An incomplete education
Once I taught a two-day Web class at a government agency. I showed the students
how to place existing graphics in pages, but there wasn t enough time to teach them
how to format graphics for the web. A few weeks after the class, I visited the sites
they d built, and saw that they d included BMP files in their Web pages, instead of
GIFS and JPGs. The BMPs didn t show up in Netscape, and they took forever to
David Pierpont, Web instructor, Telematique
Find a good instructor
The most important factor in training is the instructor, so when choosing a company to
provide Web training, the Site Coordinator should talk with the company s Web
instructor. A good Web instructor has substantial site-building knowledge and good
teaching skills, both of which are acquired through experience.
The complexities of Web work aren t easy to master, so knowledgeable Web people have
usually worked in the field for a couple of years or more, and built many sites. To see if a
Web instructor is knowledgeable, ask to see some of the sites built by that instructor. The
sites should be attractive, easy to navigate, and load quickly.
The ability to teach is developed in the classroom, so make sure that your instructor has
taught for at least a few months previously. Even natural teachers need to have taught at
least a dozen or so classes to hit their stride. Also, ask to see an instructor s student
evaluations. Students know a good teacher when they see one, and positive evaluations
indicate that an instructor knows how to teach.
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