News & Views (Week of 8/11 – 8/17)

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Learn about Udacity’s Differential Equations class, and why it’s not as daunting as many make it out to be.

The Programming Languages class from Udacity is now eligible for the full course certificate and coaching option offered by the company.

One edX MOOC’s creation spanned all the way across the globe from California to China. The edX blog has the full story of how Engineering Software as a Service CS169.1x came into fruition.

edX recently participated in OSCON, the O’Reilly Open Source Convention held each year in Portland, Oregon.

Futurelearn is giving away 20 flags to students who tell them why they deserve it. Learn more on their blog.

What is Team Accredible learning?

Make music with MOOCs! Check out these courses, offered by Coursera and Open2Study, on songwriting, history of rock, music technology and world music.

Around the World in 62 Days continues with Days 43-49. Featuring many countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, this week’s look includes Bahrain, South Korea and the Central African Republic.

Guardians of the Galaxy just came out, and with that comes Accredible’s critique of the auto-didacticism in the film. Read about how Star-Lord fends for himself when it comes to surviving in the mysterious world he lives in.

Spotlight: MRUniversity

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Tyler Cowan and Alex Tabarrok, economic professors from George Mason University, launched MRUniversity to offer education that is better, cheaper and easier to access.  Courses offered consist of multiple, short videos that allow you to watch between tasks.  Have 6 minutes to spare on the bus/train/subway?  You could watch a video and still have 30 seconds to spare!

In a neat and unusual twist, some of the content is crowd-sourced!  Students are encouraged to vote for the next lot of content or to suggest new material.  Instructors are encouraged to create a flipped economics classroom – using class time to drive discussions, explanations and interactions while the videos are watched at home as “homework”. Best of all – the courses are free!

This month we will focus on three courses offered by MRUniversity.

Everyday Economics

What role does economics play in your day-to-day life? You might be surprised to find that economics is a big part of nearly everything you do! Everyday Economics explores just that — how the “big ideas” from economics relate to everyday topics.

Even if you have never stayed awake through an entire economics class in your life, you need to watch “The Hockey Stick of Human Prosperity” Video.  In 4 mins and 54 seconds, you will have a new appreciation for economics and it’s role in the world.  Trust me – I fell asleep in every 8:30AM economics class…with these videos, I just wanted to learn more!

Economics of Media

In the Information Age, media is everywhere. This course will help you make sense of it all, providing insight into the structure of media firms, the nature of their products and how they make money.
Is media biased? Is consolidation of media companies bad for consumers? This course will address those questions as well as how the government affects the structure of media through policies such as net neutrality, copyright, TV regulation, and spectrum allocation. This course will provide a general background on the research from economists on media and journalism. There will be a lot of economics and not too much math.

The American Housing Finance System

The course is intended for people who would like a deeper understanding of the American housing finance system. The focus will be on providing necessary background knowledge rather than on evaluating specific policy proposals. Near the end of the course, participants will be encouraged to bring up policy issues and to discuss them in light of the information presented.  Special emphasis will be placed on two factors. One is mortgage analytics, which means the measurement and modeling of default risk and interest-rate risk from the standpoint of the lender. A second factor is business process and industry structure, which means describing the tasks involved in mortgage lending and characterizing the firms that perform each task.

 

There you have it – three economics courses that will keep you awake and interested this month.  Which will you sign up for?  Don’t forget to update your Learners Profile!

Around the World in 62 Days: Day 52-56

Around the World in 62 Days

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All summer we have been travelling the world, and celebrating the national and independence days of each country as they have happened.  If you have missed any of the events, you can learn more here.  This week we are jetting off to celebrate Independence Day in Afghanistan, Hungary, Estonia, Ukraine and Uruguay – this is bound to be an exciting week!

