Where are the women in web education?

I’m starting a list of women in web education. This means women who are actively teaching web design and development classes in high schools, colleges or other educational institutions. Women who might be a resource for someone looking for a web educator for a conference, a case study, or whatever else may come up. A good example of this type of woman would be Leslie Jensen-Inman, an assistant professor at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I’d like to follow other women like Leslie on this list.

I’m not 100% sure where I’ll keep the list, but I’m hoping it can be a Twitter list. That would be the easiest to maintain for me. If you are a woman in web education or know of a woman in web education, please give me her name and her Twitter handle (if possible). I’ll follow her and add her to the list.

The list can stretch a bit to hold women who are not actively working in classrooms in high schools or colleges, but whose daily work involves teaching others how to do web work. This might mean women who write, offer workshops and seminars on web education topics or run organizations dedicated to teaching people how to do web development. A good example of this type of woman would be Sharron Rush, the head of Knowbility.org. Her daily work is to organize and create training and conference events to help people learn to create accessible web sites. She’s not promoting herself – she’s promoting a cause related to web education. I’d like to follow other women like Sharron on this list.

I’ve started a Twitter list called WomeninWebEducation. You can follow the list. Here are the names I have so far. Lots more are needed. Please offer suggestions and names.

20 thoughts on “Where are the women in web education?

  1. Other women to add to the list:
    - Stephanie Sullivan Rewis @stefsull
    - Estelle Weyl @estellevw
    - Kristina Halvorson @halvorson

    BTW – your name field was too short for my full name

  2. Virginia :)
    just saw your post via Twitter and thought I’d speak up ~ I’m not really as high profile as your listed names but I’m teaching webdesign the webstandards way nonetheless.

    Here’s the website for my ‘design for the web’ course: http://webeyedea.info

    My Twitter name is @prisca_eyedea

    just had a look at your WebTeacher Tips page – what a great collection :) will be back to read up in more depth – thanks :)

  3. Hi! I’d also add @pattichurch and @leannelabelle to the list.

    I, too, am a teacher at the college level teaching video for the web, web media and digital communication. I also blog about technology in education at my blog Suzemuse. My twitter handle is @suzemuse.

    thanks for compiling this great list!

    • Suzanne, I can’t find Robin Williams on Twitter. There is a Lynda Weinman on Twitter, but I can’t tell if it’s the lynda.com Lynda for sure. That’s the only bad thing about trying to do this on Twitter — not everyone is on Twitter.

  4. Me! I hesitate to add myself to a list that includes such luminaries, but I’ve been teaching degree-level web development at the UK-based Open University for the last six or seven years, and I also run a PHP class at IWA/HWG
    @veronicafrance

  5. Hi Virginia,

    My fellow CommonKnowledge colleague Prisca (above) pointed me at your post. I’d like to mention Suw Charman-Anderson @suw as a great trainer on blogging and the social web. Suw also started the Ada Lovelace day phenomenon, which celebrates women in technology so there’s some synergy there: http://findingada.com

    Although not a formal education teacher, I also train people myself, either 1:1 or through workshops such as this one: http://www.usingmyhead.com/2010/01/06/websites-that-defy-the-reality-triangle-good-fast-and-cheap/ and I’d be honoured to be added to your list :-)

    P.S. Lynda Weinman is my hero – I wrote about her for the first Ada Lovelace day. SHE ROCKS!

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