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Organizations For Web Instructors

June 11, 2011

By Steve Wilkison | No Comments

Teaching Web DesignNow that I’m teaching web development full time at Watkins, I’m very interested in networking with other instructors at the college and university level who teach web design and/or development. I think it would be great to start some type of organization for web instructors to share ideas, problems, solutions, etc. I’ve done some research via Google, but can’t seem to find any existing organizations along this line. If you know if any such organization or group, please let me know.

As more and more colleges and universities begin to offer more and more courses in web design and web development (as well as mobile app development, Flash development, etc.) I think a real need is developing to put instructors in touch with each other. Many of us are developing our curriculum completely on our own and it seems it would be very productive to see what others are doing and how they are approaching different topics and subjects.

Here at Watkins we currently have three Web Development courses, all of which fall under the Graphic Design Department. We are hoping to begin a “concentration” in Web Development in the fall of 2012 as part of a student’s degree. I’m hoping to begin offering more specialized courses in coming semesters that cover some of the exciting new technologies and marketing opportunities that are emerging. I’d love to offer a class dedicated strictly to WordPress development. It would also include an introduction to PHP and MySQL. A course on “Social Networking” would be great as well. Students could learn how to design and build custom pages for Facebook, how to utilize opportunities on Twitter and YouTube and lots more. I could easily teach an entire class on JavaScript and jQuery and another on HTML5 and CSS3. And a class on building apps for iOS and Android would, of course, be a no-brainer. Students learn about most of these topics in the current three classes we offer, but having dedicated courses would open up so many more possibilities.

I’m spending some of my time this summer looking at programs from other colleges and universities and trying to get an idea of how others are approaching teaching these subjects. It’s a real challenge because so much in our field changes so fast and so frequently. You really have to stay on top of things and constantly consider reworking the classes and the curriculum. I hope to reach out to some of the other instructors and teachers at various schools and get their ideas and input.

If you teach web design, web development, coding, Flash, mobile app development or really any other “web” related technology I’d love to hear from you. I think we all have a lot we can learn from and share with each other.

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