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Free online Android programming course starts today

The University of Maryland is offering a free online Android programming course for budding coders, and the first lesson starts today.
January 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.