I’m still working to get the hang of this Moodle thing, but I’ve created two classes in the above site. And I’m now ready to announce that the the “Ann Arbor — in person” class is now available for online registration. Unfortunately the room we have can only fit about 20 people so I’ll have to cap the attendance there. But for the first 20 of you the registration key is: open-278
The class will be meeting 6 times, every other Saturday, from 12 pm to 2 pm, starting January 21st.
Much of the material will also be available online, and I will be announcing an online class covering similar material later this week. Both classes are free everyone willing to provide feedback, and to have that feedback incorporated in future classes, and our forthcoming book on TurboGears.
Why teaching is important
I thought it might be important to mention why, I’m doing this. You can get some good background from Kathy Sierra’s blog: “You can’t out out spend, or out teach!”
Her post is definitely worth reading, but basically she argues that one of the keys to creating passionate users for your platform is the your ability to provide learning experiences that help people feel that they can do something significant, and cool, with your platform, and have fun doing it
What I hope to contribute to the TurboGears community is to help a thousand learning experiences bloom. Lots of that happens already on planet TurboGears, and the mailing list, and at users groups, but to the extent we can make learning TurboFears fun, gratifying, and as easy as possible, the more successful the whole platform will be.
“More Teachers/fellow-learners wanted”
So, I’m very interested in partnering with anybody else who wants to create TurboGears class content — particularly if you want to teach people how to use Identity, SQL Object, MochiKit, Flash Remoting, Linux/Windows/OS X integration, or other more advanced topics!
If we can build a community of learning around TurboGears we’ll have more long-term success for the platform and a lot more cool TurboGears based success stories to point at in the future. Since different people learn in different ways at different rates with different goals in mind, the more learning experiences we can provide the better!