At Class Central, we’re big fans of freeCodecamp and its free coding certifications. In fact, we used freeCodecamp’s webdev certification in two of our bootcamps — coincidentally right before and right after the beta overhaul, so we saw the curriculum evolve firsthand.
To me, the most significant change is that the new certification truly embraces project-based learning. Rather than alternating phases of theory and practice, it blurs the line between the two, structuring the entire curriculum as a sequence of in-browser coding projects.
The learning experience has also been refined at the project level. Previously, explanations lived in one pane, and your code in another. Now, explanations sit right inside your code, as you can appreciate in the image above, making the explanation-to-code mapping readily apparent.
(If you’d like to know more about the reasoning that led to the updated instructional design, read this post from freeCodeCamp founder Quincy Larson, as well as his replies peppered throughout the thread.)
Something that hasn’t changed, fortunately, is that you’ll still earn a free certificate of completion like the one above once you’ve passed the certification’s five summative projects, which include coding a webform, a product landing page, and a personal portfolio page.
The freeCodeCamp community has been working on improving freeCodeCamp’s other certifications in a similar manner — most notably, by reframing them in terms of projects: