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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    • moving target: outdated materials, outdated skills, IT resources, changing requirements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