By Scott Marshall:
While Education has been spending time in the labs, along with the mad scientists whose work has been reported here recently, we're focusing on providing all of you with the tools to concoct your own learning experiences. Let Nick and Toby craft the perfect Policy monster; we're trying to teach everyone how to control that monster, and others, too!
Recent developments in Education are pretty exciting, and we've had some great success with projects; there is always room for more, so any ideas you have - shoot me an e-mail, I'd love to hear your ideas.
Judge Classes - one of the more recent completions, this series of study guides is aimed at helping L1 candidates learn enough to both succeed with an L1 test and be an effective judge. These are not, by any means, limited to L1 candidates; any of us could benefit from the hard work of "The Florida Judge Crew" (they even have t-shirts that say that!). This project was mostly Ben McDole, Justin Turner and Sean Copeland; I've also gotta give a shout-out to Phil McLaury for helping us get the discussions started.
You can find the Judge Classes on the wiki.
Flash Cards - Ryan Stapleton continues his work with another great study aid, and extends the scope of his project beyond Rules to include Policy (the MTR). If you missed it, please look for Ryan's post (22 May 2011) to the Judge List or just look at the Flash Cards content.
(Note that this is the same Ryan who works so hard to ensure frequent updates to mobile versions of our documents - we Ryan!)
Welcome to L1! - along with our need to expand the program and bring more stores, store owners, and player communities into the Magic Judge community, we recognize a need to really improve our welcome message to new L1s. I know a lot of us were happy to pass our test, and then left wondering "OK ... what next?" Edwin Zhang is leading an exciting project to compile an elegant resource that we can direct new L1s to, to avoid that "what next?" sensation.
...By Example - last, but far from least, the Italian Judge Crew (do you folks have t-shirts, too?) has been hard at work on their exemplary Rules By Example project, and are now expanding that to offer IPG By Example.
The Rules by Example project is dedicated to judge candidates and judges that need a more accessible method of studying the Comprehensive Rules by finding real life illustrated examples of all the important rules.