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The CFG Massive Open Online Courses come in two forms – our MOOC Sprints and our MOOC Challenges. Together, our MOOCs are great for beginners or those with some tech knowledge and know-how!

Our MOOC Sprints are 4-week quick learning courses that will give you a good foundational knowledge across key tech topics, including languages, problem-solving and career confidence. 

Following our Sprints, our MOOC Challenges allow you to test your knowledge and skills with a challenge, project or task with real-life examples and problem-solving.

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These 100% free MOOC sessions will introduce you to in-demand tech concepts and languages, and other key skills.

They are a great way to get a taste of different tech concepts, languages, and career tips’n’tricks, whilst building your knowledge and skills across various tech areas.

We often have our partner companies helping us host these sessions, so there is also a great opportunity to find out how tech works across different organisations and take part in live Q&A sessions. 

These sessions are open to all CFG members across the globe!

INFO SPOT: MOOC SPRINTS & CHALLENGES

INFO SPOT: MOOC
SPRINTS &
CHALLENGES

Much like any tech role, you’ll get involved in sprints to build and ship new tech features and products. We thought the term ‘sprint’ was a fitting name for a 4-week MOOC powerhouse learning session focused on a key topic where you will walk away with new skills and knowledge.

Not only that, after completing a MOOC Sprint, you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge further by taking part in a MOOC Challenge linked to your Sprint topic.

Our MOOC Sprints are open to all CFG members globally and are 100% free for all participants.

MOOC Sprints are run over 4 weeks, with one x 1-hour session per week going into the detail of a key topic area. 

At the end of the 4 weeks, you’ll walk away with a deeper knowledge of a key topic and have the opportunity to test your knowledge with our MOOC Challenge – which will follow after each Sprint!

There will be a range of topics from introductions to languages, problem-solving, career pathways and more!

Each MOOC Sprint will include LIVE sessions (or recorded if you can’t make it), a session quiz, and upon completion by the deadline, a certification.

What we love most about our new MOOC Sprints is that they are great for all CFG members – from beginners to those further along their tech journey.

Tech is an ever-evolving area, and building your knowledge base is sure to continue throughout your career. MOOC Sprints are great for those starting and wanting to learn more about a topic, or for those who have done our class or CFGdegree and want to gain additional knowledge and skills in a topic area.

AND, our MOOCs are available for all CFG members globally!

Our MOOC Sprints will be hosted LIVE by our amazing instructors with some special guests from partner companies for key sessions.

In the LIVE sessions, you can ask any questions, get unstuck on any ‘not-so-sure-bits’ and ask guest partners about life at their company and career pathways.

To gain access to our new MOOC Sprints, we’ll send you to our new member area online where all of our MOOC sessions will take place and you can track your progress and access course materials.

We know that sometimes life gets in the way of a good MOOC session, so we will be keeping our MOOC Sprint sessions available online for some time after each of the LIVE sessions.

This means you can watch and learn in your own time, in whatever time zone, accessing the video sessions and associated content to complete each MOOC Sprint. 

PLUS, when you complete the MOOC Sprint, you will receive a certificate to recognise your achievement. There is a completion deadline for each MOOC Sprint to receive a certificate, after which you can head over to our “On Demand Library” where you can catch up on any of the Sprints for a limited time. 

We’re unleashing some mini hackathon vibes with our MOOC Challenges. Our MOOC Challenges will allow members to test their knowledge in a key topic area with a project or challenge to complete.

Much like a hackathon, there will be a kick-off event, time to develop your response, and a final presentation session – with this all happening over four weeks.

Challenges and projects are a great way to not only test your knowledge but also for building a portfolio and adding to your CV!

Our MOOC Challenges are 1-hour weekly sessions which are open to all CFG members globally and are 100% free for all participants. If you would love to take up the challenge but don’t think you have the skillset for it, check out our related Sprints first to get yourself challenge ready!

Each MOOC Challenge will begin with a kick-off event where the challenge statement and project will be presented. 

Usually, these will be presented by our partner companies who may be seeking solutions to real-life tech challenges and looking for tech talent to show them the way! 

Our MOOC Challenges are open to all CFG members globally!

It is always good to challenge yourself and put new skills (or old ones!) to the test!

Our MOOC Challenges are designed to follow our MOOC Sprint topics so that those who have participated in the Sprints can then test what they have just learnt.