 

August 19

Afghanistan

200px-Flag_of_Afghanistan.svgAfghanistan is officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan,  a landlocked country located in Central and South Asia that is bordered by PakistanIranTurkmenistanUzbekistan, and Tajikistan, and China.  Through the ages the land has been home to various peoples and witnessed many military campaigns, notably by Alexander the Great, Arab Muslims, Genghis Khan, and in the modern-era by Western powers.  In the late 19th century, Afghanistan became a buffer state in the “Great Game” between British India and the Russian Empire.  Afghan Independence Day is celebrated in Afghanistan on 19 August to commemorate the Anglo-Afghan Treaty of 1919. The treaty granted complete independence from Britain; although Afghanistan was never a part of the British Empire. The British fought three wars with Afghanistan.

 

August 20

Hungary

Flag_of_Hungary.svgHungary is situated in the Carpathian Basin and is bordered by SlovakiaUkraine, RomaniaSerbia, Croatia,  Slovenia and Austria. On August 20th, each year since 1000 AD, Hungary has celebrated St. Stephen‘s Day, named after their first king and the day of the Foundation of Hungary and “the day of the new bread”. St. Stephen of Hungary (ca. 975 – 15 August 1038), led the country into the Christian church and established the institutions of the kingdom and the church. Celebrated with a half-hour fireworks display on the bank of the Danube in the evening, which is attended by many people on both river banks and is watched by many from the hills on the Buda side of the river.

Estonia

200px-Flag_of_Estonia.svgEstonia is a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe and is bordered by the Gulf of Finland, the Baltic Sea, Latvia, Lake Peipus and Russia.  Across the Baltic Sea lies Sweden and Finland in the north.  In March 1991 a referendum was held on the issue of independence from the USSR. This was somewhat controversial, as holding a referendum could be taken as signalling that Estonian independence would be established rather than “re”-established, but the referendum produced a strong endorsement for independence.  On 20 August 1991 the Russian 76th Guards Air Assault Division arrived in Tallinn and volunteers organized protection of Toompea and the television broadcast tower. On The Popular Front of Estonia organized a rally in Freedom Square which called for the independence of Estonia. That same day, late in the evening, the Supreme Council of Estonia, along with the leadership of the Estonian Committee agreed an “On the independence of the Estonian state and the establishment of the Constitutional Assembly”, thus proclaiming the restoration of Estonian independence.

Ukraine

Flag_of_Ukraine.svgUkraine borders RussiaBelarusPolandSlovakia, HungaryRomania, Moldova, the Black Sea and Sea of Azov.  On 19 August 1991, conservative Communist leaders of the Soviet Union tried to restore central Communist party control over the USSR. In response, the Supreme Soviet (parliament) of the Ukrainian SSR in a special Saturday session overwhelmingly approved the Act of Declaration. On 24 August, the parliament called for a referendum on support for the Declaration of Independence. In the independence referendum on 1 December 1991, the people of Ukraine expressed widespread support for the Act of Declaration of Independence, with more than 90% voting in favor, and 82% of the electorate participating. Since 1992, the 24th of August is celebrated in Ukraine as Independence Day.

August 25

Uruguay

200px-Flag_of_Uruguay.svgUruguay, officially the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, is a country in the southeastern region of South America. It is bordered by Argentina and Brazil with the Atlantic Ocean to the south and southeast.  Uruguay remained largely uninhabited until the establishment of Colonia del Sacramento, one of the oldest European settlements in the country, by the Portuguese in 1680.  In 1816 a force of 10,000 Portuguese troops invaded the Banda Oriental from Brazil; they took Montevideo in January 1817. After nearly four more years of struggle Portuguese Brazil annexed the Banda Oriental as a province under the name of “Cisplatina”. The Brazilian Empire became independent from Portugal in 1822. In response to the annexation, the Thirty-Three Orientals, led by Juan Antonio Lavalleja, declared independence on 25 August 1825 supported by the United Provinces of the Río de la Plata (present-day Argentina). This led to the 500-day-long Cisplatine War. Neither side gained the upper hand and in 1828 the Treaty of Montevideo, fostered by the United Kingdom, gave birth to Uruguay as an independent state.

