Verified Certificate MOOCs

www.MOOCsUniversity.org - Massively Open Online Courses ("MOOCs") are by definition open free courses by some of the world's leading universities, organizations, governments and industry experts.  Majority of the University MOOCs are the same or very similar to courses being taught on the ground at their campuses and for much higher tuition prices. Most MOOCs offer a free Certificate of Completion for those who successfully complete the MOOC. Some instructors may have some additional completion requirements for receiving the free Certificate of Completion.

For students wanting to showcase their MOOC courses and achievements to employers, schools and others, a new optional type of paid "Verified Certificate" credential that verifies that it was you who took and completed the MOOC is now available. 

The new Verified Certificate MOOCs will verify your identity through a variety of means that can include webcam, keystroke analysis, valid photo identification, and/or test centers.  Each MOOC provider can require different methods of identification in order to grant the Verified Certificate. Each MOOC’s requirements should be read closely prior to enrolling in the course because most Verified Certificate fees must be paid at the beginning of the course and are not refundable. While most of these Verified Certificate MOOCs do not yet offer credit for the price you are paying, some colleges and universities may provide additional cost-savings incentives if you continue with one of their related existing online degree programs.

The new Verified Certificate MOOCs are a critical step forward for the MOOC movement in continuing to attract larger global audiences as they create viable “affordable” credential value for the serious MOOC students.  They also represent a volume revenue opportunity and potential key piece of the sustainable business models of most MOOC providers. 

As listed below from lowest to highest, the prices of 100+ MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) Verified Certificates currently available range between $25 to $195 per certificate.   In some instances, the same University will have different prices for different MOOCs.

- Over 82% of all MOOC Verified Certificates are priced under $49.00

- The lowest priced Verified Certificate MOOC found was that of the University of California, Berkley (UC Berkeley) MOOC: Introduction to Statistics: Descriptive Statistics at $25.

- Only three MOOC Verified Certificates were priced at $100 or greater, and these were MIT’s $100(Minimum) MIT: “The Analytics Edge”; MIT’s $100 (Minimum) “Flight Vehicle Aerodynamics”, and Futurelearn/University of Warwick £119 (Approx. $195) “The mind is flat: the shocking shallowness of human psychology.”

- How are these MOOC Verified Certificates priced? No standard MOOC Verified Certificate pricing equation was found to account for the different price points found, but the majority are priced at $49 with the $39 and $50 price-points in second and third place.

 

Price      –             Link to MOOC Provider                  –             MOOC University & Description

 

$25 - https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-stat2-1x-introduction-1138 - University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley): Introduction to Statistics: Descriptive Statistics

 

$29 - https://www.coursera.org/course/teach1 - Commonwealth Education Trust: Foundations of Teaching for Learning 1: Introduction

$29 - https://www.coursera.org/course/teach4 - Commonwealth Education Trust: Foundations of Teaching for Learning 4: Curriculum

$29 - https://www.coursera.org/course/ntusym -Nanyang Technological University: Beauty, Form & Function: An Exploration of Symmetry

 

$30 - https://www.edx.org/course/tsinghuax/tsinghuax-202203322x-principles-electric-1319 - Tsinghua University: Principles of Electric Circuits: Part 2

 

$35 -https://www.coursera.org/course/scicontentsurvey - Rice University: Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices 3 - Science Content Survey

$35 - https://www.coursera.org/course/scistudentinquiry - Rice University: Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives & Practices 4 - Student-Centered Inquiry

 

$39 - https://www.coursera.org/course/improvisation - Berklee College of Music: Jazz Improvisation

$39 - https://www.coursera.org/course/guitar - Berklee College of Music: Introduction to Guitar

$39 - https://www.coursera.org/course/songwriting - Berklee College of Music: Songwriting

$39 - https://www.coursera.org/course/usefulgenetics2 – The University of British Columbia: Useful Genetics Part 2

$39 - https://www.coursera.org/course/advancedvirtual - University of California, Irvine (UCI): Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom

$39 - https://www.coursera.org/course/globalenergy – University of Florida: Global Sustainable Energy - Past, Present and Future

$39 - https://www.coursera.org/course/tbmanagement - John Hopkins School of Nursing: Global Tuberculosis (TB) Clinical Management and Research

$39 - https://www.coursera.org/course/dementiacare - John Hopkins School of Nursing: Care of Elders with Alzheimer's Disease and other Major Neurocognitive Disorders

$39 - https://www.coursera.org/course/artinquiry - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies For Your Classroom

$39 - https://www.coursera.org/course/bigidea - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: What’s Your Big Idea?

$39 - https://www.coursera.org/course/contentstrategy - Northwestern University: Content Strategy for Professionals: Engaging Audiences for Your Organization

$39 -https://www.coursera.org/course/modernmiddleeast – Tel Aviv University: The Emergence of the Modern Middle East

 

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/digitalsystems - Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona: Digital Systems - Sistemas Digitales: De las puertas lógicas al procesador

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/correccion - Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona: Corrección y Estilo en Español

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/livearthistory - California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS): Live!: A History of Art for Artists, Animators and Gamers

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/ucimacroeconomics – University of California, Irvine UCI): The Power of Macroeconomics: Economic Principles in the Real World

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/ucimicroeconomics - University of California, Irvine (UCI): The Power of Microeconomics - Economic Principles in the Real World

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/cosmo - Caltech: Galaxies and Cosmology

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/informationtheory – The Chinese University of Hong Kong: Information Theory

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/chem99 - Duke University: Introduction to Chemistry

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/images - Duke University: Image and video processing: From Mars to Hollywood with a stop at the hospital

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/megafauna - Duke University: Marine Megafauna: An Introduction to Marine Science and Conservation

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/geneticsevolution - Duke University:  Introduction to Genetics and Evolution

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/medicalneuro – Duke University: Medical Neuroscience

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/humanphysio - Duke University: Introductory Human Physiology

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/thinkagain - Duke University: Think Again: How to Reason and Argue

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/statistics - Duke University: Data Analysis and Statistical Inference

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/astrobio - The University of Edinburgh: Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/criticalthinking - The University of Edinburgh: Critical Thinking in Global Challenges

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/introphil - University of Edinburgh: Introduction to Philosophy

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/equinenutrition - University of Edinburgh: Equine Nutrition

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/cgt - Georgia Institute of Technology: Games without Chance: Combinatorial Game Theory

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/psy - Georgia Institute of Technology: Introduction to Psychology as a Science

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/evaluation - HEC Paris: Evaluation financière de l'entreprise

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/europe - HEC Paris: Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/hetero – University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign: Heterogeneous Parallel Programming

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/sustain - The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Introduction to Sustainability

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/subsistence - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Subsistence Marketplaces

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/compdata – John Hopkins University: Computing for Data Analysis

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/univteaching101 - John Hopkins University: University Teaching 101

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/healthforall - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Health for All Through Primary Health Care

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/clintrials - John Hopkins University: Design and Interpretation of Clinical Trials

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/fmri - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Statistical Analysis of fMRI Data

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/biostats - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 1

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/communitychange - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Community Change in Public Health

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/biostats2 – John Hopkins University School of Public Health: Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 2 Learn fundamental concepts in data analysis and statistical inference, focusing on one and two independent samples (Public Health).

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/statreasoning - John Hopkins University School of Public Health: Statistical Reasoning for Public Health: Estimation, Inference, & Interpretation

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/biostats - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 1

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/terrorism – Universiteit Leiden: Terrorism and Counterterrorism - Comparing Theory and Practice

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/innovativeideas - University of Maryland, College Park: Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/android - University of Maryland: Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/religionandtolerance - University of Maryland: Practicing Tolerance in a Religious Society: The Church and the Jews in Italy

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/understandingterror - University of Maryland: Understanding Terrorism and the Terrorist Threat

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/votingfairdiv - University of Maryland: Making Better Group Decisions: Voting, Judgement Aggregation and Fair Division

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/epigenetics - University of Melbourne: Epigenetic Control of Gene Expression

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/logic1 - University of Melbourne: Logic: Language and Information 1

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/logic2 - University of Melbourne: Logic: Language and Information 2    

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/sysbio – School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: Introduction to Systems Biology

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/environlaw - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/introtolca - Northwestern University’s: How Green Is That Product? An Introduction to Life Cycle Environmental Assessment

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/calc1 - The Ohio State University: Calculus One

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/intropharma - The Ohio State University: Introduction to Pharmacy

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/functionalanalysis - Ecole Centrale Paris: An Introduction to Functional Analysis

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/operations - Wharton - University of Pennsylvania: An Introduction to Operations Management

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/calcsing - University of Pennsylvania: Calculus: Single Variable

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/gamification - University of Pennsylvania: Gamification

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/eefun - Rice University: Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/compvision - Technische Universitat Munchen:  Einführung in Computer Vision

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/romanarchitecture - Yale University: Roman Architecture

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/financialmarkets - Yale University: Financial Markets

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/conlaw - Yale University: Constitutional Law

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/moralities - Yale University: Moralities of Everyday Life

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/lifenutr - Vanderbilt University: Nutrition, Health, and Lifestyle: Issues and Insights

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/changetheworld - Wesleyan University: How to Change the World

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/modernpostmodern - Wesleyan University: The Modern and the Postmodern

 

$50 - https://www.edx.org/course/australian-national-university/australian-national-university-anu-1347 - Australian National University (ANU): Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe

$50 - https://www.edx.org/course/anux/anux-anu-india1x-engaging-india-1376 - Australian National University (ANU): Engaging India

$50 - https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-cs169-1x-engineering-1377 - University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley): Engineering Software as a Service

$50 - https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-cs169-2x-engineering-1379 - University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley): Engineering Software as a Service, Part 2

$50 - https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-15-390x-entrepreneurship-101-who-1312 - MIT: Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your customer?

$50 - https://www.edx.org/course/ricex/ricex-phys102x-electricity-magnetism-1356 - Rice University: Electricity & Magnetism

$50 - https://www.edx.org/course/utaustinx/utaustinx-ut-9-01x-effective-thinking-1178 - University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin): Effective Thinking Through Mathematics

$50 - https://www.edx.org/course/utaustinx/utaustinx-ut-6-01x-embedded-systems-1172 - University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin): Embedded Systems - Shape The World

$50 - https://www.edx.org/course/utaustinx/utaustinx-ut-5-01x-linear-algebra-1162 - University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin): Linear Algebra - Foundations to Frontiers

 

$59 - https://www.coursera.org/course/researchforhealth - University of California San Francisco: Understanding Research: An Overview for Health Professionals

 

$60 - https://www.coursera.org/course/mysticthought - Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Modern European Mysticism and Psychological Thought

 

$69 -https://www.coursera.org/course/dino101 - University of Alberta: Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology

$69 - https://www.coursera.org/course/cariesmanagement - University of California San Francisco: Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA)

$69 - https://www.coursera.org/course/nutrition - University of California San Francisco: Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

$69 - https://www.coursera.org/course/clinicalneurology - University of California San Francisco: Introduction to Clinical Neurology

$69 - https://www.coursera.org/course/poisonings - University of California San Francisco: Poisonings in the Home and Community: Assessment and Emergency Response

 

$79 - https://www.coursera.org/course/genomicmedicine - University of California San Francisco: Genomic and Precision Medicine

 

$100 (Minimum) - https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-15-071x-analytics-edge-1416 - MIT: The Analytics Edge

$100 (Minimum) - https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-16-110x-flight-vehicle-aerodynamics-871 - MIT: Flight Vehicle Aerodynamics

 

£119 (Approx. $195) - https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/the-mind-is-flat-2014 - University of Warwick: The mind is flat: the shocking shallowness of human psychology.

 

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Verified Certificate MOOCs are listed alphabetically by academic pathway area, and the direct link to the MOOC provider offering each MOOC is included in the listing. For any of the MOOCs listed here, you must enroll for the MOOC and the optional Verified Certificate option at the MOOC provider’s site. If any of these links do not take you to the selected MOOC, please go to the MOOC provider’s main site and search for the selected MOOC with the course title listed here.

If you are enrolled at MOOCs University, after you successfully complete any of the Verified MOOCs, you can upload a copy of your Verified Certificate into your MOOCs University Transcript Profile.  Upon the uploading of your first Verified Certificate, you will be asked to choose one of the suggested MOOCs University Academic Pathways and complete the rest of your MOOCs University student profile.

Several of the Verified Certificate MOOCs listed here relate to multiple academic pathway areas and every effort was made to include them in all related areas. However, we are only human, and if you feel we should have included some of these MOOCs in other additional academic pathways, please send us your suggestions.  Also, as you become aware of new Verified Certificate MOOCs that have not yet been included here, we would also appreciate it - if you let us know and send us information and links to those MOOCs.  Thank You.



ART

https://www.coursera.org/course/livearthistory - California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS): Live!: A History of Art for Artists, Animators and Gamers

Explore art history from the artist's perspective. Learn how contemporary artists, animators and gamers work from the art of the past as part of their creative process, while building your own skills in visual analysis and creative and critical thinking.

About the Course

This course approaches the questions of “art” and “history” from the perspective of contemporary makers of art (sculpture, painting, photography, performance, installation and more), animators (whether character/story-based or experimental) and gamers, asking how artists actively make a history for their own practices by thinking about the creative process as a “conversation” with a wide range of art from the past.  Why are ground-breaking artists so often historically-minded (and yet tend to break all the rules of conventional history-telling)?  How do animators themselves “write” the largely unwritten history of their art through quotation, transposition and mash-ups?  Why should contemporary gamers look at classical painting anyway?

This course will combine short video lectures/interviews and interactive quizzes with independent, peer-reviewed sketchbook and field work (suggested visits to local museums, film viewings, etc.).  It is intended to give the student a background in a wide range of visual practices and a greater familiarity with techniques of historical analysis.  It will help to build skills in visual analysis, and will also provide insight into the creative culture of CalArts, where a certain portion of these art histories have been made in the first place.

Recommended Background

Some college-level experience in the arts and humanities will be helpful.  And the more the student is willing to complement classwork with independent looking and thinking about art, animation and video games (as well as comic books and graphic novels, film, etc.), the more they will get out of the class.  Remember:  Art is an ongoing process and art practice can't end in the classroom, wherever that classroom might b

Verified Certificate: $49


 

ARCHITECTURE

https://www.coursera.org/course/romanarchitecture - Yale University: Roman Architecture

Roman Architecture is a course for people who love to travel—in actuality and virtually—to a wide variety of places and we will do that together as we explore the great buildings and engineering marvels of Rome and its vast empire in their ancient and contemporary contexts.

About the Course

This course is an introduction to the great buildings and engineering marvels of Rome and its empire, with an emphasis on urban planning and individual monuments and their decoration, including mural painting. While architectural developments in Rome, Pompeii, and Central Italy are highlighted, the course also provides a survey of sites and structures in what are now North Italy, Sicily, France, Spain, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, and North Africa. Many of the learning materials presented in this course will be adapted from the Roman Architecture course Professor Kleiner provided as part of the Open Yale Courses project. The lectures are illustrated with over 1,500 images, many from Professor Kleiner's personal collection

Recommended Background

There is no required background and everyone is welcome to take this course. It will appeal especially to those who love to travel (in actuality and/or virtually) and want to increase their awareness not only of the cities and buildings of Rome and its empire but also of the power of architecture to shape politics, society, and culture. 

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/staticsofobjects - University of Florida (UF): Structure Standing Still: The Statics of Everyday Objects. 

The Statics of Everyday Objects is a course about how structures react to forces exerted on them while remaining unmoved.

About the Course

The Statics of Everyday Objects is a course about the world and how it reacts to the forces acting on it. From suspension bridges holding up miles of roadway, to sky-scraping buildings in the midst hurricanes, to huge dams retaining billions of gallons of water in a reservoir, these structures must withstand both the forces of nature and the forces that mankind has intended for them. The analytical tools that designers use to create these structures are deceptively simple, and it is the intent of this course to explain things in a clear, straightforward manner.

No Recommended background listed.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed. 


 

ASTRONOMY & ASTROLOGY

http://aas.org/faq/whats-difference-between-astronomy-and-astrology - Definitions: Astronomy is a science that studies everything outside of the earth's atmosphere, such as planets, stars, asteroids, galaxies; and the properties and relationships of those celestial bodies. Astronomers base their studies on research and observation.

Astrology on the other hand, is the belief that the positioning of the stars and planets affect the way events occur on earth. If you're interested in the solar system and the planets, other celestial objects like asteroids and comets, other galaxies and the rest of the universe, what makes up space, and the possibility of alien life or space travel, Astronomy is the field you're considering.

https://www.coursera.org/course/cosmo - Caltech: Galaxies and Cosmology

An introduction to the modern extragalactic astronomy and cosmology, the physical universe, big bang, formation and evolution of galaxies, quasars, and large-scale structure

About the Course

This class is an introduction to the modern extragalactic astronomy and cosmology, i.e., the part of astrophysics that deals with the structure and evolution of the universe as a whole, and its major constituents: dark matter, dark energy, galaxies, quasars, large-scale structure, and intergalactic gas.  It will cover the subjects including: relativistic cosmological models and their parameters, extragalactic distance scale, cosmological tests, composition of the universe, dark matter, and dark energy; the hot big bang, cosmic nucleosynthesis, recombination, and cosmic microwave background; formation and evolution of structure in the universe; galaxy clusters, large-scale structure and its evolution; galaxies, their properties and fundamental correlations; formation and evolution of galaxies; star formation history of the universe; quasars and other active galactic nuclei, and their evolution; structure and evolution of the intergalactic medium; diffuse extragalactic backgrounds; the first stars, galaxies, and the reionization era.  It corresponds to the Ay 21 class taught at Caltech.

Recommended Background

This class assumes at a minimum a prior knowledge of astronomy at a good mid-undergraduate level (e.g., “Astro 101” for science majors, not “Astro 1” for poets), knowledge of physics at a comparable level, and math at a level of calculus or higher.  A substantive Wikipedia article is about at the right level.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/astrobio - The University of Edinburgh: Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Learn about the origin and evolution of life and the search for life beyond the Earth.

About the Course

Over two thousand years ago, the ancient Greeks wondered if there were other worlds in the cosmos. This question is now being experimentally tested. This course, offered by the UK Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh, is an introduction to astrobiology. It explores the origin and evolution of life on the Earth and its potential to exist elsewhere. Astrobiology addresses compelling questions of wide interest such as: How did life originate on the Earth? Is this an inevitable process and is life common across the Universe? Astrobiology is an interdisciplinary science that bridges fields as diverse as astrophysics, biology, geosciences and chemistry. 

In this course we will explore what we know about life’s ability to live in extreme environments on the Earth, we will look at different hypotheses for how it originated. We will look at some of the missions to search for life in our own Solar System and on planets orbiting distant stars. We will discuss some of the extreme environments on the Earth that help us understand the limits of life and how life has adapted to cope with extremes. We will explore the possibility of intelligent alien life and some of the implications of its detection. The course will provide a foundation in astrobiology and introduce students to concepts in a diversity of scientific fields.

Recommended Background

No background is required.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.edx.org/course/australian-national-university/australian-national-university-anu-1347 - Australian National University (ANU): Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe -Exploring the biggest mysteries of modern astrophysics.

About this Course

Despite spectacular recent progress, there is still a lot we don't know about our universe. We don't know why the Big Bang happened. We don't know what most of the universe is made of. We don't know whether there is life in space. We don't know how planets form, how black holes get so big, or where the first stars have gone. This course will take you through nine of the greatest unsolved problems of modern astrophysics. We can't promise you the answers, but we will explain what we do and don't know, and give you an up-to-date understanding of current research. This course is designed for people who would like to get a deeper understanding of these mysteries than that offered by popular science articles and shows. You will need reasonable high-school level Maths and Physics to get the most out of this course. This is the first of four ANUx courses which together make up the Australian National University's first year astrophysics program. It will be followed by courses on exoplanets, on the violent universe, and on cosmology.

Prerequisites

High school math and physics.

Verified Certificate: $50






AUDIO

https://www.coursera.org/course/musicproduction - Berklee College of Music: Introduction to Music Production

Learn about the music production process—including recording, editing, and mixing—and the tools available to you to create contemporary music on your computer.

About the Course

With the recent introduction of high-quality-low-cost software and hardware, the tools of music production are now available to the masses. Albums are made in bedrooms as well as studios. On the surface this is liberating. Anyone can make an album for the low cost of a couple pieces of gear and a software package. But, if you dig deeper, you will find that it is not so easy. Producing music requires knowledge, dedication, and creativity.
    
Knowledge is where this course comes in. No matter what kind of music you are making, there is a large set of tools that you will need to use.  Each lesson of this course will demonstrate a different set of music production tools, loosely following along the music production process of recording, editing, and mixing. 

We will start with some background on the nature of sound and how we perceive it. We will then examine the components necessary to record audio into a computer, so that you understand the devices that sound must travel through in a music production process. 
    
Once recorded, sound must be organized along a timeline, a process known as editing. It allows us to give the impression of perfect performances and create many of the sounds we hear in contemporary music. The contemporary editing tool is the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), a piece of software that stores and organizes all the assets of a musical project. We will focus on the editing tools that are essential in contemporary music production and that all DAWs provide. 

After editing, sounds must be combined or mixed together, so we look to the mixing board—a very creative place if you know how to use it. We will explore the basic functionality of both hardware and software mixing boards, including volume, pan, mute, solo, busses, inserts, sends, and submixes. The mixing process, however, includes more tools than the mixing board provides on its own. Sound must also be processed, modified from its recorded state to fit the context of the music. We will look at compression, equalization, and delay, and examine the many audio effects that are offshoots of these devices and how they are used in a musical context.
    
We will then explore the synthesizer, a major tool within the production of contemporary music. Yes, great music can and will be created without the synthesizer, but learning how a synthesizer works will give you a language to describe sound. Music is a collaborative art form, so there is nothing more powerful than effective communication. 
    
In the end, the music production process relies on your creativity. Creativity is a product of the mind and will stay there, unexpressed, until the right tools are used in the right way to share it with the world. If you have an idea in your head, it will take numerous steps, each with an important tool, to reach your audience. You bring the dedication and creativity, and this course will bring you the knowledge to make that happen.

Recommended Background

You should be able to perform the following tasks in a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), such as GarageBand, Pro Tools, Logic, Live, Reason, SONAR, or Digital Performer:

Create audio tracks
Add audio effects (EQ, Noise Gate, Compressor, Delay, and Reverb)
Create MIDI tracks
Add a software synthesizer to a MIDI track
Export an audio file
Create an MP3 file

Verified Certificate: Listed as providing a Verified Certificate, but no pricing provided at course site.

https://www.coursera.org/course/audiomusicengpart1 - University of Rochester: Fundamentals of Audio and Music Engineering: Part 1 Musical Sound & Electronics

In this course students learn the basic concepts of acoustics and electronics and how they can applied to understand musical sound and make music with electronic instruments. Topics include: sound waves, musical sound, basic electronics, and applications of these basic principles in amplifiers and speaker design.

About the Course

This 6-week course is for students who are interested in learning the basic concepts of sound & acoustics and signals & electronics as they relate to music. The goal is for students to understand the basic concepts and principles of musical acoustics and electronics and to learn how equipment such as electric guitars, amplifiers, and loudspeakers are designed and operate. Students are encouraged to put the theory into practice by building a simple guitar practice amplifier. The course employs high-school level algebra and trigonometry, no calculus is required. 

Recommended Background

Students at any level with basic high school math preparation (algebra and trigonometry)

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructors.

 

 

BIOLOGY, BIOTECHNOLOGY & LIFE SCIENCES

https://www.coursera.org/course/sysbio – School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: Introduction to Systems Biology

An introduction to current concepts of how cellular molecules come together to form systems, how these systems exhibit emergent properties, and how these properties are used to make cellular decisions.

About the Course

This course will introduce the student to contemporary Systems Biology focused on mammalian cells, their constituents and their functions.  Biology is moving from molecular to modular. As our knowledge of our genome and gene expression deepens and we develop lists of molecules (proteins, lipids, ions) involved in cellular processes, we need to understand how these molecules interact with each other to form modules that act as discrete functional systems.  These systems underlie core subcellular processes such as signal transduction, transcription, motility and electrical excitability. In turn these processes come together to exhibit cellular behaviors such as secretion, proliferation and action potentials. What are the properties of such subcellular and cellular systems?   What are the mechanisms by which emergent behaviors of systems arise?  What types of experiments inform systems-level thinking? Why do we need computation and simulations to understand these systems?

The course will develop multiple lines of reasoning to answer the questions listed above. Two major reasoning threads are: the design, execution and interpretation of multivariable experiments that produce large data sets; quantitative reasoning, models and simulations.  Examples will be discussed to demonstrate “how” cell- level functions arise and “why” mechanistic knowledge allows us to predict cellular behaviors leading to disease states and drug responses.

Recommended Background

Undergraduate introductory cell biology; familiarity with statistics

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/genomicmedicine - University of California San Francisco: Genomic and Precision Medicine

A critical, unbiased introduction to using new genomic tools for diagnosing and managing disease.

About the Course

Precision medicine has the potential to change fundamentally how health care is practiced, but requires a health care workforce that understands the complexities of this field. One important component of Precision Medicine is the use of an individual’s genomic information to offer targeted treatment, tailored to the individual. Our course aims to provide participants with some baseline knowledge of genomics, an overview of the clinical applications of genomic medicine, the skills to evaluate the clinical validity and utility of new tests, and an appreciation of the associated ethical and social issues inherent in this field. 

The course is geared toward practicing health care providers, although it should be accessible to anyone with a background in the biological sciences and a basic understanding of genetics.  It is designed to be succinct and clinically-focused, offering both conceptual and practical information about real-world applications of genomics.  The first two lessons offer a basic primer on molecular genomics relevant to the individual patient as well as to patient populations. The remaining five lessons focus on five applications of genomics and present the material as case studies, highlighting the strengths, limitations, and issues that arise in the use of each test.

Recommended Background

It is recommended that students have some background in biology/medicine, and have a basic understanding of genetics.

Verified Certificate: $79

https://www.coursera.org/course/epigenetics - University of Melbourne: Epigenetic Control of Gene Expression

Each mammalian cell has the same genes, yet performs distinct functions. This is achieved by epigenetic control of gene expression; the switching on and switching off of genes. This course will cover the principles of epigenetic control of gene expression, how epigenetic control contributes to cellular differentiation and development, and how it goes wrong in disease.

About the Course

While the human genome sequence has transformed our understanding of human biology, it isn’t just the sequence of your DNA that matters, but also how you use it! How are some genes activated and others are silenced? How is this controlled? The answer is epigenetics.  

Epigenetics has been a hot topic for research over the past decade as it has become clear that aberrant epigenetic control contributes to disease (particularly to cancer). Epigenetic alterations are heritable through cell division, and in some instances are able to behave similarly to mutations in terms of their stability. Importantly, unlike genetic mutations, epigenetic modifications are reversible and therefore have the potential to be manipulated therapeutically. It has also become clear in recent years that epigenetic modifications are sensitive to the environment (for example diet), which has sparked a large amount of public debate and research.

This course will give an introduction to the fundamentals of epigenetic control. We will examine epigenetic phenomena that are manifestations of epigenetic control in several organisms, with a focus on mammals. We will examine the interplay between epigenetic control and the environment and finally the role of aberrant epigenetic control in disease.

Recommended Background

Some background in biology, and more specifically genetics is recommended. If you don't have a genetics background, or want to brush up on genetics before you start, you might like to consider taking one of these MOOCs before our course starts (Note: Please check at each of these suggested MOOCs’ site if they offer a Verified Certificate option)

Introduction to Genetics and Evolution: starts January 3 2014 (12 weeks)
https://www.coursera.org/course/geneticsevolution

Genes and The Human Condition (From Behaviour to Biotechnology): starts November 4 2013 (6 weeks)
https://coursera.org/course/genes 

Useful Genetics: starts November 1 2013 (6 weeks)
https://www.coursera.org/course/usefulgenetics 

Genomic Medicine gets Personal: starts March 4 2014 (8 weeks)
https://www.edx.org/course/georgetown-university/medx202-01/genomic-medicine-gets-personal/837 

Introduction to Biology - The Secret of Life: started September 10 2013 (14 weeks) - watch for next course offering
https://www.edx.org/course/mit/7-00x/introduction-biology-secret-life/1014

Verified Certificate: $49

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/plantknows - What a Plant Knows (and other things you didn’t know about plants)

Can we say that plants have senses? You will learn how plants sense their environment and how scientists study plant senses. You will be exposed to both classic and modern experiments in plant biology, and may even start to question what defines us as humans.

About the Course

For centuries we have collectively marveled at plant diversity and form—from Charles Darwin’s early fascination with stems and flowers to Seymour Krelborn’s distorted doting in Little Shop of Horrors. This course intends to present an intriguing and scientifically valid look at how plants themselves experience the world—from the colors they see to the sensations they feel. Highlighting the latest research in genetics and more, we will delve into the inner lives of plants and draw parallels with the human senses to reveal that we have much more in common with sunflowers and oak trees than we may realize. We’ll learn how plants know up from down, how they know when a neighbor has been infested by a group of hungry beetles, and whether they appreciate the music you’ve been playing for them or if they’re just deaf to the sounds around them. We’ll explore definitions of memory and consciousness as they relate to plants in asking whether we can say that plants might even be aware of their surroundings. This highly interdisciplinary course meshes historical studies with cutting edge modern research and will be relevant to all humans who seek their place in nature. This class has three main goals: 1. To introduce you to basic plant biology by exploring plant senses (sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste, balance). 2. To introduce you to biological research and the scientific method. 3. To get the student to question life in general and what defines us as humans.

Recommended Background

Curiosity about nature and our place in the world.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by Daniel

https://www.coursera.org/course/bioelectricity - Duke University: Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach

Nerves, the heart, and the brain are electrical. How do these things work? This course presents fundamental principles, described quantitatively.

About the Course

In this class you will learn how to think about electrically active tissue in terms of individual mechanisms, and you will learn to analyze the mechanisms quantitatively as well as describe them qualitatively.  The course uses many of the same examples used by Hodgkin and Huxley, who won the Nobel Prize for their experimental unraveling of the mechanisms of the nerve axon of the giant squid, and their creation of a mathematical model of membranes and propagation to understand its function.  That work has been the foundational element of most subsequent understandings of electrically active tissue, whether in nerves, the brain or in muscle, including the heart.

