Coming to Canvas in September: Part Two

Canvas

We are heading into September with images of bright yellow school buses, new backpacks and brown bagged lunches in our heads.  The school supplies are purchased, the first day of school clothes are picked out and the kids have decided who they will sit with in the class.  Ahhh…September and Back to School…

But it’s not just the kiddies who are headed back to school!  Grab your calendar and a pencil and schedule in YOUR back to school plans for September!  Canvas has 15 new courses to choose from this month – so whether you want to study Laura Ingalls Wilder books, learn to speak conversational Spanish or discover the nuances of oil, there are lots of great options to suit you! Don’t forget to check out Coming to Canvas in September: Part One!

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Humanities

Art, Technology & Media: Digital Imaging                                                                                                              Starts Sep 8, length: 6 weeks

This course will examine the intersection of technology, culture, and the fine arts. Digital Imaging will focus on the use and manipulation of the image in print and online with a focus on image authenticity and creativity in the age of the Internet. Students will refine their use of Adobe Photoshop and learn to give and receive constructive feedback on visual artistic projects. Communication and process will be emphasized over raw skill and technique, but students can expect to see their image skills improve along with the conceptual foundations of their work. 

Cada Dia Spanish – Daily Conversations
Starts Sep 22, length: 10 weeks

Quick, what does “cada día” mean? If you know, but don’t speak Spanish, this course is for you. We are a community of learners, sharing daily, practical conversations with each other. Native Spanish speakers from Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Spain, and all over will join us and provide supportive feedback. The course offers eight modules, with simple and fun conversational activities. We ask participants to share their activities with others for feedback and further investigation. The goal is to make conversation available “cada día.” Optional Web meetings are available to share your conversational activities with native speakers.

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Exploring Her Work & Writing Life
Starts Sep 22, length: 10 weeks

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s novels have inspired generations of readers of all ages. Unlike most fiction for young readers published during the Great Depression, Wilder’s Little House books have never gone out of print. While they are uniquely American, they seem to cross cultural boundaries, and have been translated into dozens of languages, from German and French to Indonesian and Japanese. Yet Wilder’s work is also at the center of controversy. Who actually wrote the Little House series? How did Wilder’s personal life influence the direction and content of her fiction? Are the books a reliable and sensitive representation of the pioneer experience in the American West? This course is designed to explore these issues and more!

Ozarks History: Examining an American Culture
Starts Sep 8, length: 10 weeks

This is an interdisciplinary course that introduces students to the study of the Ozarks through the arts, humanities, media, and social sciences. The course will explore such issues as regional heritage, cultural adaptation, and the survival of regional and cultural identity and folkways through comparison of Ozarks people and places with other cultural groups and regions. 

The World Columbian Exposition
Starts Sep 22, length: 8 weeks

For six months, the Chicago Columbian Exposition of 1893 dazzled both Americans and the world. The largest World’s Fair to date, the Chicago Fair entertained, amazed, and edified 27 million people, introduced hundreds of new technologies and products, and left us legacies such as the carnival midway, the ferris wheel, the trade show, not to mention Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer and Wrigley Gum. This course will take a tour of all the wonders of the Fair as well as introduce students to many of the available online primary sources.

 

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Science

Introduction to Cybersecurity
Starts Sep 22, length: 8 weeks

This course provides an overview of the evolving field of cybersecurity, with an introduction to cybersecurity standards and law. Students will learn about common cyber attacks and the techniques for identifying, detecting, and defending against cybersecurity threats. They will also gain a basic understanding of personal, physical, network, web, and wireless security, as well as a foundation for more advanced study of cybersecurity.

OIL101: Fact or Friction?
Starts Sep 22, length: 6 weeks

Are you using the right type of engine oil in your vehicle? Is synthetic, conventional, or blended oil the best? Are there certain oil types that are better than others? Engine type, driving style, weather, and age of vehicle and engine are some of the important factors to consider when selecting the best oil for your vehicle. The misuse of oil can be detrimental to the life of your vehicle. There is much more to oil than meets the eye!

The Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends                                                                                                        Starts Sep 22, length: 6 weeks

Learn to think like a futurist! Futurism is not about predicting the future, but making informed decisions today that will impact future developments. The Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends MOOC offered by the School of Library and Information Science at San José State University provides the planning skills and technology trends needed to create your personal and organization’s future. Knowing who and what to watch will keep you informed on the latest technology issues and trends that will impact the future. Thank you for your interest in the Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends MOOC. The class is now full, and a wait list has been started. Please complete the form to express interest in enrolling should space become available. 

