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April 15, 2014

Courses bring unprecedented enrollment

NORMAN — University students majoring in engineering, science and mathematics typically enroll in college-level computer courses, like computational thinking and computer programming.

Now, with Janux online courses offered at the University of Oklahoma’s College of Engineering, anyone with an interest in computer science can learn more about the subject from college professors.

Students have the option of enrolling in traditional for-credit or not-for-credit courses through Janux. The OU College of Engineering’s Introduction to Computer Programming is offered as both a for-credit and not-for-credit course. The Power and Elegance of Computational Thinking is a not-for-credit course created for Janux.

All not-for-credit courses are available to anyone with online access and include video instruction and written materials.

Introduction to Computer Programming has more than 1,200 students enrolled and The Power and Elegance of Computational Thinking has more than 600 students.

“It is exciting to see so many people interested in computer science,” said Deborah Trytten, OU associate professor of computer science and instructor for the Janux Introduction to Computer Science course.

Trytten said the reasons for enrolling in the Janux courses include adults who are considering a career change, homeschooled students, professionals wanting to keep their skills current, students considering majoring in computer science and students who want to get a head start on computer science majors.

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