In this course, topics include:

The electrical charging of active membranes from the creation and use of differences in ionic concentrations across the membrane.
The stimulation of the membrane, both naturally and from engineered sources.
The creation of action potentials by the membrane in response to stimulation.
The chain reaction of membrane responses, with each small region or cell initiating an action potential in adjacent ones.
The observation of associated electrical currents in terms of extracellular wave voltages they create, the basis of clinical measurements such as the electrocardiogram.

The course will at each step present equations and other quantitative reasoning so that you will be able to go beyond describing what happens qualitatively and be able to link together the phenomena in the mosaic in a quantitative fashion, which is essential to judging whether specific changes in inputs are important to the outcome. Through the use of quantitative analysis, you will learn that all the elements of the system are tied together and be able to link together and analyze the effects of one part on another.

Recommended Background

Insofar as Bioelectricity, this course begins at the beginning, so all the main ideas can be understood without prerequisite courses.  As electricity is invisible, no one sees it, so the most important prerequisite is one’s willingness to bring imagination, reflection and patience to the topics, so as to allow the ideas to grow and knit together in one’s own mind.

Some of the presentation uses equations and other mathematics that come from calculus and differential equations and other parts reason from the physics of electricity and the analysis of circuits, so background knowledge about these subjects is helpful. For example, one needs to recognize that dV/dt is the rate of change of voltage V with time t, so as to understand that C dV/dt is the current through a capacitor C.  As another example, if V=1/r, what is dV/dr?

A course like this one usually is given to advanced undergraduates or early graduate students in science and engineering, as these students have taken calculus and physics, and differential equations and circuits, and thus are comfortable when notation or simple operations from these fields are used.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/bluebrain - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Synapses, Neurons and Brains

You will become intimately acquainted with the operational principles of neuronal “life-ware” (synapses, neurons and the networks that they form) as well as with recent ideas about how the dynamics of these networks generate the “neuronal code.” As an aperitif we will highlight present brain-excitements and for dessert we will discuss the future of brain research

About the Course

Probably the greatest challenge of the “21st century of the brain” is to understand how subcellular and cellular neuronal processes give rise to behavior – movement, perception, emotions, memory and creativity. This course will discuss, step-by-step, how modern molecular, optical, electrical, anatomical and theoretical methods have provided fascinating insights into the operation of the elementary building blocks of brains and, most importantly, how neuronal mechanisms underlie memory and learning processes. We will next discuss why computer simulations are so essential for understanding both neuronal “life ware” and the emergence of networks dynamics (e.g., as in the “Blue Brain Project”). 

The course will start by highlighting a few recent brain-excitements, including treating the sick brain via electrical stimulation, recent attempts at “reading the brain code” for brain-machine interfaces, new neuro-anatomical techniques (“Brainbow” and connectomics) and physiological methods (optogenetics) that enables us to record/activate the living, behaving brain at single cell resolution. We will end by discussing emerging frontiers in brain research, including the interaction between brain research and the arts. As an added bonus, a lecture on perception, action, cognition and emotions will be taught by an acclaimed neuroscientists, Prof. Israel Nelken..

Recommended Background

No background is required.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/usefulgenetics - University of British Columbia: Useful Genetics Part 1

This college-level course gives students a thorough understanding of gene function, and enables them to apply this understanding to real-world issues, both personal and societal. This is Part 1 of a two-part course; Part 2 focuses on the study of of how genes and traits are inherited.

Course philosophy

This short article describes the ideas behind Useful Genetics, explaining why the traditional college genetics course needed to change: Why do we have to learn this stuff? A new genetics for 21st century students

Who might want to take this course?

People affected by or concerned about a genetic disease (either directly or in a family member)
People interested in the genetic diversity of humans or other species
People who have had (or are considering having) their genes or genomes analyzed by companies such as 23andMe
People concerned about the public use of personal genetic information
People interested in breeding animals or plants, or in in conservation of endangered species
People interested in genealogy and ancestry analysis
Science teachers
Anyone interested in genetics but unable to enroll in university at this time

Recommended Background

You will need some prior knowledge of basic biology (first-year college or a recent good high-school course).  A self-assessment pre-test will be provided to students who enroll in the course, and additional activities and readings will be made available for students who want to improve their preparation.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/genes - University of Maryland: Genes and the Human Condition (From Behavior to Biotechnology)

To acquire an understanding of the fundamental concepts of genomics and biotechnology, and their implications for human biology, evolution, medicine, social policy and individual life path choices in the 21st century.

About the Course

In this class we will cover the essentials of genomics to help you better understand your own life (know thy genome, know thyself), and how advances in biotechnology are radically changing the scientific landscape.

We will begin with some of the most basic issues of genetics, such as the composition of genomes and how the information in them is processed so we can get an adult human from an egg. Then we’ll see that much of the power of genomics is in comparisons. If I only had your genome there's not much I could do with it. But if I lined it up against a chimpanzee genome I’d see that they are 98.5% identical. It’s that 1.5% difference that we study to determine what makes a chimp a chimp and a human a human. 

In the next few years you’ll be able to get your genome done for a few hundred dollars, and we will look at the challenges you might face dealing with this new self-knowledge. We shall particularly focus on behavior. How can genes predispose some of us to be nice and others of us to be psychopaths? We will be examining behavior as a complex unfolding of interactions between your genome and the environment.

Thanks in large part to genomics we are beginning to understand the living processes that constitute ourselves, where we can begin to intervene to take control of our own future. We will look at the technologies involved and the consequences of this new power. Genetic engineering has already changed what you eat and the medicines you take, and will likely therefore change how long you live. If we choose to genetically engineer ourselves as some advocate then we may also change how we view ourselves as human beings. We do not know where our ability to intervene in our own living processes is going to lead us. Depending on your point of view that is the promise or the threat of the era we live in. Scientists today already envisage creating life from scratch, and we are entering a world where political considerations, and imagination, may be the only brakes on biotechnology.

Recommended Background

All are welcome to join us in this adventure. Some previous exposure to biology will enrich your experience with this course.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/nanotech - Rice University: Nanotechnology: The Basics

Nanotechnology is an emerging area that engages almost every technical discipline – from chemistry to computer science – in the study and application of extremely tiny materials.  This short course allows any technically savvy person to go one layer beyond the surface of this broad topic to see the real substance behind the very small.

About the Course

Nanotechnology is an exciting research area that spans disciplines from electrical engineering to biology.  Over the last two decades the basic science of this area has launched new technologies, the first examples of which are finding their way into commercial products.  This four week course will provide students with a bird's eye view into this fast moving area and leave students with an appreciation of the importance and foundation of super-small materials and devices.

Recommended Background

We expect some knowledge of freshman chemistry and physics, as well as algebra.  Access to a spreadsheet program would also be of value.  However, we recognize that for some interested participants this knowledge may be rusty and will provide where possible optional review videos to go over terminology and concepts relevant to the week's material.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.


 

BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT

https://www.coursera.org/course/innovativeideas - University of Maryland, College Park: Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship

Explore how to identify and develop great ideas into great companies. Learn how to identify opportunities based on real customer needs. Develop solid business models. Create successful companies.

About the Course

#1 Entrepreneurship Course on Coursera*

#8 Overall Business Course on Coursera*

This course assists aspiring entrepreneurs in developing great ideas into great companies. With strong economies presenting rich opportunities for new venture creation, and challenging economic times presenting the necessity for many to make their own job, the need to develop the skills to develop and act on innovative business opportunities is ever present.

Using proven content, methods, and models for new venture opportunity assessment and analysis, students will learn how to enhance their entrepreneurial mindset and develop their functional skill sets to see and act entrepreneurially. The initial steps to creating a business plan, and raising financial capital to launch the firm, are examined as well. Our goal is to demystify the startup process, and to help you build the skills to identify and act on innovative opportunities now, and in the future.

Recommended Background

This introductory course is designed for those interested in learning about innovative idea generation and new venture creation, and does not require a background in business or any specific area.  A desire to build your knowledge and capabilities are the only requirements for entry.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/contentstrategy - Northwestern University: Content Strategy for Professionals: Engaging Audiences for Your Organization

This professional Content Strategy MOOC is for people anywhere in an organization who have content development experience and now want to significantly improve their abilities to understand audiences and develop strategic words, pictures, graphics, and videos to convey their organization’s most important goals.

About the Course

Why Content Strategy is essential for professionals in any organization – business, non-profit, or government. 

Content Strategy is a conversation that provides thought-leadership. It starts a “conversation” with users and stakeholders inside and outside an organization.  Conversations are the natural way people think about complex issues. Conversations also enable people to develop “stories,” which lead to understanding and helpful mental pictures. Content Strategy practitioners are at all levels of the best enterprises – in all departments and sectors from the top leader to the newcomer in the ranks. 

In this complex information age, forward-thinking employees know that if they and their organizations are to thrive, they need to go beyond their job descriptions. They must master the most demanding communications frontier – creating engaging, strategic, honest stories and information that is valued by their most important audiences. In turn that will make their enterprise stand out. 

Regardless of their department, area of work, or expertise, Content Strategy practitioners know how to use words, pictures, video, and social and mobile media to interact with their most important constituents with trustable, actionable information that the audience values and will use. The strategic content they produce enhances the audience’s lives and deepens their understanding and engagement with the organization. 

Content Strategy is similar to the best examples of journalism, but it is done by non-journalism organizations. Content Strategy is always honest, trustable, and transparent. It tells all sides of every story it reports. Often it is also deeper and directed at topics and audiences that traditional journalism under-serves or does not reach at all. Content Strategy is not advertising, marketing, or public relations. It is different because it never pursues the persuasive goals that are appropriate in those disciplines.

Recommended Background

This MOOC serves professionals who want to learn to create trustable, engaging and often interactive content to advance their enterprise’s future. This MOOC is for people anywhere in an organization who have content development experience and now want to significantly improve their abilities to understand audiences and develop strategic words, pictures, graphics and videos to conveytheir organization’s most important goals.

Verified Certificate: $39

https://www.coursera.org/course/bigidea - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: What’s Your Big Idea?

Whether your interest lies in solving the world’s biggest problems, creating the next commercial success or addressing something closer to home, this course will give you a toolbox to vet your ideas and test them in the real world.

About the Course

You want to make a difference in the world, and you’re not sure where to begin. You have an idea a day, but are they good ones? How do you turn those ideas into reality?

We have started and sustained commercial, social, artistic, scientific and educational enterprises for most of our adult lives, so we've grappled with those same questions. This course will draw heavily from our experience and that of our three world-class guest entrepreneurs who will also share their insights.

The goal of this course is to provide a practical framework for identifying a promising opportunity, assessing its impact, and then developing the idea to a point where it could become a sustainable enterprise. Whether your idea is commercial, artistic, scientific, or social, we’ll give you the specific tools you need to proceed. We’ll cover idea generation, marketing, strategy, financing and the all-important pitch. We’ll introduce you to a “lean start-up” methodology that will help you refine your idea with real-world tests. By the end of the last module you should be prepared to pursue your big idea.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

Verified Certificate: $39

https://www.coursera.org/course/operations - Wharton - University of Pennsylvania: An Introduction to Operations Management

This course will teach you how to analyze and improve business processes, be it in services or in manufacturing. You will learn how to improve productivity, how to provide more choice to customers, how to reduce response times, and how to improve quality.

About the Course

PART OF THE WHARTON FOUNDATION SERIES 

Remember the last time you went to a restaurant. What did you expect from that restaurant? You wanted to find something on the menu that you liked, you wanted the meal to be prepared according to high quality standards, you wanted to get it quickly and didn’t want to pay too much money for it. Now, remember the last time you went to a doctor’s office or a hospital. What did you want the doctors and nurses to do? You wanted them to provide the right care for you, you wanted the care delivered with great quality, you wanted to get the care quickly, and you (or your insurance) didn’t want to pay too much for it. 

Put differently, the management skills that you need to run the operations of a restaurant are the same that you need to run a hospital. And these are the skills you will learn in this course. Specifically, you will learn how to improve productivity, increase responsiveness, provide more choice to the customer, and deliver higher quality standards. In short, you will learn how to analyze business processes and how to improve them. Along the way, you will learn about topics such as Lean Operations, Six Sigma, and the Toyota production system, you will hear about bottlenecks, flows rates, and inventory levels. And, much, much more.

Other Wharton Foundation Series courses:

An Introduction to Marketing

An Introduction to Corporate Finance

An Introduction to Financial Accounting

Recommended Background

The course is designed for business school students and executives. There are no academic prerequisites for the course; this is not a math course and nothing done in this course requires more than high school math. 
 

This course will be helpful to students that:

are preparing for their career in business and want to lay some foundations
are in the middle of their career and have some real problems to solve right now

Verified Certificate: $49

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/empresafamiliar - Tecnologico de Monterrey: Continuidad y Desarrollo de la Empresa Familiar. 

Cuál es la importancia de las empresas familiares en el mundo?, ¿cómo garantizar su continuidad y permanencia?, ¿cómo mejorar la comunicación entre sus miembros? y ¿cómo lograr sucesiones exitosas? Este curso brinda estas respuestas a través de la identificación de estrategias para la profesionalización de las empresas familiares.

About the Course

El curso Continuidad y Desarrollo de la Empresa Familiar tiene como propósitos educativos que los participantes al final del mismo:

Sean conscientes de la importancia de las empresas familiares en el mundo.
Comprendan la complejidad de las empresas familiares como un sistema familia, empresa y propiedad.
Sean capaces de diagnosticar la problemática de las empresas familiares.
Apliquen modelos y soluciones útiles para la continuidad y sucesión de la empresa familiar.
Se visualicen como agentes de cambio de la empresa familiar.
Desarrollen un pensamiento crítico.

Este curso incluye como valor agregado la aplicación de un cuestionario que permitirá contar con una radiografía de la empresa familiar, el cual está basado en 5 dimensiones: estrategia, liderazgo, innovación, institucionalización y continuidad. 

Se tendrá acceso a entrevistas con expertos internacionales, quienes compartirán su punto de vista y experiencias reforzando la comprensión de los temas del curso.  

Además, se tendrá la oportunidad de aplicar modelos avanzados para transitar de una empresa familiar a una familia emprendedora.

El curso considera el análisis de casos de estudio de distintos países de Latinoamérica para poner en práctica el aprendizaje de los participantes. 

Recommended Background

No se requieren conocimiento previos.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. Todos los estudiantes que completen el curso satisfactoriamente recibirán una constancia firmada por el instructor.

https://www.coursera.org/course/innovacion - Tecnologico de Monterrey: Desarrollo rápido de productos innovadores para mercados emergentes

Entender las metodologías para la innovación de productos para mercados emergentes. Las metodologías son: 1) megatendencias sociales, tecnológicas y del comportamiento del consumidor 2) JTBD y 3) Matriz Morfológica.

About the Course

El objetivo del curso es aprender el proceso para el Desarrollo Rápido de Productos Innovadores para mercados emergentes a través de la aplicación de 3 metodologías.  Las metodologías que abordaremos en el curso son:

 1) Megatendencias sociales, tecnologías y del comportamiento del consumidor: 
Las megatendencias sociales describen comportamientos de la sociedad y hábitos de consumo. Las megatendencias tecnológicas identifican el uso potencial de tecnologías para desarrollar productos. Finalmente, la megatendencias del comportamiento del consumidor describen características funcionales de productos que son deseables por el cliente.  

2) Jobs To Be Done (JTBD):
 Jobs To Be Done (JTBD) es un conjunto de técnicas que permiten describir las actividades de los consumidores, sus hábitos en el uso de productos y la evaluación de cada actividad en términos de su carácter crítico en una matriz de necesidades y satisfactores.  Esto permite identificar aquellas actividades en donde el desarrollo productos innovadores tiene más probabilidades de éxito. 

3) Matriz Morfológica: 
La última metodología es la matriz morfológica que permite evaluar opciones de tecnologías para desarrollar los productos conceptualizados por las técnicas anteriores. 

En este curso presentaremos desarrollos de productos innovadores que están siendo comercializados en mercados emergentes, así como, casos de estudio desarrollados por los profesores que ofrecen el curso sobre productos que nohan sido exitosos.

Recommended Background

No se requieren conocimiento previos.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. Todos los estudiantes que completen el curso satisfactoriamente recibirán una constancia.

https://www.coursera.org/course/abcemprendimiento - Tecnologico de Monterrey: El ABC del emprendimiento esbelto

A través de diferentes actividades de campo el participante vive personalmente el proceso emprendedor, aprendiendo los conceptos del curso principalmente con base en la experimentación.

About the Course

A pesar de que una gran parte de la literatura sobre emprendimiento prepara al “candidato emprendedor” a cómo hacer planes de negocio para conseguir financiamiento proveniente de supuestos inversionistas, tal y como lo hace la tradición norteamericana de enseñanza del emprendimiento, la realidad de negocios nos dice que inclusive en los países desarrollados los proyectos emprendedores inician con sus recursos financieros propios y normalmente muy escasos.

La principal herramienta para estos emprendimientos no es el plan de negocios ni el financiamiento, sino la creatividad empresarial.  Por lo que, para una enseñanza efectiva del proceso emprendedor, hay que partir de esta realidad y no solo imitar lo que sucede en universidades, principalmente norteamericanas, con un contexto muy diferente al resto del mundo. Por otro lado, pareciera un misterio el por qué solo muy pocos proyectos de empresa o de negocio tienen éxito, pareciera una combinación entre el “culto” a la personalidad del emprendedor y suerte; sin embargo la realidad nos demuestra que los proceso emprendedores que tienen éxito, si bien tiene una influencia la importante motivación y la persona, siguen un proceso con etapas específicas, un patrón de acciones muy similar, aunque los emprendedores no se hayan dado cuenta de este proceso.

Este curso invita al participante a tener la persistencia para seguir este proceso emprendedor basado en la experimentación.

Recommended Background

No se requieren conocimientos previos.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. Todos los estudiantes que completen el curso satisfactoriamente recibirán una constancia firmada por el instructor.

https://www.coursera.org/course/lead-ei - Case Western Reserve University: Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence, hope, mindfulness, and compassion help a person reverse the damage of chronic stress and build great leadership relationships. The Positive and Negative Emotional Attractors inspire sustained, desired change and learning at many levels.

About the Course

Great leaders move us through our emotions. They establish a deep emotional connection with others called resonance. Their own levels of emotional intelligence allow them to create and nurture these resonant relationships. They use their EI as a path to resonant leadership through mindfulness, hope, compassion, and playfulness. Unfortunately, most people in leadership and helping positions (i.e., doctors, teachers, coaches, etc.) lose their effectiveness over time because of the cumulative damage from chronic stress. But humans can renew themselves, neurologically, hormonally, and emotionally.

Based on decades of research into emotional intelligence competencies and longitudinal studies of their development, the course will examine resonance and developing "resonant leadership" capability, emotional intelligence, and the experiences of mindfulness, hope, and compassion. Using the latest in neuroscience, behavioral, organizational and psychological research, participants will understand the theory, research, and experience of the Positive Emotional Attractor that is an essential beginning to sustained, desired change for individuals, teams, organizations and communities. 

The course will consist of nine classes, with three or so modules per class, to be taken over 8 weeks. Each module will consist of a video, assigned and recommended readings, reflective exercises, writing in your Personal Journal, and on-line, asynchronous discussions. Each class will have personal learning assignments to use and tests of comprehension. 

Recommended Background

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, the course will be conducted at the level expected of advanced undergraduate students, graduate students or professionals and executives. Therefore, for all participants, reading and writing comfortably in English at the undergraduate college level is desirable

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. Course has note indicating that this option is not currently open.

https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-15-071x-analytics-edge-1416 - MIT: The Analytics Edge

Through inspiring examples and stories, discover the power of data and use analytics to provide an edge to your career and your life.

About this Course

In the last decade, the amount of data available to organizations has reached unprecedented levels. Data is transforming business, social interactions, and the future of our society. In this course, you will learn how to use data and analytics to give an edge to your career and your life. We will examine real world examples of how analytics have been used to significantly improve a business or industry. These examples include Moneyball, eHarmony, the Framingham Heart Study, Twitter, IBM Watson, and Netflix. Through these examples and many more, we will teach you the following analytics methods: linear regression, logistic regression, trees, text analytics, clustering, visualization, and optimization. We will being using the statistical software R to build models and work with data. The contents of this course are essentially the same as those of the corresponding MIT class (The Analytics Edge). It is a challenging class, but it will enable you to apply analytics to real-world applications. 

Prerequisites

Basic mathematical knowledge (at a high school level). You should be familiar with concepts like mean, standard deviation, and scatterplots.

Verified Certificate: $100

https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-15-390x-entrepreneurship-101-who-1312- MIT: Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your customer?

You have an idea for a product, but do you know who will want to buy it?

About this Course

Many seemingly great ideas and technologies come to a sudden halt in the face of one simple, inescapable question. 
 
"Who is your customer?"
 
MIT has been asking its student entrepreneurs this question for many years – and with great success.  The 25,600 companies started by MIT alumni generate $2 trillion in revenue and have created 3.3 million jobs.  If MIT were a country, it would be the 11th largest economy in the world. 
 
Become a citizen of this 11th largest economy!  Join MIT in your entrepreneurial journey as you discover your startups most essential resource – the customer. 
 
This is entrepreneurship – so don't expect a lecture.  Every class session will be an in-depth and focused case study of MIT entrepreneurs from areas as diverse as mobile applications, 3D printing, power electronics, international development, and watchmaking. 
 
You will learn, through the stories of MIT entrepreneurs, how to go from idea or technology to the necessary understanding of who and why will want to buy your product.  Specifically, you will learn how to:
●      Identify prospective customers
●      Interview them
●      And finally, select the right customers for your business. 
Course assignments will be real-life exercises that will guide you through a series of concrete, practical, and effective steps that will help you make your idea very real. 
 
Prepare to have some fun too!  More on this after you enroll ;-)  

Prerequisites

None

Verified Certificate: $50



CHEMISTRY

https://www.coursera.org/course/chem99 - Duke University: Introduction to Chemistry

This is an introductory course for students with limited background in chemistry; chemical problem solving will be emphasized with the goal of preparing students for further study in chemistry.

About the Course

This is an introductory course for students with limited or no background in chemistry; chemical problem solving will be emphasized. The goal of the course is to prepare students for further study in the chemistry needed for many science, health, and policy professions. Topics include introductions to atoms, molecules, ions, the periodic table, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, bonding, thermochemistry, and gas laws. 

Each week the course will contain short video lectures with interactive questions embedded in the lectures. Students will have opportunities to practice each week via exercises at two levels of depth: one set of foundational problems directly related to lecture videos and another set of problems requiring more synthesis of ideas and application of pre-existing algebra skills. Students who complete the course while earning an average of 70% of more on the foundational problem sets, writing assignment, and exams will receive a signed statement of accomplishment. Students who complete the course and achieve an average of 85% or more on the foundational problem sets, advanced problem sets, writing assignment, and exams will receive a signed statement of accomplishment with distinction.

Recommended Background

Students should have a background in high school level algebra and should bring their enthusiasm for learning and curiosity to the course.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/thermodynamics - University of Minnesota: Statistical Molecular Thermodynamics

This introductory physical chemistry course examines the connections between molecular properties and the behavior of macroscopic chemical systems.

About the Course

Statistical Molecular Thermodynamics is a course in physical chemistry that relates the microscopic properties of molecules to the macroscopic behavior of chemical systems. Quantized molecular energy levels and their use in the construction of molecular and ensemble partition functions is described. Thermodynamic state functions, their dependence on the partition function, and their relationships with one another (as dictated by the three Laws of Thermodynamics) are all examined in detail. Analysis and demonstration takes place primarily in the context of ideal and real gases. This eight-week course covers slightly more than half of a typical semester-long course in chemical thermodynamics. Typical topics to be addressed subsequently would be phase equilibria, liquids, solutions of non-electrolytes and electrolytes, and chemical reaction equilibria.

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to predict how changes in molecular properties will influence the macroscopic behavior of those substances; they will understand the relationships between energy, heat, and work, and be able to predict how much work can be extracted from a given chemical process under various sets of conditions; they will understand the role of entropy in physical and chemical processes; and they will be able to engineer conditions to make chemical reactions spontaneously favorable (or not). Students will also become adept with differential calculus as a tool to derive and manipulate relationships between connected thermodynamic variables and state functions.

Recommended Background

One year of college-level physics. One year of college-level general chemistry. Differential calculus of multiple variables.

Verified Certificate: No price provided. Students who complete the course will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE

https://www.coursera.org/course/compdata – John Hopkins University: Computing for Data Analysis

This course is about learning the fundamental computing skills necessary for effective data analysis. You will learn to program in R and to use R for reading data, writing functions, making informative graphs, and applying modern statistical methods.

About the Course

In this course you will learn how to program in R and how to use R for effective data analysis. You will learn how to install and configure software necessary for a statistical programming environment, discuss generic programming language concepts as they are implemented in a high-level statistical language. The course covers practical issues in statistical computing which includes programming in R, reading data into R, creating informative data graphics, accessing R packages, creating R packages with documentation, writing R functions, debugging, and organizing and commenting R code. Topics in statistical data analysis and optimization will provide working examples.

Recommended Background

Some familiarity with programming concepts will be useful as well basic knowledge of statistical reasoning. At Johns Hopkins, this course is taken by first-year graduate students in Biostatistics.

Verified Certificate: $49

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/hetero – University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign: Heterogeneous Parallel Programming

This course introduces concepts, languages, techniques, and patterns for programming heterogeneous, massively parallel processors. Its contents and structure have been significantly revised based on the experience gained from its initial offering in 2012. It covers heterogeneous computing architectures, data-parallel programming models, techniques for memory bandwidth management, and parallel algorithm patterns.

About the Course

All computing systems, from mobile to supercomputers, are becoming heterogeneous, massively parallel computers for higher power efficiency and computation throughput. While the computing community is racing to build tools and libraries to ease the use of these systems, effective and confident use of these systems will always require knowledge about low-level programming in these systems. This course is designed for students to learn the essence of low-level programming interfaces and how to use these interfaces to achieve application goals. CUDA C, with its good balance between user control and verboseness, will serve as the teaching vehicle for the first half of the course. Students will then extend their learning into closely related programming interfaces such as OpenCL, OpenACC, and C++AMP.


The course is unique in that it is application oriented and only introduces the necessary underlying computer science and computer engineering knowledge for understanding. It covers the concept of data parallel execution models, memory models for managing locality, tiling techniques for reducing bandwidth consumption, parallel algorithm patterns, overlapping computation with communication, and a variety of heterogeneous parallel programming interfaces. The concepts learned in this course form a strong foundation for learning other types of parallel programming systems.

Recommended Background:   Programming experience in C/C++.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/informationtheory – The Chinese University of Hong Kong: Information Theory

This course is an introduction to information theory, which emphasizes fundamental concepts as well as analytical techniques. Specific topics include: Information Measures, The I-Measure, Zero-Error Data Compression, Weak Typicality, Strong Typicality, Discrete Memoryless Channels, etc.

About the Course

At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of information theory.
Appreciate the notion of fundamental limits in communication systems and more generally all systems.
Develop deeper understanding of communication systems.
Apply the concepts of information theory to various disciplines in information science.

Recommended Background

A solid course in probability at the undergraduate level would suffice.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/compvision - Technische Universitat Munchen: Einführung in Computer Vision

Dieser Kurs vermittelt einen Überblick über die Grundlagen des Maschinellen Sehens an Hand der Extraktion von 3D-Information aus dem Stereokamerabild einer Szene.

About the Course

Räumliches Sehen stellt für die meisten Menschen eine Selbstverständlichkeit dar. Maschinen mit einem gleichwertigen Sehvermögen auszustatten, ist hingegen eine sehr komplizierte Angelegenheit. Seit den 1960-er Jahren hat sich dieser als Computer Vision bezeichnete Forschungsbereich kontinuierlich entwickelt und zahlreiche Forschungsergebnisse hervorgebracht. Viele Fragen haben jedoch noch nicht hinreichend beantwortet werden können und sind bis heute aktuell.

Dieser Kurs befasst sich mit einigen grundlegenden Algorithmen der Computer Vision, führt das hierzu benötigte Fachvokabular ein und frischt die benötigten mathematischen Grundlagen auf, wann immer sie benötigt werden. Beginnend mit grundlegenden Methoden der Bildverarbeitung wie z.B. der Kantendetektion, werden diese im Lauf des Kurses für umfassendere Aufgaben wie Merkmalsextraktion und Korrespondenzschätzung angewendet.

Diese Korrespondenzen können mit Wissen über die Darstellung von Bildern am Computer und der Beschreibung von Objektbewegungen im Raum dann verwendet werden, um die Epipolargeometrie eines Stereokamerasystems und somit die 2D-3D-Beziehung zwischen Bildern und der Szene zu beschreiben. Hierbei wird der Unterschied zwischen unkalibriertem und kalibriertem Kamerasystem erläutert, sowie auf das Konzept der Homographie eingegangen. Schließlich ermöglicht das Zusammenspiel all dieser Aspekte die 3D-Rekonstruktion einer Szene aus einem Stereokamerabildpaar.

Recommended Background

Für diesen Kurs benötigen Sie grundlegende mathematische Kenntnisse, vor allem im Bereich der Linearen Algebra. Für die Implementierung der vorgestellten Algorithmen sind Programmierkenntnisse hilfreich.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/android - University of Maryland: Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems

Introduction to the design and implementation of applications for handheld systems, such as smartphones and tablets, running the Android Platform.

About the Course

Handheld systems, such as smartphones and tablets are now the most common way for people to access and interact with computing services. The demand for application development skills is therefore growing at a breathtaking pace. These skills, however, are multi-­‐ faceted, requiring students to master computer science and engineering principles, to learn the details of specific mobile application platforms, and to design artistic and engaging user interfaces that respond to how, where and why handheld applications are used.

This course will cover the fundamental programming principles, software architecture and user experience considerations underlying handheld software applications and their development environments. To bring these concepts alive, the course will involve in-­‐depth, hands-­‐on examples, implemented in the Android Platform, the fastest growing segment of the handheld system user base. Students will apply these teachings, also using the Android Platform, in laboratory projects and in a large-­‐scale semester project. 

Note: This course is part of a trans-institution course sequence. 

This course and another, led by Drs. Douglas Schmidt and Jules White of Vanderbilt University, have been designed to complement each other.  Therefore, some of the programming assignments and the course project for both courses will be coordinated. This course focuses on handheld systems and the design of user-facing applications, and will be taught first. The Vanderbilt University course,Pattern-Oriented Software Architectures for Concurrent and Networked Mobile Devices, will focus on systems programming topics, such as operating system and background processing, networking, and computing cloud integration, The Vanderbilt University course is currently scheduled to be taught in late Spring 2014. 

