New Courses Announced by FutureLearn

Future Learn Featured Image (1)

FutureLearn has recently announced adding five new courses to their already impressive selection of courses.  The following gives you a brief introduction to each course:

Introduction to Cyber Security

Course Date: 13 October 2014

Our lives depend on online services. Gain essential cyber security knowledge and skills, to help protect your digital life.

Tackling the Global Food Crisis: Supply Chain Integrity

Course Date: 17 November 2014

The challenges for food security in tracing and detecting food contamination whether it be by accident or as a result of fraud.

Good Brain, Bad Brain: Parkinson’s Disease

Course Date: 17 November 2014

Learn the fundamentals of Parkinson’s disease; what causes it and what we can do to ameliorate the symptoms.

domino

Ageing Well: Falls

Course Date: 24 November 2014

Explore why people fall, discover practical methods to reduce the risk of falling and recognise when to seek expert help.

 

How to Read a Mind

Course Date: 01 December 2014

How do we read and model fictional minds? Introducing cognitive poetics: the application of cognitive science to literary reading.

These sound very interesting!  Let us know which you sign up for on Twitter and by updating your Learner’s Profile.

 

Introducing: Universiteplus

universiteplus

Universiteplus is an online learning platform that features quality education from leading Turkish universities aimed towards Turkish and English speaking learners.  The courses are self-paced, free, and have the opportunity to earn a certificate for a reasonable 69TL. 

As the first Turkish MOOC platform, Universiteplus has three main goals – to provide Turkey (and the world) with free, unique and vital opportunities to revolutionize education, to support the best Turkish professors by giving them a platform from which to teach, and to take advantage of international interest in regional affairs to share Turkey‘s own story. 

Keep watching for more courses, new professors and new universities participating in Universiteplus as they are on the look out for the best and brightest!

The Platform

Taught by leading Turkish professors with tenure at prestigious universities around the world, the courses consist of video lectures, projects, learning activities and final exams.  There are also forums to participate within.  Designed to work around your busy schedule, courses are self-paced and available at any time – it is easy to access on your smartphone and other devices.

 

Profiles

universiteplus pic1

Universiteplus offers a great profile page for each user.  You can share a little about yourself – your interests, where you are from, and ways in which people can contact you – such as LinkedIn.  You can easily see who is in each class by checking under Participants to contact a coursemate offsite (to follow on Twitter for example)

A Wide Selection of Courses

Universiteplus has a great assortment of courses – these are just a sampling of the courses available.  While these 3 are in English, there are many more in Turkish.  This will be exciting news for our friends in Istanbul, Samsun, and Ankara!

universiteplus course page

Career Counseling

This “Career Counseling” course will explore the basic principles and concepts involved in the career development as well as college and career decision making processes of individuals. It will focus on reconsideration of the roles & responsibilities of career counselors & clients in individual & group counseling. Participants will gain knowledge of occupational-educational information & vocational testing that is applied to the process of career counseling.

 

universiteplus entrepreneurIntroduction to Entrepreneurship

The purpose of ‘introduction to entrepreneurship’ course is to help you begin the process of developing a set of skills and competencies focused on entrepreneurial opportunity recognition, innovation, and small business management. This course is about dreaming and pursuing those entrepreneurial dreams.  This course will challenge you to think and act boldly, and to break with conventional thinking when it comes to the realities of the marketplace and your own business ideas. Introduction to entrepreneurship will equip you with basic skills and tools that will allow you to effectively pursue your entrepreneurial dreams. Entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs.

universiteplus east west

Occasionalism East and West

Philosophy, History, Islamic Studies, Religious Studies majors can take this course. Occasionalism is commonly understood as a theory that ascribes all causal power to God on the one hand and treats cause-effect relations in nature as occasions indicating the manner of divine creation on the other. This doctrine was formulated first by the Muslim scholars in the 10th century, i.e. the Ash’arites and Maturidites. It was transmitted to Europe via the works of Averroes and Moses Maimonides in the 13th century. In the 17th century, it reappeared among the Cartesian philosophers, famously in the work of Nicolas Malebranche. Many philosophers in the 17th and 18th centuries seriously took this theory into account, responded to it and to a certain extent influenced by it. In this course, we will examine wider philosophical dimensions of occasionalism both theoretically and from a historical point of view. Some questions that will be addressed are as follows: What is the relationship between occasionalism and monism (or pantheism)?

