Geert Leyseele and Veerle Pieters
In my mind that should be something you choose for if you want specialize in it. Maybe just the basics but I feel it’s better to teach the HTML/CSS correctly instead of trying to teach them everything. It’s rare that people are good at both.
If you could create your dream curriculum for web design and development, what courses and information would you include? Why? What courses and information now in such programs would you eliminate? Why?
- Grids and typography
- CSS/HTML (versions that currently are common)
- Accessibly - Usability
Like I said I’m not up to date with what is in today’s courses but I bet that Flash is in every design course. I wouldn’t drop Flash because it’s not bad when used right. That should be very clear when you follow Flash classes that it has its purpose on projects that warrant it. I’m not sure but another flaw I believe is trying to teach them too many technologies. I personally do not believe that’s good, it’s better to go very broad on the really important things. The student should have the option to choose what he wants to be really good in. We both personally don’t know anybody that is good in everything.
A few example sites that really bring out all the material covered in the classes. Static versions for those who did not opt to be a developer and a site with everything found in today’s community sites for those that opted to walk the developer road. So they get a real world feeling in setting this up. They really should understand how important a quality portfolio really is. It’s amazing with today’s possibilities that there are still students that don’t have one and are amazed it’s hard to find a job.
I think by staying on top on what is happening on the Internet. That’s one of the best ways to stay current. The teachers should have the passion that drives us and if they can bring that feeling over to the students it would be an added bonus. I strongly believe that the lack of passion is one of the poisons that ruin today’s web designers. I think there are a lot of people stuck in what they know now and have no interest in updating there skill set if the paycheck is there at the end of the month. The future web designer should be taught passion. Most people are also lazy and don’t use the means that are out there. We see that enough in the daily amount of email. They don’t do research and expect that you solve it.