Nevertheless, each of these courses stands alone. Students are not required to take both. Those who do, however, will gain a much more detailed, end-to-end understanding of handheld systems and their applications.

Recommended Background

This course is directed to Sophomore- or Junior-level undergraduate students. Students should already know how to program in Java, but are not expected to have studied mobile application development. 

If you don't already know Java, but have some familiarity with programming languages, you can improve your Java knowledge, by taking one of the many Java tutorials and online courses available on the web.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/insidetheinternet - University of Michigan: Internet History, Technology, and Security

What is the Internet? How was it created? How does it work? How to we secure communications on the Internet?

About the Course

The impact of technology and networks on our lives, culture, and society continues to increase. The very fact that you can take this course from anywhere in the world requires a technological infrastructure that was designed, engineered, and built over the past sixty years. To function in an information-centric world, we need to understand the workings of network technology. This course will open up the Internet and show you how it was created, who created it and how it works. Along the way we will meet many of the innovators who developed the Internet and Web technologies that we use today.

Recommended Background

This course has no prerequisites and there will be no programming. Literally anyone can and everyone should take this course

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

https://www.coursera.org/course/digitalsystems - Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona: Digital Systems - Sistemas Digitales: De las puertas lógicas al procesador

El curso es bilingüe español-inglés, con videos y materiales en ambos idiomas. Lectures and materials are provided both in Spanish and English.

About the Course

In this course we will learn how to design digital circuits, following an up to date and practical orientation. Although we will study the basic electronic devices necessary for the construction of digital systems, our interest will focus more on the system than in the Electronics. This approach will allow us to establish the fundamentals of complex digital systems design. 
To follow the course it is necessary to have a basic knowledge of the base_2 arithmetics and the essential elements of Electricity/Electronics (components, currents, voltages, units, etc.). There will be a “week_0” in which students may perform some self-tests to check their level of knowledge on these subjects. 
This course is especially suitable for first years ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) engineering students, and also suitable for all those who wish to be initiated in the world of digital systems. This first course in digital systems is a must for all those who wish to deepen in the computer hardware and / or in the world of application specific integrated circuits (ASICs), which constitute an important part of robotics, bionics, industrial control and other application fields.

After completing this course the student will be able to:

Design digital systems of medium complexity.
Describe and synthesize digital systems using high level hardware description languages.
Understand the operation of computers at its most basic level (machine language).

Recommended Background

To follow the course it is necessary to have basic knowledge of:

Base-2 representation and arithmetic binary operations.
Electricity/Electronics, at passive components level (resistances, capacities, batteries,) and the fundamental parameters and units (intensities and voltages). It is recommended, but not mandatory, to have some knowledge of the transistor.

The course will open a week before the official starting date to allow for the interested persons to take a test of prior knowledge.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/logic1 - University of Melbourne: Logic: Language and Information 1

This is an introduction to formal logic and how it is applied in computer science, electronic engineering, linguistics and philosophy. You will learn propositional logic—its language, interpretations and proofs, and apply it to solve problems in a wide range of disciplines.

About the Course

Information is everywhere: in our words and our world, our thoughts and our theories, our devices and our databases. Logic is the study of that information: the features it has, how it’s represented, and how we can manipulate it. Learninglogic helps you formulate and answer many different questions about information:

Does this hypothesis clash with the evidence we have or is it consistent with the evidence?
Is this argument watertight, or do we need to add more to make the conclusion to really follow from the premises?
Do these two sentences say the same things in different ways, or do they say something subtly different?
Does this information follow from what’s in this database, and what procedure could we use to get the answer quickly?
Is there a more cost-effective design for this digital circuit? And how can we specify what the circuit is meant to do so we could check that this design does what we want?

These are questions about Logic. When you learn logic you'll learn to recognize patterns of information and the way it can be represented. These skills are used whether we're dealing with theories, databases, digital circuits, meaning in language, or mathematical reasoning, and they will be used in the future in ways we haven't yet imagined. Learning logic is a central part of learning to think well, and this course will help you learn logic and how you can apply it.

If you take this subject, you will learn how to use the core tools in logic: the idea of a formal language, which gives us a way to talk about logical structure; and we'll introduce and explain the central logical concepts such as consistency and validity; models; and proofs. But you won’t only learn concepts and tools. We will also explore how these techniques connect with issues in linguistics, computer science, electronic engineering, and philosophy.

Recommended Background

This subject presumes no specialist background knowledge. You just need to be able to read and write, and be prepared to think, work and learn new skills—in particular, a willingness to work with symbolic representation and reasoning.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/interactivepython - Rice University: An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python

This course is designed to be a fun introduction to the basics of programming in Python. Our main focus will be on building simple interactive games such as Pong, Blackjack and Asteroids.

About the Course

This course is designed to help students with very little or no computing background learn the basics of building simple interactive applications.  Our language of choice, Python, is an easy-to learn, high-level computer language that is used in many of the computational courses offered on Coursera. To make learning Python easy, we have developed a new browser-based programming environment that makes developing interactive applications in Python simple.  These applications will involve windows whose contents are graphical and respond to buttons, the keyboard and the mouse. 

The primary method for learning the course material will be to work through multiple "mini-projects" in Python.  To make this class enjoyable, these projects will include building fun games such as Pong, Blackjack, and Asteroids.  When you’ve finished our course, we can’t promise that you will be a professional programmer, but we think that you will learn a lot about programming in Python and have fun while you’re doing it.

Recommended Background

A knowledge of high school mathematics is required. While the class is designed for students with no prior programming experience, some beginning programmers have viewed the class as being fast-paced. For students interested in some light preparation prior to the start of class, we recommend a self-paced Python learning site such as codecademy.com

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructors.

https://www.coursera.org/course/logic2 - University of Melbourne: Logic: Language and Information 2

This is an introduction to predicate logic and how it is applied in computer science, electronic engineering, linguistics, mathematics and philosophy. Building on your knowledge of propositional logic, you will learn predicate logic—its language, interpretations and proofs, and apply it to solve problems in a wide range of disciplines.

About the Course

Information is everywhere: in our words and our world, our thoughts and our theories, our devices and our databases. Logic is the study of that information: the features it has, how it’s represented, and how we can manipulate it. Learning logic helps you formulate and answer many different questions about information:

Does this hypothesis clash with the evidence we have or is it consistent with the evidence?
Is this argument watertight, or do we need to add more to make the conclusion to really follow from the premises?
Do these two sentences say the same things in different ways, or do they say something subtly different?
Does this information follow from what’s in this database, and what procedure could we use to get the answer quickly?
Is there a more cost-effective design for this digital circuit? And how can we specify what the circuit is meant to do so we could check that this design does what we want?

These are questions about Logic. When you learn logic you'll learn to recognize patterns of information and the way it can be represented. These skills are used whether we're dealing with theories, databases, digital circuits, meaning in language, or mathematical reasoning, and they will be used in the future in ways we haven't yet imagined. Learning logic is a central part of learning to think well, and this course will help you learn logic and how you can apply it.

This subject follows from Logic: Language and Information 1, to cover core techniques in first order predicate logic: the idea of formal languages with quantifiers, which gives us a way to talk about more logical structure than in propositional logic; and we will cover the central logical concepts such as consistency and validity; models; and proofs in predicate logic. But you won’t only learn these concepts and tools. We will also explore how these techniques connect with issues in linguistics, computer science, electronic engineering,mathematics, and philosophy.

Recommended Background

This subject presumes a background in propositional logic, such as that provided in Logic: Language and Information 1. Beyond that, you need to be able to read and write, and be prepared to think, work and learn new skills—in particular, a willingness to work with symbolic representation and reasoning.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/digitalmedia - University of London: Creative Programming for Digital Media & Mobile Apps

For anyone who would like to apply their technical skills to creative work ranging from video games to art installations to interactive music, and also for artists who would like to use programming in their artistic practice.

About the Course

This course will teach you how to develop and apply programming skills to creative work. This is an important skill within the development of creative mobile applications, digital music and video games. It will teach technical skills needed to write software that make use of images, audio and graphics, and will concentrate on the application of these skills to creative projects.  Additional resources will be provided for students with no programming background.

Recommended Background

Most students are expected to have some background in programming and/or computer science, and some experience of (possibly extra curricular) creative work. The course is also suitable for students new to computer programming but with a strong arts background, and a desire to develop skills in creative applications development.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/malsoftware - University of London: Malicious Software and its Underground Economy: Two Sides to Every Story

Learn about traditional and mobile malware, the security threats they represent, state-of-the-art analysis and detection techniques, and the underground ecosystem that drives such a profitable but illegal business

About the Course

Cybercrime has become both more widespread and harder to battle. Researchers and anecdotal experience show that the cybercrime scene is becoming increasingly organized and consolidated, with strong links also to traditional criminal networks. Modern attacks are indeed stealthy and often profit oriented. 

Malicious software (malware) is the traditional way in which cybercriminals infect user and enterprise hosts to gain access to their private, financial, and intellectual property data. Once stolen, such information can enable more sophisticated attacks, generate illegal revenue, and allow for cyber-espionage. 

By mixing a practical, hands-on approach with the theory and techniques behind the scene, the course discusses the current academic and underground research in the field, trying to answer the foremost question about malware and underground economy, namely, "Should we care?".

 Students will learn how traditional and mobile malware work, how they are analyzed and detected, peering through the underground ecosystem that drives this profitable but illegal business. Understanding how malware operates is of paramount importance to form knowledgeable experts, teachers, researchers, and practitioners able to fight back. Besides, it allows us to gather intimate knowledge of the systems and the threats, which is a necessary step to successfully devise novel, effective, and practical mitigation techniques.

Recommended Background

Operating Systems, Computer Architecture, Computer Security Class (optional)

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/programdesign - University of British Colombia: Introduction to Systematic Program Design - Part 1

This course is about learning to program well: building programs that are elegant, well tested and easy to maintain. The course is designed for students with no programming experience at all. Nonetheless, former students who already knew how to program have said it made them better programmers.

About the Course

Phones, diesel engines, animated newspapers, medical devices, games, political campaigns, medical research, mining, transportation systems, ... and so on, and on, and on... every day more of the world around us is at least partly run by computer programs. This means that being able to design programs - or at least be able to work with people who design programs - is becoming a more and more valuable skill.

To build your own programs you need to know two things: how to use the specific programming language and libraries needed, and the more general skill of how to design a program.

This course presents a design method that will enable you to approach the design of complex programs systematically. The method will work for programs in this course as well as hard to design programs you develop in the future.

Using this method you will learn how to model the information in a problem domain, how to structure program data to mirror that information and how to further structure the data to lead to a well-organized program. You will also learn to distinguish those parts of a program that are naturally data driven, from those that should use an alternative algorithmic approach. The method uses unit-tests to both produce a better developed design, and to test your program as you develop it.

In the first course -- Part 1 -- we use a simple teaching language to cover the core of the design method. In Part 1 we cover various forms of data; simple interactive programs like games and animations; storing information in and rendering trees; and finally exploring search programs: programs that solve puzzles like Sudoku boards. 

A second phase of the course, to be offered later,will consist of parallel tracks, with each track using a different popular programming language and focusing on a different kind of problem. This will help you bring the design method to whatever language and problem domain interests you.

Recommended Background

No prior programming experience is assumed, and only a grade school math background is required.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/sna - University of Michigan: Social Network Analysis

This course will use social network analysis, both its theory and computational tools, to make sense of the social and information networks that have been fueled and rendered accessible by the internet.

About the Course

Everything is connected: people, information, events and places, all the more so with the advent of online social media. A practical way of making sense of the tangle of connections is to analyze them as networks. In this course you will learn about the structure and evolution of networks, drawing on knowledge from disciplines as diverse as sociology, mathematics, computer science, economics, and physics. Online interactive demonstrations and hands-on analysis of real-world data sets will focus on a range of tasks: from identifying important nodes in the network, to detecting communities, to tracing information diffusion and opinion formation.

Recommended Background

There are no math or programming prerequisites for the class. There will be a few additional assignments for those with a programming background, which will use the R statistical programming language along with NetLogo.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/complexanalysis - Wesleyan University: Analysis of a Complex Kind

In this course we’ll explore complex analysis, complex dynamics, and some applications of these topics.

About the Course

Complex analysis is the study of functions that live in the complex plane, i.e. functions that have complex arguments and complex outputs. In order to study the behavior of such functions we’ll need to first understand the basic objects involved, namely the complex numbers. We’ll begin with some history: When and why were complex numbers invented? Was it the need for a solution of the equation x^2 = -1 that brought the field of complex analysis into being, or were there other reasons? Once we’ve answered these questions we’ll devote some time to learn about basic properties of complex numbers that will make it possible for us to use them in more advanced settings later on. We will learn how to do basic algebra with these numbers, how they behave in limiting processes, etc. These facts enable us to begin the study of complex functions, and at this point we can already understand the basics about the construction of the Mandelbrot set and Julia sets (if you have never heard of these that’s quite alright, but do look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandelbrot_set for example to see some beautiful pictures).

When studying functions we are often interested in their local behavior, more specifically, in how functions change as their argument changes. This leads us to studying complex differentiation – a more powerful concept than that which we learned in calculus. Don’t worry! We’ll help you remember facts from calculus in case you have forgotten.  After this exploration we will be ready to meet the main players: analytic functions. These are functions that possess complex derivatives in lots of places, a fact which endows these functions with some of the most beautiful properties mathematics has to offer. We’ll explore these properties! 

Who would want to differentiate without being able to undo it? Clearly we’ll have to learn about integration as well. But we are in the complex plane, so what are the objects we’ll integrate over? Curves! We’ll study these as well, and we’ll tie everything together via Cauchy’s beautiful and all-encompassing integral theorem and formula.   

Throughout this course we'll tell you about some of the major theorems in the field (even if we won't be able to go into depth about them) as well as some outstanding conjectures.

Recommended Background

A willingness to remember calculus is very useful, though enthusiasm and interest in learning are more important than any prior knowledge.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/nanotech - Rice University: Nanotechnology: The Basics

Nanotechnology is an emerging area that engages almost every technical discipline – from chemistry to computer science – in the study and application of extremely tiny materials.  This short course allows any technically savvy person to go one layer beyond the surface of this broad topic to see the real substance behind the very small.

About the Course

Nanotechnology is an exciting research area that spans disciplines from electrical engineering to biology.  Over the last two decades the basic science of this area has launched new technologies, the first examples of which are finding their way into commercial products.  This four week course will provide students with a bird's eye view into this fast moving area and leave students with an appreciation of the importance and foundation of super-small materials and devices.

Recommended Background

We expect some knowledge of freshman chemistry and physics, as well as algebra.  Access to a spreadsheet program would also be of value.  However, we recognize that for some interested participants this knowledge may be rusty and will provide where possible optional review videos to go over terminology and concepts relevant to the week's material.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/androidapps101 -University of Illinois: Creative, Serious and Playful Science of Android Apps

This course introduces the fundamental computer science principles that power today’s apps. You will also learn to create your own Android app using Java and standard software development tools.

About the Course

Note: The December 2013 offering of this course is 8 weeks of instruction with a 3-week break in the middle, for a total of 11 weeks.

This course is a novice-friendly and delightful introduction to computer science and programming Android-apps for smart-phones and tablets. No prior programming knowledge is necessary. In this course you'll have fun learning to create an app for modern Android devices such as the Nexus tablet. 

You'll use the programming tools that Android software developers use and build a complete and useful app during this course. Along the way, we'll introduce fundamental computer science principles and programming ideas that power today’s smart-phone and tablet apps. 

A reasonably modern and powerful Linux, Windows or Mac-OSX computer is required. A modern Android tablet or phone (such as the approximately USD$199 Nexus 7)  is useful but not-required because you’ll be able to use a virtual device that runs on your computer.

Recommended Background

No prior computer science experience is required.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.edx.org/course/ricex/ricex-phys102x-electricity-magnetism-1356 -Rice University: Electricity & Magnetism

Fundamental topics in electromagnetism: electric charge, electric fields, currents, magnetic fields, and induction.

About this Course

PHYS_102x serves as an introduction to electricity and magnetism, following the standard second semester college physics sequence. It begins with electric charge in matter, the forces between charges, the electric field, Gauss's Law, and the electric potential. Electric current and resistance are introduced, followed by descriptions of resistors, capacitors, and DC circuits.. The course then moves to the magnetic field, Ampere's Law, and Faraday's Law of Induction. Finally, inductors and AC circuits are described.

PHYS_102x consists of ~2 hours of weekly video lectures, weekly online homework questions, a one page peer assessed design project, and two online exams. The course runs 12 weeks, but during the two exam weeks there will be no new topics or homework assignments. It is recommended that student work consistently every week and should expect to spend 10-12 hours per week on course content.
 
The following components will make up PHYS_102x.

Video Lectures and Lecture Questions
Homework Problems
Midterm and Final Exams
Online Discussion Forum

PHYS_102x is targeted to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds and abilities from motivated high school students to people returning to their studies after a break. The prerequisites for this course are calculus and introductory mechanics.

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-stat2-1x-introduction-1138 - University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley): Introduction to Statistics: Descriptive Statistics

An introduction to descriptive statistics, emphasizing critical thinking and clear communication.

About this Course

We are surrounded by information, much of it numerical, and it is important to know how to make sense of it. Stat2x is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and methods of statistics, the science of drawing conclusions from data.

The course is the online equivalent of Statistics 2, a 15-week introductory course taken in Berkeley by about 1,000 students each year. Stat2x is divided into three 5-week components. Stat2.1x is the first of the three.

The focus of Stat2.1x is on descriptive statistics. The goal of descriptive statistics is to summarize and present numerical information in a manner that is illuminating and useful. The course will cover graphical as well as numerical summaries of data, starting with a single variable and progressing to the relation between two variables. Methods will be illustrated with data from a variety of areas in the sciences and humanities.

There will be no mindless memorization of formulas and methods. Throughout Stat2.1x, the emphasis will be on understanding the reasoning behind the calculations, the assumptions under which they are valid, and the correct interpretation of results.

Prerequisites:

High School Arithmetic

Verified Certificate: $25

https://www.edx.org/course/utaustinx/utaustinx-ut-9-01x-effective-thinking-1178 - University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin): Effective Thinking through Mathematics

Learn tools of effective thinking through puzzles and the world of mathematics around you in this fun and fascinating course.

About this Course

A wondrously romantic belief is that brilliant thinkers magically produce brilliant ideas: Einstein jostles his hair and relativity falls out. We can enjoy these fanciful visions of leaps of genius, but we should not be fooled into believing that they’re reality. Brilliant innovators are brilliant because they practice habits of thinking that inevitably carry them step by step to works of genius. No magic and no leaps are involved.

Professor Starbird will discuss how habits of effective thinking and creativity can be taught and learned through mathematics. Anyone who practices them will inevitably create new insights, new ideas, and new solutions. Join us for puzzles and discussions prior to the course on Twitter (@StarbirdThink) and Facebook.

Prerequisites

None. This course is designed for everyone!

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/tsinghuax/tsinghuax-202203322x-principles-electric-1319 - Tsinghua University: Principles of Electric Circuits: Part 2

Introduction to the real-world application of electric circuits used in cutting-edge technologies. (In Mandarin with English subtitles).

About this Course

The principles of electric circuits are critical for electrical engineering and computer science students. In this course, we will cover linear and nonlinear resistive circuits, and dynamic circuits in time and phasor domains. In addition to learning critical methods for analyzing circuits, the course will discuss modern circuit elements, such as MOSFETs and Op Amps, used in cutting-edge technologies. This course provides a solid introduction to the real-world application of electric circuits. You will gain a deeper understanding of the important role circuits play in our lives.

For the part 2 of the course, dynamic circuits containing capacitors and/or inductors will be the main actors. Plenty of excellent examples will be discussed.

No pre-requisites listed.

Verified Certificate: $30

https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-cs169-1x-engineering-1377 - University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley): Engineering Software as a Service

CS169.1x teaches the fundamentals of software engineering using Agile techniques to develop Software as a Service using Ruby on Rails.

About this Course

CS169.1x teaches the fundamentals for engineering long-lasting software using highly-productive Agile techniques to develop Software as a Service (SaaS) using Ruby on Rails. Students will understand the new challenges and opportunities of SaaS versus shrink-wrapped software. They will understand and apply fundamental programming techniques to the design, development, testing, and public cloud deployment of a simple SaaS application. Students will use best-of-breed tools that support modern development techniques including behavior-driven design, user stories, test-driven development, velocity, and pair programming. Students will learn how modern programming language features like metaprogramming and reflection can improve productivity and code maintainability. Students will work on weekly coding projects and quizzes. Those who successfully complete the assignments and earn a passing grade can get an honor code certificate or verified certificate from BerkeleyX. The videos and homework used in this offering of the course were revised in October 2013. The new class also includes embedded live chat with Teaching Assistants and other students and opportunities for remote pair programming with other students. Group tutorial Q&A sessions will also be held and broadcast live through Google Hangouts and YouTube.

Prerequisites

Programming proficiency in an object-oriented programming language such as Java, C#, C++, Python, or Ruby is required. We will teach the basics of Ruby at a very accelerated pace that assumes thorough familiarity with OOP inheritance, static/class vs. instance methods and attributes, recursion, hash tables/hash maps, list comprehensions, higher-order functions, lambda expressions. This course is NOT a good first course in programming. Basic Unix command-line skills are helpful; we will provide a cheat sheet. Familiarity with Git, GitHub and Heroku will also be helpful.

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-cs169-2x-engineering-1379 - University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley): Engineering Software as a Service, Part 2

CS169.2x teaches sophisticated SaaS+Agile skills, such as working with legacy code, building on basics from CS169.1x.

About this Course

CS 169.2x is the second half of University of California, Berkeley's semester long course on Engineering Software as a Service. In the first half of the course, CS 169.1x, students use Agile development methods to deploy a simple SaaS app in the cloud. In the second half, CS 169.2x, students create more sophisticated apps by adding relationships between models in apps and by enhancing their apps with JavaScript. They also learn about what happens after the apps are deployed to real users, including how to monitor performance, identify and fix common performance problems, and avoid compromising customer data. Finally, students learn how to apply Agile techniques to enhance and refactor legacy code, a critical skill for professional programmers.

Other topics covered in CS 169.2x include:

How to form, organize and manage small programming teams
Introduction to design patterns: what they are and how to recognize opportunities to apply them
Using Rails for more advanced features like third-party authentication and elegantly expressing design patterns that arise frequently in SaaS

There will be three homework assignments: two programming assignments and one assignment about operations/deployment.

There will also be several short quizzes. The videos and homeworks used in this offering of the course were revised in October 2013. Group tutorial Q&A sessions will also be held and broadcast live through Google Hangouts and YouTube.

Before your course starts, try the new edX Demo where you can explore the fun, interactive learning environment and virtual labs. Learn more.

Prerequisites

Any offering of CS 169.1x

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-6-002x-circuits-electronics-1130 - MIT:Circuits and Electronics

Teaches the fundamentals of circuit and electronic analysis.

About this Course

The course introduces engineering in the context of the lumped circuit abstraction. Topics covered include: resistive elements and networks; independent and dependent sources; switches and MOS transistors; digital abstraction; amplifiers; energy storage elements; dynamics of first- and second-order networks; design in the time and frequency domains; and analog and digital circuits and applications. Design and lab exercises are also significant components of the course.

The course is organized by weeks. To keep pace with the class, you are expected to complete all the work by the due dates indicated. Homeworks and labs must be completed by the Sunday of the week following the one in which they are posted. Weekly coursework includes interactive video sequences, readings from the textbook, homework, online laboratories, and optional tutorials. The course will also have a midterm exam and a final exam. Those who successfully earn enough points will receive an honor code certificate from MITx.

Note - You can earn college credit for taking and passing this course under the ID Verified option. EdX charges no additional cost for this. Learn more on about receiving credit from The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE).

Prerequisites

In order to succeed in this course, you must have taken an AP level physics course in electricity and magnetism. You must know basic calculus and linear algebra and have some background in differential equations. Since more advanced mathematics will not show up until the second half of the course, the first half of the course will include an optional differential equations component for those who need it.

Verified Certificate Available, but option currently closed for this course.

 

DENTISTRY

https://www.coursera.org/course/cariesmanagement - University of California San Francisco: Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA)

This course will provide the scientific basis for caries (dental decay) risk assessment and practice interventions. You will immediately be able to apply “caries management by risk assessment” into your clinical setting or into your personal health care.

About the Course

Dental Caries (tooth decay) is a bacterially based disease that progresses when acid produced by bacterial action on dietary fermentable carbohydrates travels into the tooth and dissolves the carbonated hydroxyapatite mineral.  This process is called demineralization.

Pathological factors, including acidogenic bacteria, salivary dysfunction, and dietary carbohydrates are related to caries progression.  Protective factors, which include antibacterials, salivary calcium, phosphate and proteins, salivary flow, and fluoride in saliva can balance, prevent or reverse dental caries through a process of remineralization.  Remineralization is a natural and reliable repair mechanism for non-cavitated carious lesions.

This course will provide the scientific basis behind the “caries balance” concept, which is the key to caries management by risk assessment in clinical practice.  If pathological factors prevail caries progresses.  If protective factors prevail the caries process is halted or reversed.

The course will present tools to implement  CAMBRA, “caries management by risk assessment,” in your clinical setting.  It can be in implemented medical and dental settings, and can benefit children and adults of all ages. Implementation in dental practice provides patients with genuine hope and success for the management of their oral health.  It is a practice builder for dentistry.

Recommended Background

A dental background is ideal, but not required. This course will be of interest to all clinicians who have a basic understanding of oral health and disease, and the significance of oral health education.

Verified Certificate: $69

DESIGN

https://www.coursera.org/course/ntusym -Nanyang Technological University: Beauty, Form & Function: An Exploration of Symmetry

Students will learn how to identify symmetrical forms and appreciate their importance in nature, art, architecture, crystallography and technology. By completing this course you will understand symmetry quantitatively, recognize its role in beauty and design and appreciate its function in our everyday life. Workload Breakdown: 4-6 hrs/week for Normal Track; 7-10 hrs/week for Signature Track.

About the Course

Symmetry is everywhere. In the grand scheme of things it is the blueprint by which the universe operates. We see symmetry in nature, art, architecture, science and engineering. This course explores the Beauty, Form and Function of Symmetry in common objects, then progresses to investigate tiling and tessellation, gems and crystals, and finally its indispensable role in technology. 

Walk through an urban or rural landscape and you are immersed in an endless variety of forms, often taken for granted, because our minds have evolved to perceive symmetry in our surroundings so as to accelerate the flight or fight response. Symmetry and asymmetry are also key factors that ensure the successful reproduction of plants and animals. For example, the bilateral symmetry of orchids is widely admired and this geometry is essential for insects to successfully pollinate these flowers.

This course will give you the means to address several fundamental questions.  

What tags do we recognize in decorative arrangements? 
What guidelines shape the patterns in the world around us? 
What functions do these symmetrical patterns serve? 

From looking at minerals and crystallography and also observing patterns and forms at the atomic scale, important in drug design, materials synthesis, and data storage devices, students will appreciate how today's advancement in technology, is in no small part a consequence of humankind’s increasingly sophisticated and precise manipulation of symmetry.

To amplify these ideas, you will undertake field-exercises and be introduced to specialists – botanists, artists, geomancers, historians, scientists and engineers - that work with symmetry, and who will provide their personal insights into its ‘magic’ and impact on their disciplines.

At the conclusion of this study, you will possess the tools and the motivation to look at symmetry with even greater delight, wonder and appreciation!

Recommended Background

Mathematics at GCE Advanced Level or International Baccalaureate Diploma or equivalent to junior high school

Verified Certificate: $29

https://www.coursera.org/course/design - Wharton - University of Pennsylvania: Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society

Combine fundamental concepts with hands-on design challenges to become a better designer.

About the Course

This is a course aimed at making you a better designer. The course marries theory and practice, as both are valuable in improving design performance. Lectures and readings will lay out the fundamental concepts that underpin design as a human activity. Weekly design challenges test your ability to apply those ideas to solve real problems. The course is deliberately broad - spanning all domains of design, including architecture, graphics, services, apparel, engineered goods, and products. The emphasis of the course is the basic design process: define, explore, select, and refine. You, the student, bring to the course your particular interests and expertise related to, for instance, engineering, furniture, fashion, architecture, or products. In prior sessions of the course about half of the participants were novices and about half had prior professional design expertise. Both groups seem to benefit substantially from the course. All project work is evaluated by your peers -- and indeed, you will also be a peer reviewer. This format allows you to see an interesting collection of projects while getting useful feedback on your own project. 

Student Testimonials from Earlier Sessions of the Course: 
"An amazing course - a joy to take. I will really miss checking in every week to see the latest. I learned a great deal, from the videos, [the course staff] and my fellow students. I think getting the feedback from my peers was such a great way to run the course. So many ideas, suggestions, thoughts and words of encouragement that were so appreciated. I've been driving everyone I know talking about it all the time."  --E. Wadsworth-Jones 

"When I signed up for this course I didn't know what to expect; the experience was so good and rewarding. I just loved it every step of the way. The course was brilliant, challenging and fun! Our professor, Prof. Karl Ulrich, is an amazing teacher, I loved his down to Earth approach. Participating in a tournament was also one of the course's highlights. The whole thing was a great, unforgettable experience. I wish to thank with all my heart Coursera and the University of Pennsylvania for the opportunity given to us." --D. Rosi

See examples of student projects: here

Karl's Advanced Design Course: if you're interested, please click here for more information.

Recommended Background

No specific background is required. Those with strong skills in visual expression (sketching, 3D modeling, model making) will find the design challenges easier than those who struggle a bit more with the mechanics of expressing an idea or building a prototype. Still, anyone with an interest in learning to be a designer (or to be a better designer) will be able to take this course. Indeed, the goal of the course is to reach both professionals as well as those who are just really interested in design. This is definitely not an engineering course. Although engineers who wish to become engineering designers will benefit from the course, this course will not include any specific domain knowledge in engineering (e.g., circuit design, design of structures, and so forth).

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.coursera.org/course/staticsofobjects - University of Florida (UF): Structure Standing Still: The Statics of Everyday Objects. 

The Statics of Everyday Objects is a course about how structures react to forces exerted on them while remaining unmoved.

