I hope you are getting ready for summer weather (… if you live in the northern hemisphere).
If you are planning on tackling programming this summer, here are some good news.
Professor Charles Severance‘s class: “Programming for Everybody” at the University of Michigan has just started. As you know, I have tried several ways to learn python. Also, if you remember, when I started I did not know how to open the terminal of my computer. The books and classes I attended all assumed that I knew how to navigate in the Terminal. So, when I was in class they jumped from screen to screen with little opportunity for me to even take notes. Stressful? Yes. Frustrating? Yes. Giving up? Never!
So, in my journey to learn Python, I have secretly hoped to find a teacher or a method that would help me bridge memory (vocabulary) and true understanding. Professor Severance uses tons of analogies to transmit information. That is priceless. Not only it is good for memory but also to grab and truly understand concepts.
This is not a regular class. This is a class where you’re supposed to learn something.
His teaching approach is quite unique and his pedagogy is among the best I have seen in my years in school. For instance, he emphasizes the human aspect of learning.
Accept the fact that you are going to be confused. Relax. Enjoy it. — Charles Severance
It is impressive that he succeeds in “connecting” with the audience given that it’s an MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). The last time I attended a MOOC, classes lasted one hour or even a little longer. The camera was at the end of the auditorium and the teacher was giving a monologue. In Programming for Everybody, Professor Severance talks directly to the camera and you will find moments when he asks you to try something (game, video, etc.) during the lecture. There is a pause for you to experiment and then come back to “class”. So, the interactive aspect of the class and the fact that the videos are 30 minutes long or so are definitely a wining combination.
So, if you are new to programming or want to give it another try, here is a great opportunity.
- Professor’s Severance website: http://www.dr-chuck.com/
- Professor’s Severance Twitter: @drchuck
Have fun coding and enjoy summer!
Dare to begin