Celebrating CSEdWeek + Hour of Code 2016

It’s one of our favorite times of the year at Udemy! While we do love the holiday season, it’s actually Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) that gets us extra excited in early December. For the third consecutive year, we are partnering with a few of our amazing instructors to offer a free collection of courses in support of the Hour of Code.

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer programming, designed to “demystify” code and show that anyone can learn. It’s become a global movement that reaches tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. To participate with us, simply click here and choose a course. 

Here’s what a few of our participating instructors have to say about the power of computer science education to help get you in the learning spirit this CSEdWeek:

kathleenfarleyLearning to code is an empowering thing — it’s one of the most creative things you can do, and it opens up so many possibilities. When you code, you can literally make something out of nothing. How cool is that?? I’m so excited to be part of the Hour of Code, because I know from experience that learning to code is one of the most powerful tools for unlocking your potential. Best of all, ANYONE can learn to do it! All you need to do is find the right approach that works for you. And the Hour of Code is the perfect opportunity to find that. You CAN do it!” 

Kathleen Farley, aka Robobunnyattack!, Step-by-step HTML and CSS for Absolute Beginners

pablofariasnavarro“Computer programming is not an end in itself but a tool that empowers people to bring their ideas and imagination to life. From creating video games, virtual reality worlds, websites, and mobile applications, all the way to solving problems in your community or starting your own business. Learning to code opens a lot of doors because it enables you to do new things. One of the reasons why I love teaching people how to code and make games is because I’m always blown away by seeing the projects my students create after taking a few hours of training. It is a rewarding feeling, and it reassures me that these skills are key for success in this century.”

Pablo Farías Navarro, Game Development and Coding for Children

mickeyblumental“I love making games and I love working with kids. It’s a magical combination for me. The coding side is great because it’s empowering for kids to make the computer do stuff, ‘Oh I know how to program.’ It’s something that’s really cool for self-esteem, especially with young children. On the other side, whether through game or app creation, the kids also get to express themselves creatively through the art and design. I wish I had the accessible tools and e-learning platforms we have today when I was a kid! It’s part of the reason I’m so passionate about it.”

Mickey Blumental, Coding Kids: Let’s Make Games