Codecademy: Self-guided coding courses

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Self-purported aim is to teach the world how to code. Free interactive courses available 24/7.

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Why we like Codecademy

  • Web-based
  • Responsive design
  • Clean interface
  • Clear progression and scaffold approach (lessons build sequentially on what you’ve learned before).
  • Interactive practice activities and quizzes to put learning into action.
  • The content and practice is chunked into series of very short exercises so it’s easy to roll through or get back into after a break.
  • Practice in walled-garden, so you can see the code changing the online elements without screwing up your actual website!

How to improve this elearning

The key to this site is that you learn by doing. You can’t learn coding as well in a book. Having said that, I sometimes want to reach for the manual. Perhaps an option to download a little ebook would be nice. Maybe a bit too hand-holdy. Perhaps a chance to select to go at it with less support might make it more personalised. The awarding system of achievements is too frequent. It sort of devalues the achievement when there’ are so many of them.

Elearning Superstars rating

  • Usability - 7/10
    7/10
  • Content - 7/10
    7/10
  • Learning - 8/10
    8/10
  • Creative - 9/10
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  • Overall - 8/10
    8/10

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