I am giving a talk titled “Drupal in the College Classroom” at the United Nations in New York City this summer. The conference is part of the Drupal NYC Camp and Open Camp consortium of open source technology conferences. The United Nations Open Source Innovation Initiative (Unite Open Source) aims to break down barriers to technology innovation through open source governance, communities and collaboration.
Struggles and Methods of Teaching Web Building to the Contemporary College Undergraduate
As the senior educators in this country, university professors have an obligation to respond to data such as the findings in this report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Educational Testing Service on the current state of millennials’ understanding, skill level, and ability to apply these important technologies to real-world problem solving.
“Despite having a higher rate of educational attainment than any previous generation, U.S. students 16-34 years of age ranked lower than most of their international peers in literacy, mathematics and technology problem solving. Those born in the U.S. after 1980 tied for last among the 22 participating countries in numeracy and technology skills, and 16th in literacy. Top scoring Americans in this cohort ranked lower than their peers in most other countries, and bottom-scoring Americans ranked among the lowest in the whole study.” 1
I am currently working on an article that describes my methods and struggles of teaching basic, intermediate, and advanced topics in Web design and development to college students. The intent with this article is to contribute to the ongoing discussion on how to improve U.S. students’ skills and understanding of these fundamental technologies in today’s global world.
Feature image: Old Main at Penn State. Photo by: Greg O’Toole.
I am currently authoring some new components for an excellent course in the College of Information Sciences & Technology at Penn State University. The course is titled Advanced Enterprise Integration: Technology and Applications and pursues the expanded knowledge of information technology and systems integration issues across multiple application settings including specific methods for designing and building advanced systems. The format is online, hands-on, watch, learn, build. The technologies we’ll focus on are MEAN stack, Drupal 8, Reactjs, PHP, and I’m thinking of adding some Python/Django for fun.
I am very happy to have made a small contribution to a very large publication. The 4th Edition of Web Style Guide, Foundations of User Experience Design (Yale University Press, Patrick J. Lynch, Sarah Horton, and Ethan Marcotte) is a necessary part of learning proper design in this field of Web Development. ‘This new revised edition confirms Web Style Guide as the go-to authority in a rapidly changing market’ (Yale University Press).
“With this new edition, the authors update the book to include important changes in the field of web building. This book will appeal to the professional web builder, the instructor, the scholar, and, of course, the student.”—Greg O’Toole, author of Sustainable Web Ecosystem Design
In 2013 I defended my doctoral dissertation with Magna Cum Laude honors in Berlin, Germany in Media and Communication Philosophy. I started my Ph.D. at the University of Denver in Philosophy and Cultural Theory and finished at Europäische Universität für Interdisziplinäre Studien, European Graduate School EGS, Saas-Fee, Ringacker, Switzerland.