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Periodically, the Education Task force conducts interviews with those in higher education who are using Web standards, either in their curricula or in their projects. These interviews help provide information about the challenges faced and how changes are made.

Following is a list of interviews published by the Education task force:

  • Lars Gunther, Educator in Gymnasium (Sweden)

    Hailing from Sweden, Lars Gunther, (relatively unknown to the Web guru world), takes on a sizable challenge and project to educate and advocate Web standards and curriculum change in his country’s educational system.

  • Blake Elshire, The Art Institute of Dallas (Texas, USA)

    As a student of Interactive Media Design at the Art Institute of Dallas, Texas, Blake Elshire learned CSS as part of his course, then discovered that not all students were quite as charmed by the technology as he was. He shares his thoughts and insights with WaSP EduTF.

  • José Trudel, Cégep de Saint-Jérôme (Montreal, Canada)

    José Trudel is a teacher in design at Cégep de Saint-Jérôme where he prepares students in the “technical” branch of the program. Unlike most programs in higher education, José teaches his students using Web standards and best practices. What issues are faced when changes in curriculum are implemented? What resources are used when teaching best practices? How does José ensure that the curriculum stays up-to-date? José shares his experiences in the interview.

  • Steve Smith, University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA)

    Steve Smith, lead Web developer with the University of Notre Dame Web Group, believes in “finding joy in small steps” when it comes advocating standards. After all, it’s no small feat to introduce change within the greater machine of an educational institution. How does Steve and his team face up to the challenge? Steve finds some time amidst his flurry of evangelist and educational activities to tell us a little more about their strategies.

  • Tim Hannigan, Queen’s University (Ontario, Canada)

    After leaving Web design work in the 1990's, Tim Hannigan's interest was renewed by the increased discussion, awareness, and use of standards in Web technologies in 2003. How have Web Standards, accessibility, and content management systems become integral to the success of the Queen's site? We talked with Tim to find out.

  • Rose Pruyne, Pennsylvania State University (Pennsylvania, USA)

    What impact can a user group have in a university environment? Rose Pruyne would know, being one of the early members of The Pennsylvania State University’s Web Standards Users Group and the chair of their Content Management Best Practices Group. We ask Rose to share her experiences with us.

  • Daniel Frommelt, University of Wisconsin-Platteville (USA)

    Back in October 2003, Daniel Frommelt and his team of students presented the re-tooling of Slashdot in XHTML 1.0 at WebdevShare, scoring a wave of interest across the Web community, a two-part series on the process then further articles on A List Apart. How did it all begin? Where did it lead? In this interview, Daniel fills us in on the backstory.

  • Dr. Vito Evola, University of Palermo (Italy)

    A College of Letters and Philosophy offering a course in Web standards? They might seem like strange bedfellows, but Vito Evola explains how focusing on the Web as an instrument of communication marries the two.

  • Jonathan Linczak, Webmaster, Hiram College (Ohio, USA)

    Armed with a passion for standards and website development, Jonathan Linczak became webmaster and project lead for the conversion of Hiram College to a standards-compliant website. How did he do it? What challenges did he face? Jon takes us behind the scenes.

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