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Standards Education W3 C 15.10.2009 Small Standards Education W3 C 15.10.2009 Small Presentation Transcript

  • Standards education WHAT STUDENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WEB STANDARDS AND ACCESSIBILITY Patrick H. Lauke / Teaching the Web – W3C Germany and Austria Office Opening / Potsdam / 15 October 2009
  • web evangelist at Opera
  • big picture: importance of web industry
  • mind the gap: disconnect between industry needs and education
  • wide spectrum of skills required
  • web design modules: can you convey web standards / best practice in such short time?
  • moving target: outdated materials, outdated skills, IT resources, changing requirements
  • slow to change: lead time for new course creation too long, bureaucratic?
  • web design: art, science, or both?
  • IT / computer science focus on “real” development
  • art / design don't care about code
  • “hybrid” courses: multimedia design
  • teaching industry best practice
  • “why” not necessarily “how”
  • MACCAWS business case
  • business case aimed at students
  • relevance of standards for cross-browser, cross-platform … ubiquitous web
  • mobile / widgets reuse web standards
  • rebranding accessibility
  • accessibility = blind users + screenreaders?
  • accessibility doesn't have to be hard
  • accessibility = usability (in most cases)
  • again: “why” not necessarily “how”
  • WAI Education & Outreach
  • Education and Outreach for other web standards lacking?
  • resources and initiatives that can help… (and incidentally Opera are involved with)
  • Opera University Tours
  • Opera Web Standards Curriculum
  • association with Yahoo! Developer Network
  • learner-centered articles providing focused, self-contained lessons, split into topics on HTML, CSS, JavaScript, …
  • Web Standards Project (WaSP) InterAct
  • modular curriculum framework aimed at educators
  • ● course descriptions ● competencies ● prerequisites ● assignments ● exam questions ● reading lists
  • aggregates / structures existing resources (such as Opera WSC)
  • built by educators and industry experts as a community-driven initiative
  • various levels from community college to graduate level
  • living curriculum continuously updated as technologies and requirements change
  • pragmatic look at both open web standards and proprietary (Adobe Flash, PDF, Microsoft Silverlight, …)
  • open source learning: open to contribution, encourages sharing of good practice
  • W3C Open Web Education Alliance Incubator
  • explore needs and issues around web development education
  • organising delivery of curriculum to teachers and students
  • dialogue between industry and education
  • what does education need from industry? placements, internships, guest lectures…
  • deliverable: white paper outlining industry body (W3C or other) to further adoption of web standards in education
  • involvement from Adobe, IWA, Microsoft, Opera, W3C …
  • bigger vendor-neutral voice for outreach
  • future challenges?
  • world wide web translation and localisation of resources
  • colleges and universities …but even earlier?
  • young designers and developers
  • call to arms action
  • study www.opera.com/wsc teach interact.webstandards.org organise www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/owea
  • www.opera.com/developer patrick.lauke@opera.com