 

Now that you have learned a little more about global events, consider adding one of these courses to your To Learn List:

 

An Updated Map of the Places We’ve Visited Thus Far:

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Join us next week when we visit Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Moldova and more!

Upcoming Coursera Specializations

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Want a way to get certified for a group of knowledge that represents more than a single class? Then Coursera‘s specializations might be just right for you! They are sets of MOOCs which upon completion grant you a special certificate indicating more in-depth knowledge in a subject.

  • Each specialization is made up of MOOCs from multiple universities
  • Available in 10 subjects, ranging from teacher education to CS to music
  • Cost: $29 or $49 per course plus a $49 capstone fee
  • Financial aid available

Here are the upcoming ones:

Data Science

  • 9 4-week classes and Final Capstone project
  • Topics covered include the R language, regression models, cleaning data & more
  • Taught by Johns Hopkins University
  • Next session starts Sept 1
  • Cost: $490

Systems Biology

  • 5 classes and Final Capstone project
  • Topics taught include experimental methods & network analysis in systems biology and more
  • Taught by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Next session starts Sept 2
  • Cost: $294

Cybersecurity

  • 4 classes and Final Capstone project
  • Topics include software & hardware security, usable security, and more
  • Taught by University of Maryland, College Park
  • Next session starts Sept 15
  • Cost: $245

Fundamentals of Computing

  • 3 classes and Final Capstone project
  • Topics include Python, algorithmic thinking, and more
  • Taught by Rice University
  • Next session starts Sept 15
  • Cost: $196

 

Mobile Cloud Computing with Android

  • 3 classes and Final Capstone project
  • Topics include pattern-oriented software architectures, cloud services for Android, and more
  • Taught by Rice University
  • Next session starts Sept 26
  • Cost: $196

Make music with MOOCs!

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History of Rock, Part Two

  • Offered by Coursera
  • 31 August 2014 to 12 October 2014 
  • Estimated Workload: 2-4 hours/week

This course covers rock in the US from the early 70s to early 90s, including punk and disco, the rise of MTV, heavy metal and hip hop. It is taught by John Covach, who has co-edited numerous books on the subject and also plays guitar around the US and Europe. You can also take Part One (self-paced, class already completed) here.

World Music

  • Offered by Open2Study
  • 11 August 2014 to 9 September 2014

This class helps you discover the music outside the everyday tunes heard in the media. Using basic musical elements (melody, rhythm, etc), your musical palette will be expanded. Taught by David Salisbury, a professor at James Cook University who has studied the musical traditions of West Sumatra.

Songwriting

  • Offered by Coursera
  • 13 October 2014 to 24 November 2014
  • Estimated Workload: 6-8 hours/week

This class teaches an effective yet efficient process to write songs. This isn’t Professor Pat Pattison’s first online class, and he has also written many books on songwriting. His former students include John Mayer and Gillian Welch.

Survey of Music Tech

  • Offered by Coursera
  • 6 October 2014 to 17 November 2014
  • Estimated Workload: 5-7 hours/week

In this class, you will create music using digital audio software, develop your own software, and learn about the history of music production tools. Professor Jason Freeman is also a composer and computer musician, and uses technology (mobile music, networks and others) to create collaborative musical experiences.

Tweet us which of these looks most interesting to you!

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Around the World in 62 Days: Day 43-49

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 “To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.” ~ Aldous Huxley

 

We’ve made it to days 43-49!  When we finish this week, we will have visited over 51% of all countries in the world! If you’ve missed any of our earlier journeys, you can catch up here, here, here, here, here and here!  We are in for a busy week! Hang on to your hat as we take off around the world to places like South Korea, Gabon, Indonesia and Bahrain!


