Learn How to Code for Free

Faculty and staff have access to online class taught by Duke professors

A free online class for students and employees will offer an education in coding.
A free online class for students and employees will offer an education in coding.

As one of the fastest-growing skill sets for jobs across industries and disciplines, the ability to understand and write computer code is gaining more emphasis than ever.

Through a free program led by four Duke professors, employees and students have a unique chance to learn coding skills.

Beginning next week, Duke community members can sign up for an online course as part of a software development specialization called "Programming Foundations with JavaScript, HTML and CSS.” The course can be taken at each participant’s pace at any time, although a series of four optional, in-person sessions will be available on Oct. 4, 18, 25 and Nov. 1 to meet with other participants, go over problems or issues together and ask questions of teaching assistants. Each in-person session will run 5 to 7 p.m. in the Technology Engagement Center.

The class is provided by Duke’s Innovation Co-Lab, a creativity incubator that enables employees and students to use a variety of resources to enhance research, academic and service missions of the university.

“By the end of the course, you’ll have a deep understanding of front-end web design, something people may have to go to a professional development class to learn,” said Michael Faber, innovation program manager with the Co-Lab. “This way you can go at your own pace, on your own time with the added bonus of our meet-ups.”

The coding course will be taught through Coursera and faculty and staff will receive a certificate of completion upon successfully finishing the class.

To gain access to the course, employees and students must first sign up through the Co-Lab.

For more details about the course and a full syllabus, visit the class’ Coursera site.