The open web needs you. Yes, you

The Web Standards Project (WaSP) has been busy at work hatching the InterACT curriculum, a framework for teaching standards based web design and development intended for schools, universities and business.

Education is core to getting the web to pull it’s socks up and become more of an inclusive, cross browser, cross platform, cross device place. By creating a curriculum and web craft degree backed by both industry and educators, the Open Web Education Alliance (OWEA) hopes to help produce the graduates that employers need to build slick, usable, accessible and profitable websites.

Up to this point all the work in OWEA and WaSP InterAct has been voluntary contributed to by some of the best web designers and developers out there today. To get this initiative really off the ground however we need to put in some serious hours and to do that OWEA needs funding. (Disclaimer: I’m hoping to be the one to put in the serious hours).

This is where you come in

We’re applying for a grant from the Shuttleworth Foundation and would love to show them how well backed this initiative is by our community. So, if you care about a sustainable web then take two minutes to show your support by signing up to  The Open Web Education Alliance project funding bid. We need comments, contributors and votes!

Buy the book

WaSP InterAct have just brought out Interact with Web Standards: A Holistic Approach to Web Design – over 500 pages of hotness by Erin Anderson, Virginia DeBolt, Derek Featherstone, Lars Gunther, Denise R. Jacobs, Leslie Jensen-Inman, Chris Mills, Christopher Schmitt, Glenda Sims, Aarron Walter. Well worth a read for anyone learning or teaching web design.

While you’re at it you may also want to get Introducing HTML 5 by Bruce Lawson and Remy Sharp. It’s out in July so it’ll be a nice little surprise when it drops through the letter box in a months time.

9 thoughts on “The open web needs you. Yes, you

  1. Henny :)
    this sounds great – have joined and will be happy to contribute, just not quite sure how, so keep me posted :)
    Great tips about the books as well (already ordered both), “Interact with Web Standards” looks fantastic, reading through it at the moment.
    Thanks 😉

  2. Hi Henny,

    I’d like to thank you, Chris, and everyone else involved for your work on this.

    I’ve had many conversations with colleagues about the desperate need for some form of accreditation for web developers, and the prospect of designing and managing a curriculum has always been very daunting.

    Funding to allow someone (and I can’t think of anyone better than you) to put in the hours required to organise this is vitally important, so please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

  3. Hi Prisca, just having your support and promoting us is contribution enough – thank you!

    And Ian, thanks for your kind words. Yahoo! have already done loads what with contributing to the Opera Web Standards Curriculum and the Open Web Education Alliance. I really hope we pull off this funding too as despite the state of web education at the moment there are a lot of good people working on great projects (both within industry and education) so being able to pull all these threads together and come up with (hopefully) a magic formula will be great.

    I’m going to be at @Media WD and Standards.Next this week – either of you going?

  4. Thanks, Henny :)
    if there is anything I can contribute though – do let me know – would be happy to 😉
    Won’t be able to go to any events this week or next, end of year at college, students in panic, exhibitions to prepare etc… soon over though :)

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