Teaching Materials: Video Courses
Real Python offers you different kinds of learning resources and teaching materials, such as video courses, text-based tutorials, and interactive quizzes. In this video you’ll see how to watch video courses and screencasts on the Real Python learning platform.
You’ll learn where to find members-only Python video courses on the realpython.com website, how to bookmark your favorite lessons, how to track your learning progress, and more.
00:00 Let’s take a look at the different teaching materials and types of content you’ll find on Real Python. At Real Python, you can learn using hands-on video courses, text-based and very detailed tutorials, and interactive quizzes.
00:14 Now we’re going to take a look at each of these content types one by one, starting with video courses. There are different ways you can find and access teaching materials on the realpython.com website.
00:25 A good way to start is by clicking on the main navigation and selecting the Learn Python menu. In the menu that unfolds, you can find the different types of teaching materials and different types of content listed here.
00:54 Of course, you can also go down that list and work your way through all of the courses that we’ve published so far. For each course, you get some information about the instructor, the different topics and categories that course is filed under, how long it is, and how many lessons are in the course. Now, how do you watch a course?
01:20 and once the overview page loads up, you get a little bit more information about what you’re going to learn in this course and what the key points are. And once again, you know, we’re listing for you all the information that you need at this point to decide whether or not that course is right for you.
01:53 We do that for larger courses to make it easier for you to break things down into manageable chunks. When you scroll all the way to the end of the course page, you can learn more about the course instructor who’s teaching this course—in this case, Chris Bailey. Now, Chris is the main instructor on this course, but each tutorial at Real Python is actually created by a team of developers so that we can make sure we’re teaching you actual best practices and the latest standards. So you can see here, this is the full team that worked on this tutorial: reviewing it, improving it, and finally releasing it on the website.
02:28 Now, let’s kick off the course. I’m just going to go and click the Watch Now link. This is the first lesson in the course. Up here, we have the video player area, so you can jump around to different parts of the video and, of course, control things like volume, and play and pause the video.
02:55 There’s also a bookmark button that you can use to add a specific lesson in a course to your bookmarks list in case you wanted to go back and review it later on. A very important button is the Supporting Material button.
03:17 So, if you ever need to look up information on a topic instead of rewatching a course, you could also use the written tutorial that accompanies most courses to get the information that you want. Another button is the Give Feedback button, where you can give anonymous and private feedback on a specific course lesson.
03:36 Below that, you find a quick description of the course lesson, and then the comments section where you can comment publicly and interact with other students or the instructor if you have questions about a particular lesson. On the right-hand side, you see your progress bar that signifies the progress that you’ve made so far in this course. Because I just started out, I’m at 0%. And then further down, you see the course lesson playlist, where I can jump to individual lessons in the course.
04:05 After completing a lesson, by watching it all the way to the end, the course player will automatically mark that lesson complete for you and it will then move on to the next lesson. If there’s code snippets that might be useful we usually place them here in the description, so you can easily take them and use them in your own programs, and this is absolutely encouraged.
04:37 Now, as I make my way through the course, more and more lessons here will be marked as complete and once I’m all the way at the end of the course, the course is actually going to be marked complete, and it’s going to be displayed in a different section: here, in the video courses overview list. So right now, it’s still in progress.
05:08 I know when I’ve completed that course, and when I go back to the course overview page that course is now listed all the way at the bottom in my completed courses list, so it moves out of the way. You can manage that list above so that it actually shows the content that you’re interested in and that you want to watch at some point in the future.
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