About the Course

The Statics of Everyday Objects is a course about the world and how it reacts to the forces acting on it. From suspension bridges holding up miles of roadway, to sky-scraping buildings in the midst hurricanes, to huge dams retaining billions of gallons of water in a reservoir, these structures must withstand both the forces of nature and the forces that mankind has intended for them. The analytical tools that designers use to create these structures are deceptively simple, and it is the intent of this course to explain things in a clear, straightforward manner.

No Recommended background listed.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed.

 

 

DIVINITY

https://www.coursera.org/course/religionandtolerance - University of Maryland: Practicing Tolerance in a Religious Society: The Church and the Jews in Italy

What social and ideological mechanisms allowed Jews to survive and even flourish in Catholic Italy? And under what circumstances did the practice of tolerance break down? This course takes a different approach to the idea of tolerance, as well as to the long, complicated history of the Catholic Church and the Jews.

About the Course

Discussions of the centuries-long relationship between Christianity and the Jews are almost always framed in terms of persecution and discrimination with only occasional examples of toleration and kindness. To explain or to excuse the ongoing hatred towards Jews, historians mix together terminologies and concepts drawn from religious theology, psychology, social theory and politics. The catch-all term "anti-Semitism" lumps together outbreaks of prejudice and victimization in different times and places.

In this course, we shall ask a different question. Our focus is not on why a majority society saw Jews as different or reacted with violence to Jews' "otherness." Rather, we ask how in a society dedicated to religious uniformity one group of people was tolerated even though it refused to join the dominant faith. Many modern writers assume that Christianity, and perhaps religion itself, is inherently intolerant of non-believers. But we will see that neither religious nor secular world views necessarily lead to toleration or discrimination. The patterns of Christian-Jewish relations are both complex and intriguing.

Our question then is how did a religious society manage to practice tolerance, and under what circumstances did that practice break down? We will focus on the history of Jews in Italy and especially Rome, the city that housed the the longest continuous Jewish settlement in world history and that was also, for most of the past two millenia, the home of the Catholic Church.

Recommended Background

This course has no prerequisites.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/jerusalem - Tel Aviv University: The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem

Learn about Judah under Babylonian rule

About the Course

The period of the demise of the Kingdom of Judah at the end of the sixth century B.C.E., the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians, the exile of the elite to Babylon, and the reshaping of the territory of the new province of Judah, culminating at the end of the century with the first return of exiles – all have been subjects of intense scrutiny in modern scholarship. This course takes into account the biblical textual evidence, the results of archaeological research, and the reports of the Babylonian and Egyptian sources and provides a comprehensive survey and analysis of the evidence for the history of this 100-year-long era. The course includes a detailed discussion by Prof. Oded Lipschits of Tel Aviv University, with guest lectures by leading scholars dealing with the archaeological and biblical aspects of this debated topic.

Recommended Background

Curiosity and passion for Biblical literature, archaeology and history.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the Professor.

ECONOMICS

https://www.coursera.org/course/ucimacroeconomics – University of California, Irvine (UCI): The Power of Macroeconomics: Economic Principles in the Real World

In this course, you will learn all of the major principles of macroeconomics normally taught in a quarter or semester course to college undergraduates or MBA students.

About the Course

In this course, you will learn all of the major principles of macroeconomics normally taught in a quarter or semester course to college undergraduates or MBA students.   

Perhaps more importantly, you will also learn how to apply these principles to a wide variety of situations in both your personal and professional lives.  In this way, the Power of Macroeconomics will help you prosper in an increasingly competitive and globalized environment.

Recommended Background

This course is suitable for everyone from advanced secondary or high school students to billion dollar hedge fund managers.  It requires no complicated mathematical training.  While a previous study of microeconomics might be useful in more quickly assimilating some of the graphical material, it is certainly not a pre-requisite.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/ucimicroeconomics - University of California, Irvine (UCI): The Power of Microeconomics - Economic Principles in the Real World

In this course, you will learn all of the major principles of microeconomics normally taught in a quarter or semester course to college undergraduates or MBA students.

About the Course

In this course, you will learn all of the major principles of microeconomics normally taught in a quarter or semester course to college undergraduates or MBA students.  

Perhaps more importantly, you will also learn how to apply these principles to a wide variety of real world situations in both your personal and professional lives.  In this way, the Power of Microeconomics will help you prosper in an increasingly competitive environment.

Note that this course is a companion to the Power of Macroeconomics.  If you take both courses, you will learn all of the major principles normally taught in a year-long introductory economics college course.  

Recommended Background:

This course is suitable for everyone from advanced secondary or high school students to billion dollar hedge fund managers.  It requires no complicated mathematical training.  

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/microecon - The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Microeconomics Principles

Introduction to the functions of individual decision-makers, both consumers and producers, within the larger economic system. Primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets, the theory of the firm under varying conditions of competition and monopoly, and the role of government in promoting efficiency in the economy.

About the Course

Why 3 Versions?

Note: In January 2014 we will offer 3 versions of this course so that you can choose a version that best meets your needs. Two of the versions are identical except for the duration of the course. The third version is both shorter and covers slightly less material, focusing on just the most critical aspects of microeconomics principles. See further below for more details about the differences.

About the Course

Most people make the incorrect assumption that economics is ONLY the study of money.  My primary goal in this course is to shatter this belief.  In fact, in the last 50 years economists have tackled some of the most interesting and important questions for humanity.  For instance, the following are just a few examples:

About Love and Marriage

Why is the divorce rate so high and what should we do in order to reduce it?

About the Environment

Why do we have so much pollution?
How much is an endangered species worth?

About Crime

Would legalizing marijuana lead to a reduction in crime?

About Labor Markets

Does increasing the Federal Minimum Wage put people out of work?
Why did so many women enter the labor force during the last 40 years?

About things you should be worrying about

Why is a college education a smart investment? Or isn't?
Why are the presidential candidates missing the point on college costs?

And about many other things:

Would school vouchers lead to improvements in public education?
Why a draft would only damage the army?
How to level the playing field in baseball?
AND, why is COURSERA offering this course free of charge?

We will be addressing many of these (and many more) questions during this course. Again, my main goal will to show you the way economists think and how to use this analytical system to answer questions related not only to these and other important human issues but pretty much to anything you end up doing with your life after this class. After all, as you will quickly find out, I believe everything is economics!

Recommended Background

None--all are welcome!

Verified Certificate:  No price provided, but a “Statement of Accomplishment” signed by the instructor will be provided to all those who complete the course.

https://www.coursera.org/course/modelthinking - University of Michigan: Model Thinking

In this class, you will learn how to think with models and use them to make sense of the complex world around us.

About the Course

We live in a complex world with diverse people, firms, and governments whose behaviors aggregate to produce novel, unexpected phenomena. We see political uprisings, market crashes, and a never ending array of social trends. How do we make sense of it? Models. Evidence shows that people who think with models consistently outperform those who don't. And, moreover people who think with lots of models outperform people who use only one. Why do models make us better thinkers? Models help us to better organize information - to make sense of that fire hose or hairball of data (choose your metaphor) available on the Internet. Models improve our abilities to make accurate forecasts. They help us make better decisions and adopt more effective strategies. They even can improve our ability to design institutions and procedures. In this class, I present a starter kit of models: I start with models of tipping points. I move on to cover models explain the wisdom of crowds, models that show why some countries are rich and some are poor, and models that help unpack the strategic decisions of firm and politicians. The models covered in this class provide a foundation for future social science classes, whether they be in economics, political science, business, or sociology. Mastering this material will give you a huge leg up in advanced courses. They also help you in life. Here's how the course will work. For each model, I present a short, easily digestible overview lecture. Then, I'll dig deeper. I'll go into the technical details of the model. Those technical lectures won't require calculus but be prepared for some algebra. For all the lectures, I'll offer some questions and we'll have quizzes and even a final exam. If you decide to do the deep dive, and take all the quizzes and the exam, you'll receive a certificate of completion. If you just decide to follow along for the introductory lectures to gain some exposure that's fine too. It's all free. And it's all here to help make you a better thinker!

Subtitles for all video lectures available in: Chinese (provided by Yeeyan), English, Ukrainian (Pinchuk Foundation)

Recommended Background

Students should be very comfortable with basic algebra.  Calculus isn’t necessary but a conceptual understanding of how derivatives give the slope at a point  proves useful.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing info provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a certificate signed by the instructor.

https://www.coursera.org/course/ecfoodandyou - University of Florida: Economic Issues, Food & You

This course emphasizes the role of economics regarding its influence on food prices, the environment, and government policies. The primary objective of this course is to explore the basic tool kit of economic concepts that will enable students to critically analyze the choices they face as consumers and world citizens.

About the Course

Students will study the economic concepts of scarcity, supply and demand, society’s income and well-being, inflation, productivity, unemployment, the basic tools of finance, labor, and the “Fed”.  Students will examine how parts of the U.S. economy function and develop an awareness of current economic issues and problems. 

Recommended Background

No special background is needed for this course.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/powerofmarkets - University of Rochester: The Power of Markets

The course will give you the tools with which to understand and predict market phenomena. A large dose of real-world applications will be provided along the way. These applications illustrate the power and relevance of underlying microeconomic theory while providing you a valuable opportunity to put the theory into practice.

About the Course

The Power of Markets is designed to arm you with the fundamental tools of microeconomic analysis and to show how the tools can be used to explain and predict the behavior of individuals, organizations, and markets. We will cover the basic principles of microeconomics in a clear and through way, using numerous applications to illustrate the use of theory and to reinforce your understanding of it.

Microeconomics is the most important course in any undergraduate economics curriculum. Understanding microeconomics also provides an essential foundation to any bachelor’s or master’s degree business student. As a result, this course is designed so that both economics and business students will learn microeconomic theory and how to use it effectively. The course, of course, is beneficial to even a broader demographic that includes high school students to professionals drawn from fields such as finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, consulting, pricing, health care, public policy, education, and law. Indeed, the course is of relevance to all who seek a better understanding of the way in which markets affect our lives and livelihoods.

Recommended Background

A fundamental curiosity about how markets work and the willingness, especially among those with no prior economics training, to keep up with the recommended reading.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

EDUCATION (More listed under Teacher Development Section)

https://www.coursera.org/course/rookieteaching - Match Education’s: Surviving Your Rookie Year of Teaching: 3 Key Ideas & High Leverage Techniques

Learn 3 high leverage ideas and techniques to thrive in your first (or fifteenth) year of teaching.

Surviving Your Rookie Year of Teaching: 3 Key Ideas & High Leverage Techniques

Learn 3 high leverage ideas and techniques to thrive in your first (or fifteenth) year of teaching.

About the Course

Frustration. Hard Knocks. Sleepless nights. Tears. 
Those are just a few of the ways that rookie teachers describe their first year in the profession. And those sentiments have been validated by countless research studies that show that students, on average, learn significantly less when they’re taught by rookies. Unfortunately, many educators believe this is a necessary “rite of passage” – a sort of hazing that one must experience on their path to effective teaching. 
We don’t believe that. 
Over the past 6 years, the Match Teacher Residency has developed and refined an approach to specifically address the challenges that are unique to the rookie teacher experience. In this four-week course, we’ll explore the three ideas that we've found to contribute radically to success as a rookie teacher. “It's been a fantastic learning experience. I've taken several Coursera courses and this one is definitely the most original and creative in its approach. I suppose its main advantage is the straightforwardness of teaching, clarity and impressive visual representation. Really looking forward to Part II, where rookie teachers may grow and develop their initial knowledge even further.”

Recommended Background: While this course is intended for pre-service teachers, rookie teachers, and instructional coaches, veteran teachers and people considering moving into the profession have also found this course very worthwhile.  

Verified Certificate listed in course listing, but no information or pricing provided.

https://www.coursera.org/course/scicontentsurvey - Rice University: Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices 3 - Science Content Survey

This is the third in a series of four courses; each addressing a different set of skills science educators need to meet the demands of their career. In this course, teachers will develop a deeper understanding of several broad topics in the major science content areas by examining common misconceptions.

About the Course

A revolution is underway in science classrooms. The demands of the new workplace and the ready access to information afforded by new technologies have radically changed the way we define a scientifically literate society. 

More than ever teachers need professional development that provides them with the resources they need and empowers them to take the action required to build classrooms where the next generation of scientifically literate students will flourish. 

Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices consists of four courses, each designed to address a different strand in the development of skills teachers need to meet the demands of their career, including the following.

Science Leadership
Techniques for Success
Science Content
Student-Centered Inquiry

In this third course we will focus on helping teachers explore their own and their students misconceptions over a broad array of topics within science and engineering.

Recommended Background

No previous coursework is recommended, but the course will be most helpful to teachers with 3 or more years of teaching experience who are willing to directly apply experiences in their schools. While the course was designed with the K-8 teacher in mind, the topics covered are appropriate for all teachers, including those teaching in high school.

Verified Certificate: $35

https://www.coursera.org/course/advancedvirtual - University of California, Irvine (UCI): Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom

About the Course

This course will expand your understanding of blended and online instruction and hone your skills in the implementation of instructional strategies. In week one we'll discuss what it means to be a virtual teacher, examine what training is available for educators, and explore what career opportunities exist today. In week two we'll focus on using data and tools effectively, as well as implementing (and perhaps creating) your curriculum. We'll then delve into key strategies for developing classroom cultures focused on collaboration, respect, and inclusiveness. In week four we’ll examine lesson planning strategies for increased student engagement and success. We’ll also discuss ways to differentiate instruction for all learners using data and feedback to guide the process. Lastly, we'll consider the role of the student, teacher, and parents/guardians in the virtual classroom. By the end of this course, we hope that students will have expanded their toolbox of instructional strategies that can be immediately applied in online and blended classrooms.

Recommended Background

The course is primarily for:

Teachers working with children ages 5 - 18
Educators who are already familiar with the basics of virtual education
Faculty working with further education, community college, or vocational students
Continuing education or in-service facilitators supporting teachers and faculty
Educators interested in educational technology and/or online instruction
Please note that although this program is offered to participants from around the world, many of the examples and experiences shared will be based on the education structure and processes of the United States. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their own country-based experiences in the forums.

Verified Certificate: $39

https://www.coursera.org/course/univteaching101 - John Hopkins University: University Teaching 101

Higher education professionals, new PhD graduates, newly hired university educators and research scientists, and others interested in enhancing their teaching techniques in a university setting will acquire in this six-week course the foundational knowledge of the science of teaching and learning and develop skills and strategies for teaching at the university level.

ABOUT THE COURSE

Not too long ago, it was believed that anyone who graduated from a doctoral program was capable of teaching. In recent years, however, it has become apparent that teaching is not an intuitive behavior. In addition to content, teaching also involves a complex intellectual process, and to develop the “art” of teaching, professors require guidance and support. As the roles and responsibilities of university-level educators have evolved and expanded in recent years, the preparation of emerging university faculty leaders must focus on the development of the knowledge, skills, and strategies for teaching and learning in higher education. This short course is designed to introduce the strategies and exemplars of university teaching skills necessary to meet these new professional demands for teaching at a university level.  

Verified Certificate: $49

ENERGY & EARTH SCIENCES

https://www.coursera.org/course/globalenergy – University of Florida: Global Sustainable Energy - Past, Present and Future

Students will explore energy consumption patterns including individuals, countries and the entire globe. These patterns will include all sectors of the global economy from fully developed countries to developing nations. New energy sources will be investigated and international solutions to future needs will be analyzed.

About the Course

This general education course will cover concepts of work and energy and their relationship with our modern society. Each aspect of this relationship with energy will be analyzed including consumptive patterns for the residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation sectors of our economy. Geological sources for fossil fuels will be examined as will the differences between reserves and production. Energy capacities and limitations for new sources of renewable energies will also be examined. All of these topics will be examined within a national and international context.

Verified Certificate: $39

 

ENGINEERING

https://www.coursera.org/course/eefun - Rice University: Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering

This course probes fundamental ideas in electrical engineering, seeking to understand how electrical signals convey information, how bits can represent smooth signals like music and how modern communication systems work.

About the Course

The course focuses on the creation, manipulation, transmission, and reception of information by electronic means. The topics covered include elementary signal theory; time- and frequency-domain analysis of signals; conversion of analog signals to a digital form; and how information can be represented with signals. Signal processing, both analog and digital, allow information to be extracted and manipulated. The course then turns to information theory, which demonstrates the technological advantages of digital transmission.

The course text was written by the instructor for this course and is entirely online. You can print your own hard copy or view the material entirely online.

Recommended Background

Knowledge of Calculus

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/images - Duke University: Image and video processing: From Mars to Hollywood with a stop at the hospital

In this class you will look behind the scenes of image and video processing, from the basic and classical tools to the most modern and advanced algorithms.

About the Course

What is image and video processing? Images and videos are everywhere, from those we take with our mobile devices and share with our friends to those that we receive from Mars and the ones we see in the movie theatre, without forgetting the whole ensemble of images of our bodies that are taken in hospital visits. Image and video processing is the art of working with such images and movies, from making it possible to store and transmit them to making those dark and blurry images look nice, as well as interpreting and analyzing the medical data and recognizing our friends’ faces in social pictures. This discipline is also fascinating because it uses tools from many areas of applied mathematics. In this class you will look behind the scenes of image and video processing, from the basic and classical tools to the most modern and advanced algorithms.

The course will start with an introduction to the basics of image formation and the fundamental concepts that translate a physical scene into a digital image. We will then describe the underlying concepts of image compression, the enabling technology that makes it possible for images to be sent from Mars and videos to be stored in our mobile phones. We will cover the most fundamental tools in image enhancement, showing how simple tools can significantly improve images. Both geometric and non-geometric tools as well as spatial and non-spatial operations will be presented. Details on image segmentation will be provided, one of the most fundamental and useful problems in image processing. The above topics will be extended to color images and video. Once we have covered the fundamentals, which both provide the basis for modern image and video processing and serve many important applications until today, we will move into recent progress in the area, covering image inpainting (how to remove objects from images and video), image processing via sparse modeling and compressed sensing, geometric partial differential equations for image analysis, image processing for HIV and virus research, and image processing for neurosurgery and other medical applications.

Recommended Background

Image and video analysis can be approached from numerous areas of mathematics, from linear algebra to geometry, optimization, and differential equations. We plan to make all the lectures as self-contained as possible, but basic background in linear algebra and digital signal processing will be helpful.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/bioelectricity - Duke University: Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach

Nerves, the heart, and the brain are electrical. How do these things work? This course presents fundamental principles, described quantitatively.

About the Course

In this class you will learn how to think about electrically active tissue in terms of individual mechanisms, and you will learn to analyze the mechanisms quantitatively as well as describe them qualitatively.  The course uses many of the same examples used by Hodgkin and Huxley, who won the Nobel Prize for their experimental unraveling of the mechanisms of the nerve axon of the giant squid, and their creation of a mathematical model of membranes and propagation to understand its function.  That work has been the foundational element of most subsequent understandings of electrically active tissue, whether in nerves, the brain or in muscle, including the heart.

In this course, topics include:

The electrical charging of active membranes from the creation and use of differences in ionic concentrations across the membrane.
The stimulation of the membrane, both naturally and from engineered sources.
The creation of action potentials by the membrane in response to stimulation.
The chain reaction of membrane responses, with each small region or cell initiating an action potential in adjacent ones.
The observation of associated electrical currents in terms of extracellular wave voltages they create, the basis of clinical measurements such as the electrocardiogram.

The course will at each step present equations and other quantitative reasoning so that you will be able to go beyond describing what happens qualitatively and be able to link together the phenomena in the mosaic in a quantitative fashion, which is essential to judging whether specific changes in inputs are important to the outcome. Through the use of quantitative analysis, you will learn that all the elements of the system are tied together and be able to link together and analyze the effects of one part on another.

Recommended Background

Insofar as Bioelectricity, this course begins at the beginning, so all the main ideas can be understood without prerequisite courses.  As electricity is invisible, no one sees it, so the most important prerequisite is one’s willingness to bring imagination, reflection and patience to the topics, so as to allow the ideas to grow and knit together in one’s own mind.

Some of the presentation uses equations and other mathematics that come from calculus and differential equations and other parts reason from the physics of electricity and the analysis of circuits, so background knowledge about these subjects is helpful. For example, one needs to recognize that dV/dt is the rate of change of voltage V with time t, so as to understand that C dV/dt is the current through a capacitor C.  As another example, if V=1/r, what is dV/dr?

A course like this one usually is given to advanced undergraduates or early graduate students in science and engineering, as these students have taken calculus and physics, and differential equations and circuits, and thus are comfortable when notation or simple operations from these fields are used.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/staticsofobjects - University of Florida (UF): Structure Standing Still: The Statics of Everyday Objects

The Statics of Everyday Objects is a course about how structures react to forces exerted on them while remaining unmoved.

About the Course

The Statics of Everyday Objects is a course about the world and how it reacts to the forces acting on it. From suspension bridges holding up miles of roadway, to sky-scraping buildings in the midst hurricanes, to huge dams retaining billions of gallons of water in a reservoir, these structures must withstand both the forces of nature and the forces that mankind has intended for them. The analytical tools that designers use to create these structures are deceptively simple, and it is the intent of this course to explain things in a clear, straightforward manner.

No Recommended background listed.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/statics1 - Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech): Introduction to Engineering Mechanics

This course is an introduction to learning and applying the principles required to solve engineering mechanics problems.

About the Course

This course is an introduction to learning and applying the principles required to solve engineering mechanics problems.

Concepts will be applied in this course from previous courses you have taken in basic math and physics.  The course addresses the modeling and analysis of static equilibrium problems with an emphasis on real world engineering applications and problem solving.

Recommended Background

You should have a background in basic calculus, and physics covering classical mechanics.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.coursera.org/course/nanotech - Rice University: Nanotechnology: The Basics

Nanotechnology is an emerging area that engages almost every technical discipline – from chemistry to computer science – in the study and application of extremely tiny materials.  This short course allows any technically savvy person to go one layer beyond the surface of this broad topic to see the real substance behind the very small.

About the Course

Nanotechnology is an exciting research area that spans disciplines from electrical engineering to biology.  Over the last two decades the basic science of this area has launched new technologies, the first examples of which are finding their way into commercial products.  This four week course will provide students with a bird's eye view into this fast moving area and leave students with an appreciation of the importance and foundation of super-small materials and devices.

Recommended Background

We expect some knowledge of freshman chemistry and physics, as well as algebra.  Access to a spreadsheet program would also be of value.  However, we recognize that for some interested participants this knowledge may be rusty and will provide where possible optional review videos to go over terminology and concepts relevant to the week's material.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.edx.org/course/ricex/ricex-phys102x-electricity-magnetism-1356 -Rice University: Electricity & Magnetism

Fundamental topics in electromagnetism: electric charge, electric fields, currents, magnetic fields, and induction.

About this Course

PHYS_102x serves as an introduction to electricity and magnetism, following the standard second semester college physics sequence. It begins with electric charge in matter, the forces between charges, the electric field, Gauss's Law, and the electric potential. Electric current and resistance are introduced, followed by descriptions of resistors, capacitors, and DC circuits.. The course then moves to the magnetic field, Ampere's Law, and Faraday's Law of Induction. Finally, inductors and AC circuits are described.

PHYS_102x consists of ~2 hours of weekly video lectures, weekly online homework questions, a one page peer assessed design project, and two online exams. The course runs 12 weeks, but during the two exam weeks there will be no new topics or homework assignments. It is recommended that student work consistently every week and should expect to spend 10-12 hours per week on course content.
 
The following components will make up PHYS_102x.

Video Lectures and Lecture Questions
Homework Problems
Midterm and Final Exams
Online Discussion Forum

PHYS_102x is targeted to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds and abilities from motivated high school students to people returning to their studies after a break. The prerequisites for this course are calculus and introductory mechanics.

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/utaustinx/utaustinx-ut-6-01x-embedded-systems-1172 - University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin): Embedded Systems - Shape the World

Build real-world embedded solutions using a bottom-up approach from simple to complex in this hands-on, lab-based course.

About this Course

How do they do it? If that is your reaction every time you see an electronic gadget you like, then wonder no more. Join us on a journey that will unravel how these electronic gadgets are designed, developed, and built as embedded systems that shape the world.

This is a hands-on, learn-by-doing course that shows you how to build solutions to real-world problems using embedded systems. Each student will purchase a Texas Instruments TM4C123 microcontroller kit and a few electronic components. This microcontroller has a state of the art ARM Cortex M4 processor. The course uses a bottom-up approach to problem-solving building gradually from simple interfacing of switches and LEDs to complex concepts like display drivers, digital to analog conversion, generation of sound, analog to digital conversion, graphics, interrupts, and communication. We will present both general principles and practical tips for building circuits and programming the microcontroller in the C programming language. You will develop debugging skills using oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, and software instrumentation. Laboratory assignments are first performed in simulation, and then you will build and debug your system on the real microcontroller. At the conclusion of this course you will be able to build your own arcade-style game.

NOTE

You will need to purchase either the EK-LM4F120XL or the EK-TM4C123GXL board from Texas Instruments and a set of electronic components. The cost for these parts is about $40 USD plus shipping. We will provide instructions at:http://users.ece.utexas.edu/~valvano/edX.

You will need a PC running Windows XP, Windows 7, or Windows 8. You will need to be able to install the Keil uVision integrated development environment, which will require administrative privileges to the PC. We will provide instructions at:http://users.ece.utexas.edu/~valvano/edX.

We will provide instructions about purchasing the kit and installing required software via the course website. 

Prerequisites:

Computer programming course in any language with exposure to variables, arithmetic, logic, loops, and functions. High school physics course covering current, voltage, resistance, and power.

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-stat2-1x-introduction-1138 - University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley): Introduction to Statistics: Descriptive Statistics

An introduction to descriptive statistics, emphasizing critical thinking and clear communication.

About this Course

We are surrounded by information, much of it numerical, and it is important to know how to make sense of it. Stat2x is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and methods of statistics, the science of drawing conclusions from data.

The course is the online equivalent of Statistics 2, a 15-week introductory course taken in Berkeley by about 1,000 students each year. Stat2x is divided into three 5-week components. Stat2.1x is the first of the three.

The focus of Stat2.1x is on descriptive statistics. The goal of descriptive statistics is to summarize and present numerical information in a manner that is illuminating and useful. The course will cover graphical as well as numerical summaries of data, starting with a single variable and progressing to the relation between two variables. Methods will be illustrated with data from a variety of areas in the sciences and humanities.

There will be no mindless memorization of formulas and methods. Throughout Stat2.1x, the emphasis will be on understanding the reasoning behind the calculations, the assumptions under which they are valid, and the correct interpretation of results.

Prerequisites:

High School Arithmetic

Verified Certificate: $25

https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-16-110x-flight-vehicle-aerodynamics-871- MIT: Flight Vehicle Aerodynamics

Discover the concepts, theories, models, and methods used in the aerodynamic analysis and design of modern aircraft.

About this Course

This course covers the physics, concepts, theories, and models underlying the discipline of aerodynamics. A general theme is the technique of velocity field representation and modeling via source and vorticity fields, and via their sheet, filament, or point-singularity idealizations.

The intent is to instill an intuitive feel for aerodynamic flowfield behavior, and to provide the basis of aerodynamic force analysis, drag decomposition, flow interference estimation, and many other important applications. A few computational methods are covered, primarily to give additional insight into flow behavior, and to identify the primary aerodynamic forces on maneuvering aircraft. A short overview of flight dynamics is also presented.

Before your course starts, try the new edX Demo where you can explore the fun, interactive learning environment and virtual labs.

This course is part of an XSeries

An XSeries is a sequence of edX courses in a subject area. When you complete and pass all of the courses in the series, you will receive an XSeries Certificate of Mastery in that subject documenting your achievement

Verified Certificate: $100

https://www.edx.org/course/utaustinx/utaustinx-ut-9-01x-effective-thinking-1178 - University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin): Effective Thinking through Mathematics

Learn tools of effective thinking through puzzles and the world of mathematics around you in this fun and fascinating course.

About this Course

A wondrously romantic belief is that brilliant thinkers magically produce brilliant ideas: Einstein jostles his hair and relativity falls out. We can enjoy these fanciful visions of leaps of genius, but we should not be fooled into believing that they’re reality. Brilliant innovators are brilliant because they practice habits of thinking that inevitably carry them step by step to works of genius. No magic and no leaps are involved.

Professor Starbird will discuss how habits of effective thinking and creativity can be taught and learned through mathematics. Anyone who practices them will inevitably create new insights, new ideas, and new solutions. Join us for puzzles and discussions prior to the course on Twitter (@StarbirdThink) and Facebook.

Prerequisites

None. This course is designed for everyone!

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/tsinghuax/tsinghuax-202203322x-principles-electric-1319 - Tsinghua University: Principles of Electric Circuits: Part 2

Introduction to the real-world application of electric circuits used in cutting-edge technologies. (In Mandarin with English subtitles).

About this Course

The principles of electric circuits are critical for electrical engineering and computer science students. In this course, we will cover linear and nonlinear resistive circuits, and dynamic circuits in time and phasor domains. In addition to learning critical methods for analyzing circuits, the course will discuss modern circuit elements, such as MOSFETs and Op Amps, used in cutting-edge technologies. This course provides a solid introduction to the real-world application of electric circuits. You will gain a deeper understanding of the important role circuits play in our lives.

For the part 2 of the course, dynamic circuits containing capacitors and/or inductors will be the main actors. Plenty of excellent examples will be discussed.

No pre-requisites listed.

Verified Certificate: $30

https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-cs169-1x-engineering-1377 - University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley): Engineering Software as a Service

CS169.1x teaches the fundamentals of software engineering using Agile techniques to develop Software as a Service using Ruby on Rails.

About this Course

CS169.1x teaches the fundamentals for engineering long-lasting software using highly-productive Agile techniques to develop Software as a Service (SaaS) using Ruby on Rails. Students will understand the new challenges and opportunities of SaaS versus shrink-wrapped software. They will understand and apply fundamental programming techniques to the design, development, testing, and public cloud deployment of a simple SaaS application. Students will use best-of-breed tools that support modern development techniques including behavior-driven design, user stories, test-driven development, velocity, and pair programming. Students will learn how modern programming language features like metaprogramming and reflection can improve productivity and code maintainability. Students will work on weekly coding projects and quizzes. Those who successfully complete the assignments and earn a passing grade can get an honor code certificate or verified certificate from BerkeleyX. The videos and homeworks used in this offering of the course were revised in October 2013. The new class also includes embedded live chat with Teaching Assistants and other students and opportunities for remote pair programming with other students. Group tutorial Q&A sessions will also be held and broadcast live through Google Hangouts and YouTube.

