[Haskell-cafe] Teaching Haskell @ MOOCs like Coursera or Udacity

David McBride toad3k at gmail.com
Wed Oct 24 22:37:41 CEST 2012

I'm taking it primarily because it is taught by the guy who made the
language.  I mean how cool is that?  He is very smart and certainly blows
any other lecturer I've ever had out of the water.  If SPJ were doing a
haskell course I'd sign up for that too in a heart beat.

There's also a slim possibility that coursera will become something
industry people can look at to find people with skills they need.  A nice
perk if it works out, for something I'm doing for fun anyways.

On Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 4:06 PM, Eric Rasmussen <ericrasmussen at gmail.com>wrote:

> I can see that the required effort would be prohibitive, but after
> thinking about this some more I do think there are a couple of nice
> advantages:
> 1) Quizzes and graded assignments offer some structure to self study, and
> having some form of feedback/validation when you first get started is
> helpful. I learned a lot of Haskell by making up my own assignments, but
> not everyone is willing to put that kind of time into it.
> 2) I know several developers with great engineering skills who are taking
> the Scala course because it gives them a structured way to get into it and
> have something to show for the time on their resume. They're busy
> professionals whose skills and expertise in large projects could really
> benefit the Haskell community, but I've had no luck convincing them that
> it's worth the time spent researching and learning on their own.
> Scala already has some appeal for them if they have to work with java code
> or have spent years with object oriented programming, so I think the more
> the Haskell community can do to bring them here, the better.
> Whether or not it's feasible to create the course is another issue. I
> don't have an academic background or any academic affiliations to get the
> ball rolling, but if anyone wants to make a course I'll volunteer to help
> proof materials, test quizzes and assignments, and work on utilities to
> submit and grade assignments.
> On Tue, Oct 23, 2012 at 7:02 AM, Brent Yorgey <byorgey at seas.upenn.edu>wrote:
>> On Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 11:49:08PM +0530, niket wrote:
>> > I am a novice in Haskell but I would love to see the gurus out here
>> > teaching Haskell on MOOCs like Coursera or Udacity.
>> >
>> > Dr Martin Odersky is doing it for Scala here:
>> > https://www.coursera.org/course/progfun
>> >
>> > I would love to see Haskell growing on such new platforms!
>> Just as a counterpoint, putting together a MOOC is a *ton* of work,
>> with (in my opinion) not much benefit for a topic like Haskell where
>> it is already possible to access lots of quality instructional
>> materials online.  I would rather see Haskell gurus put their time and
>> effort into producing more awesome code (or into curating existing
>> instructional materials).
>> Just my 2c.
>> -Brent
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