Welcome to your first day of Epicodus! We'll be covering a lot of information today and it's easy to get overwhelmed - especially if you are having any challenges getting remote tools to work due to issues with your personal computer or the internet.
In this lesson, we'll cover today's schedule and expectations so you know exactly what to focus on - and where you should be by the end of the day.
Times are approximate - for instance, orientation could take a little longer or a little less time depending on factors such as questions from students.
6:15-7:00 pm: Orientation
First, all students will take part in an instructor-led standup. This remote standup will be held using Google Meet. You will receive an email before class begins with an invitation to the standup. There will be instructor-led standups every day while you are at Epicodus. Today's will focus on key orientation topics.
After today, instructor-led standups will start at 6:00 pm exactly and will be a shorter length - about 15 to 20 minutes. We have a limited amount of time during class so we'll keep meetings short to have more time for hands-on coding.
7:00-7:05 pm: Find Dev Team
After orientation is over, you will find the members of your preassigned Dev Team on Discord. Every week, you will be part of a Dev Team. We will switch up Dev Teams at the start of every course section.
7:05-7:15 pm: Dev Team Standup Connectivity Debugging Session
Dev Team standup happens every class day, too. Generally, it's an opportunity to discuss technical issues you might be facing, things you've learned, and anything you might be excited or frustrated about. Today, it's an opportunity to get to know your fellow students a little better. Dev Team standup takes place on Discord video and voice channels. Your first step is to connect to the video channel if possible and the voice channel if you are having issues with the video channel. Then the next step is to check in with other members of your Dev Team to make sure that they've connected to the Dev Team standup channel as well. If not, try to help other members of your team troubleshoot any connectivity issues. You will likely deal with remote connectivity issues at least occasionally during the program, whether it involves your set up or your pair's. If anything comes up, this is a good time to practice! Troubleshooting technical issues beyond code is a huge part of being part of a programmer so take the time to help everyone get connected first.
7:15-7:30 pm: Dev Team Standup
Once you've found your dev team you'll take part in an icebreaker during standup.
7:30-8:00 pm: VS Code Liveshare Icebreaker
Next, you'll do an icebreaker exercise with your pair by live sharing with VS Code. This exercise has multiple purposes - first, it's an icebreaker and a good way to learn about a fellow student on your first day of Epicodus. It's also an exercise to practice using VS Code Liveshare and to establish good pairing habits right away.
8:00-9:00 pm: Orientation Standup Part 2
Instructors will cover other important orientation concepts at the end of the day. As always, instructor-led standups are in Google Meet.
By the end of the day, you should've attended both orientations and worked with your dev team and with your pair on debugging connectivity issues as needed. If you had any major connectivity issues, keep in mind that we will be working with each other to resolve technical issues throughout this week. Starting at Epicodus is a big transition - so be patient with yourself. You will get a lot of practice with technical and coding issues as an Epicodus student and in your future career - that is a huge part of being a coder.
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