Codecademy and the Future of (Not) Learning to Code
Oct 31, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

If you can get past Audrey Watters's potty-mouth there's a good point buried in this post. It's this: "those who love Codecademy and see it as the great new way to learn how to code already know how to code." This is a deficiency not limited to online learning - I remember complaining about logic textbooks that would skip steps - they were written by people who see these steps as obvious, when to those who don't know the subject well, they just seem mysterious. Watters also points to the core debate surrounding badges (and, for that matter, credentials): "the people who want to learn to code want to learn to code and the reward should be that knowledge, not some virtual item." Total: 149
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