tryGit: it’s the teach, not the tech.

I picked up a link to a free online course from a recent Linux Voice podcast. I tried the course and wasn’t really impressed with it. The interface is nice, with an embedded virtual terminal to let you practice typing in the commands but the pedagogy is pretty weak. There’s nothing in the presentation that indicates that the designers understand how to construct understanding: all this lovely bit of code is doing is rehearsing a list of commands (and there’s even a click-once shortcut if you can’t be bothered actually typing). It’s more of a checklist than a course. It would be easy to turn it into a really effective bit of online learning with the addition of some better structure and graphics, and maybe a little assessment for learning. A shame, really, as it is clearly a loss leader to sell the Code School itself: I am in the market for some good quality online learning in their area, but I’m not likely to look any further at their catalogue.

One Reply to “tryGit: it’s the teach, not the tech.”

  1. Another shout out from the Linux Voice podcast was an interactive Vim tutorial (http://openvim.com/) by Finnish coder Henrik Huttunen. I tried this today and think it is a different beast to the Git tool described in this post: Huttunen has thought carefully about the importance of rehearsal in order to reinforce new learning. There are intertwined practice exercises, a little scripted (in the pedagogical sense) but very useful to help make sense of the Vim editor. I found that I could quickly use the (real) Vi editor on my newest Linux machine, a 2009 Toshiba Satellite running Fedora/KDE Plasma.

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