Learn Python with a Free Online Course from MIT

The pro­gram­ming lan­guage Python takes its name from Mon­ty Python (true sto­ry!), and now cours­es that teach Python are in very high demand. Last Decem­ber, we fea­tured a free Python course cre­at­ed by Google. Today, it’s a free Python course from MIT.

Designed for stu­dents with lit­tle or no pro­gram­ming expe­ri­ence, the course “aims to pro­vide stu­dents with an under­stand­ing of the role com­pu­ta­tion can play in solv­ing prob­lems. It also aims to help stu­dents, regard­less of their major, to feel jus­ti­fi­ably con­fi­dent of their abil­i­ty to write small pro­grams that allow them to accom­plish use­ful goals.” Beyond offer­ing a primer on Python, the course offers an intro­duc­tion to com­put­er sci­ence itself.

The 38 lec­tures above were pre­sent­ed by MIT’s John Gut­tag. On this MIT web­site, you can find relat­ed course mate­ri­als, includ­ing a syl­labus and soft­ware. And if you’re inter­est­ed in tak­ing this course as a MOOC (Mas­sive Open Online Course), you can sign up for the ver­sion that begins on May 27th over at edx.

The course will be added to our list of Free Com­put­er Sci­ence Cours­es, a sub­set of our col­lec­tion, 1,700 Free Online Cours­es from Top Uni­ver­si­ties.

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  • Anjali Kulkarni says:

    It is very impor­tant have pro­gram­ming skills and the best way to learn pro­gram­ming is start with Python a few days back I was start­ing to learn­ing python. It is very nice to have course on python from pre­mi­um insti­tute like this but there is more par­tic­i­pa­tion required for it. We should not stick with C, C++ for learn­ing pro­gram­ing. Python is the most eas­i­est pro­gram­ming lan­guage that you should start to learn it. And join the forums for more help and dis­cus­sions like http://forummantra.org I will be there to help you regard­ing doubts about python. Thanks to MIT who is pro­vid­ing this course. Learn­ing is nev­er ends so start your jour­ney with python. Thaks for such nice course on python. There are more resources like edx on that many free course avail­ble

  • Sushama says:

    I want to learn python in detail

  • Andy W.Monk says:

    Help me learn infor­ma­tion tech­nol­o­gy. I have been look­ing for an excel­lent online course.


    I want to learn Pyh­ton free for four weeks and get free cer­tifi­cate.

  • Agoth Mamdit says:

    I want to learn Python for free for 6 weeks and you award me with a cer­tifi­cate

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