I think I know what you mean - big gap between passive/repetitive & more active/creative use of certain principles/code constructs?
Maybe the beta version is different?
Not sure how far you have gotten in the course, but there are many challenges where you will need to use objects to solve them.
Exactly birone. When is the beta out? Not seen anything for it.
The point of the projects is to help you cement your understanding of the lessons, and it will require deeper self study and reading documentation to successfully complete them.
Have you got up to the projects yet?