new Minetest project

     A short while back I received a message on my Facebook page from a fan who was suggesting that I get a Patreon or look into creating a course on Udemy. I'd never heard of Udemy prior this, so I looked it up, 'cause that's what you do when you come across something and you don't know what it is. Quickly for those of you that haven't heard of Udemy it's a site online where you can take courses in many different things, some free, and some for pay. I have been thinking about writing a curriculum that teaches coding using Minetest as a base, and this was kinda the kick in the pants that I needed to get going.
     Don't freak out, I'm not going to stop producing free content, in fact the content that I'm putting out for free will probably improve in quality as a result of this. I will quite possibly cut back on the number of Lets plays that I'm doing, to free up more time to work on the scripts, graphics, and video editing. I'm going for quality production here, as I'm going to be trying to sell it. I will probably create a section on my website for people that have bought the course and will possibly be mirroring some of the course material there, and I'll probably make the supplemental PDFs available for download for free.
     This is a huge undertaking, bigger than anything I've ever attempted to do before, and I'm a busy man all my freelancing ;) so don't expect this until sometime in 2018, probably the later end of that year. That said I have a working outline and documentation started on the course plans and scripts to use for the videos. If you're interested you can check it out here. I haven't really looked too much in depth into the Udemy site, and it's not guaranteed that I'll be putting anything there, but some site of the same type. I looked into hosting it with Moodle, but I'd have to upgrade my hosting quite a bit to be able to run that, and I don't really want to spend even more money before I bring in any money with this venture.
    I'm currently in the processes of moving, and I need to get my website update, and of course weekly Youtube videos, and all of these things require time. I will be looking for a few reviewers to go over the source material so if you're a beginner or pro, and want to get in on the action please let me know. I won't pay you, but you'll get a free pass to the course, and some special privs on the new version of my website. I don't know what, as I haven't even started seriously planning out the new site.

     That all said, if this interests you at all, and you'd be willing to do some review work, and hopefully learn more about modding minetest in the process please contact me and let me know. :)

Awesome stuff! I have been mulling over making content linked to MT and teaching, and made a token effort on youtube myself... i must say if you can manage to make a full course of this it would be fantastic!

There are already a number of educators in the community maybe yould reach out?

Would you cover more programming, modelling, or other? Are you going to start delving into engine developent?

And, good luck!

I plan on covering a host of topics related to modding, probably won't do anything about engine dev as I don't know any C and would have to learn that first. I would like to have this be something that could be used to teach programming in general as well, but I don't know how well that would actually work out. I mean you'd obviously learn some programing skills from it, but I don't know how far I'd go in saying it will teach coding.

Originally I had wanted to do a course that was mainly teaching coding, and then introduced Minetest as a way of practicing those coding skills, but with so much of the code being the API that Minetest provides, it's probably easier just to offer the course as a Minetest Modding course. Oddly enough there are a bunch of courses on Minecraft, so there must be some people interested in modding games, just need to find ones that want to mod Minetest.

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