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THE COURSE

What time is it?

In order to coordinate with your peers from around the world, this course uses Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The current time is shown here and you can use this site to convert to your own time zone.

How do I pass this class? How do grades work?

In this course, we have shifted the emphasis away from grades. What’s important is the effort you put in and the experiences you have. This especially means engaging with the community of your peers, and working on personally meaningful projects. These things don’t lend themselves to automated evaluation, but benefit greatly from discussion and reflection. For this reason, the course has you focus on peer evaluation and the honor system to earn your certificate.

At the end of each week’s content, there will be a completion checklist for you to keep track of activities and assignments completed. The more you do, the more you will get out of the course, but you should also feel free to tailor your experience in the course to your own interests and goals. 

What kind of certificates are there for this course? Do I have to pay?

There are two options for taking this course. The first option, auditing, allows you full access to all the courseware and resources and by choosing this option you can earn an Honor Code Certificate. The second option, earning a Verified Certificate, requires a fee but provides an authentic identification-verified certificate that you can use for job applications, school applications, etc. If you want to upgrade to a Verified Certificate, navigate to your personal dashboard and click on the option to “Challenge Yourself” underneath the listing of this course. Please note that if you choose the Verified Certificate, you must do so before the end of week 1 of the course. You must complete 50% or more of the assignments and indicate that by filling out the appropriate checklists to pass the course and earn either an Honor Code Certificate or Verified Certificate.

When are assignments due?

Each assignment will list an 'expected' due date in its description - usually a week after its assignment.  However, the assignments in the course won't close until after the course is over - you can turn in your assignments, and review your peer's assignments, up till the last day of the course.

However, we strongly encourage students to turn in their work within a week of its assignment, and ask for peer reviews to be completed within about four days of the 'expected' due date.

When does the course end?

11.127x officially ends on June 3, 2015 and certficates are generated July 1, 2015. However, some course materials will still be available after that date.

Where should I go if I have questions?

  • If you have technical questions about the edX platform, try using the "Help" tab in the upper left corner of every page.
  • If you don't find your answer there, or if you find bugs or issues with the forums site, please post your question in the Technical Help thread in the Course Admin folder in the forums.
  • If you have non-technical questions, we encourage you to post them in the appropriate discussion on the forums.
  • Or, if all else fails, you can email the 11.127x staff at 11.127x@mit.edu. We'll do our best to help you out, though we can't guarantee a timely reply given the massive nature of this course.

HOW DO I USE THE COURSE FORUMS?

The Official Course Forums are open to everyone in the course and follow the course (organized by week and activities for that week). So, in a specific week, there are places for you and your classmates to talk about the assignments, activities and readings for that week.

How do I make a post?

First, determine the subject of your post. Does it pertain to a specific assignment, activity, or reading? If so, navigate your way to the specific forum for that topic. To make a post once you’re in the right forum, either click the blue New Topic button or scroll down to the bottom of the page and submit your post there.

How do I find other people?

If you already know someone’s username, you can click on the button labelled “Members” in the top menu bar and then search the name.

Otherwise, you can join groups to find people of similar interests and friend request them.

How do I have a private conversation?

In order to private message someone, first navigate to their profile page (through your friends list or the members page), and then click the private message button to the right of their avatar.

You will have the option to add additional recipients for your message on the next page and enter in a subject and message body.

You are also able to publicly message/mention someone by clicking the public message button next to the private message button or by writing “@” followed by their username in your status update box (found under the activity tab in your profile).

GAMEBLOX

About Gameblox

11.127x uses an early access version of Gameblox, a new blocks based programming language that makes it easier to create games.  Since Gameblox is under active development by the MIT STEP Lab, we will be fixing bugs and adding features as the course goes on.   We strongly recommend you use Google Chrome when using Gameblox.  Experience with Scratch or AppInventor will be useful, although Gameblox is its own unique environment.   Gameblox is on a seperate site from edX; links in the course will allow you to access the site, and log you in automatically using your edX user name and email.  You will not be able to access the site unless you are logged in through the course.  

Getting Help With Gameblox

In the forums, there is a Gameblox section, dedicated to supporting Gameblox users.  There, you can find basic information about Gameblox, technical support, a place to show off work, as well as a place to report bugs and problems.  While there is staff dedicated to providing support for Gameblox, we encourage students to offer their own solutions and advice to each other as you learn the Gameblox system.