Wait, No Video?

No-Code Apr 20, 2020

Today’s entry will be short and sweet. But it will be an important one, so don’t you dare close that tab Alan, or I swear to Go—… sorry. Short and sweet, short and sweet. As I was saying, it will be an important entry, as it explains a little bit about our approach to teaching No-Code tools. This might clear things and get you even more excited to start learning with our courses, which would be awesome. Or perhaps it might let you know that maybe we are not what you are looking for, which would be sad, but understandable.

Anyway. Let’s begin.

As we’ve stated before, we like teaching through imitation. That is, of course, teaching by replicating what others have successfully created, and through that, learning the ropes of what No-Code is and can be with a little bit of training. That is clear, right?

The other thing that will probably differentiate us from a lot of options out there is that we don’t teach using video content. We will explain why.

Video content is super appealing. We know. We also know is super popular and can be found everywhere, from youtube tutorials to professional videos made by big companies. That’s fine. But while we were designing our courses —we actually did some beta tests using video content— we started noticing something very important. Is not that useful as a learning tool, at least for us. Why, you ask?

Well, here’s the thing. First of all, when you are watching videos, you normally watch the whole thing first and then go back to what interested you the most or what you didn’t understand. But it’s hard to be super precise with video when doing that, right? You have to scroll to around this or that minute and wait again to get to where you want. Same thing if you need to fast forward because you want to skip some stuff you already know. Or, if after a couple of days you went back to a step to redo something; you watch the whole thing again to get to where you want. This obviously hinders the learning process. So there’s that.

Second of all, video demands your undivided attention. You have to watch and listen what is happening in order to get the idea. This means it is a more immersive experience, yes. But also, less convenient for learners in this day and age. A lot of people learning online are mothers or fathers, live surrounded by notifications and social media, have other stuff in which they have to put some work, etc. What I mean is: People get interrupted. That is a fact. So there’s that too.

Finally, while e-learnings sell the idea that you can go at your own pace, to a micro level, video doesn’t quite allows that. Ninety minute videos mean you probably need to invest that amount of time (plus pauses while you’re doing the practical stuff or taking notes, if it’s a theory lesson) in one seating, plus what it takes to internalize the teachings. Yes, most of the times you have ten minute videos, but every now and then there are these huge tutorials that, if you watch them interrupted, you won’t quite get the desired results.

So what we came up with was more of a recipe styled course. This means short written steps, with visual aid from screen recordings, images and GIFs. Didn’t understand something? Simply look for the word you didn’t get. Heck, press CTRL+F and look specifically what you need to check again. Are you learning while your kids are playing in the living room? No problem, as you don’t have to listen to the lesson (also, an awesome plus from this is that you can listen to music or your favorite podcast while you are learning with us). Do you have only a couple minutes a day? That’s fine, you can still advance with our short steps. And if on the weekend you want to do a whole section, that’s fine too. You can really learn at your own pace.

So, there you have it. That’s the way we do things. We hope you give it a try and share your thoughts with us. They are always welcome.

Hey, and if you want, share with us some of your favorite songs or playlists to work with.

See you next time!

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