 

Once you have had a chance to make up your mind about which courses to sign up for, don’t forget to add them to your Accredible Profile!

Coming to Canvas in September: Part One

Canvas

We are heading into September with images of bright yellow school buses, new backpacks and brown bagged lunches in our heads.  The school supplies are purchased, the first day of school clothes are picked out and the kids have decided who they will sit with in the class.  Ahhh…September and Back to School…

But it’s not just the kiddies who are headed back to school!  Grab your calendar and a pencil and schedule in YOUR back to school plans for September!  Canvas has 15 new courses to choose from this month – so whether you want to learn how to design a course, find out more about Mental Health or attend a mini med school, there are lots of great options to suit you!Don’t forget to check out Coming to Canvas in September: Part Two!

 

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Education

Adventures in Innovative Learning Design and Technology
Starts Sep 2, length: 5 weeks

Explore the exciting learning technology landscape that has been created by unlimited access to information, online tools perfect for collaboration, and the rapid changing technology all around us. In this 5-week adventure, we will use connectivist and heutagogical practices to explore 1) how to be a successful learner, 2) the best strategies for collaborative learning, 3) the basics of learning design aka instructional design, and 4) current innovative models for learning design. This course is perfect for both K-12 and Higher Ed instructors. Students will have the opportunity to learn from me and each other through Google On Air Hangouts. 

Don’t Panic! The Professor’s Guide to Teaching: Course Design
Starts Sep 8, length: 4 weeks

Don’t panic! Teaching is an incredibly difficult endeavor, but its foundation is great course design, which is something you can master. Participants in this course will explore (and teach each other!) how to design interesting, engaging classes that will provide students with opportunities for truly significant learning. In this four-week journey, you will develop significant learning goals for your students, learn about and apply authentic assessment practices, examine various types of active learning exercises, and infuse strong design principles throughout the classes you teach. Although the focus will be on college course design, the principles are applicable to any level of education. Join us as we examine the foundation of one of the most important activities on Earth: teaching.

Improving Teacher and Student Relationships
Starts Sep 21, length: 6 weeks

This course will give both traditional classroom and virtual teachers resources for improving relationships and interactions with students. After reviewing research and current trends in learning and motivation theory, this course will allow teachers to think-aloud and practice with new tools within a caring community of instructors seeking to improve their classroom practices. Playlists of leveled readings, video lectures, and research-based curricular resources will assist course participants in applying their learning and getting ready for the start of a great school year. One instructor will offer the virtual teacher’s perspective, while the other will cover the traditional, brick and mortar classroom teacher’s viewpoint.

Teaching Flipped
Starts Sep 8, length: 6 weeks

Teaching Flipped gives university faculty an introduction to the ins and outs of teaching with a flipped, hybrid, or online MOOC-type classroom. The course will cover: The basics of flipped/hybrid/MOOC methods What is known and not known in the literature Where these learning methods are heading How to develop content for online (video) and for active, in-class learning Ways to think about and organize your course How to assess both students and your teaching The course is taught flipped/MOOC-style by veteran flippers and MOOCers to give you experience with the tools and learning methods that can help your students succeed in this type of learning environment.

 

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Health

Deteriorating Patient: Assessment, Recognition and Management
Starts Sep 22, length: 5 week

This course is aimed at health care workers in the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK who need to understand how to recognise and intervene with a patient whose physical condition deteriorates. There is an expectation that course participants will have an understanding of how health and social care is delivered in the UK, and a reasonable knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the various workers found in NHS and social care settings. However, the material in this course will also be useful for health care workers in other countries, as well as service users and careers. In order to meet the needs of this potentially wide range of participants, the materials are organised into “universal” and “advanced” levels. 

Mini Medical School
Starts Sep 8, length: 8 weeks

This course is based on the long-running University of Colorado Mini Med School, founded in 1989, which was the first of its kind. It introduces the exciting basic science that underlies modern medicine, and shows how we use that knowledge to understand medicine today. The course is designed for the general public, including high school students, who are interested in learning more about how the body works. We want to help people take a more active role in their own wellness, and talk effectively with their healthcare providers. Many who have attended the live Mini Medical School in Colorado have gone on to careers in the health care professions. Mini Medical School will last eight weeks, with different topics discussed each week, including anatomy, physiology, cell biology, molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, neurobiology, and cancer biology. These topics are taught in the first years of medical school. 

