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Spring Course

posted Jan 31, 2019, 11:46 PM by Segun Razaq Sobulo   [ updated Feb 1, 2019, 10:17 AM ]

MIT's introduction to programming course commenced on January  22nd.  If you have never taken this course before, it is highly recommended that you do so. It's the flagship  course recommended by AW for  all its members. This course will teach you how to think as a programmer and show you how to unleash the problem solver within you.

We'll be updating this page with important milestones as they're announced on edX.org. In particular due dates for the practical programming assignments (problem sets to gauge your understanding)  as well as midterm and final exams.  Please note it's free to audit the course and take the programming assignment. However you must purchase a verified certificate from edX and submit a valid id in order to take the exams on edX. AW verification is also available and not dependent on the exams.

The course uses a continuous assessment model to teach. Don't wait till the last minute to attempt your problem sets. Rather pace yourself, you learn minute by minute as you watch the videos. Tackle all exercises and have fun taking the programming assignments.  It's very ok if your code fails, we learn from our mistakes. Just ensure you make a honest attempt at the problem sets and consult the discussion forums for the course if you hit a road block

  • Course commenced on Jan 22nd
  • First problem set about the core elements of programs is due on Feb 7th
  • Second problem set is due on Feb 14th
  • We'll update this bullet point as more problem sets are released ....
  • Course ends on Mar 26th

Got MOOC?
If you join the course mid way through after deadline for certain problem sets have passed. Here are some noteworthy points:
  • Start from the beginning. Watch all  videos and attempt all exercises.
  • Ensure you tackle all problem sets from the beginning
  • You will no longer be able to use the grader once a deadline has elapsed
  • You should still test the validity or your code via the sandbox
  • Understand the MOOC process is about pacing yourself to understand
  • If you watch the videos, attempt the exercises and in particular attempt all problem sets, you will understand the material
  • AW verification is dependent on your understanding vs the grades on your edX portal

Winter is here

posted Jan 3, 2019, 11:11 AM by Segun Razaq Sobulo   [ updated Jan 13, 2019, 1:32 AM ]

1 month Evaluation License (Education Edition) issued on New Years' eve 2018. Licenses will expire on the 31st of Jan 2019
State of our union
As a kid growing up in Ibadan, I remember my peers that'd visited Lagos telling tales of encountering traffic lights, something unheard of in Ibadan in the 80s. As an adult 3rd mainland bridge remains an impressive civil engineering feat that connects an entire city together intelligently. It's not surprising then that interest in MOOCs as garnered from registration data depicted below and Facebook activity of 6k+ likes has Lagos leading the pack. Eko o ni baje o

350 of 450 registered members reported state of residence. State breakdown extracted from Google's Cloud Datastore is thus:

Licenses
If you're registered with a license,  login to appsworkforce.com to start tracking your MOOCs, otherwise follow instructions upon login regarding  renewing your license. All registered members were issued a trial license on New Year's eve.

Registration
AW registration is currently closed so I can focus on mentoring the subset of currently registered students. However interested applicants can send an email to AW requesting registration/licensing thus

  1. Visit appsworkforce.com and read  through all the cards on the page. You'll find cards by clicking on each sentence or link on the page
  2. Read through the AW curriculum suggestions to get a sense of where you want to start pacing your MOOCs
  3. Email hello@appsworkforce.com to request an interview
 General public
AW MOOC suggestions are publicly listed and is curated using the following criteria
  • Courses offered by universities ranked highly in the United States, e.g. MIT is consistently ranked top 3 in computer science in the America
  • Courses must be free to audit
  • Courses that have popular and favorable reviews online
Click here for a list of codecademy (introductory) and edX courses. Completing and understanding the material for the first python course offered my MIT is better for your programming career than getting a bachelors degree in computer science at most tertiary institutions (yes that includes unilag, oau and ui). 

It's through no fault of the students that acquiring software development skills in college in Nigeria amounts to an exercise in futility.  it's simply a case of criminally outdated curriculums and lecturers too underpaid to fight the curriculum. Yes there are a few students that  go the extra mile to educate themselves online but that only begs the question, how good would such students be if all they did was learn online? Got MOOC? 

Ultimately my advice to all young Nigerians is you reap what you sow. You have the right to choose an education and with MOOCs, you have a quality alternative to the current system that touts failure like a badge of honor. 

Young Nigerians are failing jamb. Neither codecademy nor edX require jamb and both are free, Alhamdulilah. You do however need to have  basic mathematics/english knowledge at o-level (SS2 curriculum). If not you will struggle with your MOOCS. 

If you cheated yourself of o-levels by choosing to engage in academic misconduct (i.e. you have certificate but you don't understand algebra), take the time to re-educate yourself (also for free) using KhanAcademy's online courses on mathematics and english for high school / secondary school students
 
Youth is wealth and  time is money. Get started now.

