Making sure you are ready to go #mmooc

Seq15Oct12: Mailed October 9, 2012.

Mechanical MOOCers,

The dawn of the Mechanical MOOC is nearly upon us–soon the gears will begin to turn.

What Can I Do to Prepare for the Mechanical MOOC?

So glad you asked. We recommend the following preliminary steps.

Watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

If you’ve never watched it, you probably should for the life experience, but the programming language Python is named for the comedy troupe Monty Python, and our text and the Codecademy exercises make many references to Monty Python movies, especially …the Holy Grail. If you’ve seen it before, watch it again. It can’t hurt.

Register for each site and create profiles.

Please be sure you are registered for all the sites and have provided lots of fun detail in your profiles. You should have accounts and profiles on the following sites:

  •–Open Study is a social learning site where communities of folks can learn together in forums. You’ll go here if you get stuck and need a quick answer.
  •–Codecademy will have lessons for you to try and write actual Python.
  • If you don’t have one, you might also want to set up an account on GitHub, so you can easily share code with peers on OpenStudy and in e-mail using GitHub’s Gist.

The Mechanical MOOC also suggests:

A Mechanical MOOC hint:

Use the same profile pictures across all of these sites, as well as twitter or other services if you use them, for the duration of the course. This will help peers to recognize you when they bump into you on the various sites and in conversation.

Python on!

— The Mechanical MOOC

The Mechanical MOOC’s A Gentle Introduction to Python is a collaboration between Peer 2 Peer UniversityMIT OpenCourseWareOpenStudy, 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 For questions regarding the logistics of the course, please e-mail


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