Wasn’t sure if this should go in the discussion forums but this is an overall critique of the “Make a Website” tutorial so far, I’m on 6/9 in the first section, I think: Make a Website: HTML. Supporting content 1
I took the Python course and just loved it. However, the Python course was a puzzle, and made me think. Several times in this HTML Make Website course, incl 6/9, you can easily pass the level with a cut-and-paste, without thinking anything about why or how div classes work. I’ve already had to go back and re-read what a div class was, and had to go to google for more info.
For the purposes of an easy win / feeling of accomplishment, hey I made a website, it’s fine, but if you want to get people to learn, allowing cut and paste in the first chapter without thinking a second thought about why… it’s not the best, for a beginner tutorial.
So, now I am halfway through Unit 3.
Several of the "Try it out"s in a row asks you to update the ‘value’ in the code. Basically all I have to do is cut-and-paste the values suggested in the instructions. (The color, the measurement, the image address.) I just realized that I don’t remember what the ‘selector’ or ‘property’ usually is, or how the syntax goes. The Python course made us type it all out by ourselves, there wasn’t this feeding the answers. You had to make your mistakes, and go through the muscle memory of typing the words and punctuation. That made it a lot easier to remember and retain the code, the syntax, and the lesson.
Again, the last paragraph above, before the update.