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FW: Post TPAC plans - moving forward

From: Alexander Dawson <alex@hitechy.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Nov 2011 06:56:20 +0000
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Some feedback here Chris...

> a. Looking at what material we need, and drawing up a big spec for what articles we should have (see http://www.w3.org/wiki/Web_Standards_Curriculum for the current state of this - THIS WILL SOON BE MOVED TO http://www.w3.org/community/webed/wiki/Main_Page).

Are we only focusing on content relating to W3C specifications or are we going to offer an extensive resource on all things related to designing and developing for the Web (in the short and long term)? If the latter, perhaps the list in this post (http://www.sitepoint.com/forums/printthread.php?t=680804) might be useful to help you begin to re-structure the WSC. I put it together for the poster when researching industry fields for a community produced ebook I developed with SitePoint last year (they were looking for ideas for subject matter to include).

> b. Finding out what material already exists out there that we could bring into this project, eg We already have the Opera web standards curriculum transplanted inside the W3C, Microsoft have potential content in MSDN, W3C have fantastic HTML and CSS reference material, Adobe have potential material, Mozilla have the MDN, which we could potentially take from. It makes sense to not reinvent the wheel on this (WE WILL SOON ASSEMBLE A LIST OF THESE).
c. Adding existing material to the spec - again, see http://www.w3.org/wiki/Web_Standards_Curriculum>
d. Creating new material to fill up the holes that are left
e. Updating/editing/proofing all the material as necessary to make sure it is of sufficiently high quality, and has a reasonable consistent voice.

My only worry with this would be that it would be a heck of a task to rewrite that migrated content to match the style guide you're putting together (if we were to bring them all into a single W3C backed resource). Are we intending to hybridise each of these libraries into the WSC? If so, how would we approach merges and deciding upon which version to use in case of conflicts or repeat info? (I'm only putting this out there as a thinking forward thing). Regardless, I'd be happy to help tech edit the content and identify areas for expansion or issues in the copy as I get time.

> The Web Edu CG wiki (http://www.w3.org/community/webed/wiki/Main_Page) will be the place where we will develop all the material, collaboratively, as a Wiki is ideal for this purpose. However, a Wiki is not so great as a publishing platform for the final product, as we want it to look as polished and attractive as possible. Therefore, we are looking at creating a dedicated learning platform hosted on a separate domain to promote the material to, when it reaches the desired level of quality. These articles will not be editable by anyone, but we will have a commenting/feedback function allowing anyone to notify us of suggested changes.

Sounds good. I'd also suggest perhaps when we develop the platform we consider having PDF versions of the complete guide or something for people wanting an offline copy of the reference (I know people seem to make use of offline copies of W3C specs so an official PDF would be useful to a lot of people), especially for students with tablets or phones wanting something to flick through.

> ACTION: PROJECT GROUP - migrate the WaSP InterACT curriculum over to the Web Edu CG Wiki pages, and make sure links to recommended reading are updated to the new locations (for example, the WSC stuff)

With regard to recommended reading, will we be mentioning specific non-WSC/W3C resources such as books? I know WaSP InterACT relies quite heavily on third party referencing in places for project work, which could prove tricky to keep "current" in terms of book availability (that and the cost barrier if we're trying to ensure the content remains free to students - thereby not having to buy loads of books to get the benefits).

> For the most part, outreach will be largely on hold until we have got the learning material and curricula first phase completed.

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Might I suggest that in preference to putting outreach on hold, we instead get the available outreach team focused on outreaching to potential members who could contribute to the WSC or some other active part of the project? I know outreaching to academic groups (for adoption) currently isn't of much use as we're lacking in content - but outreaching could still be highly useful in finding quality contributors either from those academic backgrounds (who can offer perspective) or technical backgrounds (to add to the material) - as I'm assuming we'll need more members to get things moving at a good pace!

> ACTION: ALEXANDER DAWSON? - create outreach resource

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Already planning this, so I'll be compiling the resource list ASAP. :)

> This is at an early stage, and can come later. There is some movement inside the W3C to try to create full training and certification programs (led by Anne Marie Forgue?), but there are also a number of people inside the Web Edu CG who believe that to create all of our own training and certification is possibly a bit ambitious, so perhaps instead we should just have a system whereby we can validate university/college courses and give them a W3C stamp of approval? Maybe both approaches can work together in tandem?

I believe there is scope for both. MCSE's don't remove the need for computer science degrees, neither did the CCNA. Some employers will naturally prefer a degree or related qualification over a proprietary certification scheme in a specific field (and vice versa). Each have advantages and disadvantages. Our aim if we follow through is to do what the MCSE did and provide a more specialised program for those who want a direct reflection of their abilities - rather than (just?) the more generic degree / diploma / etc platform (which can be tricky to encourage change as they're regulated by examining bodies). A W3C qualification would offer competition to the lacking existing schemes to encourage better quality of standards (in mainstream courses) and allow students to decide their route into the industry (academic / certification / self-taught) - which feels like a healthier balance (to me at least).

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