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research about web design education in the UK

From: Helen Kennedy <H.Kennedy@leeds.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 19 Dec 2011 14:51:18 +0000
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Hello web education group

I'm an academic in the UK who has been researching web design for some time, as well as teaching it and doing it now and again. I'm interested in researching the state of web design education in the UK in 2012, and Chris Mills suggested that I should post to the list to let everyone know my plans and thoughts. 

In my experience, field leading web designers are often critical of web design education, and their criticisms are often based on their own experiences, or the experiences of friends and fellow web designers. It seems to me that in order to be able to comment accurately on the state of web design education, we should research it, find out where it is being taught, in what kinds of departments, by what kinds of people with what kinds of experiences, and what kinds of things constitute the curriculum. We should find out the extent to which web standards and web accessibility are integral to the web design curriculum. These are some of the things that I'm hoping to explore through a small-scale research project, probably focused on some UK countries in the first instance. 

If anyone is interested in knowing more, drop me a line. I'll update the list when I get things under way.

Helen 

Dr Helen Kennedy
Senior Lecturer in New Media, Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds
OUT NOW: Net Work: Ethics and Values in Web Design
URL: http://ics.leeds.ac.uk/staff/h.kennedy 
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