Prerequisites

Programming proficiency in an object-oriented programming language such as Java, C#, C++, Python, or Ruby is required. We will teach the basics of Ruby at a very accelerated pace that assumes thorough familiarity with OOP inheritance, static/class vs. instance methods and attributes, recursion, hash tables/hash maps, list comprehensions, higher-order functions, lambda expressions. This course is NOT a good first course in programming. Basic Unix command-line skills are helpful; we will provide a cheat sheet. Familiarity with Git, GitHub and Heroku will also be helpful.

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-cs169-2x-engineering-1379 - University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley): Engineering Software as a Service, Part 2

CS169.2x teaches sophisticated SaaS+Agile skills, such as working with legacy code, building on basics from CS169.1x.

About this Course

CS 169.2x is the second half of University of California, Berkeley's semester long course on Engineering Software as a Service. In the first half of the course, CS 169.1x, students use Agile development methods to deploy a simple SaaS app in the cloud. In the second half, CS 169.2x, students create more sophisticated apps by adding relationships between models in apps and by enhancing their apps with JavaScript. They also learn about what happens after the apps are deployed to real users, including how to monitor performance, identify and fix common performance problems, and avoid compromising customer data. Finally, students learn how to apply Agile techniques to enhance and refactor legacy code, a critical skill for professional programmers.

Other topics covered in CS 169.2x include:

How to form, organize and manage small programming teams
Introduction to design patterns: what they are and how to recognize opportunities to apply them
Using Rails for more advanced features like third-party authentication and elegantly expressing design patterns that arise frequently in SaaS

There will be three homework assignments: two programming assignments and one assignment about operations/deployment.

There will also be several short quizzes. The videos and homeworks used in this offering of the course were revised in October 2013. Group tutorial Q&A sessions will also be held and broadcast live through Google Hangouts and YouTube.

Before your course starts, try the new edX Demo where you can explore the fun, interactive learning environment and virtual labs. Learn more.

Prerequisites

Any offering of CS 169.1x

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-6-002x-circuits-electronics-1130 - MIT:Circuits and Electronics

Teaches the fundamentals of circuit and electronic analysis.

About this Course

The course introduces engineering in the context of the lumped circuit abstraction. Topics covered include: resistive elements and networks; independent and dependent sources; switches and MOS transistors; digital abstraction; amplifiers; energy storage elements; dynamics of first- and second-order networks; design in the time and frequency domains; and analog and digital circuits and applications. Design and lab exercises are also significant components of the course.

The course is organized by weeks. To keep pace with the class, you are expected to complete all the work by the due dates indicated. Homeworks and labs must be completed by the Sunday of the week following the one in which they are posted. Weekly coursework includes interactive video sequences, readings from the textbook, homework, online laboratories, and optional tutorials. The course will also have a midterm exam and a final exam. Those who successfully earn enough points will receive an honor code certificate from MITx.

Note - You can earn college credit for taking and passing this course under the ID Verified option. EdX charges no additional cost for this. Learn more on about receiving credit from The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE) in the FAQ below. For more information on obtaining your transcript from ACE click here.

Prerequisites

In order to succeed in this course, you must have taken an AP level physics course in electricity and magnetism. You must know basic calculus and linear algebra and have some background in differential equations. Since more advanced mathematics will not show up until the second half of the course, the first half of the course will include an optional differential equations component for those who need it.

Verified Certificate Available, but option currently closed for this course.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

https://www.coursera.org/course/sustain - The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Introduction to Sustainability

This course introduces the academic discipline of sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations.

About the Course

This course introduces the academic approach of Sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations. The course focuses on key knowledge areas of sustainability theory and practice, including population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history.

This subject is of vital importance, seeking as it does to uncover the principles of the long-term welfare of all the peoples of the planet. As sustainability is a cross-disciplinary field of study, this foundation requires intellectual breadth: as I describe it in the class text, understanding our motivations requires the humanities, measuring the challenges of sustainability requires knowledge of the sciences (both natural and social), and building solutions requires technical insight into systems (such as provided by engineering, planning, and management).

Recommended Background

None

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/introtolca - Northwestern University’s: How Green Is That Product? An Introduction to Life Cycle Environmental Assessment

In this course you will learn the basics of the life-cycle assessment (LCA) method for holistic environmental analysis of products, technologies, and systems. LCA sheds light on the environmental implications of the consumption and behavioral choices we all make on a daily basis.

About the Course

Paper or plastic?  Hybrid or conventional vehicles?  Which is better for the environment?  To answer these questions, one must take a holistic systems view using a quantitative approach known as life cycle assessment. 

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a fundamental method for assessing the environmental impacts of products and technologies from a "cradle to grave" systems perspective.  It is an essential tool for anyone who performs environmental analyses or uses the results of such analyses for decision making.  

The course will provide an introduction to LCA methods and applications.  Students taking this course will emerge with a solid understanding of why an LCA systems perspective is important, basic skills for sound application of the LCA method and proper interpretation of its results, and an appreciation for the strengths and limitations of LCA in practice.  The course will cover the four major steps in LCA: (1) goal definition and scope; (2) life-cycle inventory compilation; (3) life-cycle impact assessment; and (4) interpretation and management.  The course will include a hands-on modeling project, which the students will perform in parallel to the lectures to reinforce learning objectives and to gain experience in LCA application.

Recommended Background

Familiarity with spreadsheet software (preferably Microsoft Excel), basic skills in algebra, matrix operations, and statistics, and some exposure to environmental issues related to air pollution, water pollution, waste generation, and climate change is all you need to succeed in this course.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/megafauna - Duke University: Marine Megafauna: An Introduction to Marine Science and Conservation

An introduction to the basics of marine science and conservation, brought to you with the help of sea turtles, marine mammals, seabirds and many more of the most compelling creatures in the ocean.

About the Course

This course is about sea turtles, whales, dolphins, seals, penguins, sharks, giant squid and other large ocean creatures - collectively known as marine megafauna - and what they can tell us about how the ocean works and why it is so important for all life on earth. 

This course will help you learn about life in the ocean, how ocean ecosystems function, how scientists study the ocean, and the challenges we face in sustaining healthy oceans for the future. These topics will be explored using case studies that focus on charismatic marine megafauna species – the most compelling creatures in the ocean that capture our attention and inspire us to learn more.


The course starts with an examination of the physical dimensions of the world’s ocean and how we describe ocean zones based on the ecosystems found within them. Once these basics are covered, we will work through the evolution of life in the oceans and explore how marine animals have adapted to the challenges of a cold, dark and deep ocean. Throughout the class we will highlight how scientists study the oceans and the animals that live in them, providing glimpses of new technologies that boost our understanding of marine ecology. The course will also cover some of the challenges the oceans face due to human activities - exploring issues such as bycatch and climate change - and how they are affecting ocean species and systems.

Throughout the course we will connect with real marine science through the use of open access scientific articles published in the journal PLOS ONE. This means you will have to learn how to read scientific papers and extract the important bits of information from them. The articles you’ll be reading are all part of a new PLOS Collection focused on using open access research to teach marine science and conservation. You will also get to look at real datasets produced by scientists studying marine creatures and visualize them in freely available programs such as Google Earth.

Recommended Background

Some familiarity with basic biological and ecological concepts as they relate to the ocean.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/climateliteracy - University of British Columbia: Climate Literacy: Navigating Climate Change Conversations

Climate Literacy tackles the scientific and socio-political dimensions of climate change. This course introduces the basics of the climate system, models and predictions, human and natural impacts, mitigative and adaptive responses, and the evolution of climate policy.

About the Course

This course explores the basic concepts and terms needed to understand the science of climate change, and the available mitigation, adaptation and policy options. By the end of the course, students will be able to:

·  Tell the story of our climate, describing how interactions among atmosphere, ocean, land, and life lead to climatic changes at all timescales

·  Evaluate the likely effect of historical human fossil emissions and land use changes on Earth’s energy balance and climate.

·  Describe the direct observations of climate change in recent decades, and articulate the evidence attributing global warming in this time period to human causes.

·  Assess the utility - and limits - of climate models to predict global and regional climate change.

·  Articulate the demographic, economic, technological and political factors that influence both humans’ impact on the climate and humans’ vulnerability to climate change.

·  Express an informed opinion on the scope and urgency of the efforts needed to both mitigate and adapt to climate change.

 We provide the scientific basics of climate change paired with the response options (mitigation and adaptation) and policy landscape. Focusing exclusively on the science of climate change may not allow a nuanced understanding of the social implications of this science.  Similarly, political or economic analyses of climate change frequently neglect the underlying mechanics behind climate change thresholds, feedbacks, and the potential for abrupt change. This course explores linkages between climate change and other pressing priorities such as human health, poverty, community livability, economic resilience, and other environmental problems (such as biodiversity and water quality).  We acknowledge the urgent need to design innovative strategies that realize multiple objectives (or co-benefits) simultaneously, and explore the particular capacity for sustainability and climate change to provide an avenue for achieving these objectives. 

Recommended Background

This course is open to anyone.  No particular background is needed.  We hope you'll join us!

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.coursera.org/course/sustainableag - University of Florida: Sustainable Agricultural Land Management

This course will cover the agricultural and urban water quality issues in Florida, their bases, land and nutrient management strategies, and the science and policy behind the best management practices (BMPs). Students will learn to evaluate BMP research and analyze its role in determining practices and policies that protect water quality.

About the Course

Protecting the state’s water from nutrient contamination depends on adopting best management practices (BMPs) for land and nutrient management in the urban and agricultural settings.  BMPs must be based on science and be practical and economical to adopt, while meeting society’s needs.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

 

FINANCE

https://www.coursera.org/course/introfinance - University of Michigan: Introduction to Finance

This course will introduce you to frameworks and tools to measure value; both for corporate and personal assets. It will also help you in decision-making, again at both the corporate and personal levels.

About the Course

This course is primarily devoted to the fundamental principles of valuation. We will learn and apply the concepts of time value of money and risk to understand the major determinants of value creation. We will use both theory and real world examples to demonstrate how to value any asset.

Subtitles for all video lectures available in: Chinese (provided by Yeeyan), English, Portuguese (Lemann Foundation), and Ukrainian (Pinchuk Foundation)

Recommended Background

This is a tough issue.  I do not believe in prerequisites, except for a sense of curiosity and an attitude. Having said that, exposure to economics (the mother discipline of finance), accounting (the language of business), and/or algebra and statistics (we all need it) will clearly help.  I will however try and cover everything starting with fundamentals and will highlight when there is a need for you to do some further work in specific subjects.  In fact, I hope the class will motivate you to learn more.  I believe that learning usually happens when you are motivated by a curiosity to understand something.

Verified Certificate listed but no pricing info provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a certificate signed by the instructor.

https://www.coursera.org/course/financialmarkets - Yale University: Financial Markets

An overview of the ideas, methods, and institutions that permit human society to manage risks and foster enterprise.

About the Course

Financial institutions are a pillar of civilized society, supporting people in their productive ventures and managing the economic risks they take on. The workings of these institutions are important to comprehend if we are to predict their actions today and their evolution in the coming information age. The course strives to offer understanding of the theory of finance and its relation to the history, strengths and imperfections of such institutions as banking, insurance, securities, futures, and other derivatives markets, and the future of these institutions over the next century.

No Recommended Background listed.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/evaluation - HEC Paris: Evaluation financière de l'entreprise

A l'issue de ce MOOC, vous serez capables de comprendre ce qui justifie la valorisation d'une entreprise et vous pourrez en réaliser par vous même.

About the Course

La valeur de l'entreprise est au coeur de la finance : elle sert souvent d'objectif à ses dirigeants à moyen ou long terme ; elle est centrale de longue date dans le processus d'allocation des ressources financières des investisseurs. Plus récemment les comptables qui ont parfois l'ambition que les comptes de l'entreprise reflètent sa valeur et les Etats qui taxent le patrimoine des actionnaires, ont commencé à s'y intéresser de près.

L'objectif de ce MOOC est de vous présenter les principales méthodes de valorisation de l'entreprise, les points compliqués qu'elles recèlent, la façon dont elles peuvent être combinées et ce que leurs résultats éventuellement différents nous apprennent sur la situation de l'entreprise.

Recommended Background

Maîtriser les bases de la comptabilité et celles de la finance.

Vous devez être capable de mener par vous-même l'analyse financière d'une entreprise ; les tableaux de flux de trésorerie ne doivent plus avoir de secrets pour vous. Les concepts d'actualisation et de taux de rentabilité exigé sont parfaitement maitrisés.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/compinvesting1 - Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech): Computational Investing, Part I

Find out how modern electronic markets work, why stock prices change in the ways they do, and how computation can help our understanding of them.  Build algorithms and visualizations to inform investing practice.

About the Course

Overview
Why do the prices of some companies’ stocks seem to move up and down together while others move separately? What does portfolio “diversification” really mean and how important is it? What should the price of a stock be? How can we discover and exploit the relationships between equity prices automatically? We’ll examine these questions, and others, from a computational point of view. You will learn many of the principles and algorithms hedge funds and investment professionals use to maximize return and reduce risk in equity portfolios.


Topics

We start with a tour of the mathematics and statistics that underlie equity price changes, and the relationships between different groups of equities. We’ll review the most important economic theories of investing and how to create programs that take advantage of them. We’ll look at the data needed to do this, and how to manipulate it effectively.  
Important note: This is a project oriented course involving Python programming.


This course is intended for folks who have a strong programming background, but who are new to finance and investing.  Check out the two links below to see if the course is a good match.

Take a look at the course syllabus here.
Take a look at what other students thought of the course here.

Course options
You can enroll in the course in several ways:

Regular enrollment. In this track you are expected to watch the videos and complete the assignments.

Preview: You can watch the videos without enrolling. The videos will be available as they are published. Follow this link to preview the lectures: https://class.coursera.org/compinvesting1-002/lecture/preview 

Signature track: This is a brand new option offered by Coursera. More information below.

Recommended Background

Who this course is for - The course is intended for people with software programming experience and introductory level knowledge of investment practice. The primary prerequisite is an excitement about the stock market.



Prerequisites for regular enrollment
If you would like to receive a certificate of completion, you will have to turn in several programming projects using the Python programming language. You should have Python experience, and Python software installation experience (i.e., PyPI, apt-get, easy install, homebrew). You should have a genuine interest in the stock market and an understanding of basic statistical principles such as probability distributions.

Prerequisites for preview/video only track
You are invited to watch the lectures in "preview mode." In this mode you do not have to complete the homework assignments and quizzes. You will not receive a certificate in this track. The course is designed so that the videos are useful even if you do not do the projects. You will get the most out of the course if you have a genuine interest in the stock market and an understanding of basic statistical principles such as probability distributions. The instructor assumes students have introductory level programming skills and a basic knowledge of statistics. Algorithmic and statistical aspects of the course will be illustrated using Excel spreadsheets and Python programs, so familiarity with these tools is helpful.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/finance - Wharton - The University of Pennsylvania: An Introduction to Corporate Finance

This course will provide a market-oriented framework for analyzing the major types of financial decisions made by corporations. Lectures and readings will provide an introduction to present value techniques, capital budgeting principles, asset valuation, the operation and efficiency of financial markets, the financial decisions of firms, and derivatives

About the Course

PART OF THE WHARTON FOUNDATION SERIES 

This course is part of the Wharton foundation series in the MOOC format. This course serves as an introduction to business finance (corporate financial management and investments) for graduate level business school students preparing for upper-level course work. The primary objective is to provide a framework, concepts, and tools for analyzing financial decisions based on fundamental principles of modern financial theory.

Recommended Background

The core material for these courses consist of recorded lectures held for MBA students at Wharton.  As a result, the course is most appropriate for a graduate level business school student preparing for upper-level course work. 

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

FOOD & NUTRITION

https://www.coursera.org/course/nutrition - University of California San Francisco: Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

This course covers the basics of normal nutrition for optimal health outcomes and evidence-based diets for a variety of diseases.

About the Course

This course covers the basics of normal nutrition for optimal health outcomes and evidence-based diets for a variety of diseases. Participants will learn the fundamentals of nutrition science and build upon these to explore emerging diet therapies, to analyze nutrition research and to plan well-balanced meals and dietary interventions for both healthy individuals and those with a number of diseases and health conditions. 

Recommended Background

Basic understanding of nutrition science: macronutrients, micronutrients and digestion.

Verified Certificate: $69

https://www.coursera.org/course/ecfoodandyou - University of Florida: Economic Issues, Food & You

This course emphasizes the role of economics regarding its influence on food prices, the environment, and government policies. The primary objective of this course is to explore the basic tool kit of economic concepts that will enable students to critically analyze the choices they face as consumers and world citizens.

About the Course

Students will study the economic concepts of scarcity, supply and demand, society’s income and well-being, inflation, productivity, unemployment, the basic tools of finance, labor, and the “Fed”.  Students will examine how parts of the U.S. economy function and develop an awareness of current economic issues and problems. 

Recommended Background

No special background is needed for this course.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/sustainableag - University of Florida: Sustainable Agricultural Land Management

This course will cover the agricultural and urban water quality issues in Florida, their bases, land and nutrient management strategies, and the science and policy behind the best management practices (BMPs). Students will learn to evaluate BMP research and analyze its role in determining practices and policies that protect water quality.

About the Course

Protecting the state’s water from nutrient contamination depends on adopting best management practices (BMPs) for land and nutrient management in the urban and agricultural settings.  BMPs must be based on science and be practical and economical to adopt, while meeting society’s needs.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

GAMES STUDIES

https://www.coursera.org/course/cgt - Georgia Institute of Technology: Games without Chance: Combinatorial Game Theory

This course will cover the mathematical theory and analysis of simple games without chance moves.

About the Course

 This course explores the mathematical theory of two player games without chance moves. We will cover simplifying games, determining when games are equivalent to numbers, and impartial games. Many of the examples will be with simple games that may be new to you: Hackenbush, Nim, Push, Toads and Frogs, and others. While this probably won’t make you a better chess or go player, the course will give you a better insight into the structure of games.

Recommended Background

This is a university level Mathematics course. While there are no specific Mathematics prerequisites, it is highly recommended that students have taken rigorous college level Mathematics courses (AP calculus counts as such).

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/gamification - University of Pennsylvania: Gamification

Gamification is the application of game elements and digital game design techniques to non-game problems, such as business and social impact challenges. This course will teach you the mechanisms of gamification, why it has such tremendous potential, and how to use it effectively.

About the Course

Gamification is the application of digital game design techniques to non-game problems, such as business and social impact challenges. Video games are the dominant entertainment form of our time because they are powerful tools for motivating behavior. Effective games leverage both psychology and technology, in ways that can be applied outside the immersive environments of games themselves. Gamification as a business practice has exploded over the past two years. Organizations are applying it in areas such as marketing, human resources, productivity enhancement, sustainability, training, health and wellness, innovation, and customer engagement. Game thinking means more than just dropping in badges and leaderboards; it requires a thoughtful understanding of motivation and design techniques. This course examines the mechanisms of gamification and provides an understanding of its effective use. 
Subtitles for all video lectures available in: English, Russian (provided by Digital October), Turkish (Koc University)

Recommended Background

http://wdp.wharton.upenn.edu/books/for-the-win/?utm_source=Coursera&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=forthewin This course is designed as an introduction to gamification as a business practice. No particular technical knowledge or prior coursework are required.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/livearthistory - California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS): Live!: A History of Art for Artists, Animators and Gamers

Explore art history from the artist's perspective. Learn how contemporary artists, animators and gamers work from the art of the past as part of their creative process, while building your own skills in visual analysis and creative and critical thinking.

About the Course

This course approaches the questions of “art” and “history” from the perspective of contemporary makers of art (sculpture, painting, photography, performance, installation and more), animators (whether character/story-based or experimental) and gamers, asking how artists actively make a history for their own practices by thinking about the creative process as a “conversation” with a wide range of art from the past.  Why are ground-breaking artists so often historically-minded (and yet tend to break all the rules of conventional history-telling)?  How do animators themselves “write” the largely unwritten history of their art through quotation, transposition and mash-ups?  Why should contemporary gamers look at classical painting anyway?

This course will combine short video lectures/interviews and interactive quizzes with independent, peer-reviewed sketchbook and field work (suggested visits to local museums, film viewings, etc.).  It is intended to give the student a background in a wide range of visual practices and a greater familiarity with techniques of historical analysis.  It will help to build skills in visual analysis, and will also provide insight into the creative culture of CalArts, where a certain portion of these art histories have been made in the first place.

Recommended Background

Some college-level experience in the arts and humanities will be helpful.  And the more the student is willing to complement classwork with independent looking and thinking about art, animation and video games (as well as comic books and graphic novels, film, etc.), the more they will get out of the class.  Remember:  Art is an ongoing process and art practice can't end in the classroom, wherever that classroom might b

Verified Certificate: $49

 

GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY

https://www.coursera.org/course/terrorism – Universiteit Leiden: Terrorism and Counterterrorism - Comparing Theory and Practice

Students, policy makers, journalists or anyone with a strong interest in terrorism and counter terrorism studies and trends will find the course most relevant. It will equip you with a range of insights that help you to analyze and understand these complex phenomena.

About the Course

Terrorism has arguably been one of the defining factors of our age. It frequently makes headlines, threatening or attacking governments, private business and ordinary citizens. And in many parts of the world, it has been one of the most important threats to peace, security and stability. But what does this exactly mean? What is the nature of this threat? Who or what is threatened, how, by whom and why? What can be done about it or how can we at least limit the impact of terrorism and make sure that terrorists do not make headlines and manage to scare us?

These are just a handful of questions that will be addressed in this course that consists of three parts. First it focuses on the essence of terrorism as an instrument to achieve certain goals, in addition to an exploration of this phenomenon and the difficulties in defining it. The second part provides an overview of the state of the art in (counter) terrorism studies. Since ‘9/11’ terrorism studies have grown exponentially, reflecting the rise in perceived threats. But what has academia come up with? What theories, assumptions and conventional wisdom has it produced that could be of help in understanding terrorism and dealing with it? The most interesting results are examined and compared with empirical evidence with the aim to either stress their importance or to debunk them as myths. The final part looks into the implications and possibilities for policy making.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/understandingterror - University of Maryland: Understanding Terrorism and the Terrorist Threat

This course will explore questions relating to the who, what and how of terrorism studies by introducing students to cutting edge research and the experts investigating these topics.

About the Course

Terrorism Studies does not fall within any one traditional academic discipline, and it is often plagued by subjectivity and a lack of empirical data. The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence housed at the University of Maryland, will apply its multi-disciplinary and mixed-method approach to research in this course, utilizing theory and quantitative and qualitative research from a range of the social and behavioral sciences including Criminology, Psychology, Political Science and Communications Studies.

The course will begin with a unit looking at widely held myths about terrorism and utilizing empirical data to discuss the realities of broad trends and patterns in terrorist attacks over time.  The course will then review the psychological factors at play in individual radicalization and recruitment into terrorism, followed by an analysis of terrorist group dynamics.  The course will next look to factors that allow terrorist groups to successfully carry out attacks, such as propaganda, use of media, financing, recruitment, and training.  The course will conclude by looking at the factors that drive terrorist group persistence/endurance versus terrorist group desistance, and will bring the varied course concepts together through a detailed look at the case of al-Qa’ida, including the group’s successes, failures, tactics, and strategies.  Throughout the course, students will work with the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database (GTD), the largest database of terrorist incidents in the world, learning its capabilities and developing basic skills in searching and displaying appropriate and accurate sets of terrorism data.

Recommended Background

No background knowledge is required; however both new and advanced learners will be able to cater the course to their needs with additional optional readings for those more versed in terrorism studies.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/europe - HEC Paris: Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You

Learn about the European Union, how it works, why it matters and what it can offer you. Regardless of where you live, the EU not only affects your life but may also transform it. This course aims at empowering you, your family, business and community in Europe and beyond and will enable you to discover jobs you were not aware of.

About the Course

Regardless of where you live, the European Union has a large, yet often unnoticed, impact on many aspects of your everyday life. Whether you are traveling, eating, working, doing business, shopping, surfing the Internet or breathing, all these activities are largely shaped by the EU.  As a result no global citizen, business leader, lawmaker, lobbyist or student can effectively operate in Europe or in the world without a solid understanding of this unique laboratory of integration. While the EU is often depicted as a monstrous bureaucratic creature, condemned to irrelevance by the emerging economies, it remains the most accomplished experiment of economic, social and political integration in human history. In 50 years the EU accomplished what other countries took centuries to realize.

Given its inherent complexities, Understanding Europe aims at popularizing the intricacies of the European Union system to promote greater awareness of the opportunities it offers you. Ultimately, you will not only better grasp the applicable framework for any European economic or social activity you engage in, but you will also participate on the EU stage. By confronting you with several current EU policy proposals, you will be able to ‘have a say’ in the EU policymaking process. We want to empower you as a citizen and business operator to maximize your rights and opportunities in today’s Europe.

Understanding Europe is structured upon some basic yet critical questions about the EU’s purpose and legitimacy : why does the EU exist? How does it work? What can it offer you? The course then analyzes the European public sphere by focusing on its main actors (the European Parliament, the Commission, the Council, the Court of Justice of the EU) and the role European citizens play in influencing Europe. We then move to the Union’s powers (what can the EU do? How far can it go? Do Members States have some instruments to “block” EU action? Can EU citizens challenge EU action?) by discussing the limits to its action and describing some of its policies. The course then analyzes the role and opportunities citizens and all stakeholders may have in shaping EU policies through public consultation, the European Citizens Initiative and other forms of participatory democracy. In a further step, we will analyze what the EU is doing for you regardless of where you are based in the world. Finally, by taking stock of what you have learned in the previous weeks, we will look at what you can do for and in Europe.

Throughout the whole course, participants will be confronted with real-life examples of EU action. EU affairs professionals will share their personal EU experiences and tell us about their EU jobs. You can interact with the instructor and other participants, share your opinions, question the instructor’s assumptions and hence shape the course’s content. 

Recommended Background

No prior knowledge is required. All are welcome.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/modernmiddleeast – Tel Aviv University: The Emergence of the Modern Middle East

Learn about the history of the Middle East for a deeper understanding of current regional developments!

About the Course

This course will discuss the emergence of the modern Middle East from the fall of the Ottoman Empire, at the end of the First World War to the present. It will discuss the Ottoman legacy in the region and the Western imperial impact on the creation of the Arab state system. The course will discuss the rise and retreat of Arab nationalism, the problems of internal cohesion of the Arab states, issues of religion and state, and the evolution of Islamist politics. It will also focus on the evolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict and its impact on the region and will conclude with an in depth analysis of the “Arab Spring” by placing these contemporary revolutionary events in their historical context.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

Verified Certificate: $39

https://www.coursera.org/course/latinamericanculture - Tecnologico de Monterrey: Latin American Culture

This course seeks to interest students in the Latin American culture by studying it from multiple perspectives.

About the Course

This course will develop students’ abilities to understand Latin American culture at both the national and regional levels. Students will analyze the social, economic, political, and cultural development of the region by applying modern critical thinking to the understood history of the individual Latin American countries. At the same time, students will study the contributions of different cultural and ethnic groups that exist within these countries, in order to understand fully the social complexity of what we call “Latin America”. Lastly, students will evaluate the developmental needs of Latin American countries and propose possible solutions in which individuals can act as a force for change.

Throughout the course, students will develop abilities such as: independent thinking and learning, analytical skills, and the ability to synthesize, and evaluate. The final part of the course will help develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. After completing this course, students will gain a better awareness of Latin American reality and needs.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided.

https://www.coursera.org/course/911aftermath - Duke University: 9/11 and Its Aftermath -- Part I

This course will explore the forces that led to the 9/11 attacks and the policies the United States adopted in response. We will examine the phenomenon of modern terrorism, the development of the al Qai'da ideology, and the process by which individuals radicalize towards violence.

About the Course

The attacks of September 11, 2001, were a seminal moment in modern history. They demonstrated the ability of non-state actors to inflict serious damage on the world's greatest superpower and exposed the vulnerability of the entire global community to catastrophic acts of terrorism. 

To understand the causes of the attacks, 9/11 and Its Aftermath -- Part I will examine the phenomenon of terrorism, in general, and, more specifically, the radical ideology developed and propagated by Osama bin Laden through al Qai'da. We will consider why individuals are attracted to this ideology and how they radicalize to violence. We will also explore the way in which the United States addressed terrorism prior to 9/11 and the policy challenges it (and its allies around the globe) faced in the immediate aftermath of the attacks. 

The second part of this course -- to be offered sometime in 2014 -- will examine the policy "aftermath" of 9/11. Part II will examine how the United States changed its policies in response to 9/11 in three areas: the use of military force, law enforcement and intelligence activities, and homeland security. We will trace the evolution of these policies from the Bush to the Obama Administration and critically assess the overall counter-terrorism strategy. 

Together, these courses will provide the background necessary to understand why 9/11 occurred, and consider the range of options that democratic nations can use to counteract this form of political violence.  

Recommended Background

No background is required.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.coursera.org/course/afp21stcentury - Duke University: 21st Century American Foreign Policy

What is American foreign policy? Who makes it? Why is it the way it is? How does it affect the rest of the world? Professor Bruce Jentleson has taught the subject for over 30 years, written one of the leading books on it, and has served in numerous U.S. foreign policy positions.

About the Course

U.S. foreign policy has a huge impact on the world. That impact is widely debated among Americans and by people in many countries. Our goal in this course is to gain more understanding of what U.S. foreign policy is, who makes it, why is it the way it is, and how it affects the rest of the world. Through lectures, readings, and other course elements we build on the information available from the media and other such sources while delving deeper into the issues, their history, their broader context and major debates. We seek to do so as a community of learning committed not only to the curricular objectives for our course, but seeking to demonstrate to the world how to conduct informed and respectful discourse on subjects which have plenty of room for disagreement.

The first week of the course provides an overview and analytic framework, and focuses in on the process and politics by which U.S. foreign policy is made. Each of the next five weeks is geared to U.S. foreign policy in different regions: Asia with a particular focus on U.S.-China relations; the Middle East and such issues as Iran, Arab-Israeli peace, Syria, and the Arab uprisings; relations with Western Europe and Russia; relations in the Western Hemisphere with Latin America and Canada; and key issues in U.S.-Africa relations. While we cannot cover all issues, we do try for a balance of breadth and depth.

