My teaching partner Mandy and I stood in silence looking around the room one last time in which magic had happened the preceding 10 weeks. We teach the UX Design immersive for General Assembly in San Francisco. 10 weeks, 5 days/week, 8 hours/day of teaching and learning, of intense, hard work, of struggle, of laughter, of transformation, of bonding that will last forever. Educational experiences don’t get any better than this.
- they are short;
- they focus on skill acquisition;
- they produce a portfolio as evidence of mastery;
- they are taught by practitioners;
- they promote employment and career repositioning, rather than emphasizing the benefits of learning as an end in itself;
- they typically focus on "Richard Florida" type jobs and careers: the creative disciplines of software engineering, product design, advertising, marketing, and so-on.
“Students who graduate from these programs have a body of work that they can point to and say ‘I made those things.’ This makes it very easy to understand and judge the quality of the student, particularly from the standpoint of a recruiter or hiring manager.”
“These educators have a deep and intimate understanding of both the material that is being taught and the relevancy of that material to a job.”
(photo courtesy of Celso Rodrigues)