Aug. 19, 2003: New course trains Web content developers

      Tuesday, August 19, 2003
      Contact: Crawford Kilian at 604.983.7585

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Students in a new Capilano College course will master critical skills for the electronic workplace, says instructor Crawford Kilian.

      Kilian will teach Communications 345, Web Content Development, on Wednesday nights starting September 3 and ending November 25.

      “In less than 10 years the Web has transformed the way we work, play, and do business,” Kilian says. “Every business needs a good Web site, and what makes it good is content—the text, graphics and design that enable visitors to get what they came for.”

      The course will emphasize good Web writing style (short, concise, and powerful), plus effective use of images, sound, and video. “It’s easy to distract and confuse visitors with ‘dancing baloney,’ but good Web text is enhanced by the right graphics and audio.”

      Kilian believes good Web skills are an asset in finding a job. “A good personal Web site shows employers how well you can sell yourself, and we’ll go into the details of successful personal sites,” he says.

      A veteran in computer education, Kilian is the author of Writing for the Web, which has become a worldwide standard in the subject. He’s taught Web writing not only at Capilano College but also for the CBC in Toronto and for Brazilian Web professionals in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

      While the course will run face to face in a computer lab, Kilian says much of it will also take place on the CMNS 345 “blog”—a frequently updated Web site where students will interact with each other and with the instructor.

      CMNS 345 will run on Wednesday nights, 6:30-10:30 p.m., at the North Vancouver campus of Capilano College. It is part of the new Professional Communications Certificate program, but students do not need to be in the certificate program to enroll in the course. For more details, call Crawford Kilian, coordinator of the CMNS department, at 604-983-7585 or e-mail him at

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      For more information, please contact Crawford Kilian, coordinator of the CMNS department, at 604-983-7585.