Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 13th Apr 2012 20:21 UTC
In the News Six-month-old web site Codecademy claims you can learn programming through its online tutorials. The free modules on JavaScript are now available. The site also allows anyone to post their own programming courses. The site has good funding, but question is: can you really learn programming this way? One blogger enthuses that Codecademy's approach "looks like the future of learning to me," while another slams it saying "Seriously? Wow, bull**** badging and sh**ty pedagogy wins the day in ed-tech investing." What do you think?
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RE: Neat
by Soulbender on Sat 14th Apr 2012 10:49 UTC in reply to "Neat"
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I think people just make programming into something way harder than it actually is, computers are very simple devices.

Anyone can kick a football against a wall but that doesn't make it easy to become a professional footballer.

I often question how much value you get from a person who teaches programming for a living vs. someone who actually programs for a living.

I often question how much value you get from from a person who teaches sexual education for a living vs. someone who actually has sex for a living.

Edited 2012-04-14 10:51 UTC

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RE[2]: Neat
by Morgan on Sun 15th Apr 2012 22:17 in reply to "RE: Neat"
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I agree with you completely on your first analogy, but the second is faulty to the point of being flamebait.

There is a lot of merit in completing a degree in a field you wish to work in, especially any kind of engineering. At the same time, no amount of education can take the place of in-the-field experience. Rather, I feel the two paths compliment each other, and when you combine real world experience with the discipline and knowledge gained in school, you have the best chance of being a great engineer.

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RE[3]: Neat
by Soulbender on Wed 18th Apr 2012 07:21 in reply to "RE[2]: Neat"
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the second is faulty to the point of being flamebait.

Of course, it was being used to illustrate the faulty logic in the post I replied to.

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