The Teaching Agency

I’ve been thinking a lot over the last few years about the master/apprentice model and how that applies to the web industry. I’m happy to see that people like Christopher Murphy are bringing the concept up at conferences now. While in general I think education in our industry is becoming a subject of many discussions too.

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Obviously

It’s an easy mistake to make. The language we use when we teach others has an incredible effect on the way the information is received. Using phrases like “This simple method…”, “Just try X”, or “Obviously you would…”, can instead of making the concept seem more accessible to the audience, have the opposite effect, actually leaving them more frustrated and feeling stupid. As educators that’s the opposite of what we’re trying to achieve.

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Learning through teaching

I recently read a post by a friend, Richard Powell, You’re not an expert, but that’s ok. In which he says: I often suggest that designers and developer run a workshop to share their knowledge only to hear: “I couldn’t give a workshop, I’m not an expert” I can understand where people are coming from […]

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OGN: more talk about education

In my last post I spoke about the things I’ve been doing in order to either help with education or bring more awareness to people about the current state of web education and the talk I gave at Oxford Geek Night was particularly aimed at web design education within Universities.

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Web and Digital Education

Some months ago, in fact one of my first serious posts on here, I wrote about Education in the web industry from a University point of view. Where I spoke about my time at university and how I felt the course was limited and really didn’t provide me with much worthwhile education towards what I would ultimately choose as a career. Since then a lot has happened and I just want to update you on my thoughts about web education (as well as digital education in general) and what I’ve been doing over the last few months.

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