Mechanical MOOC is two things: A massive open online course (MOOC), and an experiment in how to offer these courses.

First, the course: We’re offering an eight-week course called A Gentle Introduction to Python. It is, as it sounds, a course in learning the basics of Python programming.

Second, the approach: Rather than trying to create a platform that structures the end-to-end learning experience, as recent MOOCs have done, we’re taking the best of existing open learning sites—content from MIT OpenCourseWare, communities from OpenStudy, exercises by Codecademy—and joining them loosely with a mailing list that coordinates student activity.

Instead of a professor or university organizing the class, our e-mail scheduler will do it–that’s why it’s mechanical.

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  3. Hello!
    Did you know about European MOOC platform? We offer free course on gamification or web-engineering. If you are interested in including us contact me via e-mail (m.janicki@iversity.org), you can check our course list here – https://iversity.org/courses

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