These challenges are open to all participants, however, our linked Sprints are here to give you all the tools and skill sets to complete.

From the kick-off date, you will have four weeks to submit your response.

Finally, after all of your hard work, you get the opportunity to showcase your work to our partners who are your judges. Showcase all you have learned and worked on with a final presentation where one of our lucky challengers will be awarded the winner. 

The final session will take place after around four weeks of free time to complete the challenge. 

We are incredibly excited to have our partner companies involved and to see your solutions presented to the challenge.

Problem-solving is a key skill to have in tech and being able to showcase that you have participated in MOOC Challenges will be a great booster to any CV and portfolio.

Each member that takes part and completes the MOOC Challenge will receive a certificate to confirm participation.

You’ll also have a great project to add to your portfolio and be able to add this to your GitHub, website or other pages showcasing your work!

MOOC SPRINTS & CHALLENGES

Our NEW MOOC Sprints and Challenges can be found below. We will be launching more Sprints and Challenges in the coming weeks and months so make sure you tune in to our socials and emails for updates (and come back and check here!)

*PRE-RECORDED* MOOC SPRINT: GET CERTIFIED (FOR FREE!)
Free and open to all CFG Members​
INTRO TO DATA

STARTS: monday 3rd june 2024 @ 6.00PM

Let’s get into this Intro to Data MOOC! Here, you’ll learn all about the basics of data including key languages like SQL – SQL allows you to manipulate data in a useful way. In this MOOC, you’ll understand the possibilities of what we can do with data and how to do it.

Session 1: SQL Basics

PRE-RECORDED Session: Monday 3rd June @ 6pm (BST)

  1. Understanding what SQL is and how it is used
  2. Understanding databases, tables and basic syntax
  3. How to build databases and tables, and how to populate
  4. Understand basic operators and how these can be applied in the WHERE clause 

Session 2: SQL Commands & Normalisation

PRE-RECORDED Session: Monday 10th June @ 6pm (BST)

  1. Introduction to SQL commands: DML and DDL statements
  2. Practical application of SQL commands
  3. Normalisation and 1-3NFg
  4. Normalisation practical

Session 3: Keys and Joins

PRE-RECORDED Session: Monday 17th June @ 6pm (BST)

  1. Identification of Candidate Keys
  2. Primary and Foreign Keys
  3. Types of Joins
  4. Joining Tables with Keys

Session 4: Aggregation and Sorting

PRE-RECORDED Session: Monday 24th June @ 6pm (BST)

  1. Aggregation in SQL
  2. SUM, COUNT, AVERAGE, MIN & MAX
  3. GROUPING and ORDERING
  4. Briefing for the Challenge
*LIVE* MOOC SPRINT: GET CERTIFIED (FOR FREE!)
Free and open to all CFG Members​
CV & APPLICATIONS ​

STARTS: Tuesday 4th June @ 6.00PM

Struggling to craft a CV that gets you noticed? Dreading application forms? CV & Applications MOOC can be your secret weapon! This MOOC is packed with expert tips and guidance and will help you write a winning CV, tailor applications to specific jobs, and boost your confidence. Invest a few hours, and land your dream role faster!

Session 1: Introduction to CV’s: structure and formatting

LIVE Session: Tuesday 4th June @ 6pm (BST)

  1. Why having a good CV is important
    • Who reads your CV 
    • Information overload and how to avoid it on a CV
  2. How someone decides on your CV
    • The content in the CV 
    • How you sell your experience 
    • Showcasing what you can do 
  3. A general structure CV’s should follow
    • Which structure to follow if you are a career changer or currently in education
  4. How someone reading your CV may scan it – in an F or Z pattern
    • How to format your CV to help a recruiter/hiring manager find the information they need in your CV easily
  5. How long should a CV be? 
    • How to identify your cut-off point esp for career changers 

Session 2: How to make your CV stand out

LIVE Session: Tuesday 11th June @ 6pm (BST)

  1. What people think will make their CV stand out as opposed to how you can stand out 
  2. Dissecting each section of a CV with detailed advice:
    • The contact section at the top
    • Writing an impactful personal summary at the top 
    • Work experience
    • Technical skills
    • Projects 
    • Education 
    • Volunteering
  3. Personal branding and how it can provide great content for your CV
    • The “living CV”
  4. Linking other content such as a portfolio, GitHub profile
    • How to create an eye-catching “Personal ReadME” on Github
  5. Use of AI to write your CV

Session 3: Navigating tech job applications

LIVE Session: Tuesday 18th June @ 6pm (BST)

  1. Where to find and apply for tech jobs 
    • Hackajob, Cord, Otta etc
  2. Advice on tracking your applications
    • How and when to chase up an application you’re waiting to hear back on
  3. Should you write cover letters for your applications? 
  4. Red and green flags in job adverts 
  5. Should you apply directly? Or go via a recruiter? 