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Central African Republic

200px-Flag_of_the_Central_African_Republic.svgThe Central African Republic is a landlocked country in Central Africa. It is bordered by ChadSudanSouth Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo and Cameroon. What is known today as the Central African Republic has been inhabited for thousands of years, however, the country’s current borders were established by France.  France ruled the country as a colony starting in the late 19th century until the Central African Republic gained independence in 1960.  Subsequently,  the Central African Republic was ruled by a series of autocratic leaders; by the 1990s, calls for democracy led to the first multi-party democratic elections in 1993.

 

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Pakistan

200px-Flag_of_Pakistan.svgPakistan is a sovereign country in South Asia. Pakistan has a 1,046-kilometre (650 mi) coastline along the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman, and is bordered by IndiaAfghanistan, Iran and China. It is separated from Tajikistan by Afghanistan’s narrow Wakhan Corridor in the north, and also shares a marine border with Oman. Ruled by many empires and dynasties over the centuries, it was most recently a part of the British Empire.  After a struggle for independence, Pakistan was created in 1947 as an independent nation for Muslims from the regions in the east and west of Subcontinent where there was a Muslim majority. Initially a dominion, Pakistan adopted a new constitution in 1956, becoming an Islamic republic. A civil war in 1971 resulted in the secession of East Pakistan as the new country of Bangladesh. The post-independence history of Pakistan has been characterised by periods of military rule, political instability and conflicts with neighbouring India.

 

August 15

India

200px-Flag_of_India.svgIndia, officially the Republic of India is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean, the Arabian Sea, and the Bay of Bengal, it shares land borders with PakistanChinaNepalBhutan,  Burma and Bangladesh. India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia. India was gradually annexed by and brought under the administration of the British East India Company from the early 18th century. The United Kingdom administered India directly from the mid-19th century. In 1947, India became an independent nation after a struggle for independence that was marked by non-violent resistance led by Mahatma Gandhi. Vital to India’s self-image as an independent nation was its constitution, completed in 1950, which put in place a secular and democratic republic. In the 60 years since, India has had a mixed record of successes and failures.  It has remained a democracy with civil liberties, an activist Supreme Court, and a largely independent press.

Liechtenstein

200px-Flag_of_Liechtenstein.svgLiechtenstein, is a doubly landlocked alpine country and a microstate in Central Europe, bordered by Switzerland and Austria.  With an area of just over 160 square kilometres (62 square miles), and  an estimated population of 35,000,  Liechtenstein has the highest gross domestic product per person in the world when adjusted by purchasing power parity.  Liechtenstein Day celebrates Hans-Adam II formally turning the power of making day-to-day governmental decisions over to his son, Alois Philipp Maria,  to preparing for the transition to a new generation.  The Prince hosts an open day at his castle on the 15th of August every year where guests are treated to local drinks, delicacies, and the opportunity to meet and mingle with the Princely Family itself. Later that night the castle is lit up by an elaborate projection system and a world class fireworks display and street fair goes on late into the night.

Republic of the Congo

200px-Flag_of_the_Republic_of_the_Congo.svgThe Republic of the Congo, is a country located in Central Africa, bordered by GabonCameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Angolan exclave of Cabinda.  The region was dominated by Bantu-speaking tribes, who built trade links leading into the Congo River basin. Congo-Brazzaville was formerly part of the French colony of Equatorial Africa. Upon independence in 1960, the former colony of French Congo became the Republic of the Congo. The People’s Republic of the Congo was a Marxist-Leninist single-party state from 1970 to 1991. Multi-party elections have been held since 1992, although a democratically elected government was ousted in the 1997 Republic of the Congo Civil War.

South Korea

Flag_of_South_Korea.svgSouth Korea is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. It shares land borders with North Korea, and oversea borders with China and Japan.  Korea became part of the Japanese Empire in 1910 and after its defeat in 1945, Korea was divided into Soviet and U.S. zones of occupation, with the latter becoming the Republic of Korea in 1948. Although the United Nations passed a resolution declaring the Republic to be the only lawful government of Korea, a communist regime was soon set up in the North that invaded the South in 1950, leading to the Korean War that ended de facto in 1953, with peace and prosperity settling-in thereafter.

