The course will be taught in a “flipped” format: learners will watch video lectures on their own time, and then attend weekly meetups for in-person help from teaching assistants.
“It’s a good opportunity for people to go at their own pace and not be committed to an in-person session, but to still have the option to get in-person help if they need it,” said Sally Hall, a developer and educator at the Co-Lab who is one of the course TAs.
Hall emphasized that participants can come to the weekly meetups even if they are behind in the online part of the course. “The in-person session can help you get caught up. The purpose of it is to help people.”
Hall says similar courses can cost hundreds of dollars elsewhere, so the Duke Roots course gives participants a lot of educational value. “Even if you have no interest in writing code as a career, everyone should try a little bit so they know how it works,” she said.