Curriculum, Halls Of Learning, The How

Coderbyte

First perfect Coderbyte’s score! Nothing to get all whooped up about for any beyond halfass scripter I’m sure. Still since I am barely a halfass scripter it deserves a whoop.

I’ve been through almost everything on codecademy, plus bits and bytes from other code golf or learn to code themed sites from across the web. I’ve designed and launched a website or two and felt around the insides of some, “You gotta know this!” cms and blogging platforms enough to hold my own or hook a function. Literally spent hundreds more realistically thousands of hours reading and bashing my brain against this stuff for the better part of a year now.

All this while in the back of my head I’ve had this thought. “Once I can start doing coderbytes challenges within the ten minute limit or start doing anything whatsoever on Project Euler then I will be nearing a level of competence with which I can say that I have achieved my goal.” I will have then graduated to a half ass coder + 1/2. A marvelous start.

As my father sometimes jokes, “It’s good enough for the girls we go with.” and whether or not that holds true when the time comes. It’s certainly good enough for me.

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Halls Of Learning, The Reflecting Pool

Thoughts

Comments on platforms and courses mentioned in my earlier post.

Complexity Explorer Certificate

Intro to Complexity – The Santa Fe Institute

This was a very well designed and delivered course. It begins again Sept 30th for anyone interested.

One difficulty shared by all web-based learning is the disconnect between self and the concepts being learned. The more complex the concept the more you are likely to need interaction with it’s concepts to master it. The web as a knowledge delivery platform demands an extra degree of integration between learner and material. The responsibility to bridge this gap falls entirely on the learner but that doesn’t free the institutions of the need to cross it.

This is likely the largest issue for any learner slogging through video lecture after pdf on top of video lecture between flash-based quizzes in order to grasp that concept they must for whatever reason get a handle on. Designers and educators face a monumental task. Teaching and learning have been done for thousands of years on 2 dimensional static surfaces. When it comes to any college+ level topic taught via the web. The gap between in one ear and out the other and comprehension is narrow. The power of electronic media is only more difficult to properly structure though once it gets there I believe it would have to be more effective.

 Reading on a digital surface is highly agitating compared to that good ol’ pulpy stuff we grew up on. There is also something about a lecture in person that makes listening significantly more effective. Perhaps it is that you are captive away from the comfort of your living room and you probably are taking notes at the very least because you lack other distraction. Perhaps it is the magic of sound created with a vocal cord and transmitted through the air as opposed to a second hand digital reproduction.

I digress but refuse to return to wrapping up this point. It will become real to us both in the near future I suspect. As of now I am unsure of what exactly I am getting at.

 

Degreed

Jailbreak Your Degree

The new degree for the new world. Degreed is a free service that scores and validates your lifelong education from both accredited i.e. Harvard and non-accredited i.e. I-Tunes U, Lynda.com, Khan Academy, etc.

Marvelous concept right?

Degreed is top of its class and hosts a marvelous collection of educational articles, videos and course links.

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Halls Of Learning

My recent undertakings

The following list was the intended points of my last post if you didn’t pick up on that it’s because I didn’t get to it. To avoid similar mishaps stacking upon one another starting nowish I’ll dive right in.

First what, then where. Unless they go hand in hand.

My Profile @ Khan Academy
My Smarterer Scorecard
Degreed
Metabright
Art of Problem Solving
Me @ Codecademy
Udemy
Open Study
Introduction to Complexity by The Santa Fe Institute
P2PU.org
Mozilla Open Badge Backpack

When I started this blog, with the exception of P2pu, I was doing essentially nothing productive. Now I have three blogs going and the slew of skill grabbing scrambling activities partially documented above. However I have become severely addicted to online coursework. .Represented above is the gist of what I have done. Barely scraping the surface of the platforms, communities and tools I have made use of to some extent in the past two months. I intend on giving some reviews, highlights and general observations in the following few posts. As well as showcase a few projects of mine.

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