Coursera Courses Starting in October

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Once again Coursera has offered a wide array of courses.  Listed below are a sampling of the courses presented in English – with more available in other languages!  Whether you are looking for an education, business, science or social course, there is something for everyone!

 

October 1st – 4th

October 5th – 11th

October 12th – 18th

 

October 19th – 25th

 

 

October 26th – 31st

 

Whichever courses you opt to take, please remember to update them to your Accredible Learner’s Profile and to upload your supporting material as you work through the course!

If you are having trouble choosing, the Introduction to Marketing course is relevant to everyone who makes purchases – you can understand why you impulsively pick up certain items, why shampoo shelves are lined the way they are and why different colours effect your mood – among many other interesting topics (like being product or customer centric – would share more, but we can’t give the entire course away!).

FutureLearn Courses Starting in October

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Our friends at FutureLearn have once again delivered a wide assortment of courses for you this month.  There is something for everyone – from the Writer to the Sports Enthusiast to the budding Developer or Marketer. Check out these great options:

How to Succeed at: Writing Applications

Course Date: 06 October 2014

This course will help you to write successful applications, whether you are applying for jobs or planning to study at university or college. Over the three weeks, we’ll look at different parts of the application process. We’ll help you to understand the skills you have gained through work experience and your studies and show you how you can match them to job advertisements or course requirements. We’ll share top tips with you to help you write exceptional applications, CVs (or résumés), covering letters and personal statements and provide insight from employers and admissions tutors on what they look for in candidates.

Data to Insight: An Introduction to Data Analysis

Course Date: 06 October 2014

Organisations around the world are collecting more data than ever. They are talking about big data, data science, business intelligence, analytics, data mining and data visualisation, and there’s an urgent need for people with the data skills to understand, interpret and communicate this information. It’s all about using statistical data to predict behaviours and extract insights about the real world. From businesses, governments and service organisations to researchers, data has become everybody’s business. Data to Insight provides an introduction to statistical data analysis for those new to the subject as well as those wanting a reminder and a fresh perspective. The course focuses on data exploration and discovery, showing you what to look for in statistical data, however large it may be. We’ll also teach you some of the limitations of data and what you can do to avoid being misled.

Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds: Maritime Archaeology

Course Date: 06 October 2014

People have explored and depended on the oceans of our planet for millennia. During that time the geography of our world has changed radically as coastal regions have flooded and islands have risen up, or been lost beneath the waves. With 70% of the world’s surface covered by water, an unparalleled, yet largely untouched record of human life has been left beneath the sea for us to discover, from our earliest ancestors right through to present day. Over the length of this ‘Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds’ course we will learn about maritime archaeology together – exploring underwater landscapes from the ancient Mediterranean to the prehistoric North Sea, and consider Shipwrecks from the Indian Ocean to the Pacific coast of the Americas.

Web science: how the web is changing the world

Course Date: 06 October 2014

You may be an avid user of the Web but this introductory course in Web Science will help you to understand the Web as a both social system and a technical system: a global information infrastructure built from the interactions of people and technologies.  We will examine the origins and evolution of the Web, and consider key questions of Security, Democracy, Networks and Economy from both computational and social science perspectives. By following this course, you will have a greater understanding of the Web and begin to develop skills for the digital era – skills that are useful for everyday life and widely sought by the technology driven employers of today.

A beginner’s guide to writing in English for university study

Course Date: 06 October 2014

If you’re interested in studying at university or college in an English-speaking country, you’ll need to learn how to write using academic English. Academic writing can be very different from other types of English writing you may have done in the past. We have developed this course to help you learn the basics of academic writing and develop your English skills for study in the UK, US, Australia or other countries where English is used. This course will provide you with a brief introduction to academic writing, enabling you to gain an awareness and understanding of some key features of this kind of writing. You will develop some proficiency in a few key areas of ‘academic’ grammar, learn about the stages in essay writing, and produce an essay of your own. We will teach you how to organise an essay, use academic writing style and cover key areas of grammar, so that by the end of the course you are able to write a good, basic academic essay.

Discover dentistry

Course Date: 13 October 2014

An entertaining and illuminating course for everyone to explore the impact dentistry has on our lives.

World War 1: Paris 1919 – A New World Order?

Course Date: 13 October 2014

The Paris Peace Conference of 1919 ended a Great War, but it also designed the post-war future. In 1919, world leaders assembled in Paris redrew the map of the world, partitioned and created countries, and ushered in a new era of international relations. The naivety of the peace-makers of 1919 has been justly criticised. However, in setting up a permanent ‘world organisation’, the League of Nations, they changed the management of world affairs forever…

Preparing for Uni

Course Date: 13 October 2014

Higher education is about learning at a higher level: developing skills relating to critical thinking; holding a supported, substantive argument; analysing and using data or sources critically. These are university-level skills but you can work on the foundations of these skills before you get there. Such skills will also help in assessments such as A-levels and extended project work. They are also attributes that employers value in graduates. In this course you will explore some key skills needed for success at university.

