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: Via Leigh Ann Sudol, a paper on motivation and learning:
"The Four Phase Model of Interest Development"
posted message: Hi everyone,
It looks like 10-11 am Eastern time on Wednesday, February 22, is the best time for our next online chat --- let's meet in IRC as before.
Look forward to seeing you all there,
posted message: Let's meet online next week to discuss our third task --- I've created a Doodle poll at http://www.doodle.com/cfytitdedgwc4vpe, so please let us know when you're available.