Make sure to check out the course finder to see the full selection of courses from Universiteplus – and remember to update your Accredible Learner’s Profile to reflect the new courses you’ve selected!

Introducing Filtered

filtered (1)

“Are you proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint?”

These are the words that can make even the most proficient users cringe.  No matter how good you are, you KNOW that the interviewer is about to ask for proof – either wanting results from a course or for you to take a skills test next.  Who among us has the certifications to show that we’ve learned so much since we started using Word? Some of us started back when WordPerfect was still the popular choice – and we learned by trial and (mostly) error.  To take a course has always meant napping for the first half of an expensive, stuffy, corporate training course while we waited for everyone around us to catch up.

That’s no longer the case!  

 

Meet Filtered, a learning platform that is focusing on the three most popular Microsoft Office products – Word, Excel and PowerPoint!  There is no need to wait for anyone else around you to catch up so you can start learning – before you start a course, you take a pretest that determines what you already know and filters it out, leaving you the most relevant topics to cover.  Even better, Filtered offers these courses at an affordable price – for the price of two takeout dinners for the family, you could have access to all 3 courses for 3 months.  Best yet, it only takes you a few minutes to do and then you have a personalized course designed just for you.

userDashboardMed

Once you’ve set up your program, there is a handy dashboard to track your progress as well as handy reminders sent once a week to help keep you on track!

Word

Word2013

Filtered says there is using Word and then there is using Word properly. While Word is pretty easy for most of us to use, many of us don’t know the tricks to using it right.  What’s the big deal? Well, how about gaining a few hours back into your week while increasing the quality of your output?  (Hmmm….can anyone else smell a raise in the air???).

 

word1

Their algorithm will develop a programme that is tailored to your needs.  The experts will develop a program that is just for you!  Learn the things you really need to know how to do (or do better!) and not quite so much time on the things that won’t help you (removing backgrounds from photos perhaps??).  Build practical skills quickly so you can start applying them immediately.

Excel

Excel2013_3

Want to be an Excel expert?  To be completely competent in using the most popular spreadsheet application in the world? Need to set up budgets, to do lists, CRMs or any other data intensive task? Take the quiz and get started!

Designed for all learning styles, Filtered uses many great tools to help you learn – text, imagery, video and Excel workbooks with practice exercises.  Regardless of your starting level, the way in which they use these tools will be beneficial to all.

PowerPoint

powerpoint

Known to send the most competent of business people into a panic, PowerPoint is a Must-Know for anyone who makes presentations.  PowerPoint users seldom have any formal training, having made do with what they have picked up along the way. This means the presenter may be able to make the slideshow work, but maybe not their full advantage (i.e. the slides change but don’t look so hot!).

This course helps you learn about good slide design, effective collaborations in presentations, and the practical tips for presenting that you wish your mentor/friend/spouse had shared with you BEFORE the presentation with the big boss!

 But wait! There’s more!

At least, there are more coming – courses that is!  A further eight courses are currently being developed for release later this year (don’t worry, we will be sure to let you know more upon release!).  But for now, you can look forward to learning how to better use Outlook or how to write a better business letter in the near future.

By the time you finish with the courses offered by our friends at Filtered, you will be ready to take on any project delegated to you by your boss – or be ready to impress any recruiter or employer for that new dream job you’ve had in mind!  We can’t wait to hear which courses you decide to take – remember to update your Learner’s Profile and let us know in the comments below or @accredible.

Future Learn + 4 Universities + BBC= 4 Amazing WW1 MOOCs

FLBBC featured Image

FutureLearn has announced an amazing collaboration between 4 University Partners and the BBC which gives learners a chance to learn about World War 1 in a whole new way!  The BBC has opened its archives and shared multimedia content covering various aspects of the war and each university will present a different aspect of the first World War – from Aviation to the Treaty of Paris and more.  