What Matters: Understanding Mental Health
Starts Sep 22, length: 5 weeks

This course is aimed at health care workers in the National Health Service (NHS) here in the UK. There is an expectation that course participants will have an understanding of how health and social care is delivered in the UK, and a reasonable knowledge of the roles and responsibilities of the various workers found in NHS and social care settings. However, the material in this course will also be useful for health care workers in other countries, as well as service users and carers. In order to meet the needs of this potentially wide range of participants, the materials are organised into “universal” and “advanced” levels. The learning and teaching materials are supported by a drama that unfolds over six episodes, and follows the journey of Mrs. Carol Price as she becomes ill but goes on to recover. 

 

Once you have had a chance to make up your mind about which courses to sign up for, don’t forget to add them to your Accredible Profile!

Coursera Courses Starting in September

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Once again, Coursera is bringing you hundreds of courses this month!  Introduction to FInancial Accounting and Introduction to Operations Management, brought to you by Wharton, are back this month – these courses are key for anyone trying to create their own DIY MBA.   Check out these great courses that run in September…

 

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Which did you choose?  Have you updated your Accredible Learner’s Profile?  If not, why not take a minute to update and while you are at it, consider updating your other courses by uploading your recent work?

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MOOCs offer a remarkable variety of classes, sometimes in subjects not typically taught in traditional university settings. Here are four upcoming classes that are outside the box.

Applying to US Universities

Offered by Coursera and taught by a professor at Penn, this class is meant to help anyone, but specifically non-American and non-English speaking students, navigate the non-standard application process for American colleges and universities.

  • Started August 3, goes through August 31
  • Estimated workload: 3-6 hours/week

Managing Fashion and Luxury Companies

Taught by two management professors at the Università Bocconi, this class teaches you market drivers, business models and brand management strategies by using case-studies. 

  • Starts October 3, goes through November 7
  • Estimated workload: 3-4 hours/week

Curanderismo: Traditional Medicine

This class is taught by a published author and self-taught expert in the folk healing tradition of the Southwest US and Mexico. Discussing the effectiveness of these traditional methods as well as the specific healing methods.

  • Starts August 18, goes through October 13
  • Estimated Workload: 10-12 hours/week

Understanding Numbers

So you think you know numbers? Well this class will stretch how you think about numbers and start thinking like a scientist. Learn how to relate numbers to the real world and describe the world, as well as communicate your findings.

  • Starts August 18, goes through September 14
  • Estimated Workload: 3 hours/week

Spotlight on Codecademy

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This course is offered through Codecademy — you can add it to your Accredible profile to organize your learning, find others learning the same thing and to showcase evidence of your learning on your CV with Accredible’s export features.

Course Date: Anytime (self-paced)
Price: free

Syllabus

Introduction to HTML

  • HTML Basics
  • Fundamentals of HTML
  • Build Your Own Webpage - Now that you know HTML, you can create your very own webpage. Let’s get started!

HTML Structure: Using Lists

  • HTML Basics II - Now that you know how to build a webpage, let’s learn how to make it look a little nicer. You can add lists, change fonts, and more!
  • Social Networking Profile - It’s hard to believe, but you now know enough HTML to create your own basic social networking profile! Let’s get started.

HTML Structure: Tables, Divs, and Spans

  • HTML Basics III - Paragraphs and lists are great, but sometimes you want to lay your webpage out in a more complex way. Enter tables, divs, and spans!
  • Clickable Photo Page - Have you ever wanted to make a photo album or collection of images like the ones you’ve seen on Facebook or Pinterest? All it takes is a table.

Introduction to CSS

  • CSS: An Overview - CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) are what give your HTML pages their beautiful appearance. You’ve got the HTML structure down pat—now it’s time to make your website look great!
  • Design a Button for Your Website - Now that you know some CSS, you can style great-looking buttons for your webpages.

CSS Classes and IDs

  • CSS Selectors - You’ve learned a bit about CSS—now it’s time to dive into the details of selectors, including multiple selectors, universal selectors, and class and ID selectors.
  • Sorting Your Friends - You’ve probably got a lot of friends on social networking sites, but they’re not all your friends: you’ve probably got acquaintances, family members, coworkers, classmates, and so on. Let’s sort them with CSS!

