What do we know about how novices learn webcraft and programming, and how can we apply that knowledge to teaching free-range learners?
Right now, people all over the world are learning how to write programs and create web sites, but for every one who is doing it in a classroom there are a dozen free-range learners. This group will explore how we, as mentors, can best help them. Topics will include:
What does research tell us about how people learn? Why are the demographics of programming so unbalanced? What best practices in instructional design are relevant to free-range learners? What skills do people need in order to bake their own web? How are grassroots groups trying to teach these things now? What's working and what isn't?
posted message: My thoughts on how this course went, and why: http://third-bit.com/blog/archives/4456.html. I'd be grateful for your feedback (either here, or as comments on that blog post). Thank you all for taking part --- I hope we'll have a chance to work together again some time.
posted message: Catherynne Valente's article has me thinking about the motivating examples we choose when we teach programming: http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2012/02/life-with-and-without-animated.html.
posted message: Reminder: please fill in the Doodle at http://www.doodle.com/z6cr3yvs5rt85tq3 so that we can arrange our final online meeting for this course. It will include a post-mortem discussion of what went right, what went wrong, and how we could do better next time.
posted message: Nice (thoughtful) exploration of the results of the Auburn, Maine study using iPads to teach: http://multiplepathways.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/responding-to-a-critique-of-auburns-ipad-research-claims/