Thousands sign up for first Monash MOOC

More than 11,000 students from around the world have registered for Creative Coding, the University's first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), which launches through FutureLearn on Monday 2 June. Professor...

More than 11,000 students from around the world have registered for Creative Coding, the University's first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), which launches through FutureLearn on Monday 2 June.

Professor Darrell Evans, Vice-Provost (Learning and Teaching), said the course is truly multidisciplinary, cutting across information technology and art and design, and that enrolments reflect worldwide interest in computer programming as a creative tool.

The Course will be led by internationally acclaimed media artist and researcher Associate ProfessorJon McCormack, from the Faculty of Information Technology, and delivered in conjunction with Dr Mark Guglielmetti, from Art, Design and Architecture.

Associate Professor McCormack is excited by the level of interest, but not surprised by the topic's popularity.

"Learning to program is no longer just for computer specialists and software developers," Associate Professor McCormack said.

"People from many different backgrounds now want to understand the basics of programming, and one of the most exciting ways to learn programming is through authoring your own creative programs."

The course develops practical programming concepts and skills, with no prior knowledge of programming required. It encourages creativity, and the huge array of geographical and cultural backgrounds is expected to facilitate a vibrant exchange of ideas, furthering student thinking through sharing the artworks they create 

As Dr Guglielmetti explains Creative Coding will go beyond the technical aspects of programming.

"We will place creative programming in context through discussion about some of the most interesting questions raised by computer-generated art such as, can a computer be independently creative, and does the computer bring anything that is really new to art?” he said.

Creative Coding starts on Monday 2 June and will run for six weeks. To register, visit the Future Learn website.