NYU is collaborating with the programming tutorial website Codeacademy to offer a free, non-credit programming class for NYU students. The program will run from today through December 7. According to Wired, the interactive lessons will also include monthly guest speakers. In the past, NYU has offered creative ways for students to learn programming, like a “Reading and Writing Electronic Text” class. The course is taught by Adam Parrish in the school’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. The course uses Python programming to teach students creative writing in a non-traditional way.
Codeacademy began last year with the intent of making it possible for anyone to learn to program. It differs from other programs offering the same lessons, because all of the classes can be finished online. There is no requirement to download any software or programming languages. The curriculum is currently being used to teach non-technical staff to code, and the amount of programming offered is expanding as well.