Recommended Background

Strong interest in world politics and international affairs is the most important requirement. Prior relevant knowledge from one’s own education and any professional work experience would be great, both for you and for our community of learning.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.coursera.org/course/mythology - University of Pennsylvania: Greek and Roman Mythology

This course will focus on the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, as a way of exploring the nature of myth and the function it plays for individuals, societies, and nations.

About the Course

Myths are traditional stories that have endured over a long time. Some of them have to do with events of great importance, such as the founding of a nation. Others tell the stories of great heroes and heroines and their exploits and courage in the face of adversity. Still others are simple tales about otherwise unremarkable people who get into trouble or do some great deed. What are we to make of all these tales, and why do people seem to like to hear them? This course will focus on the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, as a way of exploring the nature of myth and the function it plays for individuals, societies, and nations. We will also pay some attention to the way the Greeks and Romans themselves understood their own myths. Are myths subtle codes that contain some universal truth? Are they a window on the deep recesses of a particular culture? Are they a set of blinders that all of us wear, though we do not realize it? Or are they just entertaining stories that people like to tell over and over? This course will investigate these questions through a variety of topics, including the creation of the universe, the relationship between gods and mortals, human nature, religion, the family, sex, love, madness, and death.

Recommended Background

No special background is needed other than the willingness and ability to synthesize complex texts and theoretical material. Due to some explicit subject matter, however, the class is not suitable for students under 16 years old.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.edx.org/course/anux/anux-anu-india1x-engaging-india-1376 -Australian National University (ANU): Engaging India

A course that examines some of the factors that have shaped India and what makes India the country it is today.

About this Course

This course offers an overview of contemporary India and explores its role as one of the dominant economic and military powers of Asia. We begin with a discussion on India as a multilingual society.  The entire course will be available in both English and Hindi.

The central focus of the course is an examination of contemporary issues in India. This includes perspectives on how Indian culture and language are being affected by the boom in technology: sections on politics and nationalism; economics and the implications of recent moves toward liberalization of the economy; and security, international relations, and regionalism. In addition, we will examine India’s role in South Asian politics and current issues relating to its regional neighbors in Asia. The aim of the course is to provide students with a comprehensive and wide-ranging overview of India in order that they may better understand its role in the world.

Prerequisites

None

Verified Certificate: $50

HEALTH/HEALTHCARE

https://www.coursera.org/course/lifenutr - Vanderbilt University: Nutrition, Health, and Lifestyle: Issues and Insights

This seven week course will explore nutrition concepts that take center stage in mainstream media outlets and become conversation topics among consumers interested in food choice as it relates to optimal health and physical performance.

About the Course

Separate fact from fiction and fads as you learn about core nutrition concepts and how to evaluate not only personal food choices and overall dietary patterns, but nutrition related content in the media and in advertising. Such topics include fundamentals of a healthful eating pattern, nutrition labeling, dietary supplements, fortified and “super” foods, plant-based nutrition, and nutrition and fitness. The course will also include an overview of nutrition fundamentals as they relate to human health.

During this course you will have the opportunity to:

Analyze and evaluate your own food and beverage intake using a recommended online or cell phone app nutrient database.
Research of a dietary supplement of your choosing using credible informational websites as well as evidence-based medical literature.
Personally examine the concept of energy balance through determination of your calorie needs, intake and expenditure.

Recommended Background

This is an introductory level nutrition course.  No background required, all are welcome!

Verified Certificate: $49

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/healthforall - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Health for All Through Primary Health Care

This course explores why primary health care is central for achieving Health for All. It provides examples of how primary health care has been instrumental in approaching this goal in selected populations and how the principles of primary health care can guide future policies and actions.

About the Course

Two of the most inspiring, least understood, and most often derided terms in global health discourse are “Health for All” and “Primary Health Care.” In this course, we will explore these terms in the context of global health, their origins and meanings, the principles upon which they rest, and examples of how these principles have been implemented both at small scale as well as at large scale. We will also explore some ultra-low-cost approaches to Health for All through primary health care and the promise that primary health care holds for eventually achieving Health for All. 

The course consists of six one-hour lectures with readings and opportunities for discussions among those taking the course and interactions with the professor.

Recommended Background

Enrollment is limited to those with at least a high-school education and the capacity to communicate in English.

Verified Certificate: $49

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/healthinformatics - Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) - Health Informatics in the Cloud

A non-technical introduction to the contemporary application of computing to healthcare delivery, public health and community-based clinical research.

About the Course

This course is intended to help even non-technically trained students gain basic proficiency in health informatics: the application of computing to healthcare delivery, public health and community-based clinical research. This is distinct from the related field of bioinformatics, which explores the role of computing in understanding the genomic and proteomic processes within cells. Weeks 1-2 cover the US healthcare delivery system's unique structural, economic and policy issues and how they create a potentially strategic role for health informatics. Week 3-5 explain at a high level the core technologies involved in contemporary health informatics. Weeks 6-8 explore how these technologies are being deployed using some of the best commercial and open source products as examples. Weeks 9-10 present the technologies that have been developed to explore the digital data provided by these new systems with several examples of cutting edge research using "big data". As the course progresses, students can, optionally, also read the appropriate draft chapters of the instructor’s forthcoming text, An Introduction to Contemporary Health Informatics. 

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/tbmanagement - John Hopkins School of Nursing: Global Tuberculosis (TB) Clinical Management and Research

Health Care Workers and Health Professions Students can prepare to plan and deliver TB care in their communities by applying the latest clinical and research data presented in this nine-week course focusing on TB/HIV Co-Infection.

About the Course

ENROLLMENT OPTIONS

Those interested in participating in this course have three options:

Free Enrollment:  Click “Sign Up” to enroll in course for FREE and earn a statement of accomplishment upon completion.
Signature Track Enrollment:  Click “Signature Track” and follow the enrollment steps.  You will be required to pay a $39 non-refundable fee.  Upon course completion you will receive a verified certificate, which employers can search. What’s this?
Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Credit:  For healthcare professionals interested in earning Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) contact hours you must:

Complete Signature Track enrollment.
Complete registration process through Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. You will be required to pay an additional non-refundable fee of $60 in addition to the $39 fee for signature track.

SIGNING UP FOR CNE CREDIT

If you’re interested in signing up for CNE Credit and have already signed up for Signature Track, click this link to register for CNE:http://nursing.jhu.edu/tbmanagement

ABOUT THE COURSE

Estimates from the World Health Organization demonstrate that Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) remains a leading cause of death globally. TB also is the leading cause of death among persons with HIV infection and remains a challenge for both clinicians and researchers.  This nine-week course focuses on TB/HIV Co-Infection and innovative research solutions to address the disease and introduces an overview on TB Care and Management Health Care Workers or Health Profession Students will learn to plan and deliver TB care in their communities by applying the latest clinical and research data to their setting. 

Course consists of:

Video lectures
Quizzes
Peer assessments
Large and small group online work and discussions
Individual work
Access to world renowned TB and HIV experts

Course Competencies

At the end of the course, it is expected that participants will be able to:
Describe the epidemiology of TB and drug resistant TB in patients with and without HIV
Diagnose TB infection accurately and understand the latest diagnostic advances
Identify correct treatment regimens for TB, MDR-TB and XDR-TB management
Manage clients presenting with all forms of TB including those co-infected with HIV
Recognize and manage all adverse reaction associated with antiretroviral and TB treatment
Identify strategies to assist clients and patients in improving treatment adherence

Verified Certificate: See prices for different options above

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/pmhdepression - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Major Depression in the Population: A Public Health Approach

Illustrates the principles of public health applied to depressive disorder, including principles of epidemiology, transcultural psychiatry, health services research, and prevention.

About the Course

Public Mental Health is the application of the principles of medicine and social science to prevent the occurrence of mental and behavioral disorders and to promote mental health of the population. This course illustrates the principles of public health applied to depressive disorder, including principles of epidemiology, transcultural psychiatry, health services research, and prevention. It is predicted that by 2020 depressive disorder will be the most important cause of disease burden in the entire world!  Every human being suffers from feeling depressed at some point or other, but only about one fifth of the population will experience an episode of depressive disorder over the course of their lives. This course illuminates the public health approach to disease, and the particular complexities of applying this approach to mental disorders, using depression as the exemplar.  

Course Syllabus

What is depression and what is depressive disorder?
How common is depressive disorder
The Global Burden of Depressive Disorder
Crosscultural variation in depression and depressive disorder
Epidemiologic research to uncover the causes of depression
Research on prevention of depression
The system of care for psychiatric disorders and depression

No recommended background was listed for this course.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/rationing - University of Pennsylvania: Rationing and Allocating Scarce Medical Resources

This course will explore the complex challenges of allocating scarce medical resources at both the micro and macro level. Students will learn the theories behind allocation and use modern examples to explore how society makes the difficult decisions that arise when there is not enough to go around.

About the Course

You have one liver but three patients awaiting a liver transplant. Who should get the liver? What criteria should be used to select the recipient? Is it fair to give it to an alcoholic? These are some of the questions that arise in the context of rationing and allocating scarce health care resources among particular individuals, and concern what are called micro-allocation decisions. But trade-offs also need to be made at the meso- and macro-level. Budgets of public payers of healthcare, such as governments, and of private ones, such as health plans, are limited: they cannot cover all drugs and services that appear beneficial to patients or physicians. So what services should they provide? Is there a core set of benefits that everyone should be entitled to? How can we make fair decisions, if we know from the outset than not all needs can be met? Using the cases of organs for transplantation, the rationing for vaccines in a flu pandemic, and drug shortages, the course will critically examine alternative theories for allocating scarce resources among individuals, while also exploring the principles and values that underlie those theories.

No recommended background was listed for this course.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

https://www.edx.org/course/ricex/ricex-phys102x-electricity-magnetism-1356 -Rice University: Electricity & Magnetism

Fundamental topics in electromagnetism: electric charge, electric fields, currents, magnetic fields, and induction.

About this Course

PHYS_102x serves as an introduction to electricity and magnetism, following the standard second semester college physics sequence. It begins with electric charge in matter, the forces between charges, the electric field, Gauss's Law, and the electric potential. Electric current and resistance are introduced, followed by descriptions of resistors, capacitors, and DC circuits.. The course then moves to the magnetic field, Ampere's Law, and Faraday's Law of Induction. Finally, inductors and AC circuits are described.

PHYS_102x consists of ~2 hours of weekly video lectures, weekly online homework questions, a one page peer assessed design project, and two online exams. The course runs 12 weeks, but during the two exam weeks there will be no new topics or homework assignments. It is recommended that student work consistently every week and should expect to spend 10-12 hours per week on course content.
 
The following components will make up PHYS_102x.

Video Lectures and Lecture Questions
Homework Problems
Midterm and Final Exams
Online Discussion Forum

PHYS_102x is targeted to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds and abilities from motivated high school students to people returning to their studies after a break. The prerequisites for this course are calculus and introductory mechanics.

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-stat2-1x-introduction-1138 - University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley): Introduction to Statistics: Descriptive Statistics

An introduction to descriptive statistics, emphasizing critical thinking and clear communication.

About this Course

We are surrounded by information, much of it numerical, and it is important to know how to make sense of it. Stat2x is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and methods of statistics, the science of drawing conclusions from data.

The course is the online equivalent of Statistics 2, a 15-week introductory course taken in Berkeley by about 1,000 students each year. Stat2x is divided into three 5-week components. Stat2.1x is the first of the three.

The focus of Stat2.1x is on descriptive statistics. The goal of descriptive statistics is to summarize and present numerical information in a manner that is illuminating and useful. The course will cover graphical as well as numerical summaries of data, starting with a single variable and progressing to the relation between two variables. Methods will be illustrated with data from a variety of areas in the sciences and humanities.

There will be no mindless memorization of formulas and methods. Throughout Stat2.1x, the emphasis will be on understanding the reasoning behind the calculations, the assumptions under which they are valid, and the correct interpretation of results.

Prerequisites:

High School Arithmetic

Verified Certificate: $25

https://www.edx.org/course/utaustinx/utaustinx-ut-9-01x-effective-thinking-1178 - University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin): Effective Thinking through Mathematics

Learn tools of effective thinking through puzzles and the world of mathematics around you in this fun and fascinating course.

About this Course

A wondrously romantic belief is that brilliant thinkers magically produce brilliant ideas: Einstein jostles his hair and relativity falls out. We can enjoy these fanciful visions of leaps of genius, but we should not be fooled into believing that they’re reality. Brilliant innovators are brilliant because they practice habits of thinking that inevitably carry them step by step to works of genius. No magic and no leaps are involved.

Professor Starbird will discuss how habits of effective thinking and creativity can be taught and learned through mathematics. Anyone who practices them will inevitably create new insights, new ideas, and new solutions.

Prerequisites

None. This course is designed for everyone!

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/australian-national-university/australian-national-university-anu-1347 - Australian National University (ANU): Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe

Exploring the biggest mysteries of modern astrophysics.

About this Course

Despite spectacular recent progress, there is still a lot we don't know about our universe. We don't know why the Big Bang happened. We don't know what most of the universe is made of. We don't know whether there is life in space. We don't know how planets form, how black holes get so big, or where the first stars have gone. This course will take you through nine of the greatest unsolved problems of modern astrophysics. We can't promise you the answers, but we will explain what we do and don't know, and give you an up-to-date understanding of current research. This course is designed for people who would like to get a deeper understanding of these mysteries than that offered by popular science articles and shows. You will need reasonable high-school level Maths and Physics to get the most out of this course. This is the first of four ANUx courses which together make up the Australian National University's first year astrophysics program. It will be followed by courses on exoplanets, on the violent universe, and on cosmology.

Prerequisites

High school math and physics.

Verified Certificate: $50

 

HISTORY

https://www.coursera.org/course/jerusalem - Tel Aviv University: The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem

Learn about Judah under Babylonian rule

About the Course

The period of the demise of the Kingdom of Judah at the end of the sixth century B.C.E., the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians, the exile of the elite to Babylon, and the reshaping of the territory of the new province of Judah, culminating at the end of the century with the first return of exiles – all have been subjects of intense scrutiny in modern scholarship. This course takes into account the biblical textual evidence, the results of archaeological research, and the reports of the Babylonian and Egyptian sources and provides a comprehensive survey and analysis of the evidence for the history of this 100-year-long era. The course includes a detailed discussion by Prof. Oded Lipschits of Tel Aviv University, with guest lectures by leading scholars dealing with the archaeological and biblical aspects of this debated topic.

Recommended Background

Curiosity and passion for Biblical literature, archaeology and history.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the Professor.

https://www.coursera.org/course/humankind - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: A Brief History of Humankind

The course surveys the entire length of human history, from the evolution of various human species in the Stone Age up to the political and technological revolutions of the twenty-first century.

About the Course

About 2 million years ago our human ancestors were insignificant animals living in a corner of Africa. Their impact on the world was no greater than that of gorillas, zebras, or chickens. Today humans are spread all over the world, and they are the most important animal around. The very future of life on Earth depends on the ideas and behavior of our species.

This course will explain how we humans have conquered planet Earth, and how we have changed our environment, our societies, and our own bodies and minds. The aim of the course is to give students a brief but complete overview of history, and to answer some basic historical questions such as:

            What is religion?

            What is an empire?

            What is money?

            What is science?

            What is capitalism?      

            Why did almost all societies believe that women are inferior to men?

            Does history have a direction? 

            Did people become happier as history progressed?

            And what is the likely future of humankind? 

Recommended Background

There are no entry requirements. The course is intended both to people who have never studied history seriously, and wish to gain an overview of the human past, and to people who have studied history before, but who would like to get a fresh and challenging perspective on it. 

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/mythology - University of Pennsylvania: Greek and Roman Mythology

This course will focus on the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, as a way of exploring the nature of myth and the function it plays for individuals, societies, and nations.

About the Course

Myths are traditional stories that have endured over a long time. Some of them have to do with events of great importance, such as the founding of a nation. Others tell the stories of great heroes and heroines and their exploits and courage in the face of adversity. Still others are simple tales about otherwise unremarkable people who get into trouble or do some great deed. What are we to make of all these tales, and why do people seem to like to hear them? This course will focus on the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, as a way of exploring the nature of myth and the function it plays for individuals, societies, and nations. We will also pay some attention to the way the Greeks and Romans themselves understood their own myths. Are myths subtle codes that contain some universal truth? Are they a window on the deep recesses of a particular culture? Are they a set of blinders that all of us wear, though we do not realize it? Or are they just entertaining stories that people like to tell over and over? This course will investigate these questions through a variety of topics, including the creation of the universe, the relationship between gods and mortals, human nature, religion, the family, sex, love, madness, and death.

Recommended Background

No special background is needed other than the willingness and ability to synthesize complex texts and theoretical material. Due to some explicit subject matter, however, the class is not suitable for students under 16 years old.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed.

 

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

https://www.coursera.org/course/europe - HEC Paris: Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You

Learn about the European Union, how it works, why it matters and what it can offer you. Regardless of where you live, the EU not only affects your life but may also transform it. This course aims at empowering you, your family, business and community in Europe and beyond and will enable you to discover jobs you were not aware of.

About the Course

Regardless of where you live, the European Union has a large, yet often unnoticed, impact on many aspects of your everyday life. Whether you are traveling, eating, working, doing business, shopping, surfing the Internet or breathing, all these activities are largely shaped by the EU.  As a result no global citizen, business leader, lawmaker, lobbyist or student can effectively operate in Europe or in the world without a solid understanding of this unique laboratory of integration. While the EU is often depicted as a monstrous bureaucratic creature, condemned to irrelevance by the emerging economies, it remains the most accomplished experiment of economic, social and political integration in human history. In 50 years the EU accomplished what other countries took centuries to realize.

Given its inherent complexities, Understanding Europe aims at popularizing the intricacies of the European Union system to promote greater awareness of the opportunities it offers you. Ultimately, you will not only better grasp the applicable framework for any European economic or social activity you engage in, but you will also participate on the EU stage. By confronting you with several current EU policy proposals, you will be able to ‘have a say’ in the EU policymaking process. We want to empower you as a citizen and business operator to maximize your rights and opportunities in today’s Europe.

Understanding Europe is structured upon some basic yet critical questions about the EU’s purpose and legitimacy : why does the EU exist? How does it work? What can it offer you? The course then analyzes the European public sphere by focusing on its main actors (the European Parliament, the Commission, the Council, the Court of Justice of the EU) and the role European citizens play in influencing Europe. We then move to the Union’s powers (what can the EU do? How far can it go? Do Members States have some instruments to “block” EU action? Can EU citizens challenge EU action?) by discussing the limits to its action and describing some of its policies. The course then analyzes the role and opportunities citizens and all stakeholders may have in shaping EU policies through public consultation, the European Citizens Initiative and other forms of participatory democracy. In a further step, we will analyze what the EU is doing for you regardless of where you are based in the world. Finally, by taking stock of what you have learned in the previous weeks, we will look at what you can do for and in Europe.

Throughout the whole course, participants will be confronted with real-life examples of EU action. EU affairs professionals will share their personal EU experiences and tell us about their EU jobs. You can interact with the instructor and other participants, share your opinions, question the instructor’s assumptions and hence shape the course’s content. 

Recommended Background

No prior knowledge is required. All are welcome.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/modernmiddleeast – Tel Aviv University: The Emergence of the Modern Middle East

Learn about the history of the Middle East for a deeper understanding of current regional developments!

About the Course

This course will discuss the emergence of the modern Middle East from the fall of the Ottoman Empire, at the end of the First World War to the present. It will discuss the Ottoman legacy in the region and the Western imperial impact on the creation of the Arab state system. The course will discuss the rise and retreat of Arab nationalism, the problems of internal cohesion of the Arab states, issues of religion and state, and the evolution of Islamist politics. It will also focus on the evolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict and its impact on the region and will conclude with an in depth analysis of the “Arab Spring” by placing these contemporary revolutionary events in their historical context.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

Verified Certificate: $39

https://www.coursera.org/course/latinamericanculture - Tecnologico de Monterrey: Latin American Culture

This course seeks to interest students in the Latin American culture by studying it from multiple perspectives.

About the Course

This course will develop students’ abilities to understand Latin American culture at both the national and regional levels. Students will analyze the social, economic, political, and cultural development of the region by applying modern critical thinking to the understood history of the individual Latin American countries. At the same time, students will study the contributions of different cultural and ethnic groups that exist within these countries, in order to understand fully the social complexity of what we call “Latin America”. Lastly, students will evaluate the developmental needs of Latin American countries and propose possible solutions in which individuals can act as a force for change.

Throughout the course, students will develop abilities such as: independent thinking and learning, analytical skills, and the ability to synthesize, and evaluate. The final part of the course will help develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. After completing this course, students will gain a better awareness of Latin American reality and needs.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided.

https://www.coursera.org/course/afp21stcentury - Duke University: 21st Century American Foreign Policy

What is American foreign policy? Who makes it? Why is it the way it is? How does it affect the rest of the world? Professor Bruce Jentleson has taught the subject for over 30 years, written one of the leading books on it, and has served in numerous U.S. foreign policy positions.

About the Course

U.S. foreign policy has a huge impact on the world. That impact is widely debated among Americans and by people in many countries. Our goal in this course is to gain more understanding of what U.S. foreign policy is, who makes it, why is it the way it is, and how it affects the rest of the world. Through lectures, readings, and other course elements we build on the information available from the media and other such sources while delving deeper into the issues, their history, their broader context and major debates. We seek to do so as a community of learning committed not only to the curricular objectives for our course, but seeking to demonstrate to the world how to conduct informed and respectful discourse on subjects which have plenty of room for disagreement.

The first week of the course provides an overview and analytic framework, and focuses in on the process and politics by which U.S. foreign policy is made. Each of the next five weeks is geared to U.S. foreign policy in different regions: Asia with a particular focus on U.S.-China relations; the Middle East and such issues as Iran, Arab-Israeli peace, Syria, and the Arab uprisings; relations with Western Europe and Russia; relations in the Western Hemisphere with Latin America and Canada; and key issues in U.S.-Africa relations. While we cannot cover all issues, we do try for a balance of breadth and depth.

Recommended Background

Strong interest in world politics and international affairs is the most important requirement. Prior relevant knowledge from one’s own education and any professional work experience would be great, both for you and for our community of learning.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.edx.org/course/anux/anux-anu-india1x-engaging-india-1376 - Australian National University (ANU): Engaging India

A course that examines some of the factors that have shaped India and what makes India the country it is today.

About this Course

This course offers an overview of contemporary India and explores its role as one of the dominant economic and military powers of Asia. We begin with a discussion on India as a multilingual society.  The entire course will be available in both English and Hindi.

The central focus of the course is an examination of contemporary issues in India. This includes perspectives on how Indian culture and language are being affected by the boom in technology: sections on politics and nationalism; economics and the implications of recent moves toward liberalisation of the economy; and security, international relations, and regionalism. In addition, we will examine India’s role in South Asian politics and current issues relating to its regional neighbours in Asia. The aim of the course is to provide students with a comprehensive and wide-ranging overview of India in order that they may better understand its role in the world.

Prerequisites

None

Verified Certificate: $50

 

LANGUAGES

https://www.coursera.org/course/composition - Duke University: English Composition I: Achieving Expertise

You will gain a foundation for college-level writing valuable for nearly any field. Students will learn how to read carefully, write effective arguments, understand the writing process, engage with others' ideas, cite accurately, and craft powerful prose. We will create a workshop environment.

About the Course

English Composition I provides an introduction to and foundation for the academic reading and writing characteristic of college. Attending explicitly to disciplinary context, you will learn to read critically, write effective arguments, understand the writing process, and craft powerful prose that meets readers’ expectations. You will gain writing expertise by exploring questions about expertise itself: What factors impact expert achievement? What does it take to succeed? Who determines success? Since personal investment yields better writing, you can select an area of expertise meaningful to you (a hobby, trade, profession, discipline, etc.) for your major writing projects, which will be drafted and revised in sequenced stages: a critical review to an argument about expertise (600-800 words); an explication of a visual image (600-800 words); a case study of an expert (1000-1250 words) and an Op-Ed (500-750 words). Your writing will be central to the course as we create a seminar/workshop structure with peer response and selected instructor feedback. 

Two overarching assumptions about academic writing will shape our work:  1) it is transferable; 2) it is learnable. Being an effective academic writer involves asking meaningful questions and engaging in complex dialogue with texts and ideas. These skills are useful across virtually all academic disciplines and they provide a valuable means for making sense of non-academic experiences as well. Perhaps even more important, though, is that learning how to write effectively does not require inspiration or genius, but hard work, reflection, and feedback. This means that, with practice, dedication, and working with others, you can be an effective academic writer and contribute your ideas to important, ongoing conversations. Let's start now.
**English Composition I has earned a Certificate of Recognition from Quality Matters, a non-profit dedicated to quality in online education.**

Recommended Background

Students should have basic English proficiency and exposure to secondary-level English or composition.

Verified Certificate is listed, but no pricing is provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

https://www.coursera.org/course/correccion - Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona: Corrección y Estilo en Español

En este curso, con una consideración policéntrica de la lengua, se pretende activar o potenciar el interés por la corrección de los textos propios y ajenos.

About the Course

En este curso, desde el examen, estudio y argumentación de posibles errores, o aciertos, de expresión, vamos a activar o potenciar el interés por las formas preferibles y la atención ante las expresiones consideradas erróneas o impropias en cualquier norma del español actual.

También nos ocuparemos en el análisis y argumentación de diferencias de ESTILO: entre dos formas de decir alternativas, ¿cuál es preferible y por qué? La finalidad de esta parte es potenciar la preocupación por las alternativas de expresión.

NO es un curso de redacción en español. NO es un curso de edición en español. NO es un curso de traducción en español. Pero el curso puede ser de gran provecho en labores de redacción de cualquier tipo de textos, de edición o de traducción en español.

Definición más detallada del curso.

Se tomarán como referencia las variantes del español de América y de España. Las propuestas y consideraciones, de corrección o de estilo, se van a fundar, siempre que sea posible, en los datos de uso de todas las variantes del español, compilados en el Corpus de Referencia del Español Actual, CREA, y en el Corpus Diacrónico del Español, CORDE.

La finalidad del curso es doble. Primero, ante un texto ajeno suscitar el interés sobre 1º, lo que se dice; y 2º, cómo se diría, mejor: con más claridad, con más precisión, con más propiedad, con un ‘estilo’ de más calidad argumentada lingüísticamente. Y, ante un texto propio, suscitar la preocupación sobre cómo decir mejor lo que se pretende: con más claridad, de manera unívoca; con más precisión; con gusto más general y sancionado; con ‘estilo’ de mejor consideración.

El curso tiene dos objetivos: 1º, identificar y argumentar las posibles incorrecciones de expresión en textos de autores españoles o en textos de versión en español de otras lenguas; y 2º, estudiar y evaluar las alternativas y variaciones (¿de estilo?) entre dos versiones españolas actuales de Los amigos de Eddie Coyle, de G. V. Higgins (1973 [El Chivato] vs. 2011), y de J. D. Salinger (El guardián entre el centeno, 1978 vs. 2007). Este segundo objeto de estudio tiene más valor porque los textos de observación cumplen, sin duda, una condición esencial en el análisis y evaluación lingüísticos: la condición de la ‘paráfrasis’: real (con diferencias de estilo) o pretendida (con quiebras o errores), entre ambas versiones, que dicen, o pretenden decir lo mismo que en el texto fuente.

Los destinatarios de este curso son, primero, estudiantes de Lengua Española, o de Español Lengua Extranjera (E/LE) de niveles C1 o C2; estudiantes de diferentes Filologías, de Traducción, de Comunicación, de Educación, de Edición y Producción editorial, de Humanidades, o de otras especialidades donde el dominio de la expresión en corrección y estilo es una nota de calidad en la propia preparación.

Por los “beneficios”, las personas que completen el curso,

Pueden mejorar sustancialmente sus cualidades expresivas y de dominio de la lengua.
Activarán su preocupación en la satisfacción de las condiciones de corrección y estilo de la lengua, las habilidades expresivas y de comprensión y corrección:

en textos creativos,
en textos de proyectos, exposiciones o de informes.
en la redacción de instrucciones de uso o prospectos comunes.

Recommended Background

Para seguir el curso con comodidad y aprovechamiento son suficientes los materiales que se suministran y los conocimientos propios de

Cualquier usuario de primera lengua española y nivel académico o de formación equivalente a un primer curso de enseñanza superior o universitaria.
Cualquier estudiante de Lengua Española, o bien de Español Lengua Extranjera (E/LE) de niveles C1 o C2;
Cualquier estudiante de diferentes Filologías, de Traducción, de Ciencias de la Información, de Educación, de Humanidades, o de otras especialidades (del Derecho o la Economía) donde el dominio de la expresión con corrección y estilo es una nota de calidad en la propia preparación.

En el curso se suministrarán todos los materiales de trabajo y se fijarán los procedimientos de estudio y argumentación y los ejercicios aplicativos suficientes para satisfacer cumplidamente los objetivos propuestos.

Verified Certificate: $49

LAW

https://www.coursera.org/course/environlaw - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy

Environmental law may be the one institution standing between us and planetary exhaustion. It is also an institution that needs to be reconciled with human liberty and economic aspirations. This course considers these issues and provides a tour though existing legal regimes governing pollution, water law, endangered species, toxic substances, environmental impact analyses, and environmental risk.

About the Course

This course will expose students to legal reasoning, especially from the reading of cases involving real-life environmental disputes.

Recommended Background

No prior training or coursework in law is required. Not intended as a course for law students in professional school or as a substitute for any full undergraduate course on the subject. Audience will be English speakers with an interest in law, environmental issues, and at least high-school-level educational backgrounds.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/conlaw - Yale University: Constitutional Law

An introduction to the main themes of the American Constitution—popular sovereignty, separation of powers, federalism, and rights—and to basic techniques of constitutional interpretation.

About the Course

This course is designed to introduce you to one of the most important texts in human history—the United States Constitution.  Why and how did this document come into existence in the 1780s?  How and why has it been amended over the years?  Who decides what it means?  What are the ground rules for proper constitutional interpretation?  How does the written Constitution interact with unwritten sources of constitutional authority, such as judicial decisions, presidential proclamations, landmark statutes, and widespread popular understandings?