Session 4: Smashing your interview

LIVE Session: Tuesday 25th June @ 6pm (BST)

  1. How to use a brag document and how to use this to help you with writing your CV
  2. How to navigate the conversation around salary
    • What to do if you have to input current/desired salary on a job application
    • What to do if there is no salary in the advert- when should you ask about it and what is the best way to approach
    • What to do if the recruiter asks you about your current salary/expectations in the recruiter call 
    • Places to gather market knowledge on salaries to benchmark what you should ask for
  3. Dealing with setbacks and failure in the application/interview process 
  4. How to protect your mental wellbeing and peace during a job hunt 
  5. How to manage your nerves/anxiety during interviews
*LIVE* MOOC SPRINT: GET CERTIFIED (FOR FREE!)
Free and open to all CFG Members​
intro to javascript

STARTS: wednesday 5th june 2024 @ 6.00PM

JavaScript is a dynamic programming language that’s used for web development, in web applications, game development, and loads more. It allows you to implement dynamic features on web pages that cannot be done with only HTML and CSS. Our Intro to JavaScript MOOC Sprint will give all members an initial intro to key concepts and this is a fantastic starting point for anyone who is curious about coding and would like a few taster sessions to understand how it can work across tech and businesses.

Session 1: Introduction to JavaScript

LIVE Session: Wednesday 5th June @ 6pm (BST)

  1. Introduction to JavaScript
  2. Data types overview (numbers, strings, etc)
  3. Operators for data types
  4. Variables 101

Session 2: Strings, Arrays & Loops

LIVE Session: Wednesday 12th June @ 6pm (BST)

  1. String concatenation
  2. Introduction to array data structure
  3. Loop introduction – a brief look at loops

Session 3: Objects and Conditional Statements

LIVE Session: Wednesday 19th June @ 6pm (BST)

  1. Conditional statements 101
  2. Creating, using and modifying objects

Session 4: Functions vs Methods

LIVE Session: Wednesday 26th June @ 6pm (BST)

  1. Functions vs methods continued
  2. Review JavaScript concepts and learnings
*LIVE* MOOC SPRINT: GET CERTIFIED (FOR FREE!)
Free and open to all CFG Members​
intro to web app security

STARTS: thursday 6th june 2024 @ 6.00PM

Session 1: Introduction to Secure Software Development/ DevSecOps 

LIVE Session: Thursday 6th June @ 6pm (BST)

  1.  Introduction to software development lifecycles
  2. Development, Security and Operations (DevSecOps) processes
  3. Secure Application Architecture

Session 2: Web App Security: Common vulnerabilities

LIVE Session: Thursday 13th June @ 6pm (BST)

  1. OWASP Top 10 2021
  2. CWE Top 25 2023
  3. Example case studies (e.g. injection, XSS,  SSRF and DOS).
  4. Managing third-party risks & dependencies

Session 3: Web App Security: Securing Apps 

LIVE Session: Thursday 20th June @ 6pm (BST)

  1. Discovering software vulnerabilities
  2. Code Reviews for Security
  3. Defending against common attacks

Session 4: API Security  

LIVE Session: Thursday 27th June @ 6pm (BST)

  1. Python Libraries 
  2. Challenge explanation
  3. Further development and Opportunities with Python
*PRE-RECORDED* MOOC SPRINT: GET CERTIFIED (FOR FREE!)
Free and open to all CFG Members​
intro to web Dev

STARTS: Monday 1st July 2024 @ 6.00PM

Where the online world dominates every aspect of our lives, having the skills to create and maintain captivating websites is more essential than ever. Whether you are a beginner looking to kickstart your web development career or an experienced professional aiming to enhance your existing skills, this course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary to build engaging websites that leave a lasting impact. With a combination of theoretical concepts, practical hands-on exercises, and interactive learning modules, you will gain an understanding of web design principles, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and more.