Bahrain

200px-Flag_of_Bahrain.svgBahrain is a small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf.  Bahrain is relatively close geographically with Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Qatar.  Following a period of Arab rule, Bahrain was occupied by the Portuguese in 1521, who in turn were expelled in 1602 by Shah Abbas I of the Safavid empire. In 1783, the Bani Utbah clan captured Bahrain from the Qajars and has since been ruled by the Al Khalifa royal family, with Ahmed al Fateh as Bahrain’s first hakim.In the late 1800s, following successive treaties with the British, Bahrain became a protectorate of the United Kingdom. In 1971, Bahrain declared independence. Formerly a state, Bahrain was declared a Kingdom in 2002. Since early 2011, the country has experienced sustained protests and unrest inspired by the regional Arab Spring, particularly by the majority Shia population.

 

August 16

Dominican Republic

Flag_of_the_Dominican_Republic.svgThe Dominican Republic is a nation on the island of Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. The western three-eighths of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti. The Taíno people inhabited what is now the Dominican Republic since the 7th century. Christopher Columbus landed on the island in 1492, and it became the site of the first permanent European settlement in the Americas, namely Santo Domingo, the country’s capital and Spain’s first capital in the New World.  After three centuries of Spanish rule, with French and Haitian interludes, the country became independent in 1821. The ruler, José Núñez de Cáceres, intended that the Dominican Republic be part of the nation of Gran Colombia, but he was quickly removed by the Haitian government and “Dominican” slave revolts. Victorious in the Dominican War of Independence in 1844, Dominicans experienced mostly internal strife over the next 72 years, and also a brief return to Spanish rule. Spain controlled the Dominican Republic until 1863. The Dominicans started the war in Santiago to restore the independence from Spanish rule. On August 16, 1965, Spain ended its occupation and Dominican independence was established.

 

August 17
Gabon

Flag_of_Gabon.svgGabon, is a sovereign state on the west coast of Central Africa. Located on the equator, Gabon is bordered by Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo, and the Gulf of Guinea. The first political party to surface in the Gabonese was founded  to improve educational opportunities for the native people. The hopes for gaining freedom strengthened in 1958, when Gabon voted for autonomous status within the French community. The French authorities finally agreed to grant Gabon its sovereignty in July 1960, and a month later on August 17, 1960, the Gabonese Republic was born. Gabonese Independence Day is the celebration of the historic moment, when the independent nation of Gabon was formed. The people of Gabon commemorate this day each year with traditional dance programs, drum shows, and parades. Like many other countries the Independence Day is a national holiday in Gabon.

Indonesia

200px-Flag_of_Indonesia.svgIndonesia is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia and Oceania. The country shares land borders with Papua New GuineaEast Timor, and Malaysia. Other neighboring countries include Singapore, the Philippines, AustraliaPalau, and the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indonesian history has been influenced by foreign powers drawn to its natural resources. Muslim traders brought the now-dominant Islam, while European powers brought Christianity and fought one another to monopolize trade in the Spice Islands of Maluku during the Age of Discovery. Following three and a half centuries of Dutch colonialism, Indonesia secured its independence after World War II. The Proclamation of Indonesian Independence was read at 10.00 a.m. on Friday, August 17, 1945. The declaration marked the start of the diplomatic and armed-resistance of the Indonesian National Revolution, fighting against the forces of the Netherlands and pro-Dutch civilians, until the latter officially acknowledged Indonesia’s independence in 1949.  Indonesia’s history has since been turbulent, with challenges posed by natural disasters, corruption, separatism, a democratization process, and periods of rapid economic change.

Now that you have learned a little more about global events, consider adding one of these courses to your To Learn List:

An Updated Map of the Places We’ve Visited Thus Far:

 

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Join us next week when we head off to Afghanistan, Hungary, Estonia and more!

