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Let’s rethink web design classes

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Session Description:
We need to take an extensive look at how we teach web “design” in our schools today. Many institutions still don’t even show a CMS or only focus on the “hard” skills of web creation (HTML, CSS, etc). With the ever increased enrollment in non-traditional four-year universities, we need to give today’s students what they need to succeed in the world from day one.

Ask yourself if that photography or culinary arts students need to know HTML when all they want is to get their portfolios online? Why do we start with core code then introduce the CMS instead of introducing the CMS and getting students excited about building something from day one? (Then showing them the core skills they need to extend and customize).

This talk will look at the various implementations used in schools today as well as some suggested workflows and tracks used today. In the world of Squarespace, Wix and Weebly we owe it to our students to do better and give them actionable skills from day one.

Mike Demopoulos

What is WPCampus?
WPCampus 2017 was the second annual in-person conference for the WPCampus community, a gathering of web professionals, educators and people dedicated to the confluence of WordPress in higher education. The event took place July 14-15 on the campus of Canisius College in Buffalo, New York. Learn more about the event at

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