[IPython-dev] [IPython-User] IPython Notebooks and Active Learning (Matthew Brett)

Matthias Bussonnier bussonniermatthias at gmail.com
Wed Jul 30 04:26:37 EDT 2014

If I may suggest too, please use header cell instead of hash in markdown.
Header cell are used for section when converting to latex and do
automatically generate anchors on nbviewer/html so that you can link to

Example :

On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 11:16 PM, Matthew Brett <matthew.brett at gmail.com>

> Hi,
> On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 4:50 PM, Mark Bakker <markbak at gmail.com> wrote:
> > We have developed a series of 15 Notebooks for scientists and engineers
> who
> > want to use Python programming for exploratory computing, scipting, data
> > analysis, and visualization. No prior knowledge of computer programming
> is
> > assumed. Each Notebook covers a specific topic and includes a number of
> > exercises. The exercises should take less than 4 hours to complete for
> each
> > Notebook.
> >
> > We have developed these Notebooks for an undergraduate class
> (sophomores) in
> > Civil Engineering. A short survey of the students taking the class (~270
> of
> > them) showed that the students really liked the class and learned a lot.
> >
> > The Notebooks may be viewed at
> > http://mbakker7.github.io/exploratory_computing_with_python/
> > A link to the GitHub repository is also shown on this page.
> Thanks a lot for this.   From our feedback, our students liked the
> notebooks too - e.g.
> "I appreciate the downloadable iPython notebooks with explanations of
> what the code is and does - will be a great reference"
> I think there's really no question that the notebooks make running
> code examples easier and clearer for the teacher and the student.  And
> they are indeed a great reference.   The question always is - what do
> we want to teach?  In some cases it's probably enough that the
> students get the idea, and running / writing code in the notebooks
> helps them get the idea.   But the students also implicitly learn that
> this is the standard way of working with code, and I personally don't
> think we should be teaching that.  So, for me at least, I am trying to
> find a way to strike a balance between the ease of writing materials /
> ease of getting students running code, and the need for teaching solid
> working practice. For example, for the next iteration of our course,
> I'm thinking of doing a flipped classroom format, with the tutorials
> mostly in IPython notebooks, but doing the exercises in class using
> text editor and terminal and git.  I'd also like to try and teach the
> IPython notebook as a great tool for sharing and explaining a
> workflow, or developing a tutorial.
> Cheers,
> Matthew
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