Opera launch the Web Standards Curriculum; a set of tutorials and articles promoting web standards.
Author: Bruce Lawson
At Opera, we've heard lots of anecdotes about the poor quality of education out there, with web design being stuck in the late 90s (mal-)practice. The fact that graduates are hitting the job market without any idea of web standards, accessibility or user-centric design is bad for our industry, bad for all industry because every organisation needs a webs site, and it's bad for the Web itself.
So we decided to do something about it. The brainchild of Chris Mills, our Developer Relationship Manager, who's been working for 9 years or so eductating people about Standards, we've launched the Opera Web Standards Curriculum. It's a free, creative commons licensed course designed to give anyone a solid grounding in web design/development, no matter who they are — it is completely free to use, accessible, and assumes no previous knowledge.
At the moment there are 23 tutorials and exercises, but we're planning to expand them to about 50 by the end of the Summer. We hope that the curriculum will be adopted or adapted by universities, colleges, corporate in-house training programmes, or used by individuals trying to better their skills.
If you're an educator and would like help in using the curriculum, get in touch. If you have an idea for more coursework, or spot an ambiguity or even (shudder) an error, please let us know on the Web Standards Curriculum forums — it's a collaborative course, to be shared and changed to suit your local needs.
Or just spread the word, and help us educate the next generation of web professionals.