Joint Professional Certificate First of Its Kind on EdX Platform

Dartmouth and Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT) partner to offer a Professional Certificate in C Programming with Linux, the first institutional collaboration of its kind on 

On June 19, Dartmouth College and Institut Mines-Télécom (IMT) of Paris, France will announce the launch of a new Professional Certificate program on the edX platform in C Programming with Linux. 

This Professional Certificate, jointly developed by Dartmouth and IMT, establishes a new partnership to provide novel and interactive learning tools to anyone interested in gaining an extensive foundation in C programming and Linux OS. With the skills learned in this course sequence, learners will be on their way to a career involving computer engineering or computer science. 

“Dartmouth and IMT are the first members of the EdX Consortium to offer a joint professional certificate on We are thrilled to have two expert educators, Petra Bonfert-Taylor from Thayer and Rémi Sharrock from IMT appearing together in this interactive programming certificate,” says Dartmouth College Learning Designer Mike Goudzwaard.

On June 19 at 6:30 PM (Paris) at Liberte Living Lab – 9 Rue d'Alexandrie Paris, Île-de-France,  IMT and Dartmouth will unveil this new program, which is based on the tools Codecast and Taskgrader. Codecast is a tool that revolutionizes the way computer programming tutorials can be created by providing an interactive interface in which learners can watch the instructor code and comment on their code, akin to an interactive screencast. Educators, edtech developers, and members of the engineering community are invited to attend an evening reception following the launch with Professors Rémi Sharrock and Petra Bonfert-Taylor.

Associate professor Rémi Sharrock from IMT / Télécom ParisTech and Professor Petra Bonfert-Taylor from Dartmouth will present to the Paris EdTech community the innovative learning tools developed for the seven course sequence thay makes up the Professional Certificate. Codecast and Taskgrader were developed by IMT and France ioi to aid in offering these courses. With the help of these tools, learners can begin coding within minutes without having to install anything. These new tools remove the common barriers to beginning coders and provide anyone the opportunity to write their own code.

“I teach C programming to my engineering students at Dartmouth. I’m often asked, 'Why learn to program in C and not some other language?' IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology, ranks C as one of the top programming languages of 2017 in demand by employers," says Bonfert-Taylor.

IMT is the number one group of engineering and management graduate schools in France. IMT supports innovation and business development, providing the economy with 13,660 freshly-trained engineers, managers and PhDs. IMT Faculty pioneered MOOCs in France, and this Professional Certificate enriches a current porfolio of 35 MOOCs offered in French and English.

Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world’s greatest academic institutions. Dartmouth has forged a singular identity for combining its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship in the Arts and Sciences and its four leading graduate schools—the Geisel School of Medicine, the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business.

The Professional Certificate program is offered on, the leading nonprofit online learning platform founded by Harvard and MIT. Professional Certificate programs are a series of in-demand courses designed to build or advance critical skills for a specific career. Professional Certificate programs offer a flexible, affordable solution to develop the essential skills and actionable knowledge needed for today’s top jobs. The new program, C Programming with Linux, has been endorsed by such leading global high tech companies as Nokia Bell Labs, Airbus, and Thales and begins on October 2nd. Register for the program here. 

This Professional Certificate is offered through with the support of the Mines-Telecom Foundation, the Patrick and Lina Drahi Foundation, the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, and DartmouthX.