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?

 

Upcoming Courses From Canvas, FutureLearn and iversity

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There are lots of great courses starting in August!  To give you a sampling, these are some of the courses starting soon from Canvas, FutureLearn and iversity!

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Basic Science: Understanding Numbers - Starts August 18th

This practical, hands-on course will help you to start thinking like a scientist, by using numbers to describe and understand the natural world. It might be the size of the Greenland ice sheet, the number of molecules in a raindrop, or the latest set of mind-boggling numbers about climate change basic sciencepresented in the media. No longer will you be put off by averages or percentages, and you’ll even learn to love negative numbers. You will understand and manage numbers like a scientist. The course will introduce all the main skills you’ll need to understand and communicate scientific numbers, relate them to the real world, and share your discoveries with other learners.

Study skills for international students - Starts August 18th

study skills for intl stuThis course looks at some of the key skills that international students need in order to be successful at a UK university. It is special because of the way it has been produced. Our English language and study skills teachers at INTO UEA surveyed and interviewed students who had already successfully completed a course and progressed to study at the University. We asked them about the things that they had found most challenging when they started their university programme. This course has been developed as a result of what those international students told us, as well as the experience INTO UEA colleagues have in preparing international students for university study. Over the four weeks of the course you will hear top tips from international students already studying at university in the UK. You will also hear teachers talking about the key skills that international students need to do well. Our aim is to give you the best possible chance of success in your studies. Each week there will be videos, articles, quizzes and discussions that will help you develop your study skills. At the end of each week there will be an exercise which will review what has been learned. There will also be the opportunity for you to discuss your ideas with other learners on the course. 

Medicines Adherence: Supporting Patients with their Treatment - Starts August 25th

regulating medicineIt is estimated that 30-50% of patients do not take their medicines as prescribed. So how should we, as healthcare professionals, respond? As medicines are key to the successful management of chronic conditions, underuse or non-adherence represents a lost opportunity for the health improvement for the patient as well as being a waste of valuable resources for healthcare systems. In Europe alone, the cost of poor adherence to treatment is estimated at 195,000 lives and €20 billion annually. This two week course is designed for pharmacists, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals with a role or interest in supporting patients with long-term conditions. We’ve invited a range of inspirational healthcare professionals. researchers and clinical academics from across King’s College London’s Institute of Pharmaceutical Science and the Pharmaceutical Clinical Academic Group at King’s Health Partners to contribute to this course. You will be able to immerse yourself in our engaging video material, scenarios and discussions to explore the challenges of medicines non-adherence, factors that may influence patient medicines use and approaches that can be used to effectively engage patients in patient-centred consultations about self-managing medicines.

Towards Scottish Independence? Understanding the Referendum - Starts August 25th

scottish referendumWe aim to place participants in our course at the heart of the Scottish referendum debate. Participants will engage critically (and constructively) with the arguments of both sides and with each other, whilst being informed by input from leading Edinburgh University academics. In addition to weekly live-streamed Question Hour with a panel of experts, the course provides video explanations of key issues, interactive debates and role play exercises. The course begins three weeks before the referendum and also considers afterwards the implications of the result. It is structured around six main questions: Why is Scotland having a referendum? What does ‘Yes’ mean? What does ‘No’ mean? What do Scots think? The Day After What Next? Read more about examples which will be explored in the course, and its weekly live-streamed seminars, at Alan Convery’s blog post.

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Vehicle Dynamics II: Cornering - Starts August 19th

From Bugatti Veyron to Volkswagen Bettle, from racing to passenger car: learn more about cornering and drifting and look deeper into Kamm’s circles and Kemple’s diagram.  In this second part of Vehicle Dynamics, we will illuminate the lateral dynamic aspects of vehicles. Clear and brief: the cornering of a car. In Detail: We will start with a simple single-track model and then describe the slip angle of a wheel. The slip angle results in cornering forces, which are essential for understanding lateral dynamics. After that, we will look at the dependency between longitudinal and lateral forces using Kamm’s circle and Krempel’s diagram. Then we will investigate steady state cornering, stability and the influence of different weight distributions between inner and outer side wheels of the car. The course will finish with two applications from automotive mechatronics.At the end of course understand basic principles of cornering of a car. know slip angle and cornering forces. understand the single track model. understand the steady state cornering, stability and the influence of different weight distribution between inner and outer side of the car. be able to calculate simple properties of a car.

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Hybrid Courses: Best of Both Worlds - Starts August 4th

hybrid courseAre you a Higher Ed instructor or K-12 educator? Double your impact by taking advantage of both the classroom and online environments. Explore methods to effectively combine the two formats and build a class community that engages students and supports active learning in any subject area. For educators both new and experienced.

Project Management for Business Professionals - Starts August 18th

project managemnetThis course provides an introduction to the concepts, techniques, and principles of project management. Primary emphasis will be on learning the project management process outlined in the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK Guide (Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide). Agile, extreme, and other variations of project management will be discussed and their key features related to the PMBOK Guide. Upon completion of the course students will be able to plan, schedule, budget, estimate, control, and monitor projects. In addition, they will become familiar with resource allocation, resource loading and the creation and use of GANTT and PERT charts.

Business Ethics for the Real World - Starts August 18th

business ethicsThis course is designed to provide an introduction to the subject of ethical behavior in business. The course provides an understanding of the nature of ethics, the role ethics plays in business, and the most commonly encountered ethical dilemmas in a business career. It provides practical advice on how to identify ethical dilemmas when they arise, how to get enough information to assess one’s responsibilities, how to analyze a complex ethical choice, and how to marshal one’s own resources and courage to act ethically. While the course includes some ethical theory, it is designed to be approachable by the seasoned manager, the novice businessperson, and students in business schools. No specific background or preparation is necessary. 

Which courses will you add to your To Learn list?  Let us know in the comments below!

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!