My Mission

I am a web instructor providing individual and group instruction in computer applications, front end web design, development and html5/css3.

I offer a holistic approach to learning how to create your own website, offering just-in-time training for quick development.

Sharon Kaitner, M.Ed.In 1997, I decided to get a masters degree in multimedia. The result is this web site and my current profession. I've collected useful information about software (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Captivate), coding (HTML5, XHTML, CSS, Web Standards) and design (user-centered, creating personas, and the psychology of the web user). As I update my tutorials and recommendations, I will also add to my advice site, AskSharon.Info. This site is mainly for my students, to assist in their classes with me.

Your office or mine, hands-on assistance to help you get up and running with your computer and software. Specializing in those who need just a bit more patience. Contact me for more information: sharon@casabasa.com. Hourly rates upon request.

2016 Class information

AICA-SFThe Art Institute of California - San Francisco

Fundamentals of Web Design An introduction to the terms, technologies, trends, and best practices of the interactive design industry. Students design, develop, and upload a simple web site using HTML and basic CSS. The importance of writing valid and semantic code is emphasized. Basic web site production stages and requirements such as naming conventions, file organization, project development life cycle, and image optimization are also covered.
Programming Logic Students acquire basic programming skills needed to design, develop, and produce practical applications with a specific scripting or programming language. The course addresses sound programming practices, structured logic, and object-oriented concepts, including methods, properties, events, and handlers.
Introduction to Writing for Interactive Media This course covers the process of copywriting for interactive media. Students explore the role of the writer as an individual or as a member of the creative team.
Interactive Industry & Business OperationsThis course is structured to investigate the wide ranges of both traditional and emerging business topics and considerations, preparing students as they transition into an interactive media and design profession.
Interactive Communications: Planning & Research This course covers real-world pre-production methods and research for interactive media. Emphasis is on content research, assessing client needs, pre-production assets, and planning of advanced interactive communication publications.
Advanced Web Design An exploration of advanced methods for styling websites and creating page layouts. This course will examine the practical application of styling web page content, understanding cross-browser compatibility, and creating designs that display effectively on various devices.
Design for Mobile Devices Students will learn to create custom solutions for content delivery on mobile devices by developing web application and device application user interface tools optimized for delivery on mobile devices. Students will work in class with mobile devices to learn needs, restrictions of designing for mobile devices as well as test student-designed interfaces.

An examination of content structures, navigation paths, and asset organization.

Interface Design An exploration of the synthesis of visual and information design principles. This course will examine the conceptual and practical design of interfaces. Students discuss interface design heuristics and user interface patterns and explain their importance. The components of the interface design process such as sketches, mood boards, wireframes, visual comprehensives, and prototypes are executed.
Students expand their prior knowledge of HTML and CSS by learning additional methods for structuring and styling web page content. The ability to style multi-column layouts and various interface components is explored. Students participate in visual design critiques, evaluate the designs and code of existing websites, and use CSS to visually design the presentation of HTML content.
Students design, prototype, and analyze effectiveness and usability of interactive projects.
An exploration of advanced methods for styling websites and creating page layouts. This course will examine the practical application of styling web page content, understanding cross-browser compatibility, and creating designs that display effectively on various devices.

UC Berkeley Extension University of California - Berkeley Extension Spring 2016

Designx455-004 Web Design with HTML5 and CSS3 DESIGN X455 Online 19 Jan 2016 - 12 Apr 2016

Designx475.1-001 Web Design With Dreamweaver 02 Feb 2016 - 26 Apr 2016 DESIGN X475.1 Online

COMPSCI X433.4 - 002 Introduction to HTML and CSS 10 Feb 2016 - 30 Mar 2016 downtown San Francisco

For more information, please check the University of California, Berkeley Extension. Their online catalogue can be found here: UC Berkeley Extension

Contact Me

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Well, you probably want to contact me because you are one of my students (or former students) with a question.

At the UC Berkeley Extension, you can reach me at skaitner@berkeley.edu. For The Art Institute of California - San Francisco, you can use the email component of your classroom eCompanion site, or send it to skaitner@aii.edu.

For all others, below is my email, LinkedIn and GitHub information:

Testimonials

My favorite teacher. Out of all the classes I took during my time there, sharons were the ones I actually learned something from. Her constant attention and care for each student is something you don't find with others. Her positivity and humor are something I often miss, especially now after entering the work world. To me, The most important thing about her is that during my time at the Art Institute, Sharon was one of the only things that kept me going. Tom G.
There are very few teachers who are as clear and able to teach a complex subject as web design to an amateur and Sharon Kaitner is one of them. She is able to communicate such complexity in a condensed digestible method that anyone new comes out with a working knowledge. Galen W.
I came into Sharon's class knowing absolutely nothing about web design and convinced I would hate it. In just 10 weeks she has completely turned that around. I now feel confident in designing basic websites and also confident in problem solving when things go wrong. She is one of the most positive people I know, which has inspired me to be more positive in my own life. Loretta R.
Sharon is the best. Knowledge just pours from her mind and her soul. What makes this even better, is that she is sweet about it and goes four times further in explaining things to the point where you feel that you were glad to met her and to have talked to her and asked a question. You get the right answer and when you come back, she's till there ready with a whole new set of ideas and complimentary smile. She's the flat out best! Billy B.