The Mind is Flat: the Shocking Shallowness of Human Psychology

Course Date: 13 October 2014

What are the forces shaping human behaviour? How do we think and decide? What are the origins of human rationality and irrationality? Our everyday conception of how our minds work is profoundly misleading. We are victims of an ‘illusion of mental depth’ – we imagine that our thoughts and behaviours arise from hidden motives and beliefs and that we can understand ourselves by somehow uncovering these hidden forces, whether through therapy, lab experiments or brain scanning. This course will show you that the very idea of these ‘mental depths’ is an illusion. When this is stripped away, our understanding not only of minds, but also morality, markets and society is transformed.

Digital Marketing: Challenges and Insights

Course Date: 13 October 2014

This short course introduces you to exciting new concepts and applications of digital marketing. It takes an informal “story telling” approach, encouraging you to share your own stories as consumers and/or marketers for the benefit of the learner group as a whole. What will I learn and how might this benefit me? We will focus on emerging trends in digital culture and online consumer behaviour, data analytics and privacy. Throughout the course, we examine the implications of these developments for both marketers and consumers.

Introduction to Cyber Security

Course Date: 13 October 2014

Our lives depend on online services. Gain essential cyber security knowledge and skills, to help protect your digital life.

World War 1: Aviation Comes of Age

Course Date: 20 October 2014

This course will investigate how the early days of aviation gripped the imagination of the general public, galvanised industry and excited far-sighted members of the military. Aviation evolved rapidly during World War 1 with modern and more effective aircraft soon replacing the very basic machines that took to the skies in 1914. By the end of war, air power wasn’t just being used for reconnaissance but in ways that are still recognisable today. When the war was over aviation had truly come of age with the opening of mail routes, exploration and record setting exploits.

The Secret Power of Brands

Course Date: 20 October 2014

Brands are the most potent commercial and cultural force on the planet. Think about McDonald’s, Apple, Manchester United, Tate, Harry Potter, Google.  If you’re starting out on a career in branding, or if you work in a related area – like strategy, marketing, innovation or organisational development – or even if you just have an interest in branding then this course is for you. You’ll learn directly from practitioners at companies like Virgin and Google, and watch brand experts in action. You’ll get a rich mixture of powerful theory and practical tools. With branding changing so rapidly, you’ll get the very latest insights and methods from the converging worlds of technology, design and brand.

Innovation and Enterprise

Course Date: 20 October 2014

Introducing something new or innovating is easy in theory but hard in practice. New ideas can be plentiful, but selecting the best ideas and implementing them can be challenging. Managing the innovation process is neither a scientific process nor a black art. In addition to detailed research and planning, its success is influenced by human factors and, of course, luck!  In order to make sense of this complex topic, we have created a model for the innovation process and its management. The course will describe the PROCESS; the way the innovation pathway works from creation of new ideas to their selection and implementation.

Football: More Than A Game

Course Date: 20 October 2014

Football is often called the people’s game – it has more than 200 million viewers world wide and major tournaments such as the FIFA World Cup are viewed by the vast majority of countries around the world. This course will introduce you to the global game of football (soccer), why it is called the people’s game, how it has developed in different parts of the world and why major sporting events are important to different countries. It will cover governance, strategy, and leadership in different football settings, identify key people, players and nations and provide a behind the scenes overview of the world of football. It will look at different profiles of football fans, nations, and players in terms of fitness coaching, demographics and economics (i.e. players wages, migration patterns, levels of sponsorship and the role of positive coaching)

Begin programming: build your first mobile game

Course Date: 20 October 2014

Programming is everywhere: in dishwashers, cars and even space shuttles. This course will help you to understand how programs work and guide you through creating your own computer program – a mobile game.  Whether you’re a complete newcomer to programming, or have some basic skills, this course provides a challenging but fun way to start programming in Java. Over seven weeks we will introduce the basic constructs that are used in many programming languages and help you to put this knowledge into practice by changing the game code we have provided. You’ll have the freedom to create a game that’s unique to you, with support from the community and educators if you get stuck. You’ll learn how to create algorithms to solve problems and translate these into code, using the same tools as industry professionals worldwide.

Fairness and nature: when worlds collide

Course Date: 21 October 2014

This course is about making difficult decisions on the management of natural resources. Different people place different values on nature. For example, some see it as something we should conserve for future generations, others as a resource of financial value to be exploited. Policies about managing nature should be economically and environmentally sound, but they also need to be formulated with social fairness if they are to be sustainable. Inevitably, when there are so many different values, conflicts occur and worlds collide.

World War 1: Changing Faces of Heroism

Course Date: 27 October 2014

Did the First World War make heroism meaningless or was it the conflict that gave it the most meaning?  We’ve designed this course in partnership with the BBC to help you explore, discuss and challenge the ways in which First World War heroism has been remembered. Our experts will take you through the changing British, French and German views of heroism and discuss important similarities and differences. Through discussion and analysis of art, literature, film and television, guided by our experts, you will explore the portrayals of heroism before, during and after the war. Drawing on rarely seen archive you will be curating a mini exhibition, exploring a war memorial and writing a review of a representation of war. Together we will examine the changing faces of heroism from distant figureheads and brave warriors to the ordinary ‘Tommy’ and front-line nurses. The emergence of alternative hero figures, including anti-war campaigners and vulnerable, shell shocked soldiers, is also covered.

