Do you feel like you are missing out on the MOOC revolution not because you lack the four to six hours a week to devote to a course, but because you don’t have the time AND access to a high speed connection to the internet at the same time?
We get it. A lot of the time we have to devote to learning is time during commutes or down time between other obligations. We also know that most of the world still does not enjoy persistent high speed internet. We know that if the MOOC movement is going to truly be global, it has to be appropriate to global infrastructure.
Well, have we got a MOOC for you: because the Mechanical MOOC “A Gentle Introduction to Python” uses existing open educational resources, most of the resources for the course can be downloaded and used offline.
- The course text, How to think Like a Computer Scientist, is available for download.
- The entire course contents of MIT OpenCourseWare’s 6.189 A Gentle Introduction to Programming using Python can be downloaded, as can the IDLE programming environment needed to complete the assignments.
- The videos from 6.00SC Introduction to Computer Programming can be downloaded from iTunes U or the Internet Archive.
- You can even access the OpenStudy forum via their mobile interface, and ask questions using your smartphone.