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What kinds of possibilities of learning to code are nowadays offered besides conventional academic studies, advanced training and further education? In the course of the maker movement and the rise of EdTech (Link in German) new platforms and formats were developed that offer to learn how to programme. The contents of these offerings range from understanding the basics of programming, the training of simple computer languages up to learning complex computer languages. We chose varying examples, among them free courses as well as courses with a high tuition, self-learning tutorial videos as well as platforms with community support or personal mentors

Platforms containing free courses and MOOCs

Free courses with challenges for practice

  • Helping non-profits implementing their projects while learning to code: freeCodeCamp
  • Interactive lab including challenges and contests: Programmr

Learning to code by copying, watching or on mobile phones

  • Learning by solving mini quizzes on the mobile: Lrn
  • Learning by copying favorite apps: Cloneable
  • Watching others programming via Live-Streaming: Live Edu TV

Fee-based online courses

Fee-based courses respectively platforms offering individual mentoring

Community support while learning

  • Very large and active community of coders that help each other: Stack Overflow
  • Learning to code hands-on with one’s own project and community support (fee-based): CodeBigly

All-females repectively all-girls courses

Online courses and events for kids

Alternative university concepts and coding bootcamps


Overview of further possibilites

Did you already try one of these, or similar possibilities? What are your experiences and which one would you recommend?

Birgit Fingerle holds a diploma in economics and business administration and works at ZBW, among others, in the fields innovation management, open innovation, open science and currently in particular with the "Open Economics Guide". Portrait: Copyright Northerncards ©

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