Break week – Take it easy #mooc #mmooc #seq21oct13

Seq21Oct13: Sent 25 November 2013.

Mechanical MOOCians,

We are hoping you’ve enjoyed the course so far, and we know you’ve been working hard.  We know from previous offerings of the course also, that some of you may be running a bit behind by now, so we’ve built a one week break into the middle of the course.  It’s also Thanksgiving week in the US and Hanukkah for our Jewish participants, so many of your classmates are spending time with family.

Our goal is to help you learn Python, not to enforce a rigid schedule, so whether you are ahead, keeping pace, or running behind, think of this as your week to do what suits you.  If you are behind, take the time to catch up; if you are on pace or ahead, take a breather, or continue working ahead if you like.  The assignments for the whole course are posted on the course blog.

We’ll resume our regular programming next Monday with the assignment e-mail for Week 6.  Until then, enjoy this week however you choose to spend it.

Yours MOOCfully,

The Mechanical MOOC

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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. A full archive of emails for this course sequence is available here. For more information, please visit http://mechanicalmooc.org. For questions regarding the logistics of the course, please e-mail mooc-e@p2pu.org.

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Week 5 – Halfway home! #mooc #mmooc #seq21oct13

Seq21Oct13: Mailed 18 November 2013.

Mechanical MOOCers,

Welcome back!  We resume with week 5.  You’re now midway through the adventure.  Hopefully you’ve had a good week of catching up, relaxing or working ahead.

Here are your materials and assignments for this week:

Materials:

Tasks:

As always, ask for help for help on OpenStudy or from your cluster peers. And remember to hand out medals on OpenStudy to anyone who helps you out!

Keep on keepin’ on!

– The Mechanical MOOC

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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. A full archive of emails for this course sequence is available here. For more information, please visit http://mechanicalmooc.org. For questions regarding the logistics of the course, please e-mail mooc-e@p2pu.org.

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Week 4 – Almost half way! #mooc #mmooc #seq21oct13

Seq21Oct13: Mailed 11 November 13.

Members of Mechanical MOOC nation,

Welcome to week 4–you’ll be halfway done at the end of this week. Here are your materials and assignments:

Materials:

Tasks:

  • First: Complete sections 2.11 and 2.12 from Written Exercises 2
  • Second: Complete sections 2.7-2.10 from Handout 2 of 6.189 A Gentle Introduction to Programming Using Python

As always, ask for help for help on OpenStudy or from your cluster peers. And remember to hand out medals on OpenStudy to anyone who helps you out!

Onward Python learners!

– The Mechanical MOOC

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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. A full archive of emails for this course sequence is available here. For more information, please visit http://mechanicalmooc.org. For questions regarding the logistics of the course, please e-mail mooc-e@p2pu.org.

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Heads up – MailGun misfire #mooc #mmooc #seq21oct13

Hi all,

We’ve just discovered an issue with our MailGun mail server that may have prevented some learners from receiving their Week 3 assignment e-mail.  We’re looking into it now and will get back to you when we know more.

-Mech MOOC

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Week 3 – The Mechanical MOOC is recalculating your route #mooc #mmooc #seq21oct13

Seq21Oct13: Mailed 4 November 2013.

Mechanical MOOCers,

IMPORTANT PROGRAMMING NOTE: Our friends at Codecademy have been busy expanding their Python track from 12 units to 21, so the Mechanical MOOC is making adjustments on the fly.  We’ve redistributed the Python exercises across the eight weeks (see the course sequence page), but we’ll be looking to you, the learners, for advice on whether we got it right.

Materials:

Tasks:

As always, ask for help for help on OpenStudy or from your small group peers. And remember to hand out medals on OpenStudy to anyone who helps you out.

Once again, the Mechanical MOOC reminds you not to panic if you are struggling to keep up. After all, we’re not keeping score here, we’re helping you to learn Python. Just keep trying.

Much happy MOOCing.

–The Mechanical MOOC

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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. A full archive of emails for this course sequence is available here. For more information, please visit http://mechanicalmooc.org. For questions regarding the logistics of the course, please e-mail mooc-e@p2pu.org.

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Wondering how we made the Mechanical MOOC? #mooc #mmooc

Thanks to the staff at Peer 2 Peer University, now you can learn the story behind the learning through this spiffy new report by P2PU’s Bekka Kahn, “How We Made The Mechanical MOOC – Freerange Learning With a Mechanical Guide.”  From the report:

Introduction

In late 2011 there was a rumbling in the air around the open education space… Massive, open, online courses were springing up all over the web. Two distinct types begin to emerge out of the MOOC model – Connectivist MOOCS (or cMOOCS) and Instructivist (or xMOOCS). Both were large-scale online learning experiments, with very different theories of learning behind them. In the open educational field, practitioners, activists and communities of interest were beginning to think about the component parts of cMOOCS and how they might work together, rather than adding to the emerging model of a proliferation of MOOC platforms, many of which seemed to be recreating the same thing repeatedly.

At P2PU, we’d been talking to our collaborators at MIT OpenCourseWare and had been struggling with the problem of how to move learners in a cohort through the exciting new world of the MOOC. “I’d read a blog about using RSS feeds as a kind of time-release capsule for OER material, which would send learners a reminder, and thought it was a really interesting idea, but I knew that RSS was a bit too esoteric for many students, and it didn’t solve the cohort problem,” says Steve Carson, Head of External Relations at MIT OpenCourseWare.

The solution, we soon realised, would look a little bit like a mailing list sign-up, without a platform per se, which would allow organisers to loop in the various component parts and run what is essentially a headless MOOC; no instructor was placed at the centre, and after a certain number of signups was reached, the MOOC itself would trigger messages to everyone in the group.    Read on.

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Week 2 – More fun with Python #mooc #mmooc #seq21oct13

Seq21Oct13: Mailed 28 October 13.

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 working at your own pace. Plus, now there are others working ahead of you that can help you out.

Here’s what’s up for this week:

Materials:

Tasks:

As always, ask for help for help on OpenStudy or from your small group if you’re in one. And remember to hand out medals on OpenStudy to anyone who helps you out!

MOOC on!

– The Mechanical MOOC

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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. A full archive of emails for this course sequence is available here. For more information, please visit http://mechanicalmooc.org. For questions regarding the logistics of the course, please e-mail mooc-e@p2pu.org.

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