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Landry commented on Coding Bootcamp meets Refugee Camp

Dear Chrystina,

You are right that it seems challenging and complicated because of tasks that instructors are supposed to complete at Kepler Kiziba. However, it all depends on the commitment of instructors and how helpful they find coding to be in their career life. For instance, this week instructors have been teaching in the morning, and they are leaving the camp not later than 4:30pm. It means that if instructors get back to the usual schedule, some of them who are committed can still take that course in the morning as they will be teaching in the afternoon. Due to how helpful the course can be, I think some of the instructors would even accept to take the course in the week-ends if possible. Therefore, I agree that it is a challenge, but I think that instructors at Kepler Kiziba are familiar with scheduling changes.

Best,
Landry

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Landry commented on Coding Bootcamp meets Refugee Camp

Dear Chrystina,

I do agree with you. I guess that coding class would not change the fact that Kepler wants students to gain ability to do something instead of grades. On the readiness survey, I am thinking of different things! First of all, if Kepler set some requirements like competencies or other things that few of the students will not meet, I guess that those students would be really missing a good opportunity. If Kepler is setting the requirements that will make few of the students take the course, there should be a plan of how those students will help the rest of kepler students to also learn. For me, I really take this opportunity serious and something that all students should benefit from.My idea would be that all students get ready and take the course. If maybe there is a course that is needed to prepare them before coding class, this course can be taught.

On the side of instructors, taking coding class would absolutely be the benefit of working at Kiziba. On the side of instructors availability and the course structure, I think that people who are taking the course in Kigali can give us an idea of how the course is. It can help instructors to see whether they can get that time for the training. Again, this can require to hear from instructors' views because not everyone has the tasks which are similar to another one. Considering an instructor who only teaches, he or she can take the course in the morning as we teach in the afternoon. However, some of the instructors have other responsibilities.  

Thank you,
Landry

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Landry commented on Coding Bootcamp meets Refugee Camp

Dear Chrystina,

I would say that it can be better for them to take this course when they have at least 60 competencies or above. I think that if Kepler has to put some requirements for students to attend this course, it can limit others to enjoy this opportunity. That is why I think considering the readiness of all students would be better instead of putting some requirements.

 If I am not mistaken, the idea explains that students would be 50 while taking the course. I guess that this would include some students in 2016 cohort. I am really worried about their readiness in terms of taking coding class. They are still struggling with basics in technology even though they have made some progress. I assume that the grant is the one which is needed soon but not starting the course now! If possible, students can even take this class without taking other classes apart from maybe taking sometime to work on projects.