September 5, 2011
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A new startup that launched in mid August called CodeAcademy. It is the brainchild of Ryan Bubinski and Zach Sims. Ryan is a recent Columbia University graduate, and Zach has just completed his junior year at Columbia. What they have done is tried to make coding fun by adding gamification achievements to the learning.
Via an interactive interface, users can simply start participating in free simple online lessons on Codecademy — without any need to sign up or log in. If you do sign up for an account then the social elements of the site comes in to play
As you work your way through, the account page marks your progress through the exercises and what badges have been awarded. These badge awards can then be tweeted out or posted on Facebook so you can share your achievements with your friends.
In a recent interview with Wired Uk the pair explained how they came up with the user-friendly site by realising the the best learning experiences they had involved motivation and reward systems. “The problem with learning things from books and videos is that you’re just reading or watching them by yourself, and there’s no reward when you’ve finished.”