The Cranky Sysadmin A world of technology, fun, and ignorant rants.

September 15, 2013

Learn by Doing

Filed under: Programming — Cranky Sysadmin @ 10:12 am

I’ve always been a fan of learn by doing. I think that’s what homework is supposed to be for. There are two problems with homework though. First, the exercises always seemed like pointless repetition to me. The second problem (which may actually be the whole problem) is that the feedback loop is really slow. You take the lesson, do the homework overnight, hand it in and get feedback the day after that. Maybe the reason it seemed like pointless repetition to me was that it was hard to connect the lesson to the results of my homework. There are other problems with the education. One problem is how concepts are explained, but I’ll let Kalid at betterexplained.com rail about those. Read below the fold for more on fast feedback courses.
rage against slow feedback!

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