Originally published here.
Week one was an exciting success. I purposefully made something this week and received tremendous feedback from the #teachtheweb community.
We were asked to “make” as our homework for week one. Making can be intimidating, especially if you are intending to publish what you are making. Thankfully, the Teach the Web group built in specific constraints, a clear purpose, and powerful tools for the work.
We were tasked with building an introduction of ourselves that could be published or shared. We were then directed to the possible tools to use and some outstanding models.
I used Ankit Gadgil’s profile, built on the Mozilla Thimble platform, as my model. It thankfully became clear to me what my project could become and how to accomplish my goal. I started with the profile template and plugged away manipulating the “html” and “css.” I made some design choices to best present the information that I wanted to display. I “hacked” the code dropping in <br />, margins, padding, even attempting (and failing) <float>. I added classes and attributes through the page. Just as I felt I was getting my mind around <div>, I pinged the Div Master badge.
Spending those couple of hours coding was not my preferred activity for a Friday night, but I had to finish my homework before a weekend of play. Finishing the work was productive and rewarding.
The incredible bonus to the delight of making were the responses received from “mentors” on Teach the Web. Chad Sansing, Paul Oh and Doug Belshaw, mentors of mine, linked to and commented on my work. The inspiration of this is akin to the feeling I received from James Michie through his comments on my work during the Crit101 course.
I am awed by the care that these educators share in open courses. I am stunned by the value in content aggregation, assignment building, and feedback openly available in open courses like Teach the Web.
Week one was a success. I am excited for what is in store for the rest of this course.