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Harvard Instructor Led Online

Jersey City, NJ

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Intro to Programming with Python

Master the fundamentals of programming in live, hands-on sessions with a Harvard faculty.


Level: Beginner.
Dates: Tuesdays, February 13, 20 and 27, 6.30pm to 8pm EST.
Format: Live webinar with the instructor + help between sessions.
Prerequisites: None.
Access info: Webinar access instructions will be emailed to registered students before the first day of class.

Why take this course?

In this course, you will learn to program under the live guidance of a Harvard instructor. Qualified professionals with programming skills are in very high demand, and programming skills are an asset in more and more roles, in a variety of fields. This live, hands-on course was first taught in Harvard’s lecture halls to over a hundred students, getting outstanding feedback and outcomes.

What our students say

"This was a fantastic course. Claudia is a great teacher and super knowledgeable. She really helped us feel heard, and explained complicated concepts in an accessible way.” Li Wei F.

"The instructions were clear, and the class was well-paced. I do marketing analytics, and this class really helped me get comfortable enough with Python to start using it at work. Thank you!” Anjali P.

"Great class! Claudia is knowledgeable and engaging.” Anita K.

What you'll learn

Session 1: Programming Basics
Learn how to get started writing and running Python programs on your computer using Jupyter notebooks and the command line.

Session 2: Compound Data and Control Flow
Learn how to make choices using loops and conditionals, and how to work with compound data types such as lists and tuples.

Session 3: Interactive Programs
Learn how to build interactive and reusable programs that can process documents and human commands.

Want the detailed syllabus for this course? You can download it here.


Claudia Virlanuta

Claudia is a Data Scientist and Co-Founder at Edlitera, a company dedicated to delivering Ivy League-quality technology education, and enabling people to build careers they are passionate about. In addition to her role at Edlitera, Claudia also holds a Faculty role at Harvard University.

Prior to starting Edlitera, Claudia worked in biotech, marketing technology, and in ecommerce on Wayfair’s Data Science team. She is a passionate advocate for diversity in tech, and she is also the founder of Data Women, a Boston-area group for women in Data Science and Analytics. Claudia earned her degree in Economics from Yale, with a focus on Statistics and Computer Science.

Why Edlitera?

Learn from experienced Harvard instructors and industry experts
Master programming from the masters themselves. Our instructors have built their careers on using the technologies they teach in the classroom, and they also teach their mettle at prestigious institutions like Harvard University.

From here, go anywhere
Future-proof yourself by learning the most in-demand skills. According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, jobs requiring data and coding skills are growing 12% faster than the market average, and demand for qualified employees with advanced data skills has never been higher. Past students have taken this course to prepare for data science and analytics job interviews, for enrollment in a traditional Master’s degree program, or for using programming and data skills to innovate in their current jobs or personal projects. Where will you go next?

Relevant and effective content
Learn programming through live sessions with instructors & mentors, hands-on coding, self-paced videos and weekly practice exercises. You’ll be coding from day one, which is the fastest, most effective way to hone your skills and master programming and data science.

A vibrant and engaging community
Expand your network and draw inspiration from your fellow students. Get unstuck and keep moving forward with support from expert instructors and mentors.

Learning optimized for your busy schedule
Make fast progress and master programming in Python whenever is convenient for you. Last minute schedule conflict? No problem! Our courses are entirely online, and all live sessions are recorded so you can review them whenever you want. Also, our mentors are always available to help you stay on track whenever you need it.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why should I enroll in this class?

Learning to code will have a very positive impact on your career in many different fields and roles. In this course, you will learn real-world programming skills that are highly useful in an ever-increasing number of roles and industries. The demand for programming skills is very high across the board, and in many different types of organizations. First taught at Harvard, this course has been proven to be perfect for anyone looking to gain valuable programming skills.

2. How much does it cost, and what does the fee cover?

This 3-week long course costs $349. The fee covers:
- All materials and resources used in this course.
- Weekly classes taught live by the instructor via webinar.
- Constant support and direct feedback on your work and progress from our instructors.
- Access to a vibrant online community of mentors and peers.
- All taxes and fees.

3. Can my employer pay for this course on my behalf?

Definitely! Many of our students have been employer-sponsored. Check with your employer about tuition benefits.

4. Are there any prerequisites?

There are no prerequisites for this course - beginners are welcome!

5. How is this course structured?

This course is 3 weeks long, and includes the following:
- 3 weekly 90-minute live webinar sessions with the instructor
- comprehensive collection of learning materials and resources
- constant support and feedback from our instructors and mentors

6. I’m interested! What happens after I register?

After you register for this course, you will get a confirmation email right away. Later on, you will get a second email containing all the details you will need to hit the ground running on your first class, including:
- how to join the live classes
- recommended preparation for the first session
- invitation to the online class community

7. I really want to take this course, but I have a schedule conflict. What happens if I miss a session?

Our courses are designed to give you the most effective and flexible learning experience available. If you need to miss a live session, you can watch the session recording which will become available the following day, and work through the weekly assignment as per usual. If you get stuck or have questions, your instructor and mentors are always available and happy to help get you unstuck - just ask!

8. What kind of weekly time commitment should I expect?

In addition to the 90-minute weekly instructor-led session, on average, we find that students spend 3-4 hours per week studying and working on practice problems and projects. However, this is an average, so some students may require more, or less, time to complete the coursework.

9. Can I take this course if I live outside of the US?

Absolutely! All students everywhere are welcome to enroll in this English-language course.

Want the detailed syllabus for this course? You can download it here.


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