Harvard offers free online courses in programming and computer science

Harvard University, one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States, has come up with several new free online courses for budding programmers and computer science students. The University is renowned for offering the best online courses in the field of computer programming. Now it has announced free courses to help learners develop strong programming skills to build a successful career.

The University offers the new courses as part of its CS50, an on-campus and online introductory course in computer science. Here are the five best free online courses for budding programmers

CS50 Understanding Technology: This course is designed for people who use technology daily but are unfamiliar with the science behind it. This 6-week course aims to empower beginners to use technology more effectively. It includes lectures on hardware, internet, multimedia, security, programming and web development.

Introduction to programming with Scratch of the CS50: The visual programming language – Scratch is designed at MIT’s Media Lab. It helps to empower students with no prior programming experience to design their own animations, games, interactive arts, and stories. Using scratch, the course aims to enable students to learn the basics of programming and traditional text-based languages ​​(like Java and Python). The 3 week course includes important elements of a programming language. The course prepares students for later programming courses.

CS50: Introduction to Computers: This is an entry-level course that equips students to think algorithmically and solve computer problems effectively. The course includes concepts such as abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development. The duration of the course is 11 weeks.

Introduction of CS50 to game development: The course will provide hands-on experience for learners in exploring the design and development of 2D and 3D interactive games. The 12-week course through its lectures and hands-on projects will help learners explore the principles of 2D and 3D graphics and animation.

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence with CS50’s Python: The course will help learners learn modern artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and concepts. During the 7-week course, students will learn how to use AI in machines through hands-on projects.

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