|More Microsoft Courses On edX|
|Written by Sue Gee|
|Friday, 11 September 2015|
Two new courses from Microsoft, one on XAML, the other on jQuery, start next week on edX. Other of the edX/Microsoft courses are now self-paced so you can begin them whenever you want.
Microsoft partnered with edX earlier this year to run MOOCs taught by Microsoft trainers and taking advantage of the edX delivery platform.
Both the new courses are relatively short. DEV206.1x: Introduction to XAML and Application Development, which starts on September 14th lasts 4 weeks with an estimated workload of 3-5 hours per week. Its prerequisites are:
and its intended audience is people interested in developing Universal Windows apps.
The course description states:
By completing this XAML course, you will gain experience developing XAML markup and C# code using Visual Studio 2015. We’ll cover both beginner and intermediate tasks that are required to developer professional applications for the Universal Windows Platform. You’ll complete hands-on labs to learn the essential XAML programming tasks that are the basic components of real-world applications that are distributed between a wide variety of devices including desktop computers, laptops, tablets, phones, gaming consoles, microcontrollers, interactive whiteboards and augmented reality devices.
Dev204x: Programming with C# is also now self-paced but it is more demanding in terms of time - 40 to 60 hours - and its course description warns:
This course is not for beginners or those new to programming. You must have prior programming experience in an object-oriented programming language as there are concepts that are mentioned in the course that are assumed to be prior knowledge and are not explained in detail.
IProgrammer's Nikos Vaggalis enrolled on its first presentation and provide a detailed review of this course, including the Peer Review process which came in for quite a lot of criticism.
His overall verdict was:
a quality course in terms of its structure and comprehensive range of subjects. In terms of balance it was neither too deep nor too superficial and the rich variety of media helps in solidifying comprehension. There were no major setbacks apart from minor annoyances which I’m certain the staff will improve in future re-runs.
He recommendes it to the following four groups:
These and the other Microsoft courses on edX courses are free if you are happy with an Honor Code certificate, but a Verified Certificate costs between $49 and $99.
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