Student • Student • Software Engineer • Online
Dec 30, 2020
This course strikes a great balance of being remote and part-time, yet still remaining engaging and social. Like most courses, you will get out what you put in. With Practicum's Web Development course, if you put in the bare minimum, you still take a significant deep dive into front-end web development. You'll graduate the course (perhaps taking a hiatus or two if you can't keep up) with a full portfolio of impressive projects, useful skills relevant to today's industry, and experience w...
This course strikes a great balance of being remote and part-time, yet still remaining engaging and social. Like most courses, you will get out what you put in. With Practicum's Web Development course, if you put in the bare minimum, you still take a significant deep dive into front-end web development. You'll graduate the course (perhaps taking a hiatus or two if you can't keep up) with a full portfolio of impressive projects, useful skills relevant to today's industry, and experience working with a sprint-based workflow. If you're able to spend more time with the course material, you'll learn soft-skills (pair-programming, code-review, open source development etc.), build a network, and add even more depth to your portfolio.
Everyone on the team developing this program has a vested interest in growing the program and making sure the students learn. This is evident by the consistent stream of new features added to the education platform as well as the development of new roles, groups, and events all geared towards creating a more robust education for the students.
The cost of this course is a fraction of the cost of other comparable programs.
Ultimately, you're probably looking at this review wondering: does this program work? While I'm still a student, I can offer some perspective. There are people in my cohort who have not passed certain modules and have needed to take a hiatus and join a later cohort. There are also people in my cohort who have already gained employment while taking the course.
This should communicate two things:
This course isn't a freebie. It's hard. Not everyone who enrolls will pass. You will need to learn and apply yourself in order to progress.
If you apply yourself and progress you will learn the skills you need to learn to gain employment in the industry.
Who do I recommend this course to:
Someone who is both willing and able to dedicate themselves to the process
25+ hours a week
Someone looking for a remote course with an active community
Primary interactions occur via slack and zoom, with plenty of facetime if you want it or no facetime if you don't.
Someone looking for a program that charges prices that accurately reflect the value of the education.
$5,000 as of April 21st, 2021
Someone looking to dive deep into front-end web development
You will graduate with a solid foundation in Front End Web Development and an understanding of Back End Web Development.
Staff have a vested interest improving your level of knowledge and the quality of your education
Two-week sprint format (a few days of theory similar to the free course with a project due by the end of the sprint) accurately reflects a workflow common in the industry
Projects help practice and ingrain skills learned in the theory portion of the sprint.
Reasonably cost for a quality education.
Plenty of optional extra curriculars to interact with student from your cohort as well as the rest of the program.
Interacting with students from all over the world
No in person offerings as of yet
Given the global nature of the community, it may be difficult to find times to interact with your peers. With Practicum-wide events becoming more available, this increases the likelihood of meeting peers.
Everyone creates the same projects, for the most part. This is meant to allow tutors to be able to give guided instruction to all, and to allow code reviewers to provide more in depth assistance. This works, the practice is real and the feedback is helpful. The projects display deep levels of knowledge. If you want to create a project that will be the pinnacle of your portfolio, however, you will need to do that on your own.
The program is young! While I personally see that mostly as a pro, meaning that there is a clear vested interest from the staff in the success of the program, it's just too early to compare this program to those massive ancient bootcamp that present "audited outcomes reports".