No Recommended Background listed.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/intlcriminallaw - Case Western Reserve University: Introduction to International Criminal Law

Taught by one of the world’s leading experts in the field, this course will educate students about the fundamentals of international criminal law and policy. We will explore the challenges of prosecuting international genocide, war crimes, terrorism, and piracy cases.

About the Course

From the Nuremberg trial to the case against Saddam Hussein, from the prosecution of Al-Qaeda terrorists to the trial of Somali pirates – no area of law is as important to world peace and security as international criminal law.  Taught by one of the world’s leading experts in the field, this course will educate students about the fundamentals of international criminal law and policy.  We will explore the contours of international crimes such as genocide, war crimes, terrorism, and piracy.  We will examine unique modes of international criminal liability and specialized defenses.  And we will delve into the challenges of obtaining custody of the accused and maintaining control of the courtroom.

Recommended Background

You don’t have to be a lawyer and there are no prerequisites for this course. However, the course will be conducted at the level expected of advanced undergraduate students. Therefore, for all participants, reading and writing comfortably in English at the undergraduate college level is desirable.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. Students who successfully complete the course (by obtaining a score of 6 or better out of ten on the Midterm and Final Exams) will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.  Students who, in addition to fulfilling the requirements for a “Statement of Accomplishment,” also post five or more on-line submissions of over 200 words in length with respect to the simulations and discussion exercises during the course will be awarded a Statement of Accomplishment "with Distinction."    We are offering the Signature Track option for this course to facilitate the ability of lawyers to get Continuing Legal Education credit for this course in jurisdictions that award CLE for on-line programs.

 

MARINE SCIENCE

https://www.coursera.org/course/megafauna - Duke University: Marine Megafauna: An Introduction to Marine Science and Conservation

An introduction to the basics of marine science and conservation, brought to you with the help of sea turtles, marine mammals, seabirds and many more of the most compelling creatures in the ocean.

About the Course

This course is about sea turtles, whales, dolphins, seals, penguins, sharks, giant squid and other large ocean creatures - collectively known as marine megafauna - and what they can tell us about how the ocean works and why it is so important for all life on earth. 

This course will help you learn about life in the ocean, how ocean ecosystems function, how scientists study the ocean, and the challenges we face in sustaining healthy oceans for the future. These topics will be explored using case studies that focus on charismatic marine megafauna species – the most compelling creatures in the ocean that capture our attention and inspire us to learn more. 

The course starts with an examination of the physical dimensions of the world’s ocean and how we describe ocean zones based on the ecosystems found within them. Once these basics are covered, we will work through the evolution of life in the oceans and explore how marine animals have adapted to the challenges of a cold, dark and deep ocean. Throughout the class we will highlight how scientists study the oceans and the animals that live in them, providing glimpses of new technologies that boost our understanding of marine ecology. The course will also cover some of the challenges the oceans face due to human activities - exploring issues such as bycatch and climate change - and how they are affecting ocean species and systems.

[PLOS ONE]

Throughout the course we will connect with real marine science through the use of open access scientific articles published in the journal PLOS ONE. This means you will have to learn how to read scientific papers and extract the important bits of information from them. The articles you’ll be reading are all part of a new PLOS Collection focused on using open access research to teach marine science and conservation. You will also get to look at real datasets produced by scientists studying marine creatures and visualize them in freely available programs such as Google Earth.

Recommended Background

Some familiarity with basic biological and ecological concepts as they relate to the ocean.

 

MATHEMATICS

https://www.coursera.org/course/calcsing - University of Pennsylvania: Calculus: Single Variable

This course provides a brisk, challenging, and dynamic treatment of differential and integral calculus, with an emphasis on conceptual understanding and applications to the engineering, physical, and social sciences.

About the Course

Calculus is one of the grandest achievements of human thought, explaining everything from planetary orbits to the optimal size of a city to the periodicity of a heartbeat. This brisk course covers the core ideas of single-variable Calculus with emphases on conceptual understanding and applications. The course is ideal for students beginning in the engineering, physical, and social sciences. Distinguishing features of the course include:

the introduction and use of Taylor series and approximations from the beginning;
a novel synthesis of discrete and continuous forms of Calculus;
an emphasis on the conceptual over the computational; and
a clear, dynamic, unified approach.

THE COLLEGE CREDIT RECOMMENDATION OPTION

This Calculus course has been evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) for college credit so you can get a head start on your college education. More than 2,000 higher education institutions consider ACE credit recommendations for transfer to degree programs. If you add this option, towards the end of the course, you will take an online proctored exam which will be combined with your coursework to determine your eligibility for college credit recommendation.

Recommended Background

Students are expected to have prior exposure to Calculus at the high-school (e.g., AP Calculus AB) level. It will be assumed that students:

are familiar with transcendental functions (exp, ln, sin, cos, tan, etc.);
are able to compute very simple limits, derivatives, and integrals;
have seen slope and area interpretations of derivatives and integrals respectively.

This material will be reviewed; however, it is important to begin the course with some background. A diagnostic exam will be made available to help you gauge your preparedness. 

The course will serve equally well as a first university-level course in Calculus or as a review from a novel perspective.

If you've never seen Calculus before, this is likely not the course for you. Please see, e.g., the more introductory course from Ohio State University: https://www.coursera.org/course/calc1

If you are looking for the background needed to begin a study of Calculus, please see, e.g., the pre-Calculus course by UC Irvine: https://www.coursera.org/course/precalculus

Verified Certificate: $49

 

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/calc1 - The Ohio State University: Calculus One

Calculus One is a first introduction to differential and integral calculus, emphasizing engaging examples from everyday life.

About the Course

Calculus is about the very large, the very small, and how things change.  The surprise is that something seemingly so abstract ends up explaining the real world.  Calculus plays a starring role in the biological, physical, and social sciences.  By focusing outside of the classroom, we will see examples of calculus appearing in daily life.

This course is a first and friendly introduction to calculus, suitable for someone who has never seen the subject before, or for someone who has seen some calculus but wants to review the concepts and practice applying those concepts to solve problems.  One learns calculus by doing calculus, and so this course encourages you to participate by providing you with:

instant feedback on practice problems
interactive graphs and games for you to play
calculus projects and demos you can try at home
opportunities for you to explain your thought process

Recommended Background

Previous exposure to calculus is not expected; to succeed, a student should have seen algebra and trigonometry at the high school level.

If you already know some calculus, you might consider the more advanced course by UPenn's Robert Ghrist, available at https://www.coursera.org/course/calcsing, or our Calculus Two course, available athttps://www.coursera.org/course/sequence.  

If you are concerned about the background needed to begin calculus, you might consider the pre-calculus course by UCI's Sarah Eichhorn, available athttps://www.coursera.org/course/precalculus

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/functionalanalysis - Ecole Centrale Paris: An Introduction to Functional Analysis

Learn about functional analysis.

About the Course

Functional analysis is the branch of mathematics dealing with spaces of functions. It is a valuable tool in theoretical mathematics as well as engineering. It is at the very core of numerical simulation. 

In this class, I will explain the concepts of convergence and talk about topology. You will understand the difference between strong convergence and weak convergence. You will also see how these two concepts can be used. 

You will learn about different types of spaces including metric spaces, Banach Spaces, Hilbert Spaces and what property can be expected. You will see beautiful lemmas and theorems such as Riesz and Lax-Milgram and I will also describe Lp spaces, Sobolev spaces and provide a few details about PDEs, or Partial Differential Equations.

Recommended Background

The course is mostly self-contained; however, you need to be familiar with functions, derivatives and integrals. You need to know what A ∩ B means and to know what a proof is. You should be fine if you have taken Calculus II and Algebra II. Students in Europe who have taken 120 ECTS in science should be fine as well.

Because this is an online class, having advanced and non-advanced students in a class will not be a problem; on the contrary we expect a wide range of interesting interactions. However, non-advanced students may have to work a bit more.

Verified Certificate: $49

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/cyhfisica - Technologico de Monterey: Conceptos y Herramientas para la Física Universitaria

Este curso provee al estudiante con conceptos y herramientas matemáticas para modelar problemas en física, que al aplicar podrá enfrentar con éxito los cursos de física universitarios.

About the Course

Este curso te provee de herramientas matemáticas que te serán de utilidad para modelar problemas en Física necesarios  en tu preparación universitaria.

Así pues, la filosofía de este curso consiste en cubrir temas conceptuales relativos a la Física y desarrollar tu capacidad de aprender y aplicarlos en tu vida profesional.

El curso se aborda en dos fases a través de las cuales el alumno:

aprenderá a aplicar el cálculo diferencial e integral para interpretar y modelar la cinemática de una partícula en una dimensión,
aprenderá el manejo de cantidades físicas vectoriales en forma gráfica y analítica en dos y tres dimensiones.

Recommended Background

El alumno debe tener conocimientos de álgebra básica, trigonometría, proporciones, manejo de unidades.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. Todos los estudiantes que completen el curso satisfactoriamente recibirán una constancia firmada por el instructor.

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/precalculus - University of California, Irvine: Pre-Calculus

This course covers mathematical topics in algebra and trigonometry and is designed to prepare students to enroll for a first semester course in single variable calculus.

About the Course

Through this course, students will acquire a solid foundation in algebra and trigonometry. The course concentrates on the various functions that are important to the study of the calculus. Emphasis is placed on understanding the properties of linear, polynomial, piecewise, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Students will learn to work with various types of functions in symbolic, graphical, numerical and verbal form.

Recommended Background

High school algebra I & II and basic geometry are prerequisites for this course.

THE COLLEGE CREDIT RECOMMENDATION OPTION

This Pre-Calculus course has been evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) for college credit so you can get a head start on your college education. More than 2,000 higher education institutions consider ACE credit recommendations for transfer to degree programs. If you add this option, towards the end of the course, you will take an online proctored exam which will be combined with your coursework to determine your eligibility for college credit recommendation.

Verified Certificate:  By signing up and paying a nominal fee, you can add a higher level of identity verification to your Coursera coursework. If you achieve the threshold score, you have the opportunity to earn a Verified Certificate. For each assignment, your identity is confirmed through your photo and unique typing pattern. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment from Coursera. A Statement of Accomplishment with Distinction will be available for students with distinguished performance in the course.

https://www.coursera.org/course/complexanalysis - Wesleyan University: Analysis of a Complex Kind

In this course we’ll explore complex analysis, complex dynamics, and some applications of these topics.

About the Course

Complex analysis is the study of functions that live in the complex plane, i.e. functions that have complex arguments and complex outputs. In order to study the behavior of such functions we’ll need to first understand the basic objects involved, namely the complex numbers. We’ll begin with some history: When and why were complex numbers invented? Was it the need for a solution of the equation x^2 = -1 that brought the field of complex analysis into being, or were there other reasons? Once we’ve answered these questions we’ll devote some time to learn about basic properties of complex numbers that will make it possible for us to use them in more advanced settings later on. We will learn how to do basic algebra with these numbers, how they behave in limiting processes, etc. These facts enable us to begin the study of complex functions, and at this point we can already understand the basics about the construction of the Mandelbrot set and Julia sets (if you have never heard of these that’s quite alright, but do look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandelbrot_set for example to see some beautiful pictures).

When studying functions we are often interested in their local behavior, more specifically, in how functions change as their argument changes. This leads us to studying complex differentiation – a more powerful concept than that which we learned in calculus. Don’t worry! We’ll help you remember facts from calculus in case you have forgotten.  After this exploration we will be ready to meet the main players: analytic functions. These are functions that possess complex derivatives in lots of places, a fact which endows these functions with some of the most beautiful properties mathematics has to offer. We’ll explore these properties! 

Who would want to differentiate without being able to undo it? Clearly we’ll have to learn about integration as well. But we are in the complex plane, so what are the objects we’ll integrate over? Curves! We’ll study these as well, and we’ll tie everything together via Cauchy’s beautiful and all-encompassing integral theorem and formula.   

Throughout this course we'll tell you about some of the major theorems in the field (even if we won't be able to go into depth about them) as well as some outstanding conjectures.

Recommended Background

A willingness to remember calculus is very useful, though enthusiasm and interest in learning are more important than any prior knowledge.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.edx.org/course/utaustinx/utaustinx-ut-5-01x-linear-algebra-1162 -University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin): Linear Algebra - Foundations to Frontiers

Learn the theory of linear algebra hand-in-hand with the practice of software library development.

About this Course

Linear Algebra: Foundations to Frontiers (LAFF) is packed full of challenging, rewarding material that is essential for mathematicians, engineers, scientists, and anyone working with large datasets. Students appreciate our unique approach to teaching linear algebra because:

It’s visual.
It connects hand calculations, mathematical abstractions, and computer programming.
It illustrates the development of mathematical theory.
It’s applicable.

In this course, you will learn all the standard topics that are taught in typical undergraduate linear algebra courses all over the world, but using our unique method, you'll also get more! LAFF was developed following the syllabus of an introductory linear algebra course at The University of Texas at Austin taught by Professor Robert van de Geijn, an expert on high performance linear algebra libraries. Through short videos, exercises, visualizations, and programming assignments, you will study Vector and Matrix Operations, Linear Transformations, Solving Systems of Equations, Vector Spaces, Linear Least-Squares, and Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors. In addition, you will get a glimpse of cutting edge research on the development of linear algebra libraries, which are used throughout computational science.

Prerequisites:

High School Algebra, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus.

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/utaustinx/utaustinx-ut-9-01x-effective-thinking-1178 - University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin): Effective Thinking through Mathematics

Learn tools of effective thinking through puzzles and the world of mathematics around you in this fun and fascinating course.

About this Course

A wondrously romantic belief is that brilliant thinkers magically produce brilliant ideas: Einstein jostles his hair and relativity falls out. We can enjoy these fanciful visions of leaps of genius, but we should not be fooled into believing that they’re reality. Brilliant innovators are brilliant because they practice habits of thinking that inevitably carry them step by step to works of genius. No magic and no leaps are involved.

Professor Starbird will discuss how habits of effective thinking and creativity can be taught and learned through mathematics. Anyone who practices them will inevitably create new insights, new ideas, and new solutions. Join us for puzzles and discussions prior to the course on Twitter (@StarbirdThink) and Facebook.

Prerequisites

None. This course is designed for everyone!

Verified Certificate: $50

MEDICINE

https://www.coursera.org/course/geneticsevolution - Duke University:  Introduction to Genetics and Evolution

A whirlwind introduction to evolution and genetics, from basic principles to current applications, including how disease genes are mapped and how we leverage evolutionary concepts to aid humanity.

About the Course

Introduction to Genetics and Evolution is a college-level class being offered simultaneously to new students at Duke University. The course gives interested people a very basic overview of some principles behind these very fundamental areas of biology.  We often hear about new "genome sequences," commercial kits that can tell you about your ancestry (including pre-human) from your DNA or disease predispositions, debates about the truth of evolution, why animals behave the way they do, and how people found "genetic evidence for natural selection."  This course provides the basic biology you need to understand all of these issues better, tries to clarify some misconceptions, and tries to prepare students for future, more advanced coursework in Biology.  No prior coursework is assumed.

Recommended Background

No prior coursework in the subject is assumed. It would be helpful for the application of some concepts to have a working knowledge of High School level math, including basic algebra. While useful for solving the assigned problems, this is not essential to understand and follow the general concepts and otherwise enjoy the class.

Verified Certificate: $49

 

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/usefulgenetics2 – The University of British Columbia: Useful Genetics Part 2

This college-level course gives students a thorough understanding of genetic inheritance, and enables them to apply this understanding to real-world issues, both personal and societal. This is Part 2 of a two-part course.

Who might want to take this course?

People affected by or concerned about a genetic disease (either directly or in a family member)
People interested in the genetic diversity of humans or other species
People who have had (or are considering having) their genes or genomes analyzed by companies such as 23andMe
People concerned about the public use of personal genetic information
People interested in breeding animals or plants, or in in conservation of endangered species
People interested in genealogy and ancestry analysis
Science teachers
Anyone interested in genetics but unable to enroll in university at this time

Recommended Background

Students will need a solid understanding of mutation, gene function and natural variation; this is most easily acquired by taking Useful Genetics Part 1.  Students who have not taken Part 1 will still be able to access that material after the start of Part 2.

Verified Certificate: $39

 

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/medicalneuro – Duke University: Medical Neuroscience

Explore the structure and function of the human central nervous system. Learn why knowledge of human neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neural plasticity, and new discovery in the brain sciences matters for clinical practice in the health professions.

About the Course

Medical Neuroscience explores the organization and physiology of the human central nervous system. This course is designed for first-year students in graduate-level health professions programs. It builds upon knowledge acquired in prior studies of cellular and molecular biology, general physiology, and human anatomy. The course provides students an understanding of the essential principles of neurological function, from cellular and molecular mechanisms of neural signaling and plasticity to the organization and function of sensory and motor systems. This course emphasizes the neural and vascular anatomy of the human brain and spinal cord, providing an anatomical framework for localizing lesions within the central nervous system. It also emphasizes the neurobiological foundation for understanding cognition, mental illness and disorders of human behavior. 

The overall goal is to equip students in the health professions for interpreting impairments of sensation, action and cognition that accompany neurological injury, disease or dysfunction. Students currently pursuing advanced studies in the brain sciences will benefit from this course by learning the fundamentals of functional human neuroanatomy and how neuroscience discovery translates to clinical practice.  Health professionals will benefit from the opportunity to review and update knowledge of foundational medical neuroscience.

Recommended Background

To be successful in this course, a college-level background in cellular and molecular biology and general knowledge of systems physiology and human anatomy is strongly recommended

Verified Certificate: $49

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/criticalthinking - The University of Edinburgh: Critical Thinking in Global Challenges

In this course you will develop and enhance your ability to think critically, assess information and develop reasoned arguments in the context of the global challenges facing society today.

About the Course

Critical thinking is the ability to gather and assess information and evidence in a balanced and reflective way to reach conclusions that are justified by reasoned argument based on the available evidence. Critical thinking is a key skill in the information age, valuable in all disciplines and professions. 

This introductory course will give you the opportunity to better understand what critical thinking is, and to practice and enhance your critical thinking skills. To do so, we will use the context of some important global challenges that affect us all, and to which we have no clear “correct” solutions: for example, the risk and spread of serious infectious diseases in epidemics in modern societies, the implications of increasing human population on global resources, energy, environment and climate, and the challenges of human health and wellbeing in the modern world. Possible solutions to global issues such as these are hotly debated, and give the perfect setting to practice recognizing and evaluating facts, ideas, opinions and arguments. 

The relevant background information for each global challenge will be provided to ensure that you can complete the exercises. Note, however, this course is not a course on these global challenges themselves; instead it uses the context of these thought-provoking challenges to practice critical thinking.

Subtitles for all video lectures available: Portuguese (provided by the Lemann Foundation), English

Recommended Background

There is no prerequisite to take this course. No prior knowledge in the four ‘Global challenge’ themes is required.

Verified Certificate: $49

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/humanphysio - Duke University: Introductory Human Physiology

In this course, students learn to recognize and to apply the basic concepts that govern integrated body function (as an intact organism) in the body's nine organ systems.

About the Course

The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to human physiology. The students learn to recognize and explain the basic concepts that govern each organ and organ system and their integration to maintain homeostasis, as well as some clinical aspects of failure of these systems. The organ systems covered include:  nervous, muscle, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, male and female reproductive, gastrointestinal, and urinary. 

This human physiology course is targeted to undergraduate and graduate students with an elementary background in biology. In a typical undergraduate setting, this course would fulfill requirements for students applying to professional health science programs such as medical school, nursing, physician assistant, pathologists’ assistant, physical therapy, and doctorate of physical therapy. In addition it is an ideal course in preparation for the MCAT exam.

Recommended Background

A high school background in biology.

Verified Certificate: $49

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/researchforhealth - University of California San Francisco: Understanding Research: An Overview for Health Professionals

Participants will learn the elements of research methods and design that are essential to the translation of knowledge into clinical practice, administration/leadership, and health policy

About the Course

This course looks at the various aspects of research as it pertains to health.

The course objectives are as follows:

Summarize the format of research articles and the research methods included in each section of an article.
Analyze and critique research questions, study design, methods including sample selection, bias, data collection procedures, measures, and analysis plan, results, discussion and interpretation of findings.
Compare and contrast different quantitative study designs.
Analyze the validity and reliability of measures.
Understand the ethical and cultural issues related to research methods

Recommended Background

This course is appropriate for anyone who wishes to learn more about the format, methodologies, and ethics of peer-reviewed research in the health professions.

Verified Certificate: $59

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/newwayhealthcare - University of Minnesota: Interprofessional Healthcare Informatics

This course examines the implications of informatics for practice, in nursing, public health, and healthcare in general. It covers electronic health record issues and relates ethical, legislative and political issues to health informatics. Students will also explore global and future informatics issues.

About the Course

Inter-professional health care informatics is a graduate-level, hands-on interactive exploration of real informatics tools and techniques. We will be incorporating technology-enabled educational innovations to bring the subject matter to life. Over the 10 weeks that we study together, we will create a vital online learning community and a working healthcare informatics network. 

We will explore perspectives of clinicians like dentists, physical therapists, nurses, and physicians in all sorts of practice settings worldwide. Emerging technologies, telehealth, gaming, simulations, and eScience are just some of the topics that we will consider. 

Throughout the course, we’ll focus on creativity, controversy, and collaboration - as we collectively imagine and create the future within the rapidly evolving healthcare informatics milieu. All healthcare professionals and IT geeks are welcome!

Recommended Background

Healthcare and/or information technology professional.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. To earn a satisfactory grade and a Statement of Accomplishment, you must earn at least 70% of all quiz points.

 

 

 https://www.coursera.org/course/clinicalneurology - University of California San Francisco: Introduction to Clinical Neurology

An overview of the relevant aspects of the epidemiology, clinical presentation, basic disease mechanisms, diagnostic approaches and treatment options of the most common neurological diseases.

About the Course

Neurologic diseases are common and costly. According to estimates by the World Health Organization, neurologic disorders affect over 1 billion people worldwide, constitute 12% of the global burden of disease, and cause 14% of global deaths.  Furthermore, the number of deaths caused by neurological diseases have more than doubled in the past 10 years, and this number will undoubtedly substantially increase in the coming years as the average age of the world’s population increase.

This course will provide a basic overview of the most common and important neurological diseases and conditions affecting people worldwide: stroke, epilepsy, headache, back pain, neurodegenerative diseases, movement disorders, alterations of consciousness, nervous system infections, traumatic brain injury, and neuromuscular diseases.  For each topic, a neurology professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) who has specialized knowledge about the subject area, and who teaches this material to UCSF medical students and other health professional students, will focus on the fundamentals of the clinical presentation and evaluation of people with these disorders, as well as some of the additional diagnostic approaches and options for treatment.  Although not a primary focus of the course, the faculty will also touch on some of the most pertinent disease mechanisms to help students appreciate the rationale for current therapies and the many questions that need to be answered to achieve effective treatments and cures.

Recommended Background

Students who take this course should ideally have at least a basic knowledge of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology.  For example, students should be familiar with the basic structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous system, including the lobes of the brain, the various parts of the brainstem and spinal cord, the main ascending and descending central pathways, and basic properties of peripheral nerves and muscle. Having at least a basic understanding of the way various cells in the nervous system work (such as properties of action potentials and other aspects of neural transmission) will be helpful but not essential for this course.  To make sure everyone is up to speed at the beginning, the class will start with an overview of the anatomy and functions of the nervous system as they relate to the various clinical diseases covered during the course.

Verified Certificate: $69

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/clintrials - John Hopkins University: Design and Interpretation of Clinical Trials

Learn the basic principles for design of randomized clinical trials and how they should be reported.

About the Course

Clinical trials are experiments designed to evaluate new interventions to prevent or treat disease in humans.  The interventions evaluated can be drugs, devices (e.g., hearing aid), surgeries, behavioral interventions (e.g., smoking cessation program), community health programs (e.g. cancer screening programs) or health delivery systems (e.g., special care units for hospital admissions).  We consider clinical trials experiments because the investigators rather the patients or their doctors select the treatment the patients receive.  Results from randomized clinical trials are usually considered the highest level of evidence for determining whether a treatment is effective because trials incorporates features to ensure that evaluation of the benefits and risks of treatments are objective and unbiased.  The FDA requires that drugs or biologics (e.g., vaccines) are shown to be effective in clinical trials before they can be sold in the US.

The course will explain the basic principles for design of randomized clinical trials and how they should be reported.  In the first part of the course, students will be introduced to terminology used in clinical trials and the several common designs used for clinical trials, such as parallel and cross-over designs.  We will also explain some of the mechanics of clinical trials, like randomization and blinding of treatment.  In the second half of the course, we will explain how clinical trials are analyzed and interpreted.  Finally, we will review the essential ethical consideration involved in conducting experiments on people.

Recommended Background

Student should have an interest in health sciences.  Some fundamental knowledge of epidemiology, e.g., types of bias, and statistics, e.g., mean and standard deviation, hypothesis testing, will be helpful.  

Verified Certificate: $49.00

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/fmri - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Statistical Analysis of fMRI Data

Explore the intersection of statistics and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a non-invasive technique for studying brain activity.

About the Course

In this course we will explore the intersection of statistics and functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, which is a non-invasive technique for studying brain activity. We will discuss the analysis of fMRI data, from its acquisition to its use in locating brain activity, making inference about brain connectivity and predictions about psychological or disease states. A standard fMRI study gives rise to massive amounts of noisy data with a complicated spatio-temporal correlation structure. Statistics plays a crucial role in understanding the nature of the data and obtaining relevant results that can be used and interpreted by neuroscientists.

Recommended Background

Proficiency with basic statistics is a requirement for this class.

Verified Certificate: $49

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/biostats - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 1

This class presents the fundamental probability and statistical concepts used in elementary data analysis. It will be taught at an introductory level for students with junior or senior college-level mathematical training including a working knowledge of calculus. A small amount of linear algebra and programming are useful for the class, but not required.

About the Course

Statistics is a thriving discipline that provides the fundamental language of all empirical research. Biostatistics is simply the field of statistics applied in the biomedical sciences. 

This course puts forward key mathematical and statistical topics to help students understand biostatistics at a deeper level. After completing this course, students will have a basic level of understanding of the goals, assumptions, benefits and negatives of probability modeling in the medical sciences. This understanding will be invaluable when approaching new statistical topics and will provide students with a framework and foundation for future self-learning. 

Topics include probability, random variables, distributions, expectations, variances, independence, conditional probabilities, likelihood and some basic inferences based on confidence intervals.

Recommended Background

Knowledge of calculus, set theory and a moderate level of mathematical literacy are prerequisites for this class. A small amount of programming is useful, but not required.

Verified Certificate: $49

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/poisonings - University of California San Francisco: Poisonings in the Home and Community: Assessment and Emergency Response

This is a survey course on the principles of Clinical Toxicology. The emphasis will be pre-hospital and emergency hospital management of poisonings with a case-oriented lecture format. The topics are prioritized by prevalence of human poisoning, natural and synthetic toxins, and target organ effects.

About the Course

Clinical Toxicology: Poisons in the Home and Community will cover clinical assessment & emergency response.

Here are the overall learning objectives for this course:

1.    Describe the epidemiology of poisonings to include most common age groups, scenarios, substances involved, and outcomes.

2.    List the steps taken if confronted with a poisoning to include appropriate first-aid, history necessary to assess a poisoning, and appropriate emergency response (poison control center, 9-1-1).

3.    Recognize the hazard potential among common household products (cleaning agents, personal care products, hydrocarbons, caustics).

4.    Describe the clinical presentation and emergency treatment for poisonings caused by plants and mushrooms, venoms, stimulants, and depressants.

5.    Identify useful clinical signs and symptoms to diagnose a suspected poisoning.  

6.    Describe the advantages and disadvantages of methods to decontaminate a poisoned patient.

7.    List the steps taken to manage a comatose poisoned patient to include supportive care and use of antidotes.

Recommended Background

The course may be appropriate for healthcare and upper-division undergraduate students that have had previous pharmacology course experiences, as well as practicing healthcare professionals.

Verified Certificate: $69

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/genomicmedicine - University of California San Francisco: Genomic and Precision Medicine

A critical, unbiased introduction to using new genomic tools for diagnosing and managing disease.

About the Course

Precision medicine has the potential to change fundamentally how health care is practiced, but requires a health care workforce that understands the complexities of this field. One important component of Precision Medicine is the use of an individual’s genomic information to offer targeted treatment, tailored to the individual. Our course aims to provide participants with some baseline knowledge of genomics, an overview of the clinical applications of genomic medicine, the skills to evaluate the clinical validity and utility of new tests, and an appreciation of the associated ethical and social issues inherent in this field. 

The course is geared toward practicing health care providers, although it should be accessible to anyone with a background in the biological sciences and a basic understanding of genetics.  It is designed to be succinct and clinically-focused, offering both conceptual and practical information about real-world applications of genomics.  The first two lessons offer a basic primer on molecular genomics relevant to the individual patient as well as to patient populations. The remaining five lessons focus on five applications of genomics and present the material as case studies, highlighting the strengths, limitations, and issues that arise in the use of each test.

Recommended Background

It is recommended that students have some background in biology/medicine, and have a basic understanding of genetics.

Verified Certificate: $79

https://www.coursera.org/course/epigenetics - University of Melbourne: Epigenetic Control of Gene Expression

Each mammalian cell has the same genes, yet performs distinct functions. This is achieved by epigenetic control of gene expression; the switching on and switching off of genes. This course will cover the principles of epigenetic control of gene expression, how epigenetic control contributes to cellular differentiation and development, and how it goes wrong in disease.

About the Course

While the human genome sequence has transformed our understanding of human biology, it isn’t just the sequence of your DNA that matters, but also how you use it! How are some genes activated and others are silenced? How is this controlled? The answer is epigenetics.  

Epigenetics has been a hot topic for research over the past decade as it has become clear that aberrant epigenetic control contributes to disease (particularly to cancer). Epigenetic alterations are heritable through cell division, and in some instances are able to behave similarly to mutations in terms of their stability. Importantly, unlike genetic mutations, epigenetic modifications are reversible and therefore have the potential to be manipulated therapeutically. It has also become clear in recent years that epigenetic modifications are sensitive to the environment (for example diet), which has sparked a large amount of public debate and research.

This course will give an introduction to the fundamentals of epigenetic control. We will examine epigenetic phenomena that are manifestations of epigenetic control in several organisms, with a focus on mammals. We will examine the interplay between epigenetic control and the environment and finally the role of aberrant epigenetic control in disease.

