There’s More to Sports Than Meets The Eye

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The World Cup has just ended (congrats Germany!) but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue riding the sports wave by learning about them! Here are some MOOCs to check out to learn more about the sporting world and how big events like the World Cup are put on.


Sports and Society examines all facets of how sports affect society. Drawing upon many social sciences, including anthropology, history and sociology, this class also includes guest speakers and live Google Hangouts so students can interact with the professor and notable sports people. The Coursera class starts September 1.

 

Mega Events: Inside the FIFA World Cup takes you into the world of the planning that goes into this event. The history of the event, the urban planning and logistics required, and the political and business sides are all facets explored in this class. The Canvas course started June 23 and goes until July 28.

 


IOC Athletic MOOC is a platform by the International Olympic Committee that has MOOCs aimed at helping athletes increase their performance. Sports technology, healthy eating, and athletic careers are just some of the topics covered.

 

Happy Learning!

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Canvas Courses Starting in July

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Canvas has four new courses starting in July! Check out the details below – and be sure to let us know which courses you have selected!

tech and the future

Technology and the Future This course focuses on the application of theoretical approaches to the strategic management of technology and innovation. Concepts, tools, and process will be explored through lectures, readings, team activities, and case study applications. Major topics include: The importance of technological innovation Dynamics of technological change Factors affecting technological innovation and adoption Organizational strategy and strategic management in the face of rapid technological change. Required Materials: The purchase of an e-book priced at $5.99 is required. Technology & the Future: Managing Change and Innovation in the 21st Century Author: Peter von Stackelberg Publisher: Jericho Hill Interactive Alfred NY, 14802 Available for purchase here.

 

discover your value

Discover your value This self-paced course provides participants with the opportunity to explore, assess, and document learning mastered through a variety of life experiences. You will be challenged to think holistically and critically about your skills, knowledge, and performance capabilities as they relate to college-level and professional-based learning. Participants will use social media to build personal learning networks that support collaborative learning and cooperative engagement.  For $150, you may submit your experiential learning portfolio for review at Bellevue University. If the portfolio is awarded at least one credit, you will receive two credits for completion of this course at no extra charge.

 

stats for mere mortals

Statistics in Education for Mere Mortals This short course will provide a hands-on introduction to statistics used in educational research and evaluation. Participants will learn statistical concepts, principles, and procedures by building Excel spreadsheets from scratch in a guided learning approach using short video-based tutorials. The course is designed primarily for two audiences: 1) educational professionals who would like to be more informed about how to compute basic statistics and how to use them intelligently in their work; and 2) first-year doctoral students who want a short and friendly introduction (or brush up) to basic statistics before taking full graduate-level statistics courses. However, this course would be useful to anyone who wants a good, short, hands-on, friendly introduction to the most fundamental ideas of statistics in education.

 

photo and film

Philosophy and Film (Starting July 21st) This class will engage some of the central questions surrounding the human experience through the medium of film. Film is not merely entertainment, but rather culture condensed into artistic works created to reflect both who we are and what we want to be.  Expect to enjoy thinkers such as Aristotle, Marx, and Kant; issues such as “Who am I?” “What is the good life?” and “What is the role of government?” and films such as The Hunger Games, Inception, and District 9. You will become more philosophically, cinematically, and culturally literate after taking this course.

Technology, Statistics, Self Discovery or Philosophy and Film, which of these courses will you add to your To Learn list? Be sure to upload your incredible work as the course progresses to showcase your learning and to perhaps make a new friend or study buddy via the Course Activity & Community! Happy Learning!

Canvas Courses Starting This Week

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Canvas has 6 courses that have started this week – and it’s just the right time to join! Check out these new classes below!

mastering academic research

 

Mastering Academic Research: Information Skills for Successful Students This six-week, instructor-led course leverages what you already know about finding information to help you understand bibliographic research concepts from a familiar perspective. Learn how to find, evaluate, and use library, repository, Deep Web, and government information in your own research, virtually painlessly. Instructed by Rose Petralia, MSLIS is an instruction librarian at Florida Institute of Technology’s Evans Library, where she teaches Research Sources and Systems, an undergraduate information literacy course.

 

reflective teachingTeaching Online: Reflections on Practice  Designing and facilitating online courses with a diverse student population is a challenge for new, as well as experienced online instructors. This course invites your critical reflection on the methods of online instruction; beliefs and potential bias of the online learner; policies and rules and how they align with course objectives; tone and the purpose of communication. Those new to online instruction will benefit from the practical knowledge shared in this course. Experienced online instructors and designers will both expand their exposure to new insights and focus on the details of their own practice. The unique community college perspective, with all its diversity, provides a rich backdrop and adds genuine complexity to the discussion. 

thinking like a writer

Thinking Like a Writer This course revolves around the work of revising writing, learning, and engaging with language and community. You will explore who you are as a learner as you write about yourself and your language use, as well as consider who you are as a communicator as you critique texts, persuade audiences, and collaborate with others. The skills you will practice in this course (like narration, summary, etc.) are fairly typical for writing classes at many U.S. universities; however, our course focuses on you as a writer and thinker. Recognizing specific learning and communication practices and considering ways to employ them can make you more successful in future coursework and in all communication.
 
 

technical math

 

Technical Mathematics for Industry Here’s your chance to review the fundamental processes of mathematics with emphasis on problem-solving techniques. During this five-week course, students can select individual math concepts or proceed through each of the self-paced learning modules. Topics include a review of arithmetic, introductory algebra, rudiments of analytic geometry, elementary trigonometry, introductory statistics, and basic finance. Module warm-up questions will help students identify learning deficits, which can then be addressed through the modules. This course also contextualizes math for trades, including electro-mechanical, engineering graphics, machining, and welding.

 

entrepreneurial educator

The Entrepreneurial Educator: Designing for the 21st Century Offered by Sonoma State University and taught by Dr. Paul Porter and Entrepreneur-in-Residence Mark Nelson, this course highlights the role of entrepreneurial thinking in contemporary education. Based on core modules, it covers defining features of entrepreneurialism in education, including becoming an economic unit of one, overcoming obstacles and failing forward, rethinking risk, and building alignment with business-education connections. 
 
 

FIFA

 

Mega Events: Inside the FIFA World Cup examines the World Cup, a global competition for national soccer teams held every four years. With soccer the most watched and played sport in the world, the World Cup is a global phenomenon with one billion viewers expected for the final game in Rio de Janeiro this July. This course will explore not only the sport of soccer and its organization, but the logistics and development of the event as Brazil prepares for the 2014 World Cup. Join us as we examine the many dimensions of the World Cup—history, culture, politics, business, urban planning—and learn that the FIFA World Cup is more than a game.

Which of these courses will you add to your To Learn list?  Be sure to upload your incredible work as the course progresses to showcase your learning and to perhaps make a new friend or study buddy via the Course Activity & Community!  Happy Learning!