Hi Folks, Looked around for a feedback forum and didn’t see anything that’s a good fit. Just wanted to make a suggestion regarding the timeline. I think it would be better if the timeline were independent and could be made private by itself without effecting certificate visibility.
The time line for those who might be capable of finishing things quickly can work against them as it looks like they didn’t really spend much time on the course.
It seems to be buggy… I know my timeline definitely doesn’t reflect the time I’ve spent taking and or reviewing the course or its sections. I have entire days that are simply missing. Days that I’ve definitely been here reviewing prior lessons and white boarding the code as opposed to re-running it in the browser. At this point and of my own choice I’ve taken the Responsive Web Design Certification virtually twice… And that certainly won’t be reflected on the timeline.
If anyone such as myself doesn’t move immediately onto the projects it then looks like you just dropped off. When in-fact (as with myself) those will get completed in maybe two weeks after my review and after my testing for another course at another location from another center all together…
Basically I noticed that my timeline looks as though I popped in for a mere few weeks recklessly blasted through the course and then ditched it. lol
As someone who’s currently in a hiring position, I would be reluctant to hire someone who’s timeline looks like mine, yet knowing what I know of my own skill set and knowledge, I know that would be a big mistake to make such conclusions, and that a very valuable candidate (possibly even over qualified candidates) could find themselves sidelined cause of something as simple as the timeline.
You have other methods already attached to guarding the certificate income… Just cut the timeline free of that… leave the others in place. You might consider doing the same with the donation entry as well. That sorta pushes a little too close to “donation shaming”… That left a slightly bad taste in my mouth when I noticed it. I certainly intend to donate, but intend to do it after I finish at least one course and get a certification. At that point I will be able to asses the program in its entirety, how it performed, and well the information was presented collectively and then I can assign a value to that process in its completed form. That would be about the same time ill be looking for a place to send or post a testimonial.
Maybe my methods of self education are different than others, but I tend to be very methodical, and very thorough…review, review, review. Revisit the basics over and over again. When you revisit the basics after attaining a higher skill level you are then able to see them from a new perspective. With this new perspective one is often able to attain a much better and more complete understanding of those basics and the concepts that surround them, you catch things you missed. An understanding that on the first pass may have been loosely grasped, or not fully understood and/or possibly even completely misunderstood.
Anyways just some thoughts on the timeline. I’m not sure it’s in students best interests. Especially more advanced students. It can have a tendency to make one look like an in-consistant slacker.
I’m not sure its in freecodecamps best interest either, for example if someone asked me about your courses I would certainly make mention of this to them, it would sound something like this: "The course material and the overall community and experience is GREAT!!! The education you can obtains is definitely based on solid fundamentals, BUT if your looking for a certification you can show possible employers be aware that’s it best for you to find someway of fluffing your timeline somehow so as to make it appear that you’ve been working consistently every day for 90 days at least, if not 6 to 9 months. You need to make it look like you spent at least an hour a day (300 hour course) cause if your available time and current skill set allow you do full days of 10 or 12 hours and finish rapidly, that can make you look pretty bad.
Outside of that, great work, and what an awesome platform you’ve created here.