Featuring Open Yale

open yale

Open Yale provides a selection of free and open intro courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. Their courses span the full range of liberal arts disciplines, including humanities, social sciences, and physical and biological sciences.  Each course includes a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video accompanied by such other course materials as syllabi, suggested readings, and problem sets. The lectures are available as downloadable videos, and an audio-only version is also offered. In addition, searchable transcripts of each lecture are provided.

This month we are featuring their Humanities courses:

 Humanities

Which courses will you choose?  Don’t forget to add them to your Accredible Learner’s Profile!

 

Featuring: OpenLearning

OL feature

OpenLearning offers many fantastic, self paced courses.  This month we are featuring six popular courses – leaving you with the almost impossible task of picking and choosing amongst them!  It is tempting to sign up for them all at once!

 

Personal Branding:How to build & manage your image

Offered by the very same Tom Benjamin who offered the Gamification in Education course, this course focuses on reviewing your existing and proposed brand identities.  It’s important to remember that we all have a brand identity worth projecting and protecting in this online age.  Need to promote your art or music? Need to find a job? Starting a business or organization? This class is meant for you!  Discover review processes, strategies for driving technology and something new about yourself!

Forensic Psychology 

In a second course from Dr. Tom Benjamin, this course deviates from the standard MOOC.  It is not a training course or a skills course. It is a discussion forum.  All activities are designed to create open discussion on controversial topics.  Learn more about scientific methods as applied to psychology in the legal (forensic) setting.

Please note carefully:

Those licensed to practise in related fields in their state or nation who wish to use this material for professional development are advised to contact their local registration authority regarding their policies for personal study.

 

The Great Poem Series: Unbinding Prometheus


Are you ready to discover the beauty of the written word? Prepared to have them change your outlook, your actions and your words? Truly ready to be inspired by the same words as Henry David Thoreau, Karl Marx, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela? “Poet Percy Shelley believed words could be stronger than shackles, and wrote poems intended to free mankind from their chains.  The Unbinding Prometheus MOOC investigates both what Shelley’s words have meant over time, and what his words might mean for us today.” 

This course is meant for everyone – no experience with poetry or literature needed! Discover the power of poetry – and behold the changes in yourself.

Global Entrepreneurship

Have you always wanted to be an entrepreneur?  This course allows you to not only learn the basics, but to practice them as well.  You will also make money (a requirement for successful completion of the course!)  Entrepreneurship is the art of creating value through making the world a better place for both yourself and those who get in touch with your business activities.

Guide to Starting a Successful Business


Over this 4 week course, you will gain an understanding of the essential business principles on starting a successful business. From generating business ideas, to methods of starting a business, to owning your own business to actually managing your business – you will complete lessons and activities that will help prepare you for starting your own successful business!

 

Introduction to Wine

 

Want to learn about oenology from one of the best?  Join Mr. Reuben Suresh Arthur, a certified trainer who conducts the WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) UK program. He is one of only 2 in Malaysia who has earned this designation!  By the end of the course, you will be able to select a bottle of fine wine with confidence in any location – a restaurant, a wine boutique or other liquor commission!

Over 14 modules you will learn all of the tricks from understanding the labels, to pairing the right wines and foods, to the factors that affect the taste and quality of wine.

How will you decide which course(s) to take?  Remember to update your Accredible Learner’s Profile once you’ve made up your mind!

Featuring Khan Academy

Khan Academy

Khan Academy has a goal of hanging education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. As soon as you log in, you’ll start earning badges and points for learning. The more you challenge yourself, the more bragging rights you’ll get. Check out this video to learn more about Khan Academy…

 

 

There are courses for everyone – from students in high school to professionals who have been out of school for 30+ years!  Here are some of the available courses…

Humanities

Computers

Math

Science

Business

Which courses will you choose?  Don’t forget to add them to your Accredible Learner’s Profile!

edX Courses Starting in September

edX2
EdX is bringing many new courses to you again this month, including several from Peking University (PekingX) and one from Université catholique de Louvain (LouvainX).  Topics vary from the Civil War to the War for the Greater Middle East and many subjects in between.  What courses will interest you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which ever you choose, don’t forget to update your Accredible Learner’s Profile!  Remember you can link your courses straight to your LinkedIn profile, keeping your resume current and also showing your commitment to personal and professional development.

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!

172px-Head_Platon_Glyptothek_Munich_548

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.

 

P_Science

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!

Coursera Courses Starting in September

Coursera Starting Soon

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…

 

Arts and Humanities

 

 

Business & Management

 

 

 

Health & Medicine

 

 

Science, Mathematics & Technology

 

 

Teaching & Education

 

 

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?

I can take a class in that?!

I can take a course in that

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

Codecademy

codecademy htmlHTML & CSS

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

Future Learn Featured Image (1)

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!

 

irish lives

 

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.

 

science of medicine

 

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.

 

 

 

inside cancer

 

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.

 

 

english

 

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.

 

 

psych and mental health

 

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

 

 

heart health

 

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.

 

 

 

business in society

 

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.

 

 

 

decision making

 

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.

 

 

 

regular_8b9ab5b6-4fb0-45b9-b3d6-0a126db2462e

 

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.

 

 

 

mathematical symbols

 

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.

 

 

research project

 

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.

 

 

teaching computing

 

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.

 

 

hadrian wall

 

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.

 

 

 

electrify

 

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.

 

 

basic science

 

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

 

 

shakespeare

 

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.

 

 

 

intro to journalism

 

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.

 

 

 

importance of play

 

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.

 

 

corpus linguisitics

 

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!

News & Views (Week of 8/11 – 8/17)

Lasso

News

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.