Monthly Archives: October 2012

Our thoughts today #mmooc #sandy

Our thoughts today are with our friends at Codecademy–which is based in New York City–and everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy.  We hope that all of you and your loved ones are safe and that the recovery goes quickly.

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Python – Week 3 #mmooc

Seq15Oct12: Mailed October 29, 2012. Mechanical MOOCers, Welcome to week 3. Your mission this week is as follows: Materials: Text: Chapter 3, appendix A, and sections 6.5-6.9 from How to Think Like a Computer Scientist. Video : Lecture 4 and Recitation … Continue reading

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A special treat for week 2 #mmooc

Seq15Oct12: Mailed October 26, 2012. Mighty MOOCsters, We hope you are enjoying week 2 of the course! This week, we have a little treat for you: For the next six or so weeks, MIT OpenCourseWare is testing a new searchable … Continue reading

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How do we count thee, oh students of Python? #mmooc

EDITOR’S NOTE (13 Nov 2012):  We identified a flaw with the data below. A while back, we noted that while just over 6,000 people had registered for the Mechanical MOOC’s Intro Python course, other data indicated the the number of … Continue reading

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Python – Week 2 #mmooc

Seq15Oct12: Mailed October 22, 2012. Good people of the Mechanical MOOC, We now enter the second week of the Mechanical MOOC. If you’ve not completed the first week, don’t panic! You’re probably not alone and no points are deducted for … Continue reading

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Wise words #mmooc

Seq15Oct12: Mailed October 18, 2012. Hey Mechanical MOOCers, We hope you’re enjoying week one of the course. We can guarantee that learning Python will be equal parts exhilaration and exasperation, and we hope you’ll embrace both as a natural part … Continue reading

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Mapping the unplatform #mmooc

For each of the three sites that provide the bulk of the Gentle Intro to Python course (four really, counting the Downey text), there exists an immense infrastructure of technology and process that brings each of the offerings to the … Continue reading

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Updating the numbers #mmooc

As we now move to close out the first cohort to move through the course, here’s where the numbers stand: 6,006 registrants for the course mailing list 56,834 e-mails sent so far in support of the course 3,654 unique individuals have opened … Continue reading

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Sign up confirmation for the November 26, 2012 sequence #mmooc

Seq26Nov12: Sign-up confirmation.  Greetings Mechanical MOOCster, Welcome to A Gentle Introduction to Python, the world’s first Mechanical Massive Open Online Course.  This course is created by the Mechanical MOOC out of existing, openly available educational resources across the web, including course … Continue reading

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What comes around goes around #mmooc

As of today, we have 5,950 registrants for the first round of the Python course, and we are midway through the first week of the initial offering.  With hundred of new learners registering each day, we run the risk of … Continue reading

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