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Teaching Ruby on Rails

Charles Brian Quinn

At last month’s Atlanta Ruby User Group (Meetup), I gave a presentation on “Teaching Ruby on Rails.”

I’ve taught Ruby on Rails for the Big Nerd Ranch for almost 4 years now, and given on-site trainings all over the world, from Wells Fargo to the New York Times, to startups and even government agencies. I’ve also done this talk before at the first Acts As Conference (Ruby on Rails local conference in Orlando, Florida), but I have refined it a bit based on more experience teaching Rails at various organizations.

Being an effective teacher, and thus, Teaching Rails (and for that matter, any real technical programming language and framework) boils down to 4 main points:

  • Define Your Purpose
  • Know Your Audience
  • Give Relevant Examples
  • Teach How to Learn

We’re hoping to get video of the presentation up soon, but if you just want access to the slides with notes, I’ve provided them in the footnotes.

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