The synergistic effect of joining an affinity space in my Game Theory class and trying something new in my Social Media class led to my bold exploration of coding. To some, this is not a big deal, but to me, it’s a massive challenge. This endeavor has made me feel really vulnerable mostly due to an untrue belief that coding is an elite language that only especially smart people learn. Plus, it didn’t help that I hated every minute of my coding class in high school.
The discourse community for Code Combat has what James Paul Gee and Elisabeth Hayes would term a nurturing affiinity space. All newbies are welcome and it is made clear that respect is key as seen below.