[Python-au] Fwd: Universities teaching Python

Luke Pettit petluke at gmail.com
Thu Feb 28 06:55:35 UTC 2013


I've signed up for this https://www.coursera.org/course/interactivepython

On 28 February 2013 01:52, Wendy Langer <lollipopenator at gmail.com> wrote:

>
> Looking for a  uni where python is taught is a good idea, as it can
> sometimes be a sign that a lot of thought has been put into the curriculum.
>
> The best advice depends a little on whether you are mainly looking for
> python being taught as a sign of overall course quality, or whether you are
> mainly just keen on actually learning python itself.
>
> In terms of learning Python itself, I would also recommend looking at the
> free online courses developed by Udacity, Coursera, and others.
>
> If you've not been following the 'MOOC' movement (Massive Open Online
> Courses), then here's an article to give an overview:
> http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/education/edlife/massive-open-online-courses-are-multiplying-at-a-rapid-pace.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
>
>
>
> These courses are a great way to supplement any other study you may be
> doing.
>
> Over the last year or so the number of courses has flowered into an
> enormous array of diversity (love my mixed metaphors :)
>
>
> There are many courses which use and/or teach python. I've listed one
> below, and if you have a look around you places like class-central or
> mooc-list, you will find others.
>
> I personally can recommend the Udacity courses - I've done several now.
> I've not dome the one listed below, as I already knew python, but I'm in
> touch with people who have done it and don't recall any complaints.
>
> One great thing about the way they have set things up is that you can
> actually code python straight into your browser, so you can test out
> whatever you learn each lesson right away, and you don't have to muck about
> installing things on your computer unless you want to. (For writing longer,
>  more complex programs you would want to install it on your computer at
> some stage, but at least you don't have to do that right at the start, with
> all the annoyance tat installing things often entails, right in the first
> week while you are truing  to learn other things and get oriented!)
>
>
>
> Here's the blurb from an introductory Udacity course in Computer Science:
>
> "What Will I Learn?
>
> At the end of this course you will have a rock solid foundation for
> programming in Python and built a working web crawler. This course will
> prepare you to take many of Udacity's more advanced courses." (See
> https://www.udacity.com/course/cs101)
>
> These courses are free and typically 8 to 10 weeks long, although you can
> take longer than that without penalty if you don't have much time each week
> to complete the assignments. At the end you receive a digital certificate.
>
> Currently this certificate does not give you actual university credit, but
> that doesn't matter much if you are also studying in an 'official'
> university course. Over time, they are introducing proctored exams which
> you would pay for, and for which you would then receive true university
> credit, but that's something that's not going to be really functional for
> at least another year or two. However if you are getting credit elsewhere
> anyway, then all you care about is the quality of the learning experience,
> which in my experience is high with most MOOCs.
>
>
>
>
> On Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 10:04 PM, Chris Neugebauer <chrisjrn at gmail.com>wrote:
>
>> Hey there,
>>
>> This got sent to the PyCon AU orgs list. Anyone want to point Richard
>> in the direction of University distance courses that teach Python?
>>
>> --Chris
>>
>>
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: Richard Luke <rl at rmultiple.com>
>> Date: Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 9:52 PM
>> Subject: Re: Universities teaching Python
>> To: Chris Neugebauer <chrisjrn at gmail.com>
>>
>>
>> Hi Chris
>>
>> I'm in Northern NSW and planning to study by distance, so anywhere in
>> Au is possible.
>>
>> Thanks for your help.
>>
>> Richard
>>
>> rl at rmultiple.com
>>
>> >> From: Richard Luke <rl at rmultiple.com>
>> >> To: "contact at pycon-au.org" <contact at pycon-au.org>
>> >> Cc:
>> >> Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 20:21:07 +1100
>> >> Subject: Universities teaching Python
>> >> Hi
>> >>
>> >> I'm looking for a university that teaches Python programming as part
>> >> of a computer science undergraduate degree program and thought you
>> >> might know where to start looking.
>> >>
>> >> I'm planning to enrol in 2nd semester 2013 and really want to study at
>> >> a uni where Python is taught. A lot of them seem to only teach C and
>> >> Java.
>> >>
>> >> Any info you have would be greatly appreciated.
>> >>
>> >> Thanks
>> >>
>> >> Richard Luke
>> >
>>
>>
>> --
>> --Christopher Neugebauer
>>
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