The particular conventions of Web Design vs. Print Design (web based fonts, interactivity, the cost/benefits of fixed-width & fixed height, etc.). This isn’t explicitly a CSS/CODE conversation, but is all about “what it’s like to draw/design a webpage as opposed to a poster.”
They should be familiar with both, but it’s only the rare person who can come close to being a master of both. Someone who is a master of standards and CSS shouldn’t feel bad they aren’t the designer.
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?
Content rich site, like a magazine or newspaper site using content management. A flash site. A basic site. A one-off sexy non-flash website.
Good internship program. Professors given the time to spend doing the research and work they need to stay up to speed on contemporary web design/developmenet trends. I think this is a unique industry in that profs really need the time to do side work and research just to stay up to speed.