Love yourself,

Big Brother

posted Nov 13, 2018, 7:17 PM by Segun Razaq Sobulo   [ updated Nov 13, 2018, 7:35 PM ]

AppsWorkforce Back End

Big brother is watching. Start tracking progress in select MOOCs by providing regular updates and I'll respond with my professional opinion.
Encouragement via constructive criticism is the modus operandi. You do the work and I make suggestions on how to improve upon your output.

#GIGO,  garbage in ... garbage out. .. so keep it clean.  AW has a zero tolerance policy on all kinds of academic misconduct  and/or fraudulent work.  Nothing personal but it's my job to ensure your shortcomings doesn't impact the next guy's aspirations. 

 AW rocks a nights of the round table (there's no head of the table but there is a king), 3 musketeers (all for one and one for all), and 300 (a well prepared team can defy all odds) approach to learning and earning. 

II'm not ashamed to admit I don't know something, it's the first step towards learning something new. If you need help, just ask  any member that's available and yes that includes me, it's really fun to help each other. 

All opinions are welcome and there are no stupid questions, only foolish answers. 



Best Regards,
Principal/Director



Summer is here ...

posted Jul 26, 2018, 3:41 PM by Segun Razaq Sobulo   [ updated Jul 26, 2018, 3:51 PM ]

New Bodija, Ibadan. Oyo State, Nigeria.

AppsWorkforce Together we can
 https://plus.google.com/106785287572658366104/posts/Wp1yKoN4dcg

The link above contains learning recommendations from age 3+ to age 18+ (all are free but valuable). 

Alternatively, engage in a hackathon. Improve the valuation of your experience by choosing activities that contribute to your community within your LGA/City/State/Nigeria.
Sample hackaton: https://njstempathways.org/liberty-hackathon/

Or a code camp for children. Value the knowledge sought by providing android/kindle tablets to your ward ( laptops for age 16+)
 Sample camp: https://www.bluemts.com.au/news/code-camp-summer-blue-mountains-launch/

It doesn't matter that the samples are not within Nigeria. Part of the challenge is choosing programs available around you that aim to achieve above in a cost effective manner. And with android phones selling for as low as N10,000 ($28 USD), you can afford to get inspired :)


  Miscellaneous ... Table below shows 1 out of 7 pending bug/typo fixes, 

IssuesStatusSuggestion
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Learn, Earn and have Fun

posted Jun 9, 2018, 1:59 PM by Segun Razaq Sobulo   [ updated Jun 10, 2018, 10:54 AM ]

We strive to foster an envinroment online that encourages you to understand what you choose to learn and to do so in a manner that places a value on your education. 

There's a certain sense of pride that comes from earning a decent living out of building solutions to real world problems. With that pride comes the joy of programming.

Learn
  1. Visit our curriculum page and register for any  Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) that's listed on the page
  2. Register at www.appsworkforce.com, you will need to login then click on register under the Membership menu. Confirm submission by clicking on status under the Membership menu
  3. Afterwards visit the Membership menu again and click on select license. License pricing varies from Naira equivalents of $1 (One USD) , $,2,500 (Two thousand and five hundred USD) and $5,000 (Five thousand USD). Confirm selection by clicking  sequentially on a couple of items listed under the Billing menu: billing history and download invoice. Call us at 0906-176-6041 afterwards for payment instructions , visit confirm payment under the Billing menu after the call.
Earn
  • Visit your availability intelligence website to make a honest assessment as to how much time you're available to work without adversely impacting your education. You want to score an A on the availability to learn check, learning increases your earning potential. In general you want to start with a ratio of 3:1 learning hours to working hours.
  • The AppsWorkforce Work-Study 2018 AI Edition 21 slots available, only one slot occupied thus far. Compensation varies over a span of one year, from $100 monthly  - $800 USD monthly. Work study offers are made via J.A,M.B, either the members only Job Acceptance Matching Board (J.A.M.B) or the invite only  Junior Analyst MailBox (J.A.M.B)
  • Individuals and teams may choose to apply for private projects after completing the M.I.T python 1 course. Projects run for a quarter (3 months) and comes with a stipend of ($300 to $600), payable in two installments (after the first month and after the second month)
Fun
Competitive activities listed under the Fun menu on AppsWorkforce.com as well as any activities posted on facebook.com/appsworkforce 

Additional Resources
www.appsworkforce.com/#questions for questions we have received in the past about AppsWorkforce and its MOOC agenda.
www.appsworkforce.com/#requests for currently listed products and services available to AppsWorkforce members. 

It takes just a token fee of a dollar (360 Naira) to become a member. We look forward to welcoming you.

