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Aquent Gymnasium Launches New MOOC on jQuery Fundamentals

Third Course on Aquent's MOOC Platform Helps Developers Build Dynamic Websites

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BOSTON, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Aquent, the leading global staffing organization dedicated to marketing, creative, and digital professionals, has launched a new course as part of Aquent Gymnasium, a revolutionary MOOC (massive open online course) initiative aimed at closing the skills gap faced by creative organizations worldwide. Over 25,000 students have enrolled in Aquent Gymnasium since its launch in July of 2013.

Beginning today, front-end developers can enroll in, "jQuery Building Blocks: 5 Ways to Cut Your Web Development Time in Half," a free, online course.  Designed for web professionals with a working knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, participants will learn how to create dynamic, interactive websites using this popular JavaScript library.  Participants will also learn how to develop their own jQuery plugins as well as how to leverage the many existing plugins.  By the end of the course, participants will have a basic toolset for using jQuery to solve any development challenge. 

"More than 61 percent of the top 100,000 websites use jQuery and that number continues to grow," said Jeremy Osborn, Academic Director for Aquent Gymnasium. "Today's enterprises want rich, dynamic websites and developers need hands-on experience with powerful resources like jQuery if they hope to meet that demand."

The course will be taught by Boston-based application architect and developer David C. Porter, a member of the core team for SproutCore, an open-source JavaScript framework built on top of jQuery. David has been working with jQuery since it was first introduced in 2006 and previously taught JavaScript at Boston University's Center for Digital Imaging Arts. 

"If you are going to be on the web in any way, you are going to run into jQuery," said David Porter. "We designed this course to keep developers competitive by showing them how to harness jQuery and its plugin ecosystem to quickly tackle any feat."

To learn more about this and future MOOC offerings from Aquent Gymnasium please visit or email

About Aquent
Aquent offers a broad range of staffing services to help global companies add technical expertise to their marketing and creative departments, increase the bandwidth of their in-house teams, and do better creative work. With a notable client list, generous benefits, and training opportunities, Aquent attracts and places thousands of in-demand talent worldwide. To learn more about Aquent's full range of services, please visit:

About Aquent Gymnasium
Aquent Gymnasium offers free, online courses that teach professional designers and front-end developers the skills most sought after by today's leading companies. Our highly practical courses focus on topics such as HTML and CSS, responsive web design, UX design, and an array of front-end development tools. Taught by experienced practitioners with a passion for teaching, we emphasize the real-world application of knowledge and our courses feature assignments that allow students to create portfolio-ready work. To learn more about, please visit:

Contact Information:
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SHIFT Communications 
(617) 779-1875


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