During my 27th week studying web development at Learners Guild, I took a break from one project and started another, making use of the current laissez-faire environment at the Guild. I’m learning to decide when to insist on knowing why things work. Sometimes it’s enough to make things work, without knowing why they do.
Learners Guild is beginning to formulate its plans for the next stage of its reinvention. Meanwhile, those in the final phase of study are increasingly practicing interviewing and being interviewed for hypothetical jobs.
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.
I learned today that recognized seismic engineering experts are divided as to what people who find themselves inside an older concrete building should do if a big earthquake begins. Whether you decide to duck or to run out, you can cite at least one reputable engineer’s advice in your favor.
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.