I am enthusiastic, motivated & fun.Out of work I am primarily a family man. I have a wife and two sons which are the focus of my life. In recent years I’ve gone back to drumming as something to keep me out of trouble. I play in a blues band with friends, which is about fun more than anything. It’s always good to get a crowd dancing on the tables.
Enthusiasm. The ‘new media’ industry loves enthusiasm. It likes people ‘who love this stuff’, who are keen to keep learning, who are both inspired and inspirational. The most successful students are those that are always doing this stuff. That means both in university and at home. They are always tinkering, trying new things, sharing ideas, not being afraid to fail. They are ‘web enthusiasts’.
Since 1996 we have been on a mission to teach standards-based, accessible, usable web design. Our friend Christopher Murphy of the ‘Web Standardistas’ suggested that we see ourselves as ‘Navigators’, guiding our students in a subject that is literally changing daily. We can’t always be up-to-date. We can’t always be tech gurus, but through our own enthusiasm we can make sure our best students are all of these and more. And finally, fun. An enjoyable learning environment is a key element of our success.Three ways to sum up my teaching style: web standards, usability & accessibility
1971 - 1976 Whitecross High School. Hereford.
1976 - 1988 Musician inc. drum sales & removals officer (Peckham branch)
1988 - 1990 Self employed (office manager, inc. Prestel page creation)
1990 - 1992 Depot manager (Vending company)
1992 - 1995 Student, Manchester Polytechnic/MMU
1995 - 2000 Information Officer, Department of Information and Communications
2000 - 2001 Lecturer (secondment)
Route Leader - BSc Web Development
Year Three tutor
Faculty Moodle lead
I’ve taught basic web design to all age groups of students, from 18 year olds to a retired harpist. It’s always great to see them take something from the experience, whether it’s the pleasure of seeing their first simple web page go live, through to students using professional, cutting edge techniques in HTML and CSS in their coursework.
Web Site Development
Applied Web Design and Management
Online Journalism Teaching blog - Things I forgot to tell you in class (and other oddities)http://eskins.wordpress.com/
Recent research has included a European project on web accessibility. My interests include web standards, accessibility and usability. I am also one of a group of people interested in the teaching of web design in the UK.Web Accessibility
Teaching web deisgn
Chapter in: Craven, J. (ed)., 2008. Web accessibility: practical advice for the library and information professional. London: Facet Publishing.Joint Study Programme on Accessible Web Design ('web_access'). 2009.