A web sized education problem?

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This presentation discusses the big issue with web design and development education: that there is a great shortage of skilled new graduates coming into the web industry, but most of the related educational courses out there don't teach current standards and best practices. It starts by discussing causes of the problem in detail, and then looks at solutions, and resources the web industry is making available to help educators get up to date.


<ul><li> 1. A Web-Sized Education Problem? Chris Mills, Opera Software, OWEA/Open EduWednesday, 15 September 2010 </li></ul> <p> 2. Lets talk about...Web education The problem Potential solutions What the community is doing Improving things together Wednesday, 15 September 2010 3. The education problemSkills shortage in the web industry Many web developers neededucating Well-trained graduates also needed But these needs arent being met Wednesday, 15 September 2010 4. Think of other professionsSuch as Accountancy Architecture Law Medicine Wednesday, 15 September 2010 5. These have featuresSuch as Regulatory bodies Codes of practice Qualications Faculties at university Wednesday, 15 September 2010 6. The Web is differentWe have the W3C......but this is a standards bodyAnd what we call standards......are actually recommendationsWednesday, 15 September 2010 7. Codes of practice? There are best practices But mostly we just view source... ...and copy and paste Wednesday, 15 September 2010 8. (Low barrier of entry)The Web is easy (sort of) It has a low barrier of entry Which made the Web what it is today But theres a lot of bad code out there Which hangs around forever! Wednesday, 15 September 2010 9. There are exams At some universities But these are few and far between And vary widely in content Wednesday, 15 September 2010 10. Many educators get itIncluding many of you guys! Wednesday, 15 September 2010 11. But many dontCourses vary Some teach bad front-end practices Some dont teach them at all Some teach a really odd mix of skills Some are just comedy Wednesday, 15 September 2010 12. So ... WTF? Wednesday, 15 September 2010 13. Standards becomingstandard?Didnt happen at the very beginning For example HTML only becamestandard at about HTML3 Before that things werent standard Browsers took a while to catch on Wednesday, 15 September 2010 14. Browser support...Was a nightmare for ages So tables for layout were needed We werent thinking aboutaccessibility so much Or progressive enhancement Wednesday, 15 September 2010 15. Outdated coursesThis is when many courses were written Things have changed so much 10-15 years is a lifetime in web terms Updates in courses and teachingskills desperately needed Wednesday, 15 September 2010 16. Courses should have HTML/CSS/JS + best practices Universal design - REAL accessibility Proper production skills, likeworkows, testing, teamwork Web sites not looking the sameacross all browsers! Wednesday, 15 September 2010 17. We should get rid of Tables for layout, spacer gifs, inlineJavaScript Resources on HTML3, NetscapeDHTML Courses that try to y before crawling Dumb sysadmin policies (IE6 lock) Wednesday, 15 September 2010 18. Also, web is an orphanWhere does it t in to education? Comp/sci is a solid technicaldiscipline Web design is technical, artistic,social, linguistic, media, publishing... Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19. Not taken seriouslyIt doesnt get taken seriously Comp/sci folk think it isnt real programming Design folk think it is scary as it involves code Wednesday, 15 September 2010 20. Why oh Why?? Lack of web standards teachingexperience Updating curricula too hard/expensive? Lack of support from department? Lack of teaching resources? Wednesday, 15 September 2010 21. Enoughmoaning already! Wednesday, 15 September 2010 22. Now forthe solutions... Wednesday, 15 September 2010 23. SolutionsWe want to get rid of the excuses! Create supporting resources Evangelise/do outreach Mould better web developers!Wednesday, 15 September 2010 24. Thepera WSCThe Web Standards Curriculum Over 60 articles All the web design basics you need Translations underway in over 10languages Released under creative commons Wednesday, 15 September 2010 25. Open knowledge sharingIs absolutely vital Spirit of the Web Makes everything easier Build up useful network of alliesWednesday, 15 September 2010 26. WaSP InterActWeb design curricula Course structures, rubrics, sampleassignments, exam questions, etc. Perfect complement to the OperaWSC Also released under CC Wednesday, 15 September 2010 27. InterAct with Web StandardsThe book of the lm Written to meet the needs ofeducators Written in collaboration betweeneducators and industry folk Holistic view of web design Wednesday, 15 September 2010 28. Mozilla/P2PU school of WebcraftCommunity led accreditation Student builds a project Assessed by industry professionals Gives them a portfolio Works outside university structure -useful as not everyone has access Wednesday, 15 September 2010 29. OWEAOpen Web Education Alliance W3C incubator group Looking to provide a standard forweb standards education Also performs outreach activities Wednesday, 15 September 2010 30. Reach out!Trying to get everyone doing outreach Educate the ones that dont get it Point them to our resources, andshare your own Train the trainers Wednesday, 15 September 2010 31. University toursStarted by Opera Deliver guest lectures Evangelize standards and goodteaching practices Getting local representatives onboard too Wednesday, 15 September 2010 32. Other meetupsFrom big to small WE Rock events Highjacking Ignites, bar camps, etc Ad hoc discussion meetupsWednesday, 15 September 2010 33. Its not just educators...Existing web devs and non-technicalteam members also need educating Existing web devs: improve practices Edu administrators: hold the power Marketers/managers: non-technicalteam members need to understand Wednesday, 15 September 2010 34. SummaryFinal thoughts... Wednesday, 15 September 2010 35. How does it all work together?ImproveCreateCurricula ResourcesExamination/ WEBAccreditation PROFESSIONALS!Train educators/Evangelisestudents Best PracticesWednesday, 15 September 2010 36. Forging links between industry and educatorsIs two-way Industry updates educators on curricula and best practices Educators provide industry with validity, respect ... and fresh meat! Wednesday, 15 September 2010 37. Government,international?Both of these already in consideration Working on government (hush hush) Eventual aim is to spread thisworldwideWednesday, 15 September 2010 38. Thanks for listening cmills@opera.com @chrisdavidmills http://dev.opera.com Web standards evenings inManchester!http://standards-next.org/ Wednesday, 15 September 2010 </p>