News & Views (Week of 8/4 – 8/10)

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This week’s MOOC news includes a profile of Gandhi, workshops, and new courses in highly unique subjects. Check it out!

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Similar to last week’s news, Udacity has opened up a few more of their classes to have the option of getting a verified certificate.

Coursera‘s blog has a fascinating infographic on the supply and demand of MOOCs and IT jobs (in Europe specifically).

Starting tomorrow, edX, Canvas, and many other MOCO providers will participate in a workshop series on MOOCs. Watch the livestream and get the schedule of events here.

Futurelearn has recently updated some of their site’s features, including messaging and notifications.

 

What is Team Accredible Learning?

Open2Study, the MOOC provider which has month-long courses on a wide variety of topics, has a few courses starting in August! From Mobile Robotics to Antarctic Science, check them out here.

One of our writers has a profile on Mahatmi Gandhi, and his self-directed learning journey. Did you know he was a poor student and more interested in sports and games as a student in school?

 

Open2Study Courses Starting Soon

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Starting on August 11th, Open2Study is bringing to you some fantastic courses!  If you’ve not yet taken the time to visit their website, then you should make it now!  From their easy to use chat forums (in and out of class!), to the ability to connect to classmates, to the awesome badges you can earn by taking part in various activities, Open2Study has a lot to offer on top of some top notch courses!  Check out these courses starting soon!

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Education & Training

 

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION - Examine the world of children from 0 to 5 years. Explore how they develop and learn in this critical stage.

BECOMING A CONFIDENT TRAINER - Become a confident trainer by developing an understanding of Adult learners and what motivates them to learn.

EDUCATION IN A CHANGING WORLD - Explore education as a social institution that’s shaped by and part of shaping a constantly changing world.

TEACHING ADULT LEARNERS - Get a grounding in facilitating a group of adult learners, in an online or face to face learning environment.

 

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Science & Technology

 

CHEMISTRY – BUILDING BLOCKS OF THE WORLD - Discover a world built by atoms, shaped by molecules and kept running with chemical reactions!

AGRICULTURE AND THE WORLD WE LIVE IN - How agriculture feeds the world: a study of farms, farmers and the challenges they face.

ASTRONOMY: DISCOVERING THE UNIVERSE - Explore the evolution of the universe, the future of astronomy & the role technology plays in new discoveries.

BASIC PHYSICS - Learn some basic principles of physics that help you understand how the world around you works.

CLIMATE CHANGE - Find out how climate change will affect us, why we should care about it, and what solutions we can employ.

CONCEPTS IN GAME DEVELOPMENT - Explore key ideas in game design, programming, architecture, game engines, player experience and game AI.

MARINE AND ANTARCTIC SCIENCE - Over 70% of our planet is ocean, and life itself evolved in the sea so come and join us on this tour of Planet Ocean!

MICROBIOLOGY AND FORENSIC SCIENCE - Explore the basics of Microbiology and Forensic Science so you can better understand the world around you.

MINING ENGINEERING - Explore the many facets of mining engineering from exploration to production and mine closure.

MOBILE ROBOTICS - Discover the world of mobile robots – how they move, how they interact with the world, and how to build them!

WATER IN A THIRSTY WORLD - This course explores the world of water management on a drying planet.

 

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Marketing & Advertising

 

BIG DATA FOR BETTER PERFORMANCE - Learn how you can predict customer demand and preferences by using the data that is all around you

ONLINE ADVERTISING - Learn more about the evolving, dynamic, and fastest growing segment of the advertising industry.

USER EXPERIENCE FOR THE WEB - Learn to create great experiences for people visiting websites, with proven tools and techniques. (Self paced, start any time!)

WRITING FOR THE WEB - Explore how writing style, web design and structure can grab the attention of and engage online readers.

 

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Business

 

PRINCIPLES OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT - Learn the basics of project management, including what a project is and how to manage one effectively.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND FAMILY BUSINESS - Discover the tools and techniques that will enable you to succeed in business.

