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Update on Udacity's CS101

From: Francesca
Sent on: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 12:04 PM

Due to increased interest they have extended the sign up date. If you haven't gotten a chance to sign up I'd encourage you to do so. Also if you are signed up for this or any other class feel free to use Hack Night as a forum for asking questions about the material.

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From: Udacity E-mail Robot <[address removed]>
Date: Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 9:30 PM
Subject: CS101 Updates
To: [address removed]

Dear Francesca,

I hope you are enjoying the course and feel like you are well on your way to flying with Python!

Homework 2 is due at 11:59pm UTC Tuesday (please check your local time zone). The lectures and notes for Unit 3 are now posted, and Homework 3 will be posted shortly after Homework 2 is due. I realize that the automatic grading of homeworks is sometimes harsh, but please don’t get too stressed out about grades, and keep focused on the main goal of learning.

Recent publicity, including this New York Times article, is causing many students to want to join the class late. We want to give these students a fair chance to do well in the class, so we have decided to keep registration open and modify our grading policy so there will be now be two ways of computing your final grade: 

1. The original way: 50% for the homework (dropping your lowest homework grade and counting each of the five remaining homework assignments equally), and 50% for the final exam. 

2. The final exam counts for 100% of your grade. 

For each student, we will use whichever way of grading gives you the highest score. This means you will have a chance to make up for low scores on more than one homework by doing well on the final, but will still benefit from all of your hard work on the homework assignments if you have high homework scores. 

We are encouraged by all the efforts our students have made to make our content available in other ways and to enhance it, so have decided to license our course content under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license. This license allows others to redistribute and adapt our content as they wish, so long as it is attributed to us and is not used for commercial purposes without our permission. We fully support those who have created other ways to access our content through alternative video distribution channels that make our courses more accessible and useful, and encourage efforts to develop original creative content that builds on our course content. Please share any new distributions or adaptations you produce by posting them on the course forum.

We are excited to announce several new courses. Three of these will follow from cs101:
- cs212: The Design of Computer Programs (taught by Peter Norvig, Director of Research, Google)
- cs253: Web Application Engineering - Building a Blog (taught by Steve Huffman, co-founder of Reddit and Hipmunk)
- cs262: Programming Languages - Building a Browser (taught by Wes Weimer, University of Virginia Professor)

I’m confident these will all be great courses, and completing cs101 will give you all the background you need to take all of them. In addition, I will be teaching a new 300-level course on Applied Cryptography (which assumes some background in math and theory of computation beyond cs101).

Thanks again for all your efforts in the course! 

Stay udacious,

--- Dave
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