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Re: [ruby-112] 0-60 Ruby on Rails Course in Vancouver

From: Paul L.
Sent on: Thursday, January 12, 2012 10:33 AM
Hi Vancouver Rails,

A big thank you to everyone who helped make our first Rails classes a success! We're still learning what types of classes the community is interested in so we can continue spreading the love. If you're interested in learning any technical skill - whether you’re a beginner or an expert - I'd love to hear from you. Please email me at [address removed] and let me know what you’d like to learn and why you want to take an online class.

We're also excited to announce two new Rails classes starting next week:

Ruby on Rails for Beginners: Targeted at people who are not developers but would like to learn to make a basic app using Rails. 8 fun filled weeks. Tuesdays from 7:30-8:30pm, starting Tuesday Jan 17. $249.

Ruby on Rails for Programmers: Same course, but aimed at developers. No Rails experience expected, but you should know how to program. 8 equally fun filled weeks. Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30pm, starting Jan 18. $249.

Our classes are fully online but are quite interactive. This is how it works:
  1. Weekly live group video workshop led by an instructor that clarifies and builds upon the week’s homework and provides personal guidance. We integrated Google Hangouts, so this is a true group video classroom (limited to 9 students) with screen sharing, whiteboarding, and more.
  2. Private discussion forums, assignments, file and resource sharing. This is administered through the Matygo web and mobile apps (iOS and Android) and can be accessed 24/7.
Our first round of classes went really well, I’ll add some testimonials and links below my signature at the bottom. We learned a lot and the next round is going to be even better. We want to make sure you get your money’s worth so we’ll do a full refund if for whatever reason you’re unsatisfied.

For organizations, we can also create custom classes in pretty much any computer-related field. We’ve already done this for Partnerpedia (Rails) and East Side Games (Unity 3d) locally.

As a young startup we're grateful for your feedback and thoughts. If you have any questions at all please don’t hesistate to contact me.

Looking forward to a great 2012 full of learning!



Paul Lambert

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On Monday, 3 October, 2011 at 12:59 PM, Paul Lambert wrote:

(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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