Audiovisual Lectures for Novice Programmers

The other day, a student asked me if I would recommend freely-available online digital audiovisual lectures  for those students who are learning programming for the first time.  I can point out three sources I have used myself and to say the least, I have been inspired.  Over the last two years, I have used their teaching techniques and examples in my own 1-credit hour EML3035 Programming Concepts course at the University of South Florida.  I do not have audiovisual lectures but I have several scripts to help you along if you use MATLAB.  Let me know what you think.

1. Harvard’s David Malan: Introduction to Computer Science   

2. MITs duo Eric Grimsom and John Guttag: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming

3. Stanford’s Mehran Sahami Computer Science I: Programming Methodology


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Author: Autar Kaw

Autar Kaw ( is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida. He has been at USF since 1987, the same year in which he received his Ph. D. in Engineering Mechanics from Clemson University. He is a recipient of the 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year Award. With major funding from NSF, he is the principal and managing contributor in developing the multiple award-winning online open courseware for an undergraduate course in Numerical Methods. The OpenCourseWare ( annually receives 1,000,000+ page views, 1,000,000+ views of the YouTube audiovisual lectures, and 150,000+ page views at the NumericalMethodsGuy blog. His current research interests include engineering education research methods, adaptive learning, open courseware, massive open online courses, flipped classrooms, and learning strategies. He has written four textbooks and 80 refereed technical papers, and his opinion editorials have appeared in the St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune.

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