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0-60 Ruby on Rails Course in Vancouver

From: Paul L.
Sent on: Friday, September 30, 2011 12:53 PM
(apologies if this gets double posted, i originally sent from the wrong account)

Hi guys,

I'm looking into organizing an evenings RoR course and am trying to gauge interest. I've spoken with number of people who want to learn Rails, ranging from total programming beginners to professional looking to grow their toolbox. The course will be quite comprehensive - of course taking students through building a basic app, but also diving into the Ruby ecosystem, the Rails internals, swapping out different backends for ActiveRecord, deployment options, etc.. The goal is that at the end the students should really feel like they know Rails and can confidently use in their real work (as the other posts on this list attests, there's no shortage of opportunities for Rails devs :)). 

If this is something that might interest you could you please email me ([address removed]) and let me know a) your programming ability / background  and b) what you would most want out of the course. This will help me, the instructor, and the course designer make sure it's well targeted. 

We'll be running the course on Matygo (my startup). Matygo's been used to run courses in Computer Science at UBC, SFU, and Langara for the past 8 months. It has two components:

1) Real-time class/lectures using Google + (with extras) hangouts. There will be class time (Most likely 1 or 2 hours per week, in the evening, for 6 weeks) where everyone gets in front of their webcam, can ask questions, work through examples, screen share, etc..
2) 24/7 access to discussion boards, learning resources to read/watch/try, and assignments through the matygo web, iphone, and android apps. 

The idea is to combine the best of independent/learn on your own time and in-person courses by giving you a real person who knows Rails inside out to guide you, teach, and answer questions but hosting it all and making it accessible. 

The course will be $149/seat. We want to keep class sizes small to make sure it's a great experience (ok, also because Google hangouts are limited to 10 ;)), so there will only be 9 seats available.

Instructor: I have a couple people in mind who I know are both Rails gurus and great teachers. That said, if you think you'd be qualified and would like to teach this course, please let me know (there might be enough demand for two courses: beginner/professional). The important part is that you like to teach and know your shit. We'll be working with a professional course designer to help source materials and design the teaching approach, and I'll be able to help as a TA with all the other nitty gritty. 70% of price per seat goes to the instructor, 10% to the course designer, and 20% to Matygo. 

Have a great weekend!


Paul Lambert


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