[p2pu-webcraft-announce] School of Webcraft News - April 18, 2011

Pippa Buchanan Pippa.Buchanan at gmail.com
Mon Apr 18 15:04:22 UTC 2011

School of Webcraft and P2PU are in an exciting phase as we introduce study
groups, reveal our new technical platform and host
groups <http://new.p2pu.org/en-US/schools/school-of-webcraft/> across both
old and new platforms.

*Hello Study Groups!*
To coincide with the new platform P2PU is introducing new terminology -
we'll refer less to courses and increasingly focus on *study groups* as a
more flexible way of letting people learn together.

   - Study groups form freely around topics.
   - Study groups can be as formal as a course or as informal as a book
   - Study groups can be created and start at any time.
   - Study groups place less responsibility on the organisers and encourage
   greater peer learning.
   - Study groups are built around sets of tasks.
      - Participants will be able to work through tasks together.
      - Examples of tasks include reading a text, a discussion, a piece of
      writing, coding or building a tool.

*Study Groups at new.p2pu.org*

   - *Beginning Game Development with HTML
      - Learn how to make games using web standards
   - *Interactive Open Video with
      - This group helps you break into the
      Popcorn.js <http://popcornjs.org/> projects.
   - *Introduction to Contributing to

      - This is an introduction to contributing to the open source platform
      that P2PU runs on:
   - *Python Programming

      - With Python, learning to program is easy and fun!

Can't find something you want to learn? Create your own study
Remember, the new site is in beta, so be aware that some features aren't
available yet.

*The new.P2PU.org platform is available*
Zuzel, P2PU's Tech Lead and the lovely volunteer contributors have been
working hard preparing the new platform ready for a major changeover in

   - The new platform technology project is codenamed "Lernanta"
   - "new.p2pu.org" is in beta and available for use now.
      - Sign up to existing study groups or create your own. It's simple!
      - Get help: P2PU Help
   - Right now functionality is limited to basics: create study groups,
   share content, accept participants and create tasks
   - Updates occur every two weeks - see upcoming
   - Lernanta is written in Django and is forked from the
   - Getting involved as a contributor to Lernanta is a great way to improve
   your web development skills.
      - Submit a bug:
      - Contribute to Lernanta <https://github.com/p2pu/lernanta>

*Courses open for registration on P2PU*
Several courses are open for sign-up at the original P2PU.org site.

   - *Dive into Python* <http://p2pu.org/webcraft/dive-python>
      - This course closely follows Mark Pilgrim's "Dive into Python" book,
      and is designed for experienced programmers.
      - Apply now, course begins April, 25
   - *jQuery - The Fundamentals *<http://p2pu.org/webcraft/jquery-fundamentals>
      - A beginners course on jQuery, with a look at AJAX and plugin
      - Apply now, course begins May 23rd
   - *Designing Communities*<http://p2pu.org/webcraft/designing-communities>

      - Design thinking when designing online communities
      - Apply now, course begins May 23rd

You can still create courses <http://p2pu.org/create-draft-course-panel> on
P2PU.org, but please be aware this site will be retired in mid-July 2011.

*Got a question about School of Webcraft? *
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