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The online computing courses offered by most university colleges are the best way to learn to use computers and get a better grasp of the skills required to run a modern website or a mobile app, according to a report published by the International Association of Computing Education (IACE).
The IACE said the courses, which cover basic computer programming, basic networking and web design, have been developed to be easy to learn and use.
But they have been criticised for failing to deliver the knowledge required for serious careers.
Some students, including the University of Melbourne’s computer engineering students, said they were frustrated by the lack of instruction in the courses.
“There is no practical programming required.
You don’t even need to know any of the basics to do any of these courses,” one student told Al Jazeera.
The online course offered by the University, which is in Melbourne, is available for free to students from Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the European Union.
“We’re not saying we are giving away any of that, but we are making a conscious effort to make it accessible,” Associate Professor of Computing at the university, Sarah Jones, told the ABC.
“What we are doing is trying to give students an opportunity to come and see a professional and get the experience that they might otherwise not get.”
While there is no specific requirement that students learn computer programming or computer graphics, the courses are designed to give an edge to those who have previously taken the courses in previous years, Jones said.
She added that the courses were free to those enrolled in the International Computer Science Certificate program, which covers advanced computer science and programming skills, which are required for the jobs of the future.
“It’s really a great way to give people an advantage in that field,” she said.
“You don’t have to go through any of this experience.”
Students who enroll in a computer programming course at a university will be eligible to take it for free from September this year, according the IACe.
However, some students have raised concerns about the courses lack of practical training.
One student, who did not want to be named, said she had a hard time understanding what she was learning, given the subject matter.
“The courses are not very well thought out,” she told the Al Jazeera’s online education channel.
“They don’t explain what they are doing.
I was wondering how you do this in a year that is already so short, when we have this whole industry being up and running.”
I feel that there is not much of a future there in computer programming and that there will be more students coming in with those skills.
“How is it that you don’t get any information about the things you are learning?
It is really disappointing.”
In a statement to Al Jazeera, the university said it was committed to providing all students with a “complete and timely” computer programming certificate.
“To ensure that we can provide a full and accessible programme of study, the Computer Programming Certificate program has been developed and is currently in its final stage of development.
We are very pleased to be offering it for students, and we look forward to seeing students achieve the most out of this opportunity,” the university statement said.
It added that its courses were “designed to give you the best chance to succeed”.
The Iace’s report found that the degree courses were a poor choice for people who were interested in the work they would need to do as a computer programmer or web developer.
The report also said that the university’s online courses were not “capable of addressing the needs of a broad audience” of learners.
“Most of the courses have a low barrier to entry and a low retention rate, and they have a poor understanding of the current state of the profession,” the report said.’
You don.t even need a degree’A university spokeswoman said the Iaces report “should be taken seriously”.
“The ICAE’s report indicates that most universities have failed to adequately prepare their students for careers in the technology industry,” the spokeswoman said.
The spokeswoman said students who enrolled in a Computer Engineering Certificate were entitled to the courses free of charge, and those who enrolled are free to do so.
“This course is not a substitute for the degree, but is designed to provide the appropriate training to students who want to get a job in the tech industry,” she added.
“Students who wish to enrol in this course may apply to do this at the end of the year.”
Jones told Aljazeera the course had been developed with the goal of providing students with “a very realistic and high-quality training” to become professionals.
“These are the skills that people who have studied these courses for years and years will need in the industry,” Jones said, referring to the course’s “real world” aspects.
“So this course is designed for those who want a realistic job in tech, not for people like those who are