27 February 2014
Building jsdares, an interactive programming course
Meeting Room 10, 2nd Floor, JLB
12:30pm - 13:45pm
Jan Paul Posma - Factlink
My experiences with teaching children ages 8 to 18 programming at a youth centre has led me to believe that there is no need for "dumbing things down", as done by drag-and-drop programming languages. Instead a big motivation is the ability to learn to create "real world" programs — programs built in jsdares can be run stand-alone in any web browser. Techniques used in jsdares could therefore also be applied to non-educational programming.
We will go through the process of building jsdares by going through different prototypes and ideas of other people. If there is some time left, we could look at how these ideas relate to the startups I work for now, Versal (course creation tools) and Factlink (discussion platform).
Jan Paul Posma created jsdares while studying at Oxford University in 2012. He now works for Factlink, where he tries to improve the credibility of online information by providing contextual discussions, and Versal, where he brings tools for creating engaging interactive courses to the masses. Before that he created interfaces for Wikipedia, IKEA, large multitouch tables, and taught web and embedded programming at a youth centre.
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