Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

Because OWEA is a young and growing incubator group, it is anticipated that new people will regularly become aware of us in a variety of ways over an extended period of time. This page will provide answers to frequently asked questions in order to help people get up to speed on our efforts. If you have questions you'd like to see answered, please direct them to: (need info/instructions).

  1. What is the Open Web Education Alliance (OWEA)?
  2. The mission of the Open Web Education Alliance Incubator Group, part of the Incubator Activity, is to help enhance and standardize the architecture of the World Wide Web by facilitating the highest quality standards and best practice based education for future generations of Web professionals through such activities as:

    • fostering open communication channels for knowledge transfer
    • curriculum sharing between corporate entities, educational institutions, Web professionals, and students.

    The goal of this Incubator Group is to bring together interested individuals, companies, and organizations with a strong interest in the field of educating Web professionals, to explore the needs and issues around the topic of Web development education. This Incubator Group will detail the options for establishing a group dedicated to bringing Web standards and best practices to the process of educating future professionals in Web professions, no matter where this training and education might be provided, and will define the goals, activities, and a clear mission for such an organization, and will seek to establish this organization's viability and role.

    This Incubator Group has been initiated by various independent projects and organizations such as the Opera Developer Community, Yahoo! Developer Network/Juku, Web Directions, The Web Standards Project (WaSP) InterAct Curriculum, World Organization of Webmasters (WOW), and other groups, as a united forum within which to pursue their shared goals of improved Web development education.

    Learn more throughout this wiki as well as by reviewing our charter.

  3. How can OWEA help faculty and students who are teaching and learning web design/development?
  4. How can OWEA help companies who are trying to hire web developers?
  5. How can OWEA help web developers stay current with best practices?
  6. How can (I/my school/my company) get involved?
  7. Since OWEA is a W3C incubator group, will it only deal with W3C approved topics?
  8. In the future, OWEA may develop materials to help teach web professionals how to apply standards and best practices to specific technologies such as Flash or Silverlight. Our primary focus will always be web development with web standards.

  9. What are next steps for the OWEA after incubation concludes?
  10. Who is behind/supporting OWEA? (list of companies, organizations, etc.)
  11. This Incubator Group has been initiated by various independent projects and organizations such as the Opera Developer Community, Yahoo! Developer Network/Juku, Web Directions, The Web Standards Project (WaSP) InterAct Curriculum, World Organization of Webmasters (WOW), and other groups.

  12. Can you share a vision for what future Web Professionals may look like coming out of school if this effort is successful?
  13. Will OWEA (or its future incarnation) actually develop curricula for schools?