An online university will start a free online Android programming course next month, offering interested applicants the first notions needed to create apps for smartphones and tablets running Google’s mobile operating system.
Spotted by a reddit user, the eight-week long course offered by the University of Maryland is directed to Sophomore- or Junior-level undergraduate students who already have some Java knowledge. However, this is a course for beginners, as the students are “not expected to have studied mobile application development.”
The course will be made available through the Coursera online learning platform and is scheduled to start on January 21. Check it out here.
In order to attend it, students will need an Internet connection, a computers and “time to read, write and discuss.” An Android device is not required, as all the graded exercises will be done using the Android Emulator.
Each lesson will be comprised of video presentations and lab exercises that will help students practice what they learn. At the end of the course, students will be given a more complex final project. The students who will complete the course will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor of the course.
In case you’re looking forward to learning how to build your own Android apps, you should at least check out this apparently free resource to get you started.
Update: another great resource for wouldbe Android programmers is TheNewBoston.org. Thanks for the suggestion, Android Developer!