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[Web Standards Project] Re: Executive Summary + Conclusion added to whitepaper

From: Dave McFarland <notifications@webstandardsproject.grouphub.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2009 16:08:26 +0000
To: J Public <public-xg-owea@w3.org>
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Company: OWEA
Project: Open Web Education Alliance
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Dave McFarland commented on a message:

   I have a question about the Summary & Conclusion to the White
   Paper. At the end it's mentioned that one of the goals is to
   "Create a Web Science Degree." What does this mean? In colleges
   and universities (here in the US at least) a "degree" has a very
   specific meaning and degree programs are developed within those
   institutions by professors, deans and other administrators in
   the university. I think it's a bit presumptuous to claim to be
   creating a new degree program, since OWEA is not a university,
   nor has power to institute degree programs at universities. On
   the other hand, if it's meant to suggest the development of a
   set of courses that are a complete foundation for a Web
   professional, that's another thing, and seems to fall more under
   the purview of "curriculum development." I would suggest
   eliminating any talk of developing a "degree program" per se.

   One other thing in that conclusion caught my eye: "Establishing
   Web Career Pathways." I don't think it's OWEA's responsibility
   to develop career pathways. Careers are created by industry and
   the requirements of the workforce. Actual job descriptions and
   job titles really vary from workplace to workplace and, as we've
   clearly seen in the past 10 years, are constantly changing.
   Trying to guide that process seems way out of scope for OWEA,
   which (as I see it) should try to provide the competencies
   people need to build professional, standards-compliant Web
   sites.

   My 2 cents.

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