Free online Android programming course starts today

by: Robert TriggsJanuary 21, 2014


It’s time for roll call at the University of Maryland, as the first lesson in its free Android programming course starts today. Fortunately students won’t have to drag themselves to the lecture hall to learn how to program mobile applications for Android, the course can be taken from the comfort of your own living room.

As a quick recap, the course is aimed at a sophomore or junior undergraduate level of study, so students should already know how to program in Java. Although you’re not expected to have studied mobile application development before.

The whole learning experience is guided through the University of Maryland’s Coursera online learning platform. All you will need is a computer, an internet connection, the free Android developer tools, and some spare time to learn the material. The course is scheduled to last 8 weeks and will require at least 3-6 hours of your time each week.

Lessons consist of video presentations which are divided up into roughly 5-10 minute sections. Each week there is also a short quiz to help ensure that you’ve understood that week’s lectures. There’s also a lab exercise consisting of an assignment write-up, partially completed source code, and executable test cases, to be completed each week. So you’ll want to make sure that you can dedicate enough time to your studies.

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in then there’s still time to enroll, but you should probably be quick about it. You can also preview the first couple of video lectures through the Coursera portal if you’re still undecided about the course material.

At the end of the course, successful students will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor, as well as all that juicy Android programming knowledge. Best of luck to everyone who’s enrolled.

  • Ris

    For this course you need to know basic Java programming, tho its nice to see free courses.

    • Ben Schoon

      You do. Dang, how do I “unenroll”?

    • MasterMuffin

      Thanks for repeating what the article said…

  • Benjamin

    8 weeks course is nice. But I have a mobile application product launch in 4 weeks time ;(

  • Luis Esquivel

    I have very minimal knowledge of java, but I would really like to enroll. It may be hard, but I really really want in.

    • Android Developer

      You could watch videos from “the new boston”.
      they teach plenty of stuff, including Java and Android.

  • RanRu

    So… any free online courses for Java programming?

  • Groud Frank

    I started Java a little while ago. Ive been a little slack with it but I’m now on the topic of multidimensional arrays using NetBeans IDE to compile my stuff. Also did some Java Script, HTML, CSS and jQuery at codecademy(although I am well aware that these have nothing to do with Java) Not sure if my level of Java is high enough but I’ll give it a go still. Wish me luck.

  • Gorebash

    My College class all signed up as extra homework in our Android programming class. Started 1st lesson this morning.

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