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    A new player in online computer science courses

    I was reading slashdot.org and read an article discussing a "new player" in online computer science courses.

    The University of New South Wales is offering an Online Computer Science Course starting December 3rd for those who would like to enroll.

    The course is a 12 week program covering much of the University of New South Wale's complete introductory year material.

    Students of this course are gradually introduced to the C programming language.

    UNSW will eventually offer a follow up course taking off where this introductory course left off.

    The service is free and is open to everyone. You can enroll at the link below...

    https://www.openlearning.com/courses/unsw/computing1

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    How the @#$% can they cover a year's material (in class) in 12 weeks online?

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    To be fair it does not claim to cover the whole programme - the course looks pretty ok, in terms of a primer content, - its clearly a marketing ploy to sell full courses but still is nice so much content is offered for free - as to the quality of the content i cant comment but the institution seems ok. One hilarious irony i found though was that on loading pages - you get 'message from webpage - stack overflow at line 38' haha, loved that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberfish View Post
    How the @#$% can they cover a year's material (in class) in 12 weeks online?
    I seriously doubt it's equivalent to taking a year-long course. They apparently do cover a lot of material from their first-year computer science course compressed in a series of lessons lasting 12 weeks. I've not taken the course, so I can't comment on the quality of the course. Nor can I compare it to their full year computer science course.

    I posted the link here in case someone might be interested.

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    Seems nice.I would like to enroll..Is there some kind of certificate that proves your progress?

    Ok so i signed up,I got this
    Code:
    You've joined UNSW Computing 1 - The Art of ...!
    now what? :P
    Last edited by std10093; 11-25-2012 at 06:37 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyberfish View Post
    How the @#$% can they cover a year's material (in class) in 12 weeks online?
    You haven't studied this hard before?
    Last edited by Mario F.; 11-25-2012 at 07:11 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by std10093 View Post
    Seems nice.I would like to enroll..Is there some kind of certificate that proves your progress?

    Ok so i signed up,I got this
    Code:
    You've joined UNSW Computing 1 - The Art of ...!
    now what? :P
    Dunno, but at the Khan academy you can get moon badges and other things, try that.

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    Seems cool.I will check it for sure at the future.

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