My favorite MOOCs for learning to code

By Tori Funkhouser, Tech Republic

This product manager by day and coding student by night tried about a dozen massive open online courses. Find out which platform she gives top honors. As a software product manager with an English degree, I needed to better understand software development without accruing more college debt. So, for the past couple of years, I’ve been slowly and painfully teaching myself software development, mostly via massive open online courses, or MOOCs. These courses allow learners such as myself many free and inexpensive ways to learn to code. Though learning to code has been fascinating and fun, it was daunting at first. I didn’t know where to start, and I didn’t know which online course would be best, so I tried about a dozen of them. Some of the options allowed me to try coding in a curated environment to see immediate effects of forgetting a semi-colon. Other options employed a more traditional lecture-response approach. Some allowed access to a community where I could interact with peers or instructors.

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