Sincerely,
Segun Sobulo
Principal Director @ AppsWorkforce
M.S. Computer Science (University of Illinois @ Urbana Champaign)
B.S. Computer Engineering (Illinois Institute of Technology)


The AppsWorkforce Work-Study 2018 AI Editon

posted May 7, 2018, 6:34 AM by Segun Razaq Sobulo   [ updated Dec 5, 2018, 4:04 AM by Olajide Holumide ]

 
JAMB - Junior Analyst Mail Box

  • 10-15 hours of learning
  • 5 - 10 hours of earning
  • $5/hour minimum wage
  • $100 monthly minimum
  • Lab hangout - 21 members
  • 7 teams, 3 members/team
  • J.A.M.B invite
 
Our initial work study program was run several years ago for a group of 25 students in Ibadan (under the 9JEducation brand) and more recently we ran it in 2016 when we opened the lab with the support of some of those students as part of their work-study. The biggest challenge along the way has been getting participants to stay committed to our MOOC agenda.

Question isn't whether you can get a good job, rather it's whether you're willing to actually learn. The latest edition of the work study asks you to answer the question above honestly. All our services are centered around the cloud online. Lab size for this edition of the work study is limited to 21 members (you must be able to attend video chats on google hangouts.)


Best Regards and good luck.
Segun



Interesting questions

posted Apr 27, 2018, 11:12 AM by Segun Razaq Sobulo   [ updated Apr 28, 2018, 2:04 AM ]



 
 

Talk to David our availability intelligence  AI ... ask him your interesting questions? There are not stupid questions, only stupid answers. Please speak your mind: online chat session opens on Monday 

We've got a question for you though?







AppsWorkforce (Strictly Online)

posted Mar 25, 2018, 6:53 AM by Segun Razaq Sobulo   [ updated Apr 6, 2018, 1:58 AM ]


Please login to www.appsworkforce.com to start tracking your MOOC courses. You'll find pricing information for license fees under the choose license page. Current pricing  is 2k, 50k and 100k. Visit the website for more details.

Our flagship course remains the MIT one introductory programming course. There are also code academy courses that provide an easier introduction to programming. Students who failed the o level math questions were turned away from the lab, there are no such checks in this strictly online edition. If you're struggling with the mathematical aspects of programming (which in all honesty is minimal compared to other engineering fields) please indicate your challenges in your course tracks and we'll provide you with additional resources to catch up with your courses. 

If you completed the MIT python 1 course already, then UC Berkley is the next course for you. If you've completed this course as well then please escalate this as it's an indication that you're seriously ahead of the pack and can make significant contributions to project work.

If you have years of programming experience in courses unrelated to the ones we track, list those accomplishment on your CV/Resume, however your progress as a member will be measured only by your performance in the courses as well as activities we track.

Best of luck in all your educational/career endeavors, curriculum suggestions are listed freely on this site but I strongly hope to see membership numbers grow online. There's a huge demand for capable software developers and our goal remains to help you meet that demand.

Cheers,
Segun

80% discount off existing 75% discount. Do the math!! (offer expires March 5th)

posted Feb 14, 2018, 4:55 AM by Segun Razaq Sobulo   [ updated Apr 6, 2018, 2:00 AM ]

Good day All,

We ran a lab out of hussey plaza (see home page for last lecture/presentation there) in yaba in 2016. In 2017 we started ramping down the services we offered so we could retool the concept, in particular we wanted to go from a physical lab space to a strictly online model so we could reach more young Nigerians. Also since the lab was structured around MOOCs, requiring your physical presence takes away from the remote benefits that are  an integral component of MOOCs.

We're still rolling out features for the new version of the site. However we believe we have enough to invite you to join us. The strictly online version of the site is split into two portions:
  • The reference site (about.appsworkforce.com) as well as our various social media channels. Content on here is available for free, in particular you can view our curriculum suggestions under the learn menu of this reference site.
  • Our members only site (www.appsworkforce.com), content on here is available at a token fee. We offer additional services for members here. When we launched the lab in 2016 we offered 75% off our prices. We attempted lifting this discount in 2017 and enrollment dropped drastically. We intend to revert back to the 2016 price model and will lift the discounts once again about a year from now
However if you're reading this message before March 5th 2018 and you sign up for membership before then, we're offering 80% discounts off the discounted prices in 2016. Visit www.appsworkforce.com to register and sign up for membership.Current pricing is 1.6k, 10k, and 20k.

There's strength in numbers, we look forward to seeing you on the friends discussion group. Make sure to introduce yourself after you join.

Lastly, if you can't afford the fees, here's the first lesson we teach "Always pay for internet and electricity". Once you're online visit any MOOC site and sign up for a course that suits your needs. 


Best Regards,
Principal Director
AppsWorkforce.com
Segun Sobulo


Apply Now

posted Dec 20, 2015, 8:45 AM by AppsWorkforce Support


Membership application portal has opened, please visit http://www.appsworkforce.com to join our inaugural class in January 2016. A member of our team will contact you once you have completed you application online. We look forward to seeing you in the new year.

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