Posted on February 6, 2012 by matthewdbenson
I recently posted about Codecademy, and its Code Year’ initiative.
I’ve kept up with the courses so far (just four weeks so far).
There are however a number of ways that I would like to see Codecademy further develop. Since they are still in a certain ‘honeymoon’ phase, with popular and mainstream press having taken notice of what they are doing, they should make the changes soon, and maintain momentum (to be clear, they have launched a number of new developments recently, so it appears they are following this approach, but there’s more potential still).
Posted on February 4, 2012 by matthewdbenson
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Why do so many people pay so much money for further education, and executive education? Indeed, why do we need a formal education ‘system’ – why don’t we just teach ourselves what we need to know, with the same books used in education establishments?
Higher education courses are often based on published texts and “blackboard” teaching (or other medium: whiteboard, projector, beamer, etc.). Yet most of this ‘knowledge’ is available to purchase directly (without much of the indirect overhead of education establishments), or even, in some cases, free online, including recorded videos of whole semesters of classes.
Why do we insist on engaging (and paying) others so much to help us learn? Are there other benefits that make it worthwhile?
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Posted on January 22, 2012 by matthewdbenson
I’ve recently been following Codecademy‘s ‘Code Year’ project: