Why Computer Skills Are Important For Online Learning

Now that the school year is officially over, it’s time to think about what you’re going to do with your time after you return to normal daily life. Perhaps you’re just now transitioning from high school to college and might have forgotten your primary skills in algebra and trigonometry.

Sometimes it seems like anyone with a computer on hand can teach anyone how to code—and to good jobs. As someone who loves to learn, I spend countless hours playing around with the various platforms that train me to build apps, games, websites, and the like. And though these tools are great for improving my own skill set, online learning is also a great way to encourage the next generation of coders.

So what gives?

To be clear, I’m not saying that coding skills are worthless. They can be critical for landing a great job that requires them. In fact, the Coding Bootcamp in Silicon Valley may be one of the best places for job seekers to get coders’ hands on their resumes, right now. If you’re interested in learning to code, however, I do think that less education can go a long way.

The great thing about a program like Coding Bootcamp, however, is that it offers practical hands-on learning that doesn’t require an arduous curriculum. Since they’re headquartered in the hub of Silicon Valley and use top-of-the-line computers, Coding Bootcamp has learned over the years that they should adopt a conservative approach to the curriculum.

Last year, the organization expanded their vision to include a world-class education that didn’t just teach coders how to code, but also deliver them a practical practical education. The resulting program is now known as NextCODE: A World Class Code-Building Experience.

I’ve spent time in the NextCODE tutoring rooms now and have come to find that the format was instrumental in helping to shape the NextCODE curriculum. Classrooms consist of 15- to 20-minute timed coding scenarios, each with related concepts covered via multiple multimedia pieces. This device-focused approach is designed to engage at the whole-brain level. NextCODE is about activity, not content.

The tutorials are vetted and individually tested, with a real-time question scoring system that help you push yourself to better. But the driving force behind this approach is the instructor. Not only is he trying to pass that magic code to his students, he’s also trying to inform them about how they can apply what they’ve learned to their everyday lives.

The instructors are the most important part of NextCODE, as the vast majority of learners are first-time coders. This is the first time that the teachers are able to really use their experience in teaching computer science, technology, engineering, and math to serve the learner and make it clear how to apply the skills from the program to their everyday lives.

Coding Bootcamp uses a very similar approach to NextCODE, with 15- to 20-minute timed coding scenarios that include specific concepts and links to tutorials. As with NextCODE, students also have the opportunity to participate in group lessons, extensive study and review sections, and take the middle class cut classes in the middle of the day.

NextCODE’s 2017 report details how students completed so many different activities and links to learn (their coaches suggest that no fewer than 13 of the 17 activities are connected), calling out activities that had the largest impact and most students completing multiple activities and members in their highest activity group. So, graduates of NextCODE participate in activities across the board, adding huge value to the whole program.

It is incredibly rare to find such an elevated and informative relationship between the tutor and student. In a world where so many classes use same formulaic and conventional methods to ensure that students maintain the same rigid focus, NextCODE is a refreshing approach.

They’ve also come to realize that teaching a particular area of technology (the game industry for a tech, coding, or game school for a computer science school, for example) to a large population is tough. They’ve dedicated a tremendous amount of time and resources to the virtual tutoring model, which includes integrating various technologies (such as video tutorials, quizzes, and quizzes on devices like iPads and Mac laptops).

NextCODE has an excellent track record of success, and while not every student who starts with their program ends up with a digital job, more than 90 percent of people who go through their program end up with some kind of new employment.

Students can take digital coding courses or go straight into professional training in these fields and earn a certification after completing their training. With so many companies looking to hire those that can code, it’s up to schools to set the standard and provide students with a better experience.

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