Web Curriculum Endorsements

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University of Georgia

I wanted to share with you how we have been using the WaSP Interact Curriculum in our Master of Internet Technology program at UGA.

I've been working various aspects of the curriculum into our courses (http://mit.terry.uga.edu) since the Fall semester of 2009 shortly after I first became aware of the curriculum. For most of the courses, I can find something in the curriculum to include that educates and enriches the students.

The Web design portion of the curriculum best fits our Web Design and Usability course where I am currently using the InterAct with Web Standards book. The book contents fit the objectives of the course perfectly. I have assigned reading from the book (see attached syllabus and course schedule) and have been able to incorporate many of the assignments and projects that can be found on the WaSP Interact site. We're currently in the 5th week of that class and several students have commented to me about how much they like the book and the contents of the curriculum.

The curriculum and text have been great for my needs in the Masters program, but perhaps the biggest advantage is the connections that I have been able to make through the use of the book and the InterAct curriculum. It's supported by a group of people who have a passion for Web Standards and education. Many of whom have been guests to speak to my students and have supported my work by answering my questions. It's very exciting for me and my program to be a part of this great community.

Craig A. Piercy, BSEE, MBA, PHD
Director, Master of Internet Technology
Department of MIS
Terry College of Business
The University of Georgia
309 Brooks Hall
Athens, Georgia 30602-6273


University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

InterACT Case Study: Stephen Bush - graduate of University of Tennessee Chattanooga About University of Tennessee Chattanooga

Interview With Stephen Bush

Q: Stephen, you are a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Could you tell us a bit about the program, and the types of things you studied?

A: The Graphic Design BFA at UTC is an immersive study in both the theory and practice of graphic design. We look at design as a Fine Art and as a vocation. The course load is intense. My classmates and I spent many sleepless nights completing our assignments, and it was definitely worth it. We had several courses devoted exclusively to typography, some to photography, some to new forms of media, and several to professional practices in the field of design. The course which most influenced my career was Web design with Leslie Jensen-Inman. Before that I was certain that I would pursue a career in print and logo design. Then we learned Standards-Compliant (X)HTML and CSS. Once we began coding our Web designs, something felt right about the Web. I became obsessed and devoted all time outside of class to reading and practicing as much as possible. You had a pretty unique opportunity to intern at a web agency while in school. Tell us about that experience and how it influenced your perspective in your course work.

While interning I realized that work outside of college comes with a much different set of expectations. While in school, a lot of emphasis is placed on the "process." It is common to spend weeks developing multiple sets of thumbnails and critiquing each other's pieces. In the workplace, however, turnaround is key. You learn to identify a good idea and develop it quickly. It is important to balance creativity and problem-solving to deliver the right solution in a timely manner, in both the graphic design and Web development fields.

Q: How did your degree prepare you for your career and how did it influence your ability to get a job?

A: Essentially my degree led me to my career. A design background translates well to front-end development. Well-trained designers are comfortable with Photoshop and already have an eye for pixel-precision and good typography. Furthermore, design education instills a conceptual understanding of usability and teaches you to educate yourself. It is important to learn concepts in the beginning; specific training will always be necessary in the workplace, especially in an ever-changing field like Web-development. Since joining the front-end team at Medium I've become proficient with multiple programming languages, particularly JavaScript.

Q: Are web standards best practices part of the workflow at your job? Did your knowledge of standards play a role in getting hired?

A: Absolutely. Any project that I take part in adheres to Web standards best practices. When applying to work front-end, the management was impressed with my Web standards-based knowledge. Having a solid foundation to build upon made me a more valuable addition to the company. What's next for you in your career?

I'm excited to continue furthering my JavaScript abilities, learn the intricacies of HTML5, and get more involved with the server-side aspects of Web development. I really enjoy learning to build sites with Message, a soon-to-be open-sourced CMS developed by Medium. This involves the use of the programming language Python and Google AppEngine's document-based data store. I'm also interested in custom Web application development, particularly on mobile platforms. I plan to progress towards new and innovative solutions for the Web.





Jeffrey Zeldman

The Web represents the leading edge of 21st century publishing, communications, and application design. Unfortunately, web education is still in the dark ages. InterACT With Web Standards presents a badly needed course correction. Armed with this book, educators can better serve tomorrow's web designers, and through them, millions of users.