Between code and culture: developing a creative coding massive open online course

Mark Guglielmetti, Jon McCormack

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Since the rapid rise of the massive open online course (MOOC) in 2011, online learning has increased sharply. Various platforms such as Coursera, FutureLearn, and Udacity enable academics to develop and manage single courses that often enroll vast numbers of learners. These platforms provide a unique range of instruments for an academic to embed discipline knowledge and skills development into the course. In this chapter, the authors examine the MOOC they created for the FutureLearn platform called Creative Coding. They explore the historical contingencies through which algorithmic thinking and coding literacies are being ubiquified across various cultural spheres of activity and also the '‘technical and cultural prism’’ through which these literacies are filtered. These contingencies and literacies provided a framework for the production of the Creative Coding MOOC, which is discussed in the latter half of this chapter.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching Computational Creativity
EditorsMichael Filimowicz, Veronika Tzankova
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781316481165
ISBN (Print)9781107138049
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Creative coding
  • Creativity
  • Cultural studies
  • Generative art
  • History of art
  • Mooc
  • Online learning
  • Programming

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