Yesterday an interesting new platform focused on teaching developers new skills and technologies suddenly appeared on the Web as if from the ether. Called Outlearn, this is a platform to learn how to code for people who already know how to code. In stealth mode until yesterday, Outlearn aims to teach professional software developers interesting new tools and technologies to help them hone their skills, stay relevant, and further their careers.
The Path to Knowledge
Outlearn’s tutorials are a combination of curated pieces and original content that are organized in a logical and pedagogically-inspired way into learning paths. Similarly to the “learn to code” movement, Outlearn puts users onto a path to learn new coding skills. The key difference is that Outlearn focuses on professional developers.
Outlearn’s content modules are organized into learning paths.
Devs and practitioners can go to the platform to create original content as well as curating existing content from the wider Web into modules which are then organized into learning paths.
Not a Bootcamp
The team behind Outlearn conceived of the platform as cleanly distinguished from the “learn to code” or coding bootcamp movement. Outlearn is “first and foremost a publishing platform,” according to CEO Jeff Whatcott whom I spoke with today. “We want to help people who know how to code get from one technology to another technology,” said Whatcott, who describes himself as an anthropologist of dev culture. While the coding bootcamp and Codecademy-style movement is focused on beginners, Outlearn is aiming to have devs share with each other and to learn from each other.
Curated resources are introduced by authors to allow users to digest before diving into the source material.