch up or review whenever and whatever you like.

What kind of computer or software do I need for this class?
Nothing fancy! You just need a computer with access to the web, of course. You should be able to stream YouTube or Vimeo videos and download / upload materials like photos and documents.

We recommend a Mac for the class and for your future career in tech as Macs tend to be the industry standard. But a Windows PC will work fine too.

You don’t need to have any special software before you start the class. We’ll introduce you to all the software or apps you need as you go through the class, and there are free versions or trials of all of them available for both Mac and Windows.

Do you provide any printable materials I can access?
Yes indeed! We have several very popular cheatsheets that we tell our students to print out and carry with them or tape up around the house. You’d be surprised how much you can actually learn by just looking at them for a few minutes a day!


How do I know if this class is for me?

This class is for you if:

  • You want to go further in tech but don’t know how to begin.
  • You are itching to program.
  • You’ve learned HTML and CSS but want to know more.
  • You’re excited to make websites interactive.
  • You like learning to be fun and collaborative.

This class is NOT for you if:

  • You’ve already written JavaScript and jQuery from scratch.
  • You’re looking to learn advanced topics such as back-end programming.
  • You want to make mobile apps.
  • You think learning has to be serious.
  • You don’t like fun or collaboration.

When does the class meet?
The class doesn’t meet at fixed times. All the lessons are online, and you have access to them 24/7 so you can study whenever is best for you.

Throughout the class, we send you an email every weekday morning to help keep you on track, and then you’re welcome to work on the lessons whenever it fits your schedule.

The only “scheduled” class events are the circle chat, live group office hours and master class. But these are all optional, and, if you can’t make the scheduled time, you can read a transcript of the circle chat, ask questions in the online student community or watch the recording of the master class later. So, there’s always a way to fit the class into your life!

How do office hours work?
We offer live office hours using Google+ Hangouts. Group office hours give us the chance to help as many students as possible. And we’ve found that, since students tend to have similar questions and challenges, you’ll learn a lot from hearing answers to other students’ questions too. That said, you’ll also have the chance to ask your own questions from the instructor and make sure you get the answers you need as well.


How does the online student community work?
We use a service called Mightybell for our online student community. It’s completely free, and we’ll send you an invitation to a “Circle” before your class starts.

In your Mightybell Circle, you can meet your classmates, ask questions about the lessons, get feedback on your work, share tech resources and much more! Plus, it’s a great chance to get to know other people who are just as excited about tech as you are and to start networking and making great friends and career connections.

Is Skillcrush only for women? I’m a guy and want to learn.
We welcome men at Skillcrush as well and can’t wait for you to join us too! In fact, about 25% of our students are men. Skillcrush is a supportive community of folks from all kinds of backgrounds, professions, countries and yes… genders! :). So, please join us – and bring a friend!


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