Standards education
Patrick H. Lauke / Teaching the Web – W3C Germany and Austria Office Opening / Potsdam / 15 October 20...
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moving target: outdated materials, outdated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
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  1. 1. Standards education Patrick H. Lauke / Teaching the Web – W3C Germany and Austria Office Opening / Potsdam / 15 October 2009 WHAT STUDENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT WEB STANDARDS AND ACCESSIBILITY
  2. 2. web evangelist at Opera
  3. 3. big picture: importance of web industry
  4. 4. mind the gap: disconnect between industry needs and education
  5. 5. wide spectrum of skills required
  6. 6. web design modules: can you convey web standards / best practice in such short time?
  7. 7. moving target: outdated materials, outdated skills, IT resources, changing requirements
  8. 8. slow to change: lead time for new course creation too long, bureaucratic?
  9. 9. web design: art, science, or both?
  10. 10. IT / computer science focus on “real” development
  11. 11. art / design don't care about code
  12. 12. “hybrid” courses: multimedia design
  13. 13. teaching industry best practice
  14. 14. “why” not necessarily “how”
  15. 15. MACCAWS business case
  16. 16. business case aimed at students
  17. 17. relevance of standards for cross-browser, cross-platform … ubiquitous web
  18. 18. mobile / widgets reuse web standards
  19. 19. rebranding accessibility
  20. 20. accessibility = blind users + screenreaders?
  21. 21. accessibility doesn't have to be hard
  22. 22. accessibility = usability (in most cases)
  23. 23. again: “why” not necessarily “how”
  24. 24. WAI Education & Outreach
  25. 25. Education and Outreach for other web standards lacking?
  26. 26. resources and initiatives that can help… (and incidentally Opera are involved with)
  27. 27. Opera University Tours
  28. 28. Opera Web Standards Curriculum
  29. 29. association with Yahoo! Developer Network
  30. 30. learner-centered articles providing focused, self-contained lessons, split into topics on HTML, CSS, JavaScript, …
  31. 31. Web Standards Project (WaSP) InterAct
  32. 32. modular curriculum framework aimed at educators
  33. 33. ● course descriptions ● competencies ● prerequisites ● assignments ● exam questions ● reading lists
  34. 34. aggregates / structures existing resources (such as Opera WSC)
  35. 35. built by educators and industry experts as a community-driven initiative
  36. 36. various levels from community college to graduate level
  37. 37. living curriculum continuously updated as technologies and requirements change
  38. 38. pragmatic look at both open web standards and proprietary (Adobe Flash, PDF, Microsoft Silverlight, …)
  39. 39. open source learning: open to contribution, encourages sharing of good practice
  40. 40. W3C Open Web Education Alliance Incubator
  41. 41. explore needs and issues around web development education
  42. 42. organising delivery of curriculum to teachers and students
  43. 43. dialogue between industry and education
  44. 44. what does education need from industry? placements, internships, guest lectures…
  45. 45. deliverable: white paper outlining industry body (W3C or other) to further adoption of web standards in education
  46. 46. involvement from Adobe, IWA, Microsoft, Opera, W3C …
  47. 47. bigger vendor-neutral voice for outreach
  48. 48. future challenges?
  49. 49. world wide web translation and localisation of resources
  50. 50. colleges and universities …but even earlier?
  51. 51. young designers and developers
  52. 52. call to arms action
  53. 53. study www.opera.com/wsc teach interact.webstandards.org organise www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/owea
  54. 54. www.opera.com/developer patrick.lauke@opera.com
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