Earlier this month, we introduced two offline formats — HelloCoders & HelloDesign and surprisingly, both went house full. It intrigued our curiosity that what’s the point of spending money on such workshops when the internet is flooded with free MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). So we asked this question directly to the participants: Even though the internet is flooded with free courses, why are you spending time and money in offline workshops hosted by lesser knowns?
We got these three responses:
- Too many choices confuse us: Several new MOOC companies launched in 2012: edX by Harvard and MIT; Coursera, a Standford company; and Udacity, which focuses on science and tech. Due to a number of such courses, it becomes difficult to find the best suitable one.
- Real-time question-answering: We want quick answers to our questions and that’s not possible online. A human interface opens multiple channels for follow-on questions. On the other hand, participants also help each other understand the material. Participants gain a better understanding of content and get immediate feedback if questions arise.
- It’s not a classroom: Limiting the workshop to only first 10 to register makes it a highly interactive session than another classroom.
- Brings people together: Of course, we get to know people in town who share the same interest as ours — coding in the same language. In its own way, it curates the care, empathy and respect involved between instructor and participants in a physical set up. It only increases the social community.
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