Welcome to Introduction to Python. Here you’ll find the essential information about how the course will run and how to get set up for the first session. If you are signed up for a tutored course, you will have received a link to an individual class page with any specific instructions for your group.
Each week you will get a list of pre-course reading/watching/listening and activities to try out this new information and to gather any questions about it. You are expected to spend at least 2 hours on these activities. There is a lot of material on some of the weeks to ensure that everyone has plenty to look at. The material will be marked as ‘The essentials’, ‘Stretch yourself’ and ‘Challenge yourself’. If you are able to complete the ‘essentials’ section, then you’re doing fine.
You will also have a two hour tutorial – either in person, or online. This time will be spent on discussions of the new information, and practical exercises to maximise the benefit of our time together.
I have created this course so that you can do everything within a modern browser, with no paid accounts (though a paid account may make your life easier)
We are going to use Trinket – an online editor and interpreter – for our work. Feel free to use other options such as the IDLE IDE or any text editor with an installed interpreter if you are comfortable setting those up.
If you use the free trinket account, you will need to copy/paste and save your work at the end of each session (and ideally intermittently during your work, just in case!) The paid account, that allows storage between sessions, is $3 per month, so if you don’t have access to a computer that you can install IDLE on, this may be a good option for you.
Some of our courses may include a short subscription to Trinket’s Code+ plan to allow you a greater range of features.
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