CSS Element Positioning

  • CSS Positioning - Now that you know exactly how to style any HTML element you want, it’s time to learn how to place them exactly where you want them to appear on the page.
  • Build a Resume - Ready to (wait for it)… reposition yourself?

This is a beginner level course and takes about 7 hours to complete.  If you are like me and know just enough to get yourself into trouble, this is the course for you!  Learning, coding and testing in the same screen is a great feature that makes it easier to understand and remember.

Don’t forget to update your Learner’s Profile when you add this (or any other) course.  Did you sign up?  How did you do?  Let us know in the comments below.

FutureLearn Courses Starting in September

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FutureLearn has several new courses starting in September – there is something for everyone from literature to business, from science to history and from computers to medicine…and several things in between!  Check these out!

 

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Irish Lives in War and Revolution: Exploring Ireland’s History 1912-1923

Starts: Sep 1 Length: 6 weeks

Explore the lives of men, women and children living through war and revolution and social changes that made modern Ireland.

 

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The Science of Medicines

Starts: Sep 1 Length: 6 weeks

Learn the science behind how and why medicines work, and what can improve the patient treatment experience.

 

 

 

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Inside Cancer: How Genes Influence Cancer Development

Starts: Sep 1 Length: 6 weeks

An ideal introduction for those interested in understanding how genetics influences the development and spread of cancer.

 

 

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Exploring English: language and culture

Starts: Sep 1 Length: 6 weeks

This course for learners of English looks at British culture and examines English in use to help you improve your language skills.

 

 

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Psychology and Mental Health: Beyond Nature and Nurture

Starts: Sep 8 Length: 6 weeks

How a psychological understanding of our emotions and behaviour can give us new ways to improve mental health and well-being

 

 

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Heart health: A beginner’s guide to cardiovascular disease

Starts: Sep 8 Length: 4 weeks

Learn more about how your heart works, the causes of heart disease and what you can do to keep your heart healthy.

 

 

 

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Discovering Business in Society

Starts: Sep 8 Length: 8 weeks

Discover how businesses function and interact with the wider socio-economic environment. In association with ACCA.

 

 

 

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Decision Making in a Complex and Uncertain World

Starts: Sep 15 Length: 6 weeks

This course will teach you the first principles of complexity, uncertainty and how to make decisions in a complex world.

 

 

 

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Innovation: the key to business success

Starts: Sep 15 Length: 3 weeks

If you are interested in commercial innovation, how innovations emerge and, how ideas become reality this course is for you.

 

 

 

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Getting a grip on mathematical symbolism

Starts: Sep 15 Length: 3 weeks

Want to be an engineer or scientist? Lack mathematical confidence? Learn to think mathematically and explore essential concepts.

 

 

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Developing your research project

Starts: Sep 15 Length: 8 weeks

Undertaking an Extended Project Qualification, IB extended essay or any other scholarly research? This guides you step-by-step.

 

 

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Teaching computing: part 1

Starts: Sep 22 Length: 4 weeks

This two-part course is for primary and secondary school teachers who are preparing to tackle the new computing curriculum.

 

 

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Hadrian’s Wall: Life on the Roman Frontier

Starts: Sep 22 Length: 6 weeks

Explore the archaeology of the most heavily fortified frontier in the Roman Empire, its people and their lives.

 

 

 

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Electrify: An Introduction to Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Starts: Sep 22 Length: 6 weeks

How do we move things with electricity? How do the parts inside your computer work? Find out in Electrify.

 

 

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Basic Science: Understanding Experiments

Starts Sep 22 length: 4 weeks

This hands-on course introduces you to science-based skills through simple and exciting physics, chemistry and biology experiments

 

 

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Shakespeare and his World

Starts: Sep 29 Length: 10 weeks

Together with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Professor Jonathan Bate explores Shakespeare, his works and the world he lived in.

 

 

 

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Introduction to Journalism

Starts: Sep 29 Length: 6 weeks

Together with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Professor Jonathan Bate explores Shakespeare, his works and the world he lived in.

 

 

 

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Exploring Play: The Importance of Play in Everyday Life

Starts: Sep 29 Length: 7 weeks

Understanding the nature and value of play through the course of our lives, across cultures and communities.

 

 

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Corpus linguistics: method, analysis, interpretation

Starts: Sep 29 Length: 8 weeks

Offers practical introduction to the methodology of corpus linguistics for researchers in social sciences and humanities

 

 

 

With so many great courses to choose from, how will you ever decide?  Whatever you choose, make sure to update your Learning Profile today!

