Getting Your Website Online

Lynda & LinkedIn Learning

Released October 3, 2017

Getting Your Website Online

Once you learn how to write HTML and CSS, how do you actually get people to see your website? In this course, you'll explore a range of options for hosting a site and the core foundations you need to make your site visible. Learn about:

  • Website builders, pros and cons
  • Domain names and URLs
  • Purchasing domain and hosting
  • Different types of web hosting
  • WordPress.org vs WordPress.com
  • and more!
Lynda LinkedIn Learning
CSS Essential Training, <nobr>Part 3</nobr>

Lynda & LinkedIn Learning

Released September 7, 2017

CSS Essential Training, Part 3

Now that you know the fundamentals of CSS, you can relax a bit. In this course—the third installment in a series—get acquainted with some advanced CSS and web development concepts that can help you enhance your websites even further as well as provide a better and more accesible experience for your users. Topics include:

  • New layout methods (CSS grid, Flexbox)
  • Retina and high-density displays
  • CSS3 animations
  • Creating style guides
  • Refactoring your codebase
  • Accessibility
  • and more!
Lynda LinkedIn Learning
CSS Essential Training, <nobr>Part 2</nobr>

Lynda & LinkedIn Learning

Released March 31, 2017

CSS Essential Training, Part 2

Once you're familiar with the basics of CSS, you're ready to expand your skillset. In this course—the second installment in this series—bolster your existing CSS knowledge, and learn more advanced concepts and best practices. This course also provides you with an opportunity to add more features to the résumé project you started in CSS Essential Training 1. Topics include:

  • Using more advanced CSS selectors
  • Debugging CSS
  • Creating flexible layouts
  • Exploring a mobile-first approach for respsonsive web design.
  • and more!
Lynda LinkedIn Learning
CSS Essential Training, <nobr>Part 1</nobr>

Lynda & LinkedIn Learning

Released March 30, 2017

CSS Essential Training, Part 1

CSS is the language that allows you to take your web pages beyond just black text on a white background. In this hands-on course—the first installment in an ongoing series— we'll go through concepts that form the foundation of CSS. Plus, at the end of the course, you'll walk away with an actual project—an HTML and CSS résumé page! Topics include:

  • Setting up your CSS files
  • Learning the CSS syntax
  • Creating page layouts
  • Using different typefaces and web-safe fonts
  • Understanding core concepts such as the box model and using floats
Lynda LinkedIn Learning
Workflow Tools for Web Developers

Lynda & LinkedIn Learning

Released Dec 9, 2016

Workflow Tools for Web Developers

Web developers don't have to do everything by hand. There are many tools and frameworks that can make your workflow more productive and efficient. Get an overview of the pros and cons of each tool as well as examples, tips, and guidance for evaluating which ones will work best for you. Topics include:

  • Using browser development tools
  • Inspecting HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Testing mobile layouts
  • Customizing your text editor
  • Automating repetitive tasks
  • Version control systems (such as Git)
  • Working with the command line
  • and more!
Lynda LinkedIn Learning
Building Stronger Front-end Practices

Pluralsight

Released Aug 12, 2016

Building Stronger Front-end Practices

Front-end tools come and go but the core of these trends are still built on HTML, CSS and JavaScript. In this course, we'll take it back to the basics but also dive in deeper to gain a better understanding of front-end languages. Topics include:

  • How to make your codebase more maintainable, flexible and scalable
  • How to plan your projects
  • Writing resuseable and modular CSS
  • How to create a style guide
  • Foundational CSS techniques
  • Managing browser quirks
Pluralsight

Past courses

Ladies Learning Code

October 13 - November 26, 2015

Digital Skills for Beginners

I designed the curriculum and lesson plans and was the lead instructor for the first ever Ladies Learning Code part-time, 7 week program.

This program was designed to add technical skills to a student's current career path. This course covers introductory but fundamentals of HTML, CSS, jQuery, WordPress, SEO and design principles. The program continues to run across various Canadian chapters.

Humber College

January 2015 - April 2015

Business of Interactive Media

This course is part of the Web Design and Interactive Media program and looks at the business issues involved with being an designer and web developer and the tech industry.

As the instructor, I developed lesson plans around a variety of topics such as freelancing, networking strategies, personal & professional branding, creating an effective resume, interview prep and how to get job ready.

