Mechanical MOOC is two things: A massive open online course (MOOC), and an experiment in how to offer these courses.
First, the course: We’re offering an eight-week course called A Gentle Introduction to Python. It is, as it sounds, a course in learning the basics of Python programming.
Second, the approach: Rather than trying to create a platform that structures the end-to-end learning experience, as recent MOOCs have done, we’re taking the best of existing open learning site—content from MIT OpenCourseWare, communities from OpenStudy, exercises by Codecademy—and joining them loosely with a mailing list that will coordinate student activity.
Instead of a professor or university organizing the class, our e-mail scheduler will do it--that’s why it’s mechanical.
A Gentle Introduction to Python is 100% free, just like all OpenCourseWare. Anyone can join, and you're welcome to share your work.
Pick up Python from leading innovators in online learning. MIT's chops. Codecademy's exercises. OpenStudy's study groups. P2PU's community. Need we say more?
Make friends with some smarties, and start programming from Week 1. Open for signup now, course starts Fall 2013.
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