HUMAN RESOURCES - Examine human resources from a modern perspective. This course covers all the steps from staff recruitment to retention.

INNOVATION FOR POWERFUL OUTCOMES - Acquire the ability to help make innovation happen, using a rich mix of practical approaches & robust concepts.

INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS IN ASIA - Discover business in Asia from the perspectives of culture, leadership, management and personal relationships.

INTRODUCTION TO ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE - Delve into Enterprise Architecture & gain an understanding of the tools & techniques for the design of business.

LEADERSHIP: IDENTITY, INFLUENCE AND POWER - This course examines recent research to uncover the practical actions anyone can take to be a successful leader.

SPORTS AND RECREATION MANAGEMENT - Discover the careers in sports and recreation and learn to deliver a simple client-focused session.

 

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Finance

 

DIAGNOSING THE FINANCIAL HEALTH OF A BUSINESS - Learn to assess the strength of a business and identify early warning signs of potential future problems.

FINANCIAL LITERACY - Develop your knowledge of personal finance, such as how to control, invest and protect your finances.

FINANCIAL PLANNING - Explore a career in financial planning, including working with clients and the financial planning process.

 

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Health & Medicine

 

 

FOOD, NUTRITION & YOUR HEALTH - Walk through the basics of nutrition, how eating disorders develop, and learn the benefits of various diets.

FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGY - Start learning how psychologists comprehend and study human nature and its disorders.

INTRODUCTION TO NURSING IN HEALTHCARE - Considering a career in nursing? This course will introduce you to the role of nurses in Australian healthcare.

MIDWIFERY - This midwifery course covers the history of the profession and what it means to be a midwife today.

THE HUMAN BODY AS A MACHINE - This course introduces how the human body works and how it is more than the sum of its parts

UNDERSTANDING COMMON DISEASES - Explore four common diseases and body systems: how they work, how they are treated and prevented.

 

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Management

 


NEGOTIATION AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION - Understand the theory and practice of negotiation and conflict resolution to build a practical framework.

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT - Learn the concepts, principles and practice of Emergency Management through real-world case studies

MANAGEMENT FOR A COMPETITIVE EDGE - Learn the strategies of successful managers, including leadership, teamwork and communication. (Self paced, start any time!)

STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT - Learn to proactively take control of your workplace and projects by making more strategic decisions and plans.

 

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Art & Humanities

 


THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY - Get introduced to a range of skills and concepts to broaden your understanding of contemporary photographic art.

BECOMING HUMAN: ANTHROPOLOGY - Gain an introductory understanding of evolution, including how we evolved from primates and became human.

CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE - Explore the history of China’s language and culture and its adjustment to an increasingly globalised world.

CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN OCEAN GOVERNANCE - Learn about how the world’s oceans are regulated, protected and preserved.

INDIGENOUS STUDIES: AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND - Explores Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori history, society, culture, language and demography.

SOCIOLOGY  - Sociology examines individuals in their social contexts.

THE ART OF DRAWING AND PAINTING - Learn the fundamentals of colour theory and application using a variety of media and hands on techniques.

UNDERSTANDING THE ORIGINS OF CRIME - Learn to understand criminal behaviour by looking at our evolutionary history and animal behaviour in general.

WORLD MUSIC - Discover a world of music exploring your community or family to learn how music represents cultural identity.

 

Don’t forget to add any courses you sign up for to your Accredible Learning Profile.  Share your selections in the comments below!

News & Views Roundup (Week of 7/28 – 8/6)

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Udacity has finished and released their course on Developing Android Apps! Check it out here! In addition, you can now access the coaching, projects and verified certificate that comes with the full Udacity experience when you take either their Intro to Parallel Programming, Intro to the Design of Everyday ThingsSoftware Debugging, or Interactive 3D Graphics classes.

The Coursera World Cup competition has finished and the top three countries were Singapore, Ireland and Australia. Way to go! Check out all the statistics from it.

edX recently had its first Indian business school partner join! Read about the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore’s partnership and plans with the platform here.

