After years of running traditional in-classroom and online trainings “Intro to Java and Java EE” I decided to try something different: I’ll record training videos and will be publishing them once a week for free. These lessons will have references to my powerpoints, all classroom walkthrough, and each lesson will end with with the homework. Will you do the homework? It’s up to you. Most people won’t. As a matter of fact, most people wont’s even watch more than a couple of these video lessons.
Is this too cynical? This is how free stuff works, and I’m perfectly fine with this. But.
But, there will be a small percentage of motivated people who really want to learn Java for
finding well paid job whatever reason. These people need the instructor’s feedback. These people may even plan to do all the homework assignments. These people need to be able to interact with someone who’s more experienced in Java than there are. These people can purchase support for this course for a small fee.
This training will consist of 18 recorded videos, and the paid support will consist of the 18 corresponding online group sessions, where I’ll be answering questions and commenting on homeworks. Those who are interested in purchasing such support can register here (English speaking) or here (Russian speaking). If you’ll just want to watch the videos, subscribe to my youtube channel, where I’m publishing these videos in English and in Russian in parallel.
I know about this MOOC movement. I really like the fact that Coursera, Udacity and major universities publish videos of their lectures on different subjects. I don’t expect hundreds of thousands downloads of my videos. But I know for sure that I’m a
really good and modest instructor. I explain stuff well. My Java video lessons will be competitive. Hope you’ll enjoy them too!