Why The Focus on World War One?

2014 marks the centennial year of the beginning of the First World War. The war began in the Balkans, but it soon spread to become a European conflict, and developed into a world war. It was a war of unprecedented scale and brutality, with countless casualties. It also left a poisonous legacy for the 20th century and beyond, and many of the issues that were left unresolved in 1918 would lead to another world war in 1939. 1914-1918 was a period in history that has proved provocative and culturally resonant for the last hundred years.

The BBC’s Commitment to Education and Technology

This is the first time a major public broadcaster has contributed to MOOCs, according to Future Learn.  “The BBC is committed to education and looking at how we can exploit technology to best serve audiences,” says Sinéad Rocks, Acting Controller of BBC Learning. “This is a great opportunity to explore how we can do that as part of our WW1 season, and working as a content partner with these four universities to help deliver online courses will help us establish how we can contribute to the UK remaining a world leader in online learning. MOOCs are an interesting and exciting area, and I’m looking forward to exploring what role we might play,”

Simon Nelson, CEO, FutureLearn, said: “It’s our aim at FutureLearn to connect our university partners to other great centres of culture and knowledge, so I’m delighted to see the BBC and these four universities come together to create new learning experiences. The collaboration reinforces FutureLearn’s approach to online education, which draws on experts in great storytelling and academics to produce compelling courses for learners around the world.  And it’s the learners who are the real winners here, gaining access to the unrivalled resources of one of the world’s best known broadcasters, world leading educators, and each other, around an event as significant as the World War One centenary.”

 The New Courses

logo_GBGLASGOW01

University of Glasgow – World War One: Paris 1919 – A New World Order?      (Starts 13 October)

The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 ended a Great War, but it also designed the post-war future. In 1919, world leaders assembled in Paris redrew the map of the world, partitioned and created countries, and ushered in a new era of international relations. The naivety of the peace-makers of 1919 has been justly criticised. However, in setting up a permanent ‘world organisation’, the League of Nations, they changed the management of world affairs forever…

logo_GBBIRMING02

 

University of Birmingham – World War One: Aviation Comes of Age                  (Starts 20 October)

This course will investigate how the early days of aviation gripped the imagination of the general public, galvanised industry and excited far-sighted members of the military.  Aviation evolved rapidly during World War 1 with modern and more effective aircraft soon replacing the very basic machines that took to the skies in 1914. By the end of war, air power wasn’t just being used for reconnaissance but in ways that are still recognisable today. When the war was over aviation had truly come of age with the opening of mail routes, exploration and record setting exploits.

logo_GBLEEDS01

 

University of Leeds – World War One: Changing Faces of Heroism                     (Starts 27 October)

Did the First World War make heroism meaningless or was it the conflict that gave it the most meaning?  Through discussion and analysis of art, literature, film and television, guided by our experts, you will explore the portrayals of heroism before, during and after the war. Drawing on rarely seen archive you will be curating a mini exhibition, exploring a war memorial and writing a review of a representation of war.  Together we will examine the changing faces of heroism from distant figureheads and brave warriors to the ordinary ‘Tommy’ and front-line nurses. The emergence of alternative hero figures, including anti-war campaigners and vulnerable, shell shocked soldiers, is also covered. 

ou-logo

 

The Open University – World War One: Trauma and Memory                                               (Starts 3 November)

You will study the subject of physical and mental trauma, its treatments and its representation. You will focus not only on the trauma experienced by combatants but also the effects of the First World War on civilian populations. In this three-week course, you will discover just how devastating the effects of the First World War were in terms of casualties across the many combatant nations and look in depth at the problem of ‘shell shock’ and how deeply it affected the lives of those who lived through it. You will also develop the skills to carry out your own independent research.  The war was not only experienced on the battlefield, however, and you’ll explore the many and varied ways in which civilians’ lives were affected by it, for example in the way combatant casualties affected the lives of loved ones who were left behind.

 Which courses will you add to your To Learn list?  

 

Future-learn 

Accredible-text-highres