Projects make the difference in your learning

At OpenClassrooms learning is project-driven, because it’s the best and fastest way to become operational. Projects offer hands-on experience so you can hit the ground running when you start working at your new job.  

The Frontend Web Developer Path has nine projects that you’ll need to complete one at a time with the support of your mentor. Once all your projects have been approved, they will be submitted to the jury who will award your bachelor’s degree.

An example of a project could be setting up a website for a customer. You’ll receive a detailed brief with the context, customer requirements and additional details. Then it’s up to you to go away and make it real! To do this you’ll have to be creative, coming up with innovative solutions to the questions at hand. Your mentor will meet with you weekly to advise and support you, and you’ll set targets together.

A real example from the Frontend Web Developer Degree

You’re a successful web developer, freelancing in the USA. A distressed real-estate agency contacts you: they need a website to showcase their luxury chalets in the Colorado mountains, and they need it fast! They don’t know much about website administration, but they need to be able to update the site themselves on a regular basis.

You’ll need to analyze the client’s requirements and find appropriate solutions. How can you make the site easy to administer, yet agreeable to navigate for end users, whilst also creating a feeling of ‘luxury’? Ask yourself how you can best meet the customer’s needs using the tools at hand. Will you use HTML, CSS, a content management system or a bit of each? This is one of the first projects set for the degree and it shows how you can be operational even at the beginning of your path.

When you’ve finished, you’ll present the website to a mentor via video conference. You’ll answer their questions about the website as if they were the client, explaining the choices you have made and how they can use the website. The last five minutes will be a real mentor-student discussion about the project.

Why projects give you the keys to success

To develop a project, first our education experts analyse the tech job market to find skills gaps. They then set projects that will allow our students to develop these skills. Lastly, they create the courses and videos that teach the background knowledge you’ll need to complete the projects! Whether you end up as a freelancer or in the development team at your favorite startup, our projects on OpenClassrooms are versatile and varied enough to prepare you for your future tech role.

Applying what you learn to projects is what our innovative and award-winning method is all about. Our teachers give you the background knowledge, our mentors guide and support you… but you create your projects, learn the skills and earn your degree! That’s why we say our students drive their own learning.

To find out more about how you can become a fully operational web developer in just one year and earn yourself a bachelor’s degree, visit our website.

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