Liver Disease: Looking After Your Liver

Course Date: 27 October 2014

We are currently experiencing an international explosion of liver disease that continues to have enormous impact upon healthcare systems and global health. In the UK we have seen a 20% increase in deaths related to liver disease since 2000 and this pattern reflects the global situation. Contrary to expectations, this dramatic increase in liver disease is not restricted to patients who drink alcohol, and liver cancer is the third most common cause of cancer related death. Many inherited conditions and acquired infections can also cause liver disease, and liver disease as a consequence of obesity and diet is becoming especially significant.

Start Writing Fiction

Course Date: 27 October 2014

This practical, hands-on course aims to help you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating characters. You will listen to established writers talk about how they started writing and consider the rituals of writing and the importance of keeping a journal. You’ll learn how to develop your ideas and the importance of reflecting on writing and editing, and you’ll hear other writers talking about their approaches to research and consider ways of turning events into a plot.

Exploring our oceans

Course Date: 27 October 2014

The first astronauts to leave the Earth’s orbit saw our “blue planet” for the first time. But what lies in the half of our world covered by water more than two miles deep? How are our everyday lives connected to the ocean depths, and what challenges and opportunities does this previously hidden realm hold for our future? In this course you will join scientists exploring the ocean from the deepest undersea vents to the chilly waters of the Poles, going deeper, longer, and more often than ever before – and find how what we now know about the ocean depths is as amazing as the unknown that remains.

How to read your boss

Course Date: 27 October 2014

Think about the conversations you have had in your workplace over the past few months. Do you come out of business meetings wishing you had said something differently, or felt misunderstood? Do you have difficulty talking to people more senior than you? What about when talking with other colleagues? ‘How to read your boss’ introduces you to the world of business communication through linguistics.

Were you able to choose?  Shipwrecks, WWI or Dentistry? There truly was something for everyone!  Don’t forget to update your Accredible Learner’s Profile  while you are at it!

Great Courses from NovoED -Starting October 1st

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NovoEd has been busy developing these courses which are starting in October.  Check them out for yourself!

The Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics, the Next Generation Science Standards, and new English Language Proficiency Standards all include a focus on argumentation, requiring that students construct claims supported by evidence and/or reasoning. In this course, we will explore how to support all students but particularly English language learners, in engaging in this key, cross-disciplinary practice.

Liderazgo Real: liderar desde la experiencia
Oct 1

From the NovoEd site “The Course EL CURSO Todos nosotros nos desenvolvemos en organizaciones. En efecto, participamos de una familia, de un equipo de trabajo, en un club deportivo, del grupo de apoderados en el colegio de nuestros hijos. Por ello, a diario experimentamos como protagonistas o como testigos del ejercicio de la influencia, algunas de las cuales tienen objetivos bien precisos. En efecto, si consideramos al liderazgo como un proceso de influencia que alguien realiza en otras personas en pos de un objetivo ojalá compartido, estamos en presencia del ejercicio del liderazgo, el cual hay veces que cumple con lo esperado y es efectivo, esto es, cuando se cumplen los resultados y en otras, inefectivo cuando tal expectativa no es cumplida. Este curso pretende con un enfoque marcadamente experiencial entregar algunos fundamentos y herramientas conceptuales que le permitan al participante aprender y mejorar su ejercicio del liderazgo, por cuanto estamos convencidos que, en algún momento deberá hacerlo y si se prepara podrá aumentar sus posibilidades de éxito. Estamos convencidos que todos están invitados a ejercer el liderazgo ya que si bien es un proceso complejo porque depende de quien lo ejerce, sobre quien se ejerce y del contexto de la relación, ello no está supeditado a un determinado perfil de personalidad ni menos a un determinado puesto en una organización. Te invitamos a incorporarte al curso, siendo ésta, tu primera decisión como líder.”

DQ 101: Introduction to Decision Quality
Oct 9

Uncertainty and endless debate can inhibit our ability to make good decisions. Many of us squander our best opportunities to create value through better decisions. What if we could judge the quality of our decisions at the time we make them, rather than waiting for their outcome? What if we could turn uncertainty to our advantage? Decision Quality (DQ) is a practical and systematic approach that methodically breaks down barriers and improves the quality and timeliness of important decisions. 

Global History Lab, Part 2
Oct 26

This course begins with a discussion of industrialization during the 1800s, and continues with a close look at the 20th century and current-day globalization. The course themes include economic integration, warfare and conflict, the transformation of the ecological balance, and cultural responses and innovations.
Be sure to tell us which courses you choose by adding them to your Accredible Learner’s Profile.

O2S Courses Starting Soon

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Starting on September 15th, 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.

 

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!

Featuring: OpenLearning

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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!

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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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.