Lesson Monday

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 Part 1

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.

7:00 - 7:05 pm: Find Dev Team

After orientation is over, you will find the members of your preassigned dev team. For online students, this means joining the correct voice channel on Discord. For in-person students, this means making a circle in the classroom to meet with your dev team.

Every week, you will be part of a dev team - later in the program you will get to choose your pairs and dev teams but during the first two courses Epicodus will assign you to a dev team. Once you've found all the members of your dev team and joined the correct channel on Discord, you'll be ready to do your dev team standup.

7:05 - 7:30: Dev Team Standup

Dev team standup happens every class session. 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. Your instructor will let you know where you should group up, whether on campus or on Discord.

Once you've found your dev team you'll take part in an icebreaker. Information about dev team standups and the icebreaker you will do is in the next lesson about the Dev Team Standup.

For online students, dev team standup will also include a connectivity debugging session to make sure that everyone is able to connect.

  • Your first step is to connect to the voice channel for your dev team. When you are in the voice channel, you will have the option to video chat. We ask that you video chat unless you are having internet bandwidth or other difficulties that prevent you from doing so.
  • 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.

7:30 - 8:40 pm: VS Code Live Share 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 Live Share and to establish good pairing habits right away.

8:40 - 9:00 pm: End of Day Standup

We'll meet briefly before the end of class to talk about how the day went.

First Day Expectations

By the end of the day, you should've attended orientation 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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Last updated January 4, 2022