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A Fish Out of Water Gets Thrown Back in

Scott showed me two articles the other day written by Aaron walker, a well-known speaker and professor, and Leslie Jensen-Inman, a professor at UT, explaining why web education is behind the curve. Leslie notes “Right now, web education is out of date and fragmented. There are good people working hard to change this, but because of the structure of higher education, it will take time.”
As a graduate student studying digital marketing, I initially found this idea discouraging. Not just because of the time, energy, and money graduate school takes, but the fact that when I begin applying for a job my skills will already be out-dated. When applying for the program they forgot to mention that “everything in the curriculum will be useless by the time you graduate, so good luck getting a job!”

I pondered the argument all day and actually sent the articles to one of the college’s administrators who I know was hired to improve the programs curriculum. She may or may not have read them, but I felt that she would appreciate the gesture coming from a student. I couldn’t help but wonder why I felt like the only person in the program who was concerned with this issue. And then the answer came…

Dr. Adams is basically the only teacher that teaches web education courses in my program. In class on Thursday, Dr. Adams began class by showing us a video that some famous web designer produced. After the 5 minute video ended, there wasn’t a jaw intact in the entire classroom. We were completely astounded by this mans work of art and immediately realized how little we know.

The awed silence ended when Dr. Adams spoke up “after leaving this class you will know how to use these programs and the basic web-design need- to- knows. To some people web-design is their life. Don’t be discouraged after we get the basics down, you can become as good as you want.”

Intimidation and discouragement when faced with a new endeavor is the best way to ensure failure. This is my first attempt to learn about the intricacies of the web, so I initially took the articles a bit too personal. Let’s face it: I’m probably not going to be a web-site developer right after I graduate; and just because I’m graduating in less than a year doesn’t mean I have to stop being a student.

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