Swati, one of our writers, gives her tips in the Open2Study blog on how to use MOOCs to spice up your job if it’s not as exciting as you would like.

Self-directed Learning

The Coursera class on Learning How to Learn just started, and in honor of that class, Coursera’s blog has 10 Bad Rules of Studying. They include things like passive reading, not investigating solutions, trying to study while distracted, and many more.

If you learn on edX and would like to share your story, you can! Read and submit stories to the Tumblr blog edX Learner Stories.

Learn about the many ways to interact during your classes with your MOOC professors in this Iversity post.

What is Team Accredible learning?

Programming is a growing field with lots of demand for talent. As such, there’s no question as to why in the past few years more and more bootcamps and online courses emerged and have continued to do so! Check out our roundup of Treehouse‘s offerings. Starting with a 2 week free trial, these short, interactive courses are an excellent way to get your feet wet with programming.

Around the World in 62 Days continues with Days 36-42! Featuring 3 countries in South America, this week’s look at countries celebrating their independence isn’t one to miss.

Check out these three edX courses starting soon! Thermodynamics, Linux and Immunology are what’s in stock next month!

Learning to Code? Check Out These Awesome Treehouse Features!

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Learning programming skills has become commonplace and, in many cases, necessary for certain jobs.  Responding to this demand, efforts to teach a beginner to code have been popping up in different forms all over the world.  From free online tutorials to expensive boot camps cost up to $20,000, there are a myriad of options to choose from. One of the most popular such endeavors is a website called Team Treehouse that offers high-quality tutorials and workspaces for an affordable price (starting from $25/month).  If rave reviews about Treehouse’s Front-End Web Development track and teaching style aren’t enough, you can even try the platform for free for 2 weeks before deciding whether it is the right place to invest your $25. Considering the average web developer in the United States makes $81,670 and the industry is predicted to grow by at least 20% in the coming years, the investment is probably more than worth it. If you aren’t convinced yet to give Treehouse a try, check out these awesome features:

Tracks

There are 8 available tracks on Treehouse: Web Design, Front-End Web Development, Rails Development, iOS Development, Android Development, PHP Development, WordPress Development, and Starting a Business.  Each track teaches units of information including languages (like HTML5, CSS, JavaScript, Ajax, Ruby, etc.) and allows you to work through examples as you watch the tutorials.Treehouse Tracks           Treehouse Co-Founder Ryan Carson’s favorite feature within the Tracks is the Scheduler.

“Once you pick a Track, you can choose how long you’d like to take to complete the Track. We then calculate how much time you should spend on Treehouse every day and then help keep you on schedule”

 

WorkspacesTreehouse Workspaces

As you follow along with the videos, you can also code along in a workspaces window that allows you to preview your work at any time.  There is no downloading or desktop work necessary.

Forever Expanding Library

One of the best things about Treehouse is their ever-expanding library of tutorials.  Even if you get through all of the tracks, there is always new content being added to its library that you can use to improve your development skills whether you are a novice or expert. Just in the past few weeks, they have come out with several new tutorials, from Git Workshops to Android Animations.  Its candyland for an autodidact!

Forums and the Gamification of Learning

Many online learning platforms employ the use of gamification as an incentive to continue to learn, and Treehouse is no exception.  Users earn points and badges that lead to reward videos that tell fun stories and are great mini-breaks before getting started on the next track. Another one of Ryan’s favorite features falls into this category:

“…getting your answer marked as “Best answer” in the Forum. You get extra points!”

The forums not only provide a space for students to interact as they learn and help solve each other’s issues, they also play into the gamification aspect of Treehouse to inspire users to remain active. Treehouse GamificationSo after reading about all these great, ever-growing features, are you reading to become an awesome developer?  Sign up for your free trial here!

 

“With Treehouse and a little imagination, you can go anywhere…” – Author Unknown