Oct. 13 — XSEDE and the University of California, Berkeley are offering an online course on parallel computing for graduate students and advanced undergraduates and are seeking other university partners that are interested in offering the course for credit to their students. The course includes online video lectures, and autograded quizzes and homework assignments with access to free accounts on NSF-supported XSEDE supercomputers. Last year the course included participants from 12 different institutions with students from a variety of backgrounds that successfully completed the course.
Participating institutions will need to provide a local instructor that will be responsible for advising the local students and officially assigning grades. Students will complete the online course quizzes and exercises as part of their grade and can then undertake a final group project supervised by the local instructor. The course will begin on January 10, 2017 and end on May 12, 2017. Course materials can be reviewed at https://www.cac.cornell.edu/
XSEDE and Berkeley staff will meet with local instructors online every two weeks and also help with answers to student questions using an online forum. Local instructors may design their own group project or choose from a number of projects that have been undertaken by students in the past. For examples of class projects done in previous semesters at UC Berkeley, see: https://youtu.be/TljvCXYB4Wc.
For students presenting their projects in the Spring 2015 offering, or the presentations from Spring 2014 at: https://youtu.be/ktvlNex7b68.