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I founded Linux Academy over seven years ago to help people learn by doing. The idea was and continues to be that learning by doing helps us learn faster and retain more information. With the pace of change in our multi-cloud world, learning quickly with a higher retention rate has become more important in our everyday lives. Over the years, we at Linux Academy have taken on the responsibility to empower our students with the ability to learn by doing very seriously. It’s in our DNA.

But while Linux Academy is just seven years old, learning by doing is a bit older. John Dewey coined the term Learn by Doing and its philosophy in the early 20th century. His initial applications of experiential learning were in childhood development, but he wrote some pretty inspirational things that have much broader implications for multicloud training for Linux Academy.

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

I like to think that Linux Academy prepares people for reality after the tests. Yes, our students test well, and yes, they get certified. But more importantly, our students retain what they learn because they learned by doing throughout their entire Linux Academy journey.

“If knowledge comes from the impressions made upon us by natural objects, it is impossible to procure knowledge without the use of objects which impress the mind.”

Before we teach anything, we use it, ensuring that we know what we’re talking about when passing that knowledge on to others. The biggest challenge is that cloud technologies move so fast and change so much that keeping up with it can be hard. I’m proud that our team works tirelessly to keep pace so your cloud skills can do the same and even prouder to say that we now have 95%+ satisfaction ratings from over 50,000 people each month. That makes us the #1 Learn-by-Doing platform.

“Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.”

But failure in live multi-cloud technology can be downright dangerous. This was the inspiration for our Cloud Playground of readymade sandboxed environments that let our students fail without consequences. Where else can you code alongside lessons, practice, and make harmless mistakes in AWS and Google Cloud sandboxed environments? There’s no better way to accelerate learning than to actually do real work in real time and make real mistakes in the safety of Cloud Playground.

And my personal favorite quote:

“The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.”

It’s amazing that John Dewey is still so relevant today to something as modern as multi-cloud training. Digital transformation is not a one-time thing. It’s a commitment to constant evolution that requires continuous education. That choice of action — to continuously evolve with cloud technologies — is what drives Linux Academy and what drives our business and individual students to excel. We are committed to delivering on the promise of continuously keeping you ahead of the curve.

After seven years of commitment to learning-by-doing, we’re accelerating even more. We promised that April would be the biggest month in our history and it is. Aside from an all-new Linux Academy for Business platform, April brings:

And then, to keep that continuous evolution momentum rolling, we’re incredibly excited to announce the May launch of Transcripts/Closed Captions. Ever since I saw the first internal demo of this feature I knew it would be a hit, so I can’t wait to share it with you.

Learn by doing isn’t a catchphrase for us. It’s a mantra and a very serious commitment to keep our learners in the lead. Thank you for learning by doing with Linux Academy for the last seven years. We’re looking forward to the next seven!


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