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.
Two battles over the rights of 10 million Californians living in housing communities have recently ended. The right to full financial disclosure was dealt a blow for 60 Berkeley residents, but the right to assemble and speak in common spaces was made the law for all 10 million. If you are one of them and you want full financial disclosure, you have several options, all problematic.
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.