NovoED Courses Starting in September

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NovoED is offering some amazing courses this month!  From global history, to powerful storytelling, to how to run your start-up as a CEO!  Unless otherwise noted, the courses listed below are free.  Keep reading to discover more!

 

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Global History Lab, Part 1
Starts Sep 2, length: 7 weeks

This course will give you a perspective on the multiple historical pathways to our present. Part 1 begins in 1300 AD at the height of the Silk Road, the triumphs of the Mongol Empire, and the spread of one of the most devastating contagions of all time, the Black Death. It examines the emergence of an international system of competitive empires and their effects on trade and exchange. The course will conclude in the middle of the 19th century, at the end of the Age of Revolution. The course themes include economic integration, warfare and conflict, the transformation of the ecological balance, and cultural responses and innovations. To grapple with these themes, we explore first-hand perspectives of historical actors through a collection of texts and images.

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Storytelling for Change
Starts: Sep 3, length: 6 weeks

Acumen and The Ariel Group have created this hands-on course to help you develop your practical skills as a storyteller. Whether you work in an office making presentations in the boardroom, as a teacher with 30 to 300 students, interacting with customers, or one-on-one with individuals, using the elements of story bring you closer to your audience. Using stories makes your messages memorable, gives your audience something to relate to, and above all captures their attention, motivating and inspiring them in new ways. A story taps into more than one element of communicating. Great storytellers are great communicators and effective leaders. Acumen believes that storytelling is an essential tool for changing the way the world tackles poverty because it starts with changing conversations around what we see, hear, feel and know to be true. Change leaders see the world’s potential, and tell powerful stories that inspire action.

 

Scaling Up Your Venture Without Screwing Up
Starts: Sep 15, length: 4 weeks

The success of every venture depends on scaling: on sustaining and enhancing its effectiveness as it adds more employees, customers, and locations. The problem, however, is that scaling comes with inherent risk. Even the best founders and teams face setbacks, make mistakes, and must muddle through stretches of confusion and uncertainty.  In this course, you will learn the principles that will help you scale up your venture without screwing up. You’ll address questions that cut to the heart of the scaling challenge: How can you avoid the illusion, impatience, and incompetence that are hallmarks for botched scaling efforts? What should your strategy be? Should you be more “Catholic” and replicate one model as you grow? Or should you take a more “Buddhist” approach and encourage local customization as your footprint expands? How can you avoid cognitive overload on yourself and those you lead, while at the same time, add necessary complexity as your team and organizations grows?

 

Decision Skills: Power Tools to Build Your Life                                                                                 Starts:  15 Sep, Length: 7 weeks

Have you ever faced a decision you really struggled over, but just couldn’t find your way? Imagine you had been given a set of tools, so you were confident of making the best choice you could make. This course provides a path to developing those decision skills and improving your life. Good decision-making is an essential life skill most people acquire through trial and error. Few have had the benefit of formal training in decision making or are aware of decision science. This course demonstrates how a framework to help us make better decisions, decision quality, can help overcome common mistakes humans fall into, decision traps. The principles and practice of decision quality have been successfully applied in business, medicine, and engineering. Through our work with teachers, schools, and students, we have witnessed the tremendous value this material brings through helping individuals and groups resolve their toughest dilemmas.

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Design Thinking for Innovative Problem Solving: A Step by Step Project Course                                  Starts: 15 Sep, Length: 8 weeks Cost: $349.00

Design thinking is one of the hottest trends in organizations today. This customer/stakeholder-driven problem-solving method uses a structured and systematic process to identify and explore innovation opportunities. This 8-week course will teach you how to exploit design thinking’s potential to merge creative right brain capabilities with data-driven approaches to solve your most challenging problems. In this interactive course, you’ll be guided through a 15-step problem-solving process using design methodologies and innovation tools. Throughout the eight weeks, you’ll apply each of these 15 steps to solve a challenge you’ve personally selected. Engaging videos and readings are supplemented by interesting, real-life stories that provide detailed examples of design thinking in action in organizations both large and small, in both the profit and social sectors. Community forums and peer feedback at milestone points will help you to ensure that you’ve developed a range of innovative solutions to your challenge.   

