Putting a bandage on a cut doesn’t mean you want to be a doctor. But in the world of computer science, people assume that everybody with an interest in programming wants to become a computer scientist. It is precisely this thought that Charles “Dr. Chuck” Severance, clinical associate professor at the School of Information, is trying to change. Speaking to “Business Today,” Dr. Chuck explains that his aim is to teach everyone the basics of programming computers using Python.
He teaches various technology-oriented courses including programming, database design, and web development, and has been using the Coursera online platform to ensure that programming can be learned by all. Over 1.6 million students from around the world are taking his courses, nearly 19 percent of whom hail from India. Today, he arguably runs the largest and most successful Python class in the world.