What about looking for a product that is already available and designed for what you are trying to do.
You could try a package like Moodle (moodle.org) where you manage it.
Or try something like webct/blackboard. There is a comparisson of these types of packages at http://www.marshall.edu/it/cit/webct/compare/index.htm
Both of these would require you to have very little knowledge of web design and would get your material online.
I want to make a web page that has some interactive features. Let me be more specific: what I want to do is to post powerpoint slide lecture notes on the webpage that students can either download or view, and i want to design and post small quizzes which the students can take online. these will mostly be multiple choice quizzes or short essays. so it is pretty much like a website where you fill out surveys and then enter comments. I have no previous HTML or web page design experience.
I read some other posts regarding web page design but most of them did not address the interactivity issue. It looks like Dreamweaver would be too much (and expensive) for a novice like me, but I do not know if frontPage or Nvu or Namo would do the trick. If I want to do it by coding, what do i have to learn -- CSS, XHTML or XML?
Look forward to your responses, and thanks in advance.