Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Web development is a service most every business needs today. And it is evolving at a rate that takes a great deal of effort to keep pace with as you continue educating yourself on the ins and outs of this field.
But where do you go to learn what you need to know?
First Define Your Needs
Web development is a multi-faceted field. Not unlike I.T. (information technology), it includes a number of skill sets and specialties. So before pursuing an education that is right for you, it’s important to clearly define the knowledge you require to excel.
There is a distinct possibility that you’ll want to know it all where web development is concerned. (And this is the wisest choice where education is concerned.) But if you instead choose to specialize in one particular facet of web development you should “keep your eye on the ball” while focusing on whatever it might be where your needs are concerned.
Know the Current Terminology
In order to keep from falling behind in the ever-changing area of web development it’s best to keep looking ahead…especially where terminology is concerned. So self-study that will include no small amount of research on the internet and through trade manuals and trade publications should be considered imperative For instance, the term “new media” is currently usable (for lack of better nomenclature), but is soon to be as dead as disco, and rightfully so. After all, the term is years old and poses the question, “How long is ‘new’ considered new?” And as a further example, referring to “digital media” will soon become as passé as claiming that you own a Hi-fi stereo system. So realize this also is a currently workable term, but it will soon fall by the wayside.
More to the point, you need to be informed of what’s current where terminology is concerned in order to know which educational institutions are on the cutting edge and which ones are falling behind. So keep up with what’s “hip” and “groovy as you acquire more and more knowledge.
Then It’s Time To Go Shopping
After defining your needs while making sure you’re remaining current, it will be time to shop for the educational institution that is best for you. And these days the best places to shop overall are on the internet.
Now It’s Time To State The Obvious
Typical educational institutions (colleges, universities, etc.) should not be discounted where learning all you need to know about web development is concerned. But since this is obviously a field that exists within the internet, online schools should be what you first investigate.
Further, it should come as no surprise to you that the number of available web development schools online is ponderous to say the least. So it would be wise to research them all to insure that the one you choose is both reputable and accredited before committing.
More To The Point
It’s strongly suggested that you first consider colleges and other institutions of higher learning that appeal to you, since most all of them currently offer some, or all, of their curriculum online. For example, you can look at:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) via their online presence by accessing http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm
And most every other learning institution will prove to be equally accessible (as previously mentioned).
Finally Realize The Value Of Your Education
Today’s educational institutions view the internet as a viable means to an end where credits and degrees are concerned and consider the acquiring of them online equal to those attained by a residency on campus. So understand that once your credits and/or degree are attained that you need not qualify them by explaining your online education. Instead you can honestly state that you’re an alumnus of Stanford University, Princeton, etc.