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Six New Courses Added to the InterACT Curriculum

By Aarron Walter | March 17th, 2010 | Filed in Curriculum, Education, Education TF

Today, six more essential courses join the WaSP InterACT curriculum to help schools prepare their students for a career working on the Web.

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It was just one year ago that The WaSP released its open curriculum project InterACT designed to help educators roll web standards and industry best practices into their courses. InterACT debuted at SxSWi 2009 with eleven courses created by a host of veteran educators and industry pros. Today, six more essential courses (that’s seventeen courses in total now if you’re counting) join our living curriculum to help schools prepare their students for a career working on the Web.

As is true of all InterACT courses, these six new courses contain competencies (the stuff students need to master in order to pass the class), assignments with grading rubrics, exam questions, recommended texts and readings, and technologies required to teach the course.

Though we’ve spent hundreds of hours developing these courses, we know the hardest work is still ahead. We need your help to get these courses into high schools, and colleges around the world. If you are an educator, use these courses (they are free and licensed under Creative Commons). If you are a student, tell your teachers about InterACT (gold star for you!). If you are an industry pro, connect with a local school to let them know about InterACT, or better yet, give a short presentation on web standards in the real world. Regardless of your connection to web education, you can help move the cause forward with a tweet, a blog post, or a conversation with a colleague.

These six courses are just a piece of what InterACT is working on. Stay tuned.

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#1 On March 31st, 2010 7:58 am JoJo replied:

Thanks for this overview and the information. InterACT is a great help to interested students.
Keep on doing…

#2 On April 1st, 2010 11:42 am Lee Gilbert replied:

When will more information on these six courses be available?

#3 On April 17th, 2010 1:35 pm Pariuri Sportive replied:

“These six courses are just a piece of what InterACT is working on.”

I can’t wait for the next news regarding what is InterACT working on.

By the way I talked with my teacher about this and he was really interested by the subject so I got an extra point for the next exam, so thanks for sharing it. Like I said, I’m waiting for the other pieces.

#4 On April 26th, 2010 3:01 pm Pariuri replied:

We are tuned, but i readed more articles about “best practices into their courses” and from comments i sawed that many people don’t trust that any system will work great.

Is great to see that someone is doing something about, i will ask my cousen he is a teacher to take a look, maybe each help offered is great.

#5 On April 28th, 2010 12:48 pm Morgan replied:

I am looking forward to the six available courses especially the server-side scripting. Please send me any additional information.

#6 On May 4th, 2010 6:46 pm CHris replied:

Would be great to know when the courses will be available, especially the ones on writing for the web and usability 1. thanks

#7 On May 11th, 2010 6:44 am Webstandard-Blog replied:

Thank you Aarron for sharing the infos to these InterACT courses and their recommended Textbook(s) & Reading. Does already excist a pricelist?

#8 On May 11th, 2010 8:07 am Metropolis replied:

Excellent information – very useful for any student and why not, for any teacher. It can help to accumulate essential info – thank you for sharing them.

#9 On May 12th, 2010 7:16 am Paul replied:

Are there any plans to include a module on SEO in the curriculum?

#10 On May 20th, 2010 4:45 pm ali replied:

I have seen two of them since yesterday when I read this article
That was great but is it possible to get to the sessions ?

#11 On May 22nd, 2010 12:44 pm Snap Todo replied:

how do we acquire the new courses? will they be available through the net? I would like to contribute my new software that I just created. I’m not selling it so anyone can use it.

Are you an organized person? Or maybe the opposite? Well, the coolest and simplest To Do list on the planet is here! It is a free screenshot software download to do list

Snap- Todo is a tool for visual minds who want to create to-do lists accessible everywhere. During installation you create an account on When you launch the tool you can take a screenshot just like any other screenshot application. The twist is that a module will appear where you can enter a due date and priority. When you go and see your account, your visual to-do list is ready and can be sorted out by date or priority. You can edit, delete, archives posts. It’s really nice for people using lots of different applications and who want to attach a visual cue to a task.

Great for visual minds. A to do list you can take everywhere.

#12 On May 23rd, 2010 6:06 pm Andrea replied:

Wow, this is only a piece of the whole work. Thanks for this information. We’ll stay tuned – for sure. Standards and optimization are getting more and more important to be successfull in the web today.

#13 On May 28th, 2010 1:14 pm Markus replied:

Thanks InterACT for this six courses ! great job.

#14 On May 28th, 2010 1:24 pm Atilla replied:

it’s nice to see that your effort of hundreds of hours of work is now available. thanks.

#15 On May 31st, 2010 6:23 am Nisheeth Mishra replied:

Please give information about this courses asap..

#16 On June 2nd, 2010 2:24 pm DJ München replied:

It’s very interesting to read this artivle. InterACT is a real help to interested readers and web-users.
Thanks for doing this Job!

#17 On June 2nd, 2010 5:36 pm Mihai Cheosea replied:

Thanks for the great work InterAct. These six courses are great help for students like us !

#18 On June 3rd, 2010 6:41 pm منتدى replied:

Students will have the great benefit of this information

#19 On June 11th, 2010 6:05 am برنامج replied:

this additional courses really appreciated and this is what we need in this time,

#20 On June 12th, 2010 7:44 am Mark Alexander replied:

Thank you for the overview and all the information , good help for students.

#21 On June 12th, 2010 1:56 pm David Gahan replied:

I’m a student. I’m going to tell my colleagues and teachers about these six courses. Very good to hear that there are still a people who help to support and improve the promotion of web standards. Many students want to learn web standards. I’d definitely be interested in doing whatever I can.

#22 On June 15th, 2010 4:08 pm Haitham Al-Ubaidi replied:

Practical content or best-practise courses would be a great help to us looking to develop the content of their websites to align with industry and accessibility guidelines. Any of these in the pipeline?

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