Lewis Cowles74,899 Points
Can we split this video at circa 5:57 so it covers less in one video?
I Love treehouse, I've been a member for some years. I initially signed up to evaluate it for some trainee staff members as in-house training was taking up too much of my time. I wanted a high-quality way for people to skill up in specific subjects, focused on tasks we might be dealing with without taking time from my day, without worrying that they would be off learning XYZ unrelated technology like Lynda.com or Pluralsight memberships might incur.
It's worked pretty well so far, and has even helped me improve my Java and Python skills for the web (so really above and beyond). One thing I do notice, is sometimes 3-4 topics will be covered in a single course video. It means the video's have to be re-watched a few times, or I'm fiddling with playback speed between video's in a single course (not ideal). It's not a new problem, but as it's actually getting worse, I'm wondering if there is a way to steer the production towards a more optimal format, or if there is a way to overcome.
In this video I really feel like it needs to be subdivided into smaller chunks. It's not a bug, but it is a growing problem and a real PITA, like going to a meeting to discuss one thing and it turns into 3-4 things your cannot easily take in whilst going about your day. The teachers notes are sparse too, it has that "let's ship it anyway" vibe. Is there a user-focus group for this sort of request? Should it go to bug team? IDK but it's finally irked me enough to give feedback outside of the video ratings, and I'm wondering if anyone else feels the same.
Lars Wettmann15,376 Points
I have to slightly agree. I often feel like I understand the video and what the teacher is doing, but I do not understand the background mechanics of it or how it actually works. So whenever I want to build stuff myself I find myself being lost, because I did not get the basics of the themes discussed in the videos but just one way - the way how the teacher solved that exact problem. I am not talking about the basics of python or stuff like that, but the basics of more intermediate concepts like Class based views.
Chunking it in smaller pieces and going a little more in-depth of the background mechanics (see eg godjango's CBV videos) might make it easier to grasp the concepts or understand why something is best practise.
Don't get me wrong, though. This is supposed to be positive, supportive feedback as I truly enjoy the courses and I learn a lot thanks to you.
igsm '10,440 Points
I agree. For example, CBVs are also super useful but I feel myself abstracted away from how it really works. This was the course that put me into frustration. It is like a snowball effect, you miss one thing, then it pops up in some other course and then you find yourself drowning in the ocean of new questions. Sometimes, just gliding over the concept can be good, when you are seasoned tech guy, but when you are learning this from ground up, it lacks clarity. It is nice to have links in the teachers notes too, but to be honest with you, I can find them myself. Docs can be also quite difficult to understand for not advanced students. I would love to have more simplified explanations of how certain things work without losing details.