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Free Java MOOC for Teachers

Introduction

The University of Wolverhampton is one of only three U.K. institutions to be awarded funding under the Google “ Computer Science for High School ” initiative this year. Academics from the School of Mathematics & Computer Science have been awarded funding to develop a free online course to provide continuing professional development for secondary school teachers.

This free MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is designed to prepare secondary teachers of Computer Science to teach the programing elements of the new GCSE and A Level syllabuses. You will learn the basics of computer programming, algorithms and object-oriented programming through the Java programming language. The course includes sections to assist you with underlying mathematics concepts, and robotics applications using The Finch, a small robot designed to inspire and engage learners in programming.

MOOC Information

The MOOC will commence on Monday 31st October 2016. The MOOC is hosted by Canvas Network. You can register for the MOOC here. You can download the Java MOOC Booklet (PDF 3,229K, Downloads file) and a letter (PDF 601K, Downloads file) announcing the event. The MOOC is self-paced and runs for 8 weeks. Instructors will provide plenty of support, including visits to your school. You could even win a Finch Robot for your institution (one per institution) by completing and submitting all the assignments by Sunday 29 January 2017. For more information on the MOOC please contact Dr. Patricia Davies.