Humber College

September 2014 - December 2014

Web Programming 3

This course is part of the Web Design and Interactive Media program and was a second year course which focused on front-end development languages.

As the instructor, I developed lesson plans to allow students to go into greater detail into responsive design, advanced CSS techniques, CSS pre-processors and PHP.

HackerYou

January 2014 - June 2014 (2 cohorts)

Front-End Web Development Immersive

This 9 week, full-time program focuses on front-end development and covers languages such as HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery. Also covered were responsive design techniques and WordPress.

As an instructor and mentor, I provided 1:1 and group instruction, student support and lesson planning.

Humber College

September 2012 - April 2013

Web Programming 1 & 2

These courses are part of the Web Design and Interactive Media program and provides students with a fundamental understanding of the concepts that underpin client-side web programming for both desktop and mobile platforms.

As the instructor for these first year courses, the lessons were focused on the fundamentals of HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and JQuery.

HackerYou

Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014 (3 cohorts)

Intro to Web Development

This part-time program focuses on introductory HTML & CSS fundamentals and responsive design. As a mentor, I provided 1:1 instruction and feedback.

There are currently no workshops. Sign up for updates to be notified of upcoming workshops and updates.

Past Workshops

ebookcraft Conference

March 22, 2017

JavaScript and EPUB: Making Interactive eBooks

JavaScript has been a core language for adding functionality to websites. With EPUB 3, you can now integrate interactive elements into ebooks.

This workshop aims to give an overview of how the JavaScript language works. We’ll also talk about what that means for the ebook reading experience, tips for implementation, and guidelines for usage.

Women Who Code T.O.

November 15, 2016

#BBHMM: Asking For & Getting What You're Worth

Salaries and freelance rates vary, making it hard to know what to ask for. This presentation explores methods and techniques to make talking about money less taboo. Learn how to figure out what you're worth and how to ask for it!

July 9 & April 23, 2016

Coffee with Christina: Online Chat

Since it isn't always possible for me to meet in person for individual coffee dates, I periodically hold a "Coffee with Christina" online chat! Drop by and ask all your burning questions about career and technical advancement in the tech industry.

I've also written a piece about how to ask for advice, mentorship and how to respond to these requests. You can read Coffee, Brains & Advice on Medium.

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May 5, 2016 // April 30, June 23 & July 23, 2015

Defining Your Career Path in the Tech Industry: Finding Your Niche

You heard the call, "Learn to code!" and so you did. But now what? You want to add ‘Developer’ to your résumé, but not sure it fits? And is it even really how you want to incorporate code into your career?

Forget the tech industry stereotypes! That’s what this workshop is for — with an emphasis on defining your own career path, this session will help you figure out how to navigate the industry without losing yourself in the process.

January 27, 2016

Mastering CSS with Sass

Take your current CSS workflow to the next level by unlocking the power of CSS preprocessors. This workshop will briefly examine the various options but will focus on using Sass.

Fundamentals such as variables, mixins and nested rules will be covered as well as more in-depth features such as functions, operations and mixins. You'll also learn how to "Sassify" your existing CSS, create modular code and maintainable site architectures for your next project!

Ladies Learning Code

December 8, 2015

Getting started with WordPress & Blogging

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to use the popular WordPress CMS platform to create an eye-catching blog that will stand out amongst the rest. We’ll teach you how to use the features included in the free version, WordPress.com, to customize your site and create compelling, Google-friendly content that will keep your readers coming back for more.

Ladies Learning Code

October 17, 2015

Create Your Own WordPress Theme

Whether you want to start your own blog, or your company website is run on it, WordPress allows you to update and create content easily, while allowing for your own style and customization. In this workshop, we will show you how to install WordPress, what it all means, and of course, how to edit a theme to make it your own.

Ladies Learning Code

September 8, 2015

HTML & CSS for Beginners

If you are looking to get your feet wet when it comes to programming, then this is the workshop for you. HTML and CSS are the backbone of all websites, and knowledge of them is a necessity if you are interested in things like web development, creating marketing emails, or even blogging!

Ladies Learning Code

April 18-19, 2015

Hackapalooza

Two days of conference style presentations, talks and hands-on workshops convering HTML, CSS, getting your website onlien and more. Start with a blank page and work towards launching a website.

