Free Courses Online

I’ve been look­ing into online edu­ca­tion late­ly, beyond my exper­i­ment with learn­ing pro­gram­ming (which is still ongo­ing). These are some of the resources I’ve iden­ti­fied. They’re all free, although you don’t get col­lege cred­it for the cours­es. Cours­era — cours­es taught by instruc­tors var­i­ous top uni­ver­si­ties. Khan Acad­e­my — video cours­es on every top­ic under […]

Learning to Code, Part 5

I just can’t stay away from Codecad­e­my. I went back and fin­ished the Web Fun­da­men­tals course. I had been wait­ing because there’s JavaScript involved in the last few assign­ments, but it turns out I was able to do those with­out fin­ish­ing the JavaScript cours­es. I feel all warm and fuzzy now. It’s good that I have […]

Learning to Code, Part 4

After look­ing around at the Q&A forums at Codecad­e­my and find­ing that most of the oth­er begin­ners are as lost as I am, I’ve decid­ed that maybe I’m stuck on the cur­rent les­son because the author just isn’t very good, rather than because I can’t under­stand the con­tent. A friend has offered to write up […]

Learning to Code, Part 3

I got a response from Codecad­e­my acknowl­edg­ing that the prob­lem I expe­ri­enced was on their end. They gave me some code that would let me get past that les­son, but it con­tained a vari­able that was­n’t men­tioned in the les­son. That’s frus­trat­ing, and I don’t know that they’ve fixed it for every­one else yet. At […]

Learning to Code, Part 2

I’m still explor­ing Codecad­e­my, which has proven to be a very inter­est­ing site. I made it through their JavaScript Fun­da­men­tals and found that I want­ed to know more, so I start­ed on their Code Year project, which picks up right after that with JavaScript Con­di­tion­als. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, I seem to have hit a bug­gy les­son on the […]

Learning to Code, part 1

I’ve decid­ed that I want to learn basic pro­gram­ming, and I’ve decid­ed to doc­u­ment my jour­ney here.  I already know basic HTML and some CSS. I don’t (yet) know HTML 5, but that’s going to be part of my even­tu­al cur­ricu­lum. I want to learn to pro­gram, though, not just fresh­en my web cre­ation skills. I […]

Online Courses Not for Everyone

It should­n’t be sur­pris­ing to any­one that edu­ca­tion is not a “one size fits all” endeav­or, online or else­where. This bit about learn­ing styles, how­ev­er, did sur­prise me: “Cor­re­la­tions between learn­ing styles and suc­cess in dis­tance edu­ca­tion have shown to be incon­clu­sive,” Strick­land said. “How­ev­er, one com­mon theme reap­pears: the suc­cess­ful traits of a dis­tance learner […]

Homeschooling High School in College?

It’s been SO long since I updat­ed things here! Not that I think any­body real­ly missed me, but still, I should have kept it up a bit bet­ter. Katie tried attend­ing a good high school near us and loved it. She got great grades, was cho­sen to work on the year­book (it’s a very competitive […]

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