Our Haskell MOOC on FutureLearn will start September 19th. The course signup page went live yesterday – and already people are enrolling for this course. Please consider signing up too – we are very much looking forward to the learning and teaching experience.
If you want to tweet about the course, please use the hashtag #FLhaskell. Please also direct other people to the course – we intend to build a massive community of learners.
We had some interesting discussions with FutureLearn about the course logo over the weekend. We wanted to use a dragon image – riffing on the ‘here be dragons‘ theme of uncharted territory in medieval map. Wim had a nice photo of a Japanese dragon sculpture, but our design team at FutureLearn jazzed this up, adding a semi-transparent layer of lambdas and binary code on top.
A fantastic day filming on location at the National Museum of Computing. Thanks to all the staff and volunteers for their welcome. We shot some footage in front of the programming languages timeline (based on Eric Levenez’s chart) and then had fun looking at all the old machines. I found the first two machines I owned – an Amstrad CPC and an Acorn Archimedes. We also had a peek at the Colossus and EDSAC rebuild projects. Delighted to spend some time with Tony Sale‘s wife, Margaret. She is one of the trustees at TNMOC.
Now I need to wait patiently till next week to see how our filming has turned out!
The Colossus rebuild – hot and noisy in this room!
a Cray 1 supercomputer – not allowed to sit down though!
Really exciting news today! Kristian and I are visiting the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park to do some filming for our MOOC. In the museum’s Software Gallery, they have a large wall chart depicting the history of programming languages. I’m going to stand in front of this and hold forth about Haskell. Will post some photos later!
For the past few months, I have been drumming up publicity for our Haskell MOOC. Every time I have given a research seminar, I have started my talk with a ‘commercial break’ to advertise our MOOC. Also, I have done several special seminars dedicated to describing our MOOC. I visited special interest groups like EdLambda and SPLS. Last night, I visited the Glasgow TechMeetup folks, ate lots of pizza and did some publicity about Haskell and our course.
The organizers recorded a video of the talk. I’ll post a link when the video is online.
Simon Peyton Jones is speaking about the history of Haskell at Glasgow. He will give a seminar at Glasgow University on 17th June. We will record his lecture and use it as part of our FutureLearn MOOC learning materials. We are going to interview Simon as well, and ask him about Haskell development and philosophy. Can you suggest any interesting questions we might ask him?
We recorded another set of videos today for the Haskell MOOC. I am recording a pair of hello/goodbye videos for each week. So we did the ‘week three’ pair this afternoon.
In the ‘hello’ video I say hi and preview the week’s activities. In the ‘goodbye’ video I review what we have covered and give some spoilers for the following week’s activity. I also try to give a word of encouragement to the learners.
I want to keep the videos nice and short – 2 mins max for these bookend-style videos each week. I also want to use striking locations around the campus. So we recorded today’s videos upstairs in the School of Computing Science, looking out of the windows towards the Boyd Orr Building. It was too sunny to do any outdoor shots today – might have to save that for later in the week.
To brush up on my Haskell, I am working through the 99 problems. Did the first 10 over the past few days.