As enrollees in the web development curriculum of Learners Guild move through the program, they are increasingly working to ensure that they can hop straight from the Guild into a real job.
Learners Guild is starting to act on its own Learners’ ideas about how to reinvent the Guild. Meanwhile, in my 24th week studying web development there, I learned that even a novice can help make a mammoth software product better.
Change is in the air at Learners Guild. Learners are responding creatively to institutional changes. One of my responses this week was to reach out to a software project I’ve been using, to start contributing improvements to it. I’m now experiencing the benefits that motivate masses of software developers to volunteer that way.
In week 22 of my software-development studies at Learners Guild, I got into the swing of improving and debugging the Guild’s own software. Luckily, that software is far from perfect, so there’s plenty for us Learners to do.
Web development students at Learners Guild, before they graduate, get to work on real software systems. I have just started doing that. The transition has been intense, but friendly. Meanwhile, the Guild is proceeding with its plan to bring Learners into partnership as co-designers of the next iteration of the Guild itself.
Week 14 at Learners Guild was, for me, week 7 in “phase 2”, and time to be evaluated. Would I be ready to enter phase 3? After that, I continued obsessively working on a web-browser calculator that would be better than the one on Macintosh computers. You can try it out yourself.
Learners Guild, an alternative to coding bootcamps, is working to make itself more participatory, although most of us Learners have our plates full trying to absorb ever more techniques of software development. We not only produce software, but also consume it as tools of production, and we face the same problems of inscrutability and dysfunctionality as the world does with consumer software.