Session 1:  Intro to HTML

PRE-RECORDED Session: Monday 1st July @ 6pm (BST)

  1. What Is HTML?
  2. Essential HTML, Boilerplate and Syntax
  3. HTML with CSS and Javascript
  4. Coding Practice – Building the foundations of your website

Session 2: Intro to CSS

PRE-RECORDED Session: Monday 8th July @ 6pm (BST)

  1. What is CSS
  2. Basic Syntax
  3. Accessibility
  4. Coding Practice: Styling your first website and linking CSS to HTML

Session 3: Intro to JS

PRE-RECORDED Session: Monday 15th July @ 6pm (BST)

  1. What is Javascript?
  2. Data Types
  3. Variables
  4. Functions
  5. Coding Practice – Developing interactivity and linking to relative files

Session 4: JS: The DOM

PRE-RECORDED Session: Monday 22nd July @ 6pm (BST)

  1. Advanced JavaScript
  2. The DOM
  3. Coding practice: Use the DOM to change our website
*LIVE* MOOC SPRINT: GET CERTIFIED (FOR FREE!)​
Free and open to all CFG Members​
INTRO TO DEVOPS

STARTS: TUESDAY 2ND JULY 2024 @ 6.00PM

Welcome to the world of DevOps, where innovation meets collaboration, and technology transforms the way we build and deploy software! In this exciting and dynamic MOOC, we will embark on a journey to master the art of DevOps and unlock the potential of seamless integration between development and operations.

Session 1:Intro to Devops and Docker

Live Session: Tuesday 2nd July @ 6pm (BST)

  1. Agile development context
  2. DevOps Job role
  3. Getting set up with Docker

Session 2: Introduction to Docker

Live Session: Tuesday 9th July @ 6pm (BST)

  1. Docker commands
  2. Debugging
  3. Ports and port mapping
  4. Docker port commands

Session 3: Docker commands and containers

Live Session: Tuesday 16th July @ 6pm (BST)

  1. Project Overview
  2. Docker Networks
  3. Project Code

Session 4:  Dockerfile configuration and what next?

Live Session: Tuesday 23rd July @ 6pm (BST)

  1. Building a DockerFile
  2. Dockerfile commands
  3. Pushing to a repository
*LIVE* MOOC SPRINT: GET CERTIFIED (FOR FREE!)
Free and open to all CFG Members​
Git & Github

STARTS: Thursday 4th July 2024 @ 6.00PM

Are you ready to revolutionise your workflow and take your coding skills to new heights? Then our Git & GitHub MOOC is your gateway to that dream! Whether you’re a complete beginner or a programmer looking to level up, this MOOC equips you with the essential skills to navigate the exciting world of version control and code collaboration. Join us on a journey where you’ll unlock the power of version control, learn industry-standard collaboration practices, and elevate your coding game to new proficiency levels. Take advantage of this opportunity to join a vibrant community of learners and take control of your coding destiny. 

Session 1: Introduction: Git and GitHub

LIVE Session: Thursday 4th July @ 6pm (BST)

  1. What is Version Control?
  2. Basic Linux Commands
  3. Git SetUp
  4. Initialise a Local Git Repository

Session 2: Git Branches

LIVE Session: Thursday 11th July @ 6pm (BST)

  1. What is a Branch?
  2. Branching – checkout, push branch
  3. Merging Branches

Session 3: Remote Repositories

LIVE Session: Thursday 18th July @ 6pm (BST)

  1. Initialize and Push to Remote Repositories
  2. Cloning Remote Repositories
  3. Pull Requests – Fetching and Pulling
  4. Forking a Repository

Session 4: Merge Conflicts

LIVE Session: Thursday 25th July @ 6pm (BST)

  1. Merge Conflicts
  2. Rebasing ( Nice to have content for CFG Degree, but not necessary especially for MOOCs)
  3. Conclusion

MOOC SPRINT: ON DEMAND LIBRARY

Even though these live MOOC Sprints have ended, you can still catch up and access all the recorded content led by our fantastic instructors. 

Much like any role in tech, you’ll get involved in sprints to build and ship new tech features and products. Our MOOC Sprint on-demand library features quick learning courses that will give you good foundational knowledge across key tech topics, including coding languages, problem-solving and career confidence. MOOC sprints are open to all CFG members globally and are 100% free for all participants.

