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About the lessons

DiSC Python lessons are provided by the Digital Scholarship and Communications Office (DiSC) of the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries at Vanderbilt University. The DiSC office provides regular lessons for Python beginners with a variety of followup intermediate and advanced lessons. There is no cost associated with the lessons.

The beginners lessons generally cycle twice per semester. See the schedule below for session details. Advance registration and a Zoom login are required to attend the live working sessions. To register, go to the link at the schedule below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Each lesson includes of a series of videos with a practice Jupyter notebook and homework assignments. The live Zoom working sessions are not class sessions. Rather, they provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions about the lesson videos and homework, or to work on the homework with assistance.

The lessons are part of a free, online learning system called CodeGraf. You are welcome to work through these lessons or any of the other lesson modules available in CodeGraf on your own at any time (no registration required). To explore all of the lesson modules that are available, visit the CodeGraf landing page.

The DiSC office also provides lessons for learning R and getting started with GitHub in a similar format.

Archive of past lessons

Beginners Lessons - Spring 2021

Instructor (Steve Baskauf) office hours information, or email to arrange another time to talk.

Second cycle: Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:00 PM Central (US) Time

Registration link

Working session date Lesson Topic Web page
Mar 18 1 Introduction / Installation troubleshooting terminology (18 min) / programming environments (50 min) / installation videos (27 min)
Mar 25 2 Programming basics lesson videos (67 min)
Apr 1 3 Code libraries lesson videos (34 min)
Apr 8 4 List and dictionary objects lesson videos (32 min)
Apr 15 5 Loops lesson videos (33 min lessons, 61 min including demos)
Apr 22 6 Conditional execution lesson videos (44 min)

Python Resources

Here’s a page of Python resources

O’Reilly for Higher Education books and videos (Vanderbilt sign-in required)

Other sources of Python resources on Vanderbilt’s campus

Data Science Institute (DSI)

Research IT

Digital Humanities (DH) Center

Software Carpentries (cosponsored by DiSC, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Research IT, ACCRE, and the Data Science Institute)


Questions? contact Steve Baskauf

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