How This Course Works

Logging In

You can access your account page anytime by clicking the Your Account | Log In link in the menu.

Your account link

Viewing Your Course and Getting Started

Once logged in, your account page displays the courses you're enrolled in under the Courses In-Progress heading.

  1. Click View Course to access the main course page (see above image), or click the course link.
  2. On the course page, scroll down and click Get Started to access the first lesson (or Continue if you've already started the course). course page
    Or, you can jump directly to a lesson by clicking it in the outline below or to the right (see above).

Moving to the Next Lesson

To move to the next lesson, click the Mark Complete button at the bottom of the current lesson.

This puts a colored checkmark on that lesson in the course outline, advances you to the next lesson, and updates your progress bar.

progress bar and outline

You can also click the Next Lesson: <Lesson Name> button below the Mark Complete button/Lesson Complete message, or select a lesson from the outline at the right.

Returning to the Main Course Page

Return to the main course page anytime by clicking the link at the top of any lesson.

Viewing Videos

Many of the lessons include a video review at the end. Here's how to use the player.

  • To watch a video, click the Play button on the video (right-pointing triangle).
  • To pause, click the Pause button (two vertical bars).
  • To view the video in full screen, click the Full Screen button.
  • To adjust the video quality, click the HD button on the player. Higher numbers are better.
  • To turn on closed captioning, click the CC button at bottom right of player (not shown in image below) and choose English CC. Click the CC button again to turn off captions.
  • To exit full screen, click the Full Screen button again, or press the Esc key on your keyboard.

video player controls

Downloading Review Sheets

Review sheets are included in the last lesson of each section in both Word (DOCX) and PDF formats. Simply click the link for the desired version to download the file to your computer.

download links

NOTE: If a PDF opens in your web browser instead, you can click the download button on the screen, or go to File—>Export As PDF.

If you'd like to try the lesson material on your own project, the review sheets are a good way to walk through highlights of the course.

Viewing Your Courses and Achievements

Click Your Account | Log In. If/once you are logged into the site, the Your Account page displays your course enrollments and any achievement badges you've earned for completing lessons and courses.

Changing Your Account Settings

Click the Account Settings link at the top to change your name, email address, or password.

If you’d like to have a photo associated with your account, you can create a Gravatar linked to the email you’re using for the course. It’s free. For more information, check out

3 thoughts on “How This Course Works”

  1. Gil Gillenwater says:

    There is no “Mark Completed” button at the bottom of this lesson. How does one go to the next lesson?

    1. Gwen says:

      Hmm. It looks like there’s an issue with the syllabus after the recent software update, because normally you could expand it and click on the next lesson if you don’t have a Mark Complete button. I’ll have to check with tech support.

      If the bottom of the lesson says “Lesson Complete” that usually means you’ve already marked it complete previously. Just beneath that, you should have a Next Lesson tile that says “Conventions, Assumptions, Software Versions, and Other Important Stuff” (or whatever the next lesson is if you’re in a different one). You can click on that to move to the next lesson. Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

    2. Gwen says:

      Okay, the Course Outline on the right side should be working again. That’s another great way to navigate if you want to move between lessons out of order. Thanks!

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