 

Startup CEO
Starts: Sep 15, length: 8 weeks Cost: $199

Improve Your Management and Leadership Skills Quickly Instead of learning from the school of hard knocks, let experienced startup founders guide you to being a successful first-time CEO. In addition to explaining the most critical responsibilities of a startup CEO, Matt Blumberg, Founder/CEO of Return Path and author of Startup CEO and Clint Korver, successful serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and Stanford University adjunct professor, will provide you with an operating system that will help increase the chances of your startup’s success, while saving you time and reducing stress. You’ll learn how systems thinking can help you build and scale a successful company. Many first-time CEOs focus on problem solving. However, encountering a problem, solving it and moving on to the next one is inherently limited and frustrating. Building a scalable business requires designing and implementing systems that prevent problems or at least make them easier to solve. You will have the unique opportunity to directly engage Matt Blumberg and other celebrated entrepreneurs in live chats held weekly during the seven week course, where you can ask your startup questions. You’ll also learn from fellow online students—startup CEOs from around the world— helping you to build your network and gain a broader perspective on your company’s strengths and weaknesses.

 

Venture Deals
Starts: Sep 29, length: 6 weeks Cost: $199

This course demystifies venture capital deals and startup financing to give both first-time and experienced entrepreneurs a definitive guide to secure funding. Taught by renowned venture capitalists Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson, partners at the Foundry Group and authors of Venture Deals, the course reveals the secrets behind how venture financings really work. Feld, a well-known speaker and author of several books in the Startup Revolution series, began financing technology startups in the early 1990s, first as an angel and later as an institutional investor. In the class forums, you will have exclusive opportunities to ask Brad Feld detailed questions about specific investment strategies. In addition, you can engage Feld and other celebrated investors in live chats held weekly during the six week course. You will be making connections and collaborating with an international network of entrepreneurs and classmates, learning strategies that will help you take your pitch or deal to the next level. Whether you’re looking for financing for your venture, or looking to fund an entrepreneur, you’ll get smarter about the process by taking Venture Deals.

 

With so many great courses starting in September, however will you choose?  Whichever you decide to take, remember to update your Accredible Learning Profile.

New Courses From Complexity Explorer and Stanford Online in September

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September brings many new courses to choose from.  Here are a few from Stanford Online and Complexity Explorer!

 

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Changing the global course of learning
Starts: Sep 2, length: 14 weeks)

Open source, open science, open data, open access, open education, open learning — this free, online course provides an introduction to the important concept of openness from a variety of perspectives, including education, publishing, librarianship, economics, politics, and more, and asks you to discover what it means to you. Open Knowledge is international and multi-institutional, bringing together instructors and students from Canada, Ghana, Mexico, the United States, and the rest of the world. It will challenge you to take control of your own learning, to determine your own personal learning objectives, to contribute to the development of the curriculum, to reflect on your progress, to learn new digital skills, and to take a leadership role in the virtual classroom. It will also provide you with the opportunity to connect with colleagues from different countries and professions, and to better understand areas where your interests overlap and where unexpected distinctions exist.

 

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Mathematics for Complex Systems
Starts: Sep 29, length: 9 weeks

This course covers several mathematical techniques that are frequently used in complex systems science. The techniques are covered in independent units, taught by different instructors. Each unit has its own prerequisites. Note that this course is meant to introduce students to various important techniques and to provide illustrations of their application in complex systems. A given unit is not meant to offer complete coverage of its topic or substitute for an entire course on that topic.

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Introduction to Complexity (Fall, 2014)
Starts: Sep 29,  length: 11 weeks

In this re-offering of our popular introductory course, you’ll learn about the tools used by scientists to understand complex systems. The topics you’ll learn about include dynamics, chaos, fractals, information theory, self-organization, agent-based modeling, and networks. You’ll also get a sense of how these topics fit together to help explain how complexity arises and evolves in nature, society, and technology. There are no prerequisites. You don’t need a science or math background to take this introductory course; it simply requires an interest in the field and the willingness to participate in a hands-on approach to the subject.

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Nonlinear Dynamics: Mathematical and Computational Approaches
Starts: Sep 29, Length 6 Weeks

This course provides a broad introduction to the field of nonlinear dynamics, focusing both on the mathematics and the computational tools that are so important in the study of chaotic systems. The course is aimed at students who have had at least one semester of college-level calculus and physics, and who can program in at least one high-level language.

With so many great courses starting in September, however will you choose?  Whichever you decide to take, remember to update your Accredible Learning Profile.

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!