I am doing MIT 6.189 ("Gentle introduction to....") but I cannot figure out how to participate in lectures / labs? I am frustrated since labs are supposedly mandatory. Can anyone help me out with this issue?
MIT 6.189 A Gentle Introduction to Programming Using Python (OCW)
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Unless you are actually physically located at MIT, the way to participate in lectures and labs (recitations), is to watch the videos, based on the schedule for the course. Are you participating via Mechanical MOOC? If so, you can find the links on the Course Sequence page here:
Once you click on a link to an MIT lecture or recitation, you'll be taken to a page that has links to the videos and handouts for that component of the course. Then, you can watch the video, and do the work described in the handouts. Note that each week, specific exercises are assigned from the handouts, so, typically, not all the exercises from a handout are assigned at once.
Then, unless you are at MIT or another school where an instructor is grading your work, there's no grading of the exercises. So your participation then consists of asking questions and/or posting your code in order to discuss it here on OpenStudy.
In the case of the Codecademy material, their system evaluates your code when you submit it. You can discuss the material for each exercise, if you want, on the Codecademy Q&A forums that are linked from each exercise page.
Then there are the small Mechanical MOOC groups. During the previous run of the MMOOC, we received an email a couple of weeks into the course, informing us how to communicate with our groups. I would guess that the people (and robots ;) ) at P2PU are currently thinking about the optimum size of the groups, based on past experience, and will get back to us during the coming weeks. Maybe @MOOC-E has some information about that ;).
The small groups are a great resource, but it is important to help "cultivate" your group by participating. If you help to keep your group going, your reward is that you'll have peers with whom you can discuss the coursework.
:O thank you for this thorough answer. :) you made my day. How do I give you a medal? :D
Another thank you from me, I was wondering what to do with completed work, now I know!