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So far it has been quite easy with all the great resources pointed out in the lesson trail. I am pretty excited to be part of this program as I had Python on my card for a long time, but never got to learn it due to lack of motivation to learn a new language. Thank you all.
I haven't been following the course because it's pretty weak. By that, I mean that there must be a better platform like Coursera to set up the course... hmm.
@ParthKohli Thanks for your input. Our experiment is to see if we can build a course out of the best resources already on the web, using the sites they've already built. This will definitely create a more loosely structured environment that may not appeal to some learners.
Like the course. The format is good lecture, text book, online exercises. The all give a good component to the course. The only thing is sometimes the lecture and the text are not in sync (may be bcos the lectures follow a different route and also we are only reading sections of some chapters not all of it). Also the peer review of homework could be better may be some difficult questions could have solution sets.
It's a pity that the OS forum cannot be used properly in support of courses (no search, no place to pin stuff etc) as I think this aspect of the MOOC is potentially better than the standard forums used by Coursera (although these are not bad). 26000 initially signed up to Coursera/Rice and the offering is very professionally (expensively) done. The only "glue" for the resources is the email timetable and there is no methodology for encouraging people to keep to the timetable (so they don't, some go ahead, most are behind). I have no objection to doing stuff on the cheap but trying to do it too cheaply won't produce results, I think (especially it won't encourage peer review and peer to peer activity in general.).
@estudier Thanks, helpful feedback.
i like going at my own pace. enjoy learning something new! however, i was disappointed with codeacademy not working today. i really made some progress with it last night and today nothing "runs" in the lessons. :( i did let them know in the support forum.
I had problems with Codeacademy also. I pasted their code into the IDLE program window and worked it from there.
I finished all the week one work and all of the Codeacademy. I actually enjoyed the Codeacademy, even with the technical glitches. I wish there was an answer key for the homework. It is nice to have all the different ways to learn and the multiple reinforcements. I am also doing the Udacity python class and it is interesting to see the differences.
I am doing OK, but am having problems with two of the exercises from MIT - the 1.8 number 3 & 4 so still rooting around for how to do those best. I love the format - the lectures help me a lot.
Apparently, Codeacademy's input field will not scroll when using iPad. Do you know if that's correct? The normal 2-finger scroll did not work. The outcome is that the last examples were not visible and RUN complained about missing input.
@MarkGillingham Yes, the assessment of our testing team is that Codecademy "almost works" on an iPad due to issues like this.
I'm enjoying the course so far. The lectures are dullsville (I enjoyed the interactive ones done specifically for the web in one of Sebastian Thrun's courses much more, or rather found them more useful.) The community on Open Study has been a great help but the platform lacking a search function is a major hassle -- what if someone already asked and answered my question? Also, while Codeacademy is fun and give you lots of feedback and bite size pieces, it can be frustrating when it rejects code that otherwise works (which it does if you don't code precisely as the "teacher" did).
@exchaoordo Glad to hear you are enjoying!
Hello MOOC E I've done Codeacademy the lecture, and the exercises except 1.8 -3 (not producing the right results) so I'm going to read the book and then come back to the code.
I'll happily share with you my experience with the udacity python class vs. this one, but would like to do this one for a another week or so first. I also am doing a course on coursera on human computer interaction, which is also run differently.
@tanya53 Great, any input is much appreciated.
So far, keeping up with the reading. Watch the lectures during off-hours @ work. Codeacademy seems to have a lot of rah-rah motivating stuff (graphs, medals etc) not quite my cup of tea. Also they claim to teach Python V2.7 -- Will this be a factor? All round: Great work!
@ MIkeR The 2.6-2.7 differences aren't likely going to affect thing. We haven't seen any issues with the test group. Also, some users are relying more on the text, some like the videos, some take to Codecademy. We suggest you focus on the resources that work best for you!
2d optional exercise for Week 2 (the shifted code) is proving difficult. The instruction regarding the use of modulus is unclear. There are easy ways to do the shift, of course, but somehow I can't get the algorithm right with %
@ejosowitz Have you posted a question to the group? You're question may not get attention in this thread.
I just want to echo previous comments that lack of an onsite search engine is a big hassle. I can use Google + key words to find some stuff but that is time consuming, in part because I have to scan a lot of unrelated links.
The thing that's working best for me here is that the course has a clear timeline that I need to follow. I concur that OS desperately needs a search function. But I keep using it to post questions and I get answers, so that's good.