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Web Professional Educator Workshop Announced

Web Professional Educator Workshop Announced for Summer 2011 San Francisco, CA

The World Organization of Webmasters, in conjunction with the Mid Pacific ICT Center, will host a week long “Aligning and Improving Web Curriculum for the Community College” Workshop Mid-Pacific ICT (MPICT) Center Summer 2011 Faculty Development Week San Francisco June 13 – 17, 2011.

The five day workshop will focus on Web professional best practices, curriculum, standards, teaching tools, labor market information, standard DOL job descriptions, and certification preparation for faculty who want to create or modify web programs to align with industry best practices. It is supported by the World Organization of Webmasters (WOW), a 12-year-old non-profit professional association dedicated to the support of individuals and organizations who create, manage or market web sites. WOW provides education as well as certification, technical, employment and member advantage services to thousands of aspiring and practicing web professionals worldwide.

This event is free to qualified ICT educators, who may be eligible for travel cost reimbursements. Advanced registration is required. To see if you qualify contact Bill Cullifer, WOW Executive Director.

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The National Science Foundation has provided grant funding to launch the Mid-Pacific Information and Communications Technologies (MPICT) Center to coordinate, improve and promote ICT education, with an emphasis on 2-year colleges, in northern California, northern Nevada, southern Oregon, Hawaii and the Pacific Territories. ICT Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) is an umbrella term, widely used outside the U.S. and in the U.N., to encompass all rapidly emerging, evolving and converging computer, software, networking, telecommunications, Internet, programming and information systems technologies. MPICT’s 4.5 day Summer 2011 Faculty Development Week at City College of San Francisco’s

World Organization of Webmasters: Aligning and Improving Web Curriculum Class Description:

What’s all the fuss about HTML5 and CSS-3? Although these are not yet fully supported in many browsers, now is the time to begin learning ?best practices.? Consider what has happened in the past – it was the wild west – everyone was doing what they thought best, but with many inconsistencies. As a result, many students were ill-prepared for employment as web professionals, and many sites did not meet minimal web standards. WOW (World Organization of Webmasters) has spent well over a decade promoting web standards and working with many entities and organizations. In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor, WOW has also helped standardize web professional position titles (such as web designer, web developer, and webmaster).

As we progress to emerging technologies such as HTML5 and CSS-3, we should focus on best practices which will help your students succeed. Come to this track to learn why map-able, stackable and portable web standards-based education is the best solution for your students, and learn how to implement that solution at your school! Walk out of this week with web professional education standards, support for web professional job demand to justify your programs, curriculum aligned to those standards, a pathway to more widely recognized web professional certifications than you have today, teaching tools that you have learned to use, confidence that you are ready to deliver the best web educational services to your community, preparation for a new web professional certification for yourself and an opportunity to take any of the WOW certification exams free as part of the track.

During this course, participants will:

* Learn how to future proof your Web design and development community college program and employ cutting edge techniques today.
* Learn how to customize your web pages so they take advantage of the capabilities of different screen resolutions (ranging from smart phones to tablets, desktops, and TV screens).
* Learn about emerging web fonts, modern web typography and what can be employed today.
* Learn about enhancements to web accessibility and ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications).
* Learn how to employ the new form attributes (with graceful degradation for browsers with limited or no support).
* Learn how to incorporate rich media (audio and video) with graceful degradation in older browsers.
* Learn about current tools and libraries which can be employed to provide support for older browsers.
* Learn why it is now important to develop for mobile devices first (mobile web) and then expand to other platforms.
* Learn how to employ local storage (for devices which support this technology).
* Learn the fundamentals of the canvas element and contrast that with SVG (scalable vector graphics.
* Learn about CSS gradients, opacity, transitions, transformations and animations.
* Learn how to work with tools (such as Adobe Dreamweaver) to develop and enhance your web pages.

These, and other best practices, will be covered during this week long seminar. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop, or lab computers will be provided, to follow along with hands-on sessions. We will be emphasizing web standards throughout the week. Participants will leave with numerous working examples employing these technologies and have a clearer understanding of what can be presented to students today to make them employable professionals tomorrow. Prerequisites: It is assumed participants in this class have some knowledge of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (not extensive knowledge, but some exposure).

Instructor Biographical Information:

Mark DuBois serves as the Director of Education for WOW and has been teaching at Illinois Central College for over a decade. He also teaches classes for fellow faculty members every year within the state of Illinois (in May). Prior to 1999, he worked in various roles in Information Technology. He has been working with HTML since 1992. Mark developed his first commercial web site in 1995. He established the first accredited degree in web systems in the U.S. He also established the first accredited degree in rich Internet application development (a full year before the term AJAX was coined). Mark has spoken at various conferences. For example, he gave a full day pre-conference seminar at the 17th International WWW Conference in Beijing in 2008. In May, 2011, Mark will give a week long seminar on HTML5 and CSS3 at the Working Connections Summer Institute. Mark runs a local chapter of WOW and a local Adobe User Group. He is an Adobe Education Leader and received the Adobe AEL Impact Award in 2011.