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Teaching a Class on Ruby

Hey guys, I'm new to the list. I'm a Student Rubyist/Unix Hacker out of
Joplin, MO.

I'm looking into starting a Class/Podcast on Ruby because of some of the
interest I've generated in the language. I've been asked if I could show
various sets of people (approx 15) how to program in Ruby, so instead of
individually teaching each one I've decided to host a class of sorts. Some
of those interested have experience in .NET and Java, while others haven't
ever touched programming. Does anyone have any materials that they've used
to teach, or courses I can use to build off of?

I already have a decent idea of the structure, I just want to take a look
at some of what's been done before by members on this list to refine the
course. I'm a Senior CS major, so I still have access to some conference
rooms which I'd try and use.

I'd also be looking at having some more senior folks perhaps chime in on
later tutorials, perhaps do a few tech reviews on some of the materials.

Basically I just want another couple sets of experienced eyes to make sure
I've done everything right. I'm confident in my skills, but humans are
still prone to error. I would rather not make a mistake that goes unchecked
and leads a few neophytes off the proverbial cliff. Since this material
will be a podcast and posted online, it's my hope that it helps other
newcomers get a solid footing in Ruby.

I'll post some links to materials and the actual podcasts once I start
rolling on this one.

Thanks for your time in reading,

Brandon Weaver

Comments

Re: Teaching a Class on Ruby

By Josh Cheek at 09/18/2012 - 19:23

On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 1:41 AM, Brandon Weaver < ... at gmail dot com>wrote:

I taught some friends Ruby. All the material is open source
<a href="http://ruby-kickstart.com/" title="http://ruby-kickstart.com/">http://ruby-kickstart.com/</a>

Re: Teaching a Class on Ruby

By Ryan Davis at 09/18/2012 - 15:21

You're welcome to the stuff I did for seattle railsbridge:

<a href="https://github.com/zenspider/seattlerailsbridge" title="https://github.com/zenspider/seattlerailsbridge">https://github.com/zenspider/seattlerailsbridge</a>

which you can see here:

<a href="http://seattlerailsbridge.heroku.com/1" title="http://seattlerailsbridge.heroku.com/1">http://seattlerailsbridge.heroku.com/1</a>

It is meant for total beginners. My group was for the people who had programming experience and I spent an extra hour or two doing live walkthroughs in IRB, doing Q&A, and addressing differences with other languages. None of that is reflected in the curriculum.

I also still have all my materials for the course I taught at UW, but that's a 12 week curriculum and it is meant strictly for people with programming experience, so it probably doesn't fit your needs.

Re: Teaching a Class on Ruby

By Carlos Agarie at 09/18/2012 - 17:55

Brandon, nice job. I'm trying to teach Ruby to a friend of mine and would
love to present her your material when they're done.

Good luck,

2012/9/18 Ryan Davis <ryand- ... at zenspider dot com>

Re: Teaching a Class on Ruby

By Brandon Weaver at 09/18/2012 - 18:23

- On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 5:55 PM, Carlos Agarie <carlos. ... at gmail dot com

Brandon, nice job. I'm trying to teach Ruby to a friend of mine and would
Right now the audience that I'm aware of is:

- Veteran Administrators
- Novice Developers
- Never Programmed in their lives
- High School students
- Middle School student

So at this point I have a wide range I'll have to cover. I won't get into
advanced tricks or concepts for a while, which will most definitely set off
some of the more experienced Devs and Admins, but will cater to those who
haven't even seen code. My goal in this is to start a new center for Ruby
in the Joplin area before I most likely leave in December.

In an area where RPG, COBOL, and .NET are by and far the dominate
languages, I feel like some one needs to spread the good word, and that
word is Ruby.

I'm looking into starting this a week from this Saturday, and most likely
casting in the afternoon.

Re: Teaching a Class on Ruby

By Nathan Ahmed at 09/18/2012 - 05:25

Hi Brandon,

This sounds very good. Do pursue to the end!

Have you tried Udemy <http://www.udemy.com/>?

- Nathan

On Tue, Sep 18, 2012 at 2:41 PM, Brandon Weaver < ... at gmail dot com>wrote: