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More on P2PU’s School of Webcraft

HTML HuntingAs I’ve mentioned, I’m dipping into P2PU’s School of Webcraft. I actually know how to do most of the stuff so far asked of me in the tasks, but I really value four things involved in the process.

  1. The social element (you don’t seem to get this at, for example, Codecademy)
  2. Filling in gaps in my knowledge (I didn’t learn any of this sequentially; sometimes I’m missing some building blocks)
  3. Reviewing other people’s work (some people obviously do the bare minimum, others are super-dedicated)
  4. The opportunity to become a mentor (once you’ve learned something, there’s the opportunity to then teach it)

An example of the second item on my list is the P2PU task Some Tags for You to Meet. I learned about the <time> and the <q> HTML tags, the former being used to provide a machine-readable way of parsing the start of, for example, an event. The latter is used for short quotations that are included within a paragraph of text. Handy.

There’s plenty more of these on the Mozilla Developer Network but, for the time being that’s enough. :-)

If you’re an educator you should be all over P2PU like a rash. Seriously.

  • http://johnjohnston.info/blog johnjohnston

    Hi Doug,
    Sounds good, I am finding code academy fairly non-motivating , Eg I am on week 6 or 7 when I should be on 13. Lack of peers and mechanical nature of work doesn’t help. I’ve been much more productive (playductive) riffing off and ping ponging code with  Alan Levine and veering from ds106 rather wildly. 
    Code academy uses badges, ds106 uses community and P2PU both peers & badges.  Some interesting contrasts to be drawn. I might have a wee go at a P2PU course over the summer, more of a pluke than a rash;-)

  • Joecar80

    Getting interested in number of things in this space

    • http://dougbelshaw.com/ Doug Belshaw

      Yep, it’s all interesting stuff. :-)

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