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Episode 1 is too long #1028

kairstenfay opened this issue Sep 2, 2019 · 0 comments


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commented Sep 2, 2019

I recently taught this lesson and found that Episode 1: Introducing the Shell was the most unpleasant episode. I spoke for longer than 5 minutes to cover the content but felt it wasn't rich enough to merit the time spent on it. Here are my observations:

  • I found the Background section particularly bloated. It could be reduced to just two things.

    1. A GUI interface is most popular and is different from the command-line interface (or other interfaces).
    2. Advantages of CLI over GUI include: automation, reproducibility, less prone to user error.

    The bullet points at the top of and the bit about a REPL should be deleted as they aren't relevant to the lesson.

  • The sections Is it difficult? and Flexibility and automation can be deleted as they should be covered in the new Background section.

  • The Nelle's Pipeline case study was also far too long, and it never again became relevant to the lesson (we only made it to Episode 5). In the end I felt that I wasted a couple of minutes and lost my students' interest in building up a case study that was never revisited.

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