Traditional classes are time-based learning. You spend a specific amount of time on a topic and then you move on to the next topic. For example, in 220 you might cover while and for loops in week 5, take a quiz on them, and then move on to ArrayLists in week 6. Suppose you got a 75% on that quiz in week 5. That means that you did not learn 25% of the material. In week 10 you take a test on inheritance and get an 80% (you did not master 20% of the material). These gaps in your mastery start adding up, and eventually, in some future class you will hit a wall.
In contrast, in Mastery Learning you stay on the topic until you master it. You work at your own pace. The bulk of this class centers on this approach. You stay on a topic until you master it. The lectures are a set of videos (mostly screencasts) that you can watch at anytime.
Some class elements are traditional time-based ones and they are indicated on the schedule below.
Actual scheduled events are listed in bold.
Suggested schedule of videos is indicated in green.
Suggested dates to finish projects is indicated in brown.
General topics to be working on are indicated in gray.
- intro to course
- Labor Day – No class
- Instructor may be late
- RAT 1 hfSQL ch1&2
- Lightning Round 0 (lightning round prep)
- RAT 2 hfSQL ch3, 4, 5 & 12
- Lightning Round 1 (helpful to bring textbook)