*Please note there is no certification on completing MOOCs from the on-demand Library. If you would like to get certified, please join our live sessions above.

AVAILABLE ON DEMAND UNTIL: 24.06.24
Free and open to all CFG Members​
INTRO TO C#

Want to unlock exciting career opportunities in software development? Join our C# MOOC and master a powerful, in-demand programming language! C# is your gateway to building modern applications, games, and web services. Our MOOC provides a structured, beginner-friendly approach, taking you from the fundamentals to practical coding skills. With expert instructors and a supportive community, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a confident C# developer.

Session 1: Introduction to C#

  1. Why C#?
  2. Setup
  3. Data Types
  4. Operators
  5. Variables
  6. Conditionals

Session 2: C# Fundamentals

  1. Functions (Methods)
  2. Working with user input
  3. Arrays
  4. Loops

Session 3:  Core Concepts I

  1. Definition of Terminologies
  2. Classes
  3. Objects

Session 4: Core Concepts II

  1. Interfaces
  2. Inheritance
  3. Extra: Lists
Available on Demand until: 17.07.24
Free and open to all CFG Members​
Assessments incl. HackerRank

Have an upcoming Tech Assessment but don’t know how to go about it? Is it your first assessment and you don’t have a clue how to practice? Look no further,  our Assessment MOOC is here! We will be taking you through the ins and outs of the interview process and the different types of assessments available so you are well-equipped. Gain experience in using HackerRank as our instructors guide you through the platform and try out some practice questions

Session 1: Intro to Assessments 

  1. Tech industry interview process
  2. Non-coding assessments
  3. Coding assessments and types

Session 2: Intro to Assessments Platforms

  1. LeetCode
  2. Codewars
  3. HackerRank
  4. HackerRank new AI features

Session 3: HackerRank: Completing assessments pt. 1

  1. How to use the platform for practice
  2. How do you get input and produce expected output
  3. How to work through a problem – Python, JavaScript, SQL (or instructors choice)

Session 4: HackerRank: Completing assessments pt. 2

  1. HackerRank for assessments
  2. HackerRank top tips for assessments
  3. Getting the most out of HackerRank
Available on Demand until: 18.07.24
Free and open to all CFG Members​
Machine Learning

Machine Learning (ML) plays an important role in the future of tech. Being able to process huge data sets, look for patterns, whilst continuously learning and improving is the essence of AI & ML. Throughout this MOOC Sprint, you’ll be exposed to key concepts to build your knowledge.

Session 1: Introduction to Machine Learning

  1. What is Machine Learning?
  2. Testing and Training Data
  3. The ML Landscape
  4. Useful Skills for the ML World

Session 2: Type of ML and Python for Machine Learning

  1. Supervised Machine Learning Overview
  2. Unsupervised Machine Learning Overview
  3. Reinforcement Machine Learning Overview
  4. Python for Machine Learning

Session 3: K-Nearest Neighbour

  1. Introduction to K-Nearest Neighbour
  2. Uses of KNN
  3. Python Implementation of KNN

Session 4: Linear Regression

  1. Introduction to Linear Regression
  2. Uses of Linear Regression
  3. Using Linear Regression with Python
  4. Introduction to Neural Networks

MOOCS

FAQS

The CFG Massive Open Online Courses come in two forms – our MOOC Sprints and our MOOC Challenges. Both are great for beginners or those with some tech knowledge and know-how! These 100% free MOOC sessions will introduce you to in-demand tech concepts, languages, and other key skills.

Our MOOC Sprints are a 1-hour session each week over four weeks and will give you a great taste of key tech topics – from UX/UI to bug fixing, languages to CVs and applications. After each session, you will need to complete a quick quiz on the topic.

These sessions are recorded and can be watched later, however, to get the most out of the sessions, we recommend attending live to take part in interactive tasks and engage with the instructors. Those who complete the MOOC Sprint within the initial time frame (usually 6 weeks) will receive a certification.

Our MOOC Challenges come after the Sprints and allow members to take part in a challenge – our mini ‘Hackathon’ to test their knowledge and skills. Both MOOC Sprints and Challenges are great for CFG members at any level – from beginner to more advanced.

Yes, our MOOCs are 100% free and sessions will introduce you to in-demand tech concepts, languages, and other key skills.

Other questions? Visit our knowledge base for more information.

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