I'm a Chinese freshman majoring in statistics. It's not me, but my classmates who are suffering from poor teaching in their Python course. They have no prior programming experience, so they aren't aware of their instructor's mistakes, but I think this must be stopped.
Let me show you this instructor's unprofessionalism:
She teaches the students Python by playing videos to them, which show her giving lessons to the seniors. Actually, she didn't say more than several sentences during a four-hour class. If one can learn Python simply by watching videos, why should one bother to come to the classroom? Students need face-to-face teaching! Also, I guess her video tutorial can't be the best one among all those online resources.
The students don't have time to practice in class, because their precious class time is used to watch pre-recorded videos.
Here is some of her code:
s=input("s:") patten="0123456789" for x in s: if x not in patten: print('非全数字')
While it's merely an incomplete code snippet, I suppose the misspelling of "pattern", the existence of
string.digits, and the mix using of
"is enough to demonstrate her ignorance of good coding.
s=[11,22,33,44,55,26,47,88,12,19] a= for i in s: if i%2 != 0: a.append(i) else: continue print(a)
Yes, this works, but it's definitely not pythonic, and my classmates are learning Python, not "C/C++/Java programming in Python". If I were the instructor, I would teach them list comprehension.
In fact, she is the chief editor of the textbook being used, and that textbook is also unprofessional in my opinion. For example, it opens a file using
f=open(...), rather than
with open(...) as f:.
She never ends the class on time. The class is scheduled to end at 11:30AM, but usually the "hardworking" instructor ends the class at around 12:00pm. Probably this is because her videos can't convey much information in 3.5 hours.
My question is: what can I do to help the students? I think Python programming skills are very important to statistics students, and my classmates deserve a better instructor. I didn't take that class, so I don't mind it if I do something that may anger their instructor, because she can't give me a failing grade.
My fellow students think this instructor is "not that bad", presumably due to their lack of programming experience, and thus are reluctant to make a change.