Greetings from the Mechanical MOOC

Seq15Oct12: Mailed September 20, 2012.

Greetings Mecahnical MOOCsters,

Welcome to A Gentle Introduction to Python, the world’s first Mechanical Massive Open Online Course.  At this point we have more that 4,400 intrepid volunteers for this unique experiment in online learning.  This course is created by the Mechanical MOOC out of existing, openly available educational resources across the web, including course materials from MIT, study groups from OpenStudy, and exercises from Codecademy.  P2PU has built the machine that powers the experience and can connect you to a small group of peers.

We are now five weeks away from the start of the course, and you should expect to begin receiving e-mails in the last week of September to help you prepare.  In the mean time, the Mechanical MOOC reminds you there is no course instructor on this journey–you and your peers will rely on each other to understand the content and figure out the difficult concepts. We believe we’ve assembled some of the best tools out there for learning independently and connecting with a large support group, but the energy that will power the course comes from you.

Rest up, and prepare to learn Python!

The Mechanical MOOC

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The Mechanical MOOC’s A Gentle Introduction to Python is a collaboration between Peer 2 Peer University, MIT OpenCourseWare, OpenStudy and Codecademy. For this course, Peer 2 Peer University has developed an email scheduler that coordinates student activity across the participating sites to facilitate collaborative learning. This email was generated by the scheduler. For more information, please visit

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