Emily Robinson Emily Robinson
Scrum Master

Christina's workshop was exactly what I needed to both think deeply about what I wanted from my professional life, and provide me with a real, working idea of how to get there. She is truly gifted at creating a welcoming environment where professionals from all areas can share their thoughts, concerns, and personal goals.

I would highly recommend taking Christina's workshops - no one else I've met is better at getting to the core of what success means to each person, while making you feel like you're just hanging out with friends!

Wes Francis Wes Francis
Interactive Developer

Christina is super personable and down to earth. She is a dedicated educator who passionately distills her life experience and expert knowledge of web technology, into an engaging experience for her students.

Her knowledge extends not just to the subject matter but to the industry as a whole and the many experiences that students from all walks of life may face along the way. Her honesty, along with the enthusiasm she brings to her work, makes her a great friend, teacher and mentor.

Jupiter Winters Jupiter Winters
User Experience Designer

Christina was the most energetic and engaging instructor during my three years at Humber. She was always prepared for classes and took the time to learn about each student, making her lessons that much more personable. Her insights about emerging digital trends and constructive feedback allowed me to learn what I was doing wrong, while feeling encouraged to keep trying.

Nerissa Martin Nerissa Martin
Writer

I started working with Christina during a majorly confusing life-moment after finishing the full-time front-end bootcamp at HackerYou. At her last workshop, she helped me remember that I was more than a developer, that it was okay to make my own path in the industry, and that there was more (or less) to those success stories than what met my eye.

Through working with Christina one-on-one and attending her workshops, I know where I'm going with my career and how to get there. You can't put a price on that!

Aaron Alfred
Product Designer

I'm a visible minority and have found value in learning from the stories of others like me. These workshops helped me focus on doing great work instead of the colour of my skin.

Hazel Llanes Hazel Llanes
Designer & Front-End Developer

Christina was an excellent lead instructor at the Ladies Learning Code part-time Digital Skills program. She led a group of budding developers in a fun and engaging way. Not only was she generous with her time in helping students, she was also receptive to their needs and tailored her lessons accordingly. Her friendly personality made for a great learning environment.

Christina has provided me with encouraging support and guidance ​in my own career and I believe anyone would benefit from having her as their instructor.

Will Du
Designer & Developer

I've gotten to know Christina very well during my 3 years as her student at Humber College. Her distinct teaching approach and specific insights not only helped me progress as a front-end developer, she broadened my understanding of the tech industry as a whole.

Accompanying her hard work ethics, Christina's cheerful personality and go-getter attitude encouraged me to work harder at certain tasks but to also have fun with it.

Tony Bitzionis Tony Bitzionis
Front End Web Developer

Christina genuinely loves helping people learn! I honestly can't count the number of times I went to her for extra help and every single time she managed to find a way to help me work through whatever problem I had. She's a mentor in the truest sense of the word!

Kristen Nakamura Kristen Nakamura
Front End Developer

Christina is a fantastic teacher, and gives really helpful, encouraging feedback on every assignment. She also makes sure that it's relevant based on each student's skill level. In this way, she is able to motivate beginners and help keep them from being discouraged, while also challenging more advanced students and keep them from getting bored.

She also paints a realistic picture of what it's like working in the tech industry, including how to deal with clients, coworkers, and the social challenges associated within the community. With this in mind, I felt a lot less nervous about what to expect when I started working, and I felt well prepared to deal with these issues.

Gab White Gab White
Freelance UX / UI Designer

Christina has an incredible way of breaking down a complex topic and explaining it to her students in a thoughtful and inclusive approach to learning.

During my time at HackerYou Christina was a mentor to me in more ways than one; not only did she expertly demonstrate coding concepts and tech skills to her students, but she offered valuable insight and knowledge into what it's like working in the tech industry.

Matt McFadyen
Web Developer

Christina was one of my favourite instructors at HackerYou. She always had a positive upbeat attitude that created a comfortable learning environment. I liked her combination of technical expertise and bubbly personality which made her a great asset for me to learn web development and break into the industry.

Christina’s knowledge of tech extended outside of the code as she helped guide me to into my new career by critiquing my resume + cover letters, connecting me to top firms and giving me pointers on the interview process.

Erin Sorhaug
HackerYou alumni

I’ve had Christina instruct me in a number of different courses over the years. She is a wonderful teacher, energizing, kind, patient, and engaging. She really knows how to break down hard concepts into easily explained chunks. I’m looking forward to taking more courses from Christina!