Recommended Background

Some background in biology, and more specifically genetics is recommended. If you don't have a genetics background, or want to brush up on genetics before you start, you might like to consider taking one of these MOOCs before our course starts:

Introduction to Genetics and Evolution: starts January 3 2014 (12 weeks)
https://www.coursera.org/course/geneticsevolution

Genes and The Human Condition (From Behaviour to Biotechnology): starts November 4 2013 (6 weeks)
https://coursera.org/course/genes 

Useful Genetics: starts November 1 2013 (6 weeks)
https://www.coursera.org/course/usefulgenetics 

Genomic Medicine gets Personal: starts March 4 2014 (8 weeks)
https://www.edx.org/course/georgetown-university/medx202-01/genomic-medicine-gets-personal/837 

Introduction to Biology - The Secret of Life: started September 10 2013 (14 weeks) - watch for next course offering
https://www.edx.org/course/mit/7-00x/introduction-biology-secret-life/1014

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/bioelectricity - Duke University: Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach

Nerves, the heart, and the brain are electrical. How do these things work? This course presents fundamental principles, described quantitatively.

About the Course

In this class you will learn how to think about electrically active tissue in terms of individual mechanisms, and you will learn to analyze the mechanisms quantitatively as well as describe them qualitatively.  The course uses many of the same examples used by Hodgkin and Huxley, who won the Nobel Prize for their experimental unraveling of the mechanisms of the nerve axon of the giant squid, and their creation of a mathematical model of membranes and propagation to understand its function.  That work has been the foundational element of most subsequent understandings of electrically active tissue, whether in nerves, the brain or in muscle, including the heart.

In this course, topics include:

The electrical charging of active membranes from the creation and use of differences in ionic concentrations across the membrane.
The stimulation of the membrane, both naturally and from engineered sources.
The creation of action potentials by the membrane in response to stimulation.
The chain reaction of membrane responses, with each small region or cell initiating an action potential in adjacent ones.
The observation of associated electrical currents in terms of extracellular wave voltages they create, the basis of clinical measurements such as the electrocardiogram.

The course will at each step present equations and other quantitative reasoning so that you will be able to go beyond describing what happens qualitatively and be able to link together the phenomena in the mosaic in a quantitative fashion, which is essential to judging whether specific changes in inputs are important to the outcome. Through the use of quantitative analysis, you will learn that all the elements of the system are tied together and be able to link together and analyze the effects of one part on another.

Recommended Background

Insofar as Bioelectricity, this course begins at the beginning, so all the main ideas can be understood without prerequisite courses.  As electricity is invisible, no one sees it, so the most important prerequisite is one’s willingness to bring imagination, reflection and patience to the topics, so as to allow the ideas to grow and knit together in one’s own mind.

Some of the presentation uses equations and other mathematics that come from calculus and differential equations and other parts reason from the physics of electricity and the analysis of circuits, so background knowledge about these subjects is helpful. For example, one needs to recognize that dV/dt is the rate of change of voltage V with time t, so as to understand that C dV/dt is the current through a capacitor C.  As another example, if V=1/r, what is dV/dr?

A course like this one usually is given to advanced undergraduates or early graduate students in science and engineering, as these students have taken calculus and physics, and differential equations and circuits, and thus are comfortable when notation or simple operations from these fields are used.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/bluebrain - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Synapses, Neurons and Brains

You will become intimately acquainted with the operational principles of neuronal “life-ware” (synapses, neurons and the networks that they form) as well as with recent ideas about how the dynamics of these networks generate the “neuronal code.” As an aperitif we will highlight present brain-excitements and for dessert we will discuss the future of brain research

About the Course

Probably the greatest challenge of the “21st century of the brain” is to understand how subcellular and cellular neuronal processes give rise to behavior – movement, perception, emotions, memory and creativity. This course will discuss, step-by-step, how modern molecular, optical, electrical, anatomical and theoretical methods have provided fascinating insights into the operation of the elementary building blocks of brains and, most importantly, how neuronal mechanisms underlie memory and learning processes. We will next discuss why computer simulations are so essential for understanding both neuronal “life ware” and the emergence of networks dynamics (e.g., as in the “Blue Brain Project”). 

The course will start by highlighting a few recent brain-excitements, including treating the sick brain via electrical stimulation, recent attempts at “reading the brain code” for brain-machine interfaces, new neuro-anatomical techniques (“Brainbow” and connectomics) and physiological methods (optogenetics) that enables us to record/activate the living, behaving brain at single cell resolution. We will end by discussing emerging frontiers in brain research, including the interaction between brain research and the arts. As an added bonus, a lecture on perception, action, cognition and emotions will be taught by an acclaimed neuroscientists, Prof. Israel Nelken..

Recommended Background

No background is required.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/healthinformatics - Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) - Health Informatics in the Cloud

A non-technical introduction to the contemporary application of computing to healthcare delivery, public health and community-based clinical research.

About the Course

This course is intended to help even non-technically trained students gain basic proficiency in health informatics: the application of computing to healthcare delivery, public health and community-based clinical research. This is distinct from the related field of bioinformatics, which explores the role of computing in understanding the genomic and proteomic processes within cells. Weeks 1-2 cover the US healthcare delivery system's unique structural, economic and policy issues and how they create a potentially strategic role for health informatics. Week 3-5 explain at a high level the core technologies involved in contemporary health informatics. Weeks 6-8 explore how these technologies are being deployed using some of the best commercial and open source products as examples. Weeks 9-10 present the technologies that have been developed to explore the digital data provided by these new systems with several examples of cutting edge research using "big data". As the course progresses, students can, optionally, also read the appropriate draft chapters of the instructor’s forthcoming text, An Introduction to Contemporary Health Informatics. 

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.coursera.org/course/usefulgenetics - University of British Columbia: Useful Genetics Part 1

This college-level course gives students a thorough understanding of gene function, and enables them to apply this understanding to real-world issues, both personal and societal. This is Part 1 of a two-part course; Part 2 focuses on the study of of how genes and traits are inherited.

Course philosophy

This short article describes the ideas behind Useful Genetics, explaining why the traditional college genetics course needed to change: Why do we have to learn this stuff? A new genetics for 21st century students

Who might want to take this course?

People affected by or concerned about a genetic disease (either directly or in a family member)
People interested in the genetic diversity of humans or other species
People who have had (or are considering having) their genes or genomes analyzed by companies such as 23andMe
People concerned about the public use of personal genetic information
People interested in breeding animals or plants, or in in conservation of endangered species
People interested in genealogy and ancestry analysis
Science teachers
Anyone interested in genetics but unable to enroll in university at this time

Recommended Background

You will need some prior knowledge of basic biology (first-year College or a recent good high-school course).  A self-assessment pre-test will be provided to students who enroll in the course, and additional activities and readings will be made available for students who want to improve their preparation.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

 

 

MUSEUM STUDIES (Teacher Development)

https://www.coursera.org/course/artinquiry - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies for Your Classroom

Explore how to integrate works of art into your classroom with inquiry-based teaching methods originally developed for in-gallery museum education.

About the Course

Intended for teachers (Grades 4-12) from all disciplines, this course will introduce ways to integrate works of art into your classroom by using inquiry-based teaching methods commonly used in museum settings. This course is designed to give teachers the tools to create meaningful object-based learning activities that can be integrated into a wide variety of curricula. We'll explore strategies that emphasize literacy, critical thinking skills and that connect across disciplines. The strategies and content that you will learn in this course parallels the proficiencies outlined in the Common Core State Standards as they relate to literacy, speaking and listening, critical thinking, analyzing informational text, and citing evidence to support arguments.

Recommended Background

An interest in teaching with objects and discovering effective ways to engage primary and secondary students in inquiry-based learning.

Verified Certificate: $39

 

 

MUSIC

https://www.coursera.org/course/improvisation - Berklee College of Music: Jazz Improvisation

Learn the basic concepts of improvisation from Gary Burton, one of the most renowned improvisers in the jazz world, including the mental, melodic, and harmonic processes that contribute to the instinctive skills that an improviser puts to use when taking a solo.

About the Course

While many people are fans of jazz and understand that musicians are often “making up” the notes they are playing during a performance, most people—often including musicians, themselves, who are beginning to learn improvising—aren’t clear about what exact processes take place to enable this to happen. The purpose of this course is to introduce the basic concepts of modern improvisation and how to go about mastering the different musical and mental skills involved. 

Course author Gary Burton codifies a sought-after approach to improvisation that has been at the core of Berklee College of Music's curriculum for decades. Students who complete this course will know what to practice and how to practice the various aspects of improvising, in addition to understanding how the improviser spontaneously communicates to the listeners through their musical creations.

Recommended Background

You should have at least an intermediate level of playing ability on your instrument, basic note reading experience, a knowledge of chord symbols (C7, Gm7, F7b9, Abm7, for example) and should, at a minimum, have tried improvising on some basic songs such as 12-bar blues or some familiar standard tunes.

Verified Certificate: $39

https://www.coursera.org/course/guitar - Berklee College of Music: Introduction to Guitar

Grasp the essentials needed to begin playing acoustic or electric guitar. You'll learn an easy approach to get you playing quickly, through a combination of exploring the instrument, performance technique, and basic music theory.

About the Course

For students who have long thought about picking up the acoustic or electric guitar, this course will provide an easy-access foundation that will get you playing. When first learning guitar, it is important to have the material presented in stages, in an enjoyable way that allows you to grasp the basics of the instrument and music. The course begins simply with the parts of the guitar, the names of the strings, tuning, and technique—whether finger-style or pick. It then explores the basics of music theory with such topics as scales, triads, power chords, and fingering and shapes.

At the end of this course, students will understand the structure, parts, and accessories of the instrument, in addition to an understanding of its basic maintenance. Electric guitar players will learn the operation of their instrument along with basic options for amplification, effect pedals, and sounds. Students will also learn to develop correct technique and apply theory concepts to their playing. They will have the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue most intermediate guitar courses.

Recommended Background

No musical experience or ability to read music is required.

Verified Certificate: $39

https://www.coursera.org/course/songwriting - Berklee College of Music: Songwriting

Learn an efficient, effective process for writing songs that express your ideas and emotions, including a range of tools that revolve around the concept of prosody—the matching of lyrics and music to support your underlying message.

About the Course

There’s a songwriter lurking somewhere inside you, peeking around corners, wondering if it’s safe to come out. Now it is. This course is an invitation to let your inner songwriter step into the sunlight. All it takes is a simple “yes” and you’ll be climbing that windy hill, marveling at the view.

If you haven’t written any or many songs, this course will show you an efficient, effective process for tailoring songs to express your ideas and emotions. If you have, you’ll look at your process differently, taking control of aspects of the process you may have not noticed.

The course will start by examining the tools available to you, all revolving around the essential concept of prosody. You’ll learn to use your tools to enhance your message—to work compositionally at the same time you’re developing your ideas.

You’ll be working both lyrically and musically, though musically it’s not necessary that you either read music or play an instrument. If you play, great, and you’ll be encouraged to play and record your musical responses to the assignments. If you don’t play, the course offers you a number of musical loops to work with. All you’ll have to do is sing your melodies over the loops.

Assignments will ask you to post something for peer review—sometimes lyric lines or sections, sometimes melodies, sometimes both. None of it has to be polished. The course is about writing, not performing.

Most important, you’ll have a lot of fun.

Recommended Background

No prior songwriting or musical experience is necessary

Verified Certificate: $39

https://www.coursera.org/course/musicproduction - Berklee College of Music: Introduction to Music Production

Learn about the music production process—including recording, editing, and mixing—and the tools available to you to create contemporary music on your computer.

About the Course

With the recent introduction of high-quality-low-cost software and hardware, the tools of music production are now available to the masses. Albums are made in bedrooms as well as studios. On the surface this is liberating. Anyone can make an album for the low cost of a couple pieces of gear and a software package. But, if you dig deeper, you will find that it is not so easy. Producing music requires knowledge, dedication, and creativity.
    
Knowledge is where this course comes in. No matter what kind of music you are making, there is a large set of tools that you will need to use.  Each lesson of this course will demonstrate a different set of music production tools, loosely following along the music production process of recording, editing, and mixing. 

We will start with some background on the nature of sound and how we perceive it. We will then examine the components necessary to record audio into a computer, so that you understand the devices that sound must travel through in a music production process. 
    
Once recorded, sound must be organized along a timeline, a process known as editing. It allows us to give the impression of perfect performances and create many of the sounds we hear in contemporary music. The contemporary editing tool is the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW),  a piece of software that stores and organizes all the assets of a musical project. We will focus on the editing tools that are essential in contemporary music production and that all DAWs provide. 

After editing, sounds must be combined or mixed together, so we look to the mixing board—a very creative place if you know how to use it. We will explore the basic functionality of both hardware and software mixing boards, including volume, pan, mute, solo, busses, inserts, sends, and submixes. The mixing process, however, includes more tools than the mixing board provides on its own. Sound must also be processed, modified from its recorded state to fit the context of the music. We will look at compression, equalization, and delay, and examine the many audio effects that are offshoots of these devices and how they are used in a musical context.
    
We will then explore the synthesizer, a major tool within the production of contemporary music. Yes, great music can and will be created without the synthesizer, but learning how a synthesizer works will give you a language to describe sound. Music is a collaborative art form, so there is nothing more powerful than effective communication. 
    
In the end, the music production process relies on your creativity. Creativity is a product of the mind and will stay there, unexpressed, until the right tools are used in the right way to share it with the world. If you have an idea in your head, it will take numerous steps, each with an important tool, to reach your audience. You bring the dedication and creativity, and this course will bring you the knowledge to make that happen.

Recommended Background

You should be able to perform the following tasks in a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), such as GarageBand, Pro Tools, Logic, Live, Reason, SONAR, or Digital Performer:

Create audio tracks
Add audio effects (EQ, Noise Gate, Compressor, Delay, and Reverb)
Create MIDI tracks
Add a software synthesizer to a MIDI track
Export an audio file
Create an MP3 file

Verified Certificate: Listed as providing a Verified Certificate, but no pricing provided at course site.

https://www.coursera.org/course/audiomusicengpart1 - University of Rochester: Fundamentals of Audio and Music Engineering: Part 1 Musical Sound & Electronics

In this course students learn the basic concepts of acoustics and electronics and how they can applied to understand musical sound and make music with electronic instruments. Topics include: sound waves, musical sound, basic electronics, and applications of these basic principles in amplifiers and speaker design.

About the Course

This 6-week course is for students who are interested in learning the basic concepts of sound & acoustics and signals & electronics as they relate to music. The goal is for students to understand the basic concepts and principles of musical acoustics and electronics and to learn how equipment such as electric guitars, amplifiers, and loudspeakers are designed and operate. Students are encouraged to put the theory into practice by building a simple guitar practice amplifier. The course employs high-school level algebra and trigonometry, no calculus is required. 

Recommended Background

Students at any level with basic high school math preparation (algebra and trigonometry)

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructors.

https://www.edx.org/course/utaustinx/utaustinx-ut-8-01x-jazz-appreciation-1149- University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin): Jazz Appreciation

Listen and learn about the artists, eras, and musical methods that make jazz a great original art form.

About this Course

Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker. John Coltrane. You’ve heard their names, but do you know what makes them great? In Jazz Appreciation, you will learn what these artists and many others contributed to America’s great original art form, revered the world over for its innovation and creativity. Jazz emerged during a time of tremendous change and upheaval in American society; this course will also discuss how its evolution both reflected and contributed to those changes.

Much more than a lecture series, Jazz Appreciation weaves in musical performances and examples that will deepen your understanding of the musical process and develop your ability to identify and analyze different jazz eras and great jazz soloists. It also incorporates cutting-edge adaptive learning technology that will allow you to practice your new knowledge and skills, at your own pace, until you reach mastery.

Join this course to enhance your enjoyment of jazz by developing an informed understanding and deep appreciation of the art. 

Before, during, and after the course, check out the official facebook page for announcements and discussions, at facebook.com/jazzappreciation.

No prior musical experience is required for this course.

 

NON-PROFIT

https://www.coursera.org/course/subsistence - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Subsistence Marketplaces

This course aims to place knowledge about subsistence marketplaces into the hands and minds of those in different parts of the world that can and want to make a difference. The broader aim is for participants to consider the global challenge of poverty and envision a better world by designing solutions based on sound understanding.

About the Course

The foundation for this course lies with unique synergies between pioneering research, teaching, and social initiatives for a decade and a half through theSubsistence Marketplaces Initiative. Unique to this approach is a bottom-up understanding of the intersection of poverty and the marketplace.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

Verified Certificate: $49

 https://www.coursera.org/course/changetheworld - Wesleyan University: How to Change the World

How can we use the things we share in common to address some of the most challenging problems facing the world? This course examines issues concerning poverty, the environment, technology, health care, gender, education and activism to helps us understand better how to initiate positive change.

About the Course

How to Change the World has its origins in the Social Good Summit held at the 92nd Street Y in New York. The summit brought together some of the world's most creative entrepreneurs, writers, academics and political leaders to discuss ways innovative thinking and technology can address pressing global challenges.  Beginning from talks, panels and conversations from the summit, we will add lectures, on-line discussion groups, hangouts and readings to explore the issues in politics, technology and the environment in broader academic and historical contexts. We will then discover together what actions we can take to make a difference.    

Recommended Background

No recommended background is required; all are welcome

Signature Track: $49

 

 

NURSING

https://www.coursera.org/course/tbmanagement - John Hopkins School of Nursing: Global Tuberculosis (TB) Clinical Management and Research

Health Care Workers and Health Professions Students can prepare to plan and deliver TB care in their communities by applying the latest clinical and research data presented in this nine-week course focusing on TB/HIV Co-Infection.

About the Course

ENROLLMENT OPTIONS

Those interested in participating in this course have three options:

Free Enrollment:  Click “Sign Up” to enroll in course for FREE and earn a statement of accomplishment upon completion.
Signature Track Enrollment:  Click “Signature Track” and follow the enrollment steps.  You will be required to pay a $39 non-refundable fee.  Upon course completion you will receive a verified certificate, which employers can search. What’s this?
Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Credit:  For healthcare professionals interested in earning Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) contact hours you must:

Complete Signature Track enrollment.
Complete registration process through Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. You will be required to pay an additional non-refundable fee of $60 in addition to the $39 fee for signature track (verified certificate).

SIGNING UP FOR CNE CREDIT

If you’re interested in signing up for CNE Credit and have already signed up for Signature Track, click this link to register for CNE:http://nursing.jhu.edu/tbmanagement

ABOUT THE COURSE

Estimates from the World Health Organization demonstrate that Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) remains a leading cause of death globally. TB also is the leading cause of death among persons with HIV infection and remains a challenge for both clinicians and researchers.  This nine-week course focuses on TB/HIV Co-Infection and innovative research solutions to address the disease and introduces an overview on TB Care and Management Health Care Workers or Health Profession Students will learn to plan and deliver TB care in their communities by applying the latest clinical and research data to their setting. 

Course consists of:

Video lectures
Quizzes
Peer assessments
Large and small group online work and discussions
Individual work
Access to world renowned TB and HIV experts

Course Competencies

At the end of the course, it is expected that participants will be able to:
Describe the epidemiology of TB and drug resistant TB in patients with and without HIV
Diagnose TB infection accurately and understand the latest diagnostic advances
Identify correct treatment regimens for TB, MDR-TB and XDR-TB management
Manage clients presenting with all forms of TB including those co-infected with HIV
Recognize and manage all adverse reaction associated with antiretroviral and TB treatment
Identify strategies to assist clients and patients in improving treatment adherence

Verified Certificate: See prices for different options above

https://www.coursera.org/course/dementiacare - John Hopkins School of Nursing: Care of Elders with Alzheimer's disease and other Major Neurocognitive Disorders

Health professionals and students, family caregivers, friends of patients, and others interested in learning about dementia and quality care will acquire in this five-week course foundational knowledge in the care of persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurocognitive disorders.

About the Course

Dementia is a worldwide epidemic affecting 35.6 million people in developed and developing countries.  Each year 7.7 million new cases are identified.  Understanding the disease—and how it impacts the person with the disease and their families and communities—is the first step in designing comprehensive dementia care models to enhance the quality of life for all. 

Recommended Background

This material is appropriate for anyone who is personally touched by dementing illnesses including health professionals, students in the health professions, or families and loved ones of persons with dementia. No special background is required other than knowledge of English.

ENROLLMENT OPTIONS

Those interested in participating in this course have three options:

Free Enrollment:  Click “Sign Up” to enroll in course for FREE and earn a statement of accomplishment upon completion.
Signature Track Enrollment:  Click “Signature Track” and follow the enrollment steps.  You will be required to pay a $39 non-refundable fee.  Upon course completion you will receive a verified certificate, which employers can search. What’s this?
Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Credit:  For healthcare professionals interested in earning Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) contact hours you must:

Complete Signature Track enrollment. 
Complete registration process through Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. You will be required to pay an additional non-refundable fee of $60 in addition to the $39 fee for signature track. 

SIGNING UP FOR CNE CREDIT

If you’re interested in signing up for CNE Credit and have already signed up for Signature Track, click this link to register for CNE: http://nursing.jhu.edu/dementiacare

ABOUT THE COURSE

Dementia is a worldwide epidemic affecting 35.6 million people in developed and developing countries.  Each year 7.7 million new cases are identified.  Understanding the disease—and how it impacts the person with the disease and their families and communities—is the first step in designing comprehensive dementia care models to enhance the quality of life for all. 

PHARMACOLOGY

https://www.coursera.org/course/intropharma - The Ohio State University: Introduction to Pharmacy

This course is a survey of the profession of pharmacy including its history, evolving scope of practice, ethical foundations, regulation, educational and career opportunities, and more. We will also explore topics relating to medication use and drug development.

About the Course

Man has always used external materials to help prevent, cure, or alleviate the symptoms of disease. In fact, Gregory Higby of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy has written that, “...the very concept of influencing bodily functions via an outside force must be considered one of humanity’s greatest advances.” Since its independent origins in ancient Arabic civilizations, pharmacy has evolved from a craft dedicated to the compounding of drugs to a profession focusing on helping patients get the best outcomes from medication therapies.

So what is pharmacy? How has it changed and where is it headed?

This course will answer these questions and provide a comprehensive introduction to this profession. We will explore the history of pharmacy and its evolving scope of practice; examine educational and career pathways; tackle issues relating to medication safety and adverse drug events; gain insight into the regulatory and ethical considerations in pharmacy practice; and more.

As we explore these topics together, we will hear from practicing pharmacists throughout the course and ultimately gain a better understanding of what they do and how they help us get the best results from our medications. Maybe you will decide that the dynamic profession of pharmacy is a career path that you want to pursue!  Whether student or healthcare consumer, you’re sure to find the material we cover in this course to be invaluable.

Recommended Background

There are no prerequisites to taking this course. All you need is an interest in the subject and a commitment to engage in all instructional activities.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/clintrials - John Hopkins University: Design and Interpretation of Clinical Trials

Learn the basic principles for design of randomized clinical trials and how they should be reported.

About the Course

Clinical trials are experiments designed to evaluate new interventions to prevent or treat disease in humans.  The interventions evaluated can be drugs, devices (e.g., hearing aid), surgeries, behavioral interventions (e.g., smoking cessation program), community health programs (e.g. cancer screening programs) or health delivery systems (e.g., special care units for hospital admissions).  We consider clinical trials experiments because the investigators rather the patients or their doctors select the treatment the patients receive.  Results from randomized clinical trials are usually considered the highest level of evidence for determining whether a treatment is effective because trials incorporates features to ensure that evaluation of the benefits and risks of treatments are objective and unbiased.  The FDA requires that drugs or biologics (e.g., vaccines) are shown to be effective in clinical trials before they can be sold in the US.

The course will explain the basic principles for design of randomized clinical trials and how they should be reported.  In the first part of the course, students will be introduced to terminology used in clinical trials and the several common designs used for clinical trials, such as parallel and cross-over designs.  We will also explain some of the mechanics of clinical trials, like randomization and blinding of treatment.  In the second half of the course, we will explain how clinical trials are analyzed and interpreted.  Finally, we will review the essential ethical consideration involved in conducting experiments on people.

Recommended Background

Student should have an interest in health sciences.  Some fundamental knowledge of epidemiology, e.g., types of bias, and statistics, e.g., mean and standard deviation, hypothesis testing, will be helpful.  

Verified Certificate: $49.00

https://www.coursera.org/course/poisonings - University of California San Francisco: Poisonings in the Home and Community: Assessment and Emergency Response

This is a survey course on the principles of Clinical Toxicology. The emphasis will be pre-hospital and emergency hospital management of poisonings with a case-oriented lecture format. The topics are prioritized by prevalence of human poisoning, natural and synthetic toxins, and target organ effects.

About the Course

Clinical Toxicology: Poisons in the Home and Community will cover clinical assessment & emergency response.

Here are the overall learning objectives for this course:

1.    Describe the epidemiology of poisonings to include most common age groups, scenarios, substances involved, and outcomes.

2.    List the steps taken if confronted with a poisoning to include appropriate first-aid, history necessary to assess a poisoning, and appropriate emergency response (poison control center, 9-1-1).

3.    Recognize the hazard potential among common household products (cleaning agents, personal care products, hydrocarbons, caustics).

4.    Describe the clinical presentation and emergency treatment for poisonings caused by plants and mushrooms, venoms, stimulants, and depressants.

5.    Identify useful clinical signs and symptoms to diagnose a suspected poisoning.  

6.    Describe the advantages and disadvantages of methods to decontaminate a poisoned patient.

7.    List the steps taken to manage a comatose poisoned patient to include supportive care and use of antidotes.

Recommended Background

The course may be appropriate for healthcare and upper-division undergraduate students that have had previous pharmacology course experiences, as well as practicing healthcare professionals.

Verified Certificate: $69

https://www.coursera.org/course/drugdiscovery - University of California San Diego (UC San Diego): Drug Discovery, Development & Commercialization

Students will learn the process of drug discovery and development through specific examples of case studies to better understand the issues facing the challenges of delivering a new drug on the market. At the completion of this course you will be able to have a better understanding of how a small or large molecule becomes a pharmaceutical drug.

About the Course

The University of California San Diego, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Drug Discovery, Development & Commercialization course focuses on drug discovery, development and commercialization.  
In this course, you will learn about the complete process of drug discovery, development, pharmacoeconomics, biosimilars, regulatory affairs, managed markets, portfolio management and strategic marketing of a new pharmaceutical drug.    

Students will also learn that shifting the current drug discovery paradigm from ‘finding new-entity drugs’ to ‘combining existing agents’ may be helpful for overcoming the current financial challenges that exist in the pharmaceutical/biotech market. 

The following course objectives will be:

1.  Understand the pharmaceutical and biotechnology market a changing landscape

2. Understand the major aspects of the drug discovery process, starting with target selection, to compound screening to designing lead candidates.

3. Recognize current modern drug discovery based on the lock-and-key theory, which attempts to use one single compound to hit one target to combat the related disease.

4. Increase understanding of the various drug discovery tools and methods that are used for finding, identifying and designing a new drug.

5. Define and understand the regulatory responsibilities for drug discovery, including but not limited to, an Investigational New Drug Application (IND), New Drug Application (NDA), and product labeling.

 6. Incorporate study design methods for consideration in the design of clinical protocols to access safety, tolerability, and efficacy in multiple therapeutic areas.

 7. Identify the critical components for development of a commercialization strategy and a marketing plan to launch a new drug.

No Recommended Background was listed for this course.

Verified Certificate listed, but course listing included note indicating that this option is currently closed.

 

PHILOSOPHY

https://www.coursera.org/course/thinkagain - Duke University: Think Again: How to Reason and Argue

Reasoning is important.  This course will teach you how to do it well.  You will learn how to understand and assess arguments by other people and how to construct good arguments of your own about whatever matters to you.

About the Course

Reasoning is important.  This course will teach you how to do it well.  You will learn some simple but vital rules to follow in thinking about any topic at all and some common and tempting mistakes to avoid in reasoning.  We will discuss how to identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments by other people (including politicians, used car salesmen, and teachers) and how to construct arguments of your own in order to help you decide what to believe or what to do. These skills will be useful in dealing with whatever matters most to you.

Recommended Background

This material is appropriate for introductory college students or advanced high school students—or, indeed, anyone who is interested. No special background is required other than knowledge of English.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/moralities - Yale University: Moralities of Everyday Life

How can we explain kindness and cruelty? Where does our sense of right and wrong come from? Why do people so often disagree about moral issues? This course explores the psychological foundations of our moral lives.

About the Course

How is it that we are capable of transcendent kindness—and unspeakable cruelty? How do we make sense of people’s strongly-held opinions about abortion, gay marriage, affirmative action, and torture? How do evolution, culture, and religion conspire to shape our moral natures?

These are among the most important—and most exciting—questions around, and they are the focus of this course. We will explore the modern science of moral belief and moral action, drawing upon disciplines such as cognitive science, neuroscience, economics, and philosophy. We will look at research from the lab, from the community, and from the battlefield; we will discuss babies, monkeys, and psychopaths; we will debate claims about moral differences between men and women, liberals and conservatives, Christians and Muslims. This course will cover prejudice and bigotry, sexuality and purity; punishment, revenge, and forgiveness; and much much more. 

As a preview, we have uploaded the introductory lecture to YouTube, which you can view here: http://youtu.be/1jUd72Dmd_A

Do I need any special background to take this course? 
No. If you can read a popular science book, or an article in a magazine such asThe Atlantic or The New Yorker, you should be able to follow the lectures and readings.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/introphil - University of Edinburgh: Introduction to Philosophy

This course will introduce you to some of the most important areas of research in contemporary philosophy. Each week a different philosopher will talk you through some of the most important questions and issues in their area of expertise.

About the Course

This course will introduce you to some of the main areas of research in contemporary philosophy. Each week a different philosopher will talk you through some of the most important questions and issues in their area of expertise. We’ll begin by trying to understand what philosophy is – what are its characteristic aims and methods, and how does it differ from other subjects? Then we’ll spend the rest of the course gaining an introductory overview of several different areas of philosophy. Topics you’ll learn about will include:

Epistemology, where we’ll consider what our knowledge of the world and ourselves consists in, and how we come to have it;
Philosophy of science, where we’ll investigate foundational conceptual issues in scientific research and practice;
Philosophy of Mind, where we’ll ask questions about what it means for something to have a mind, and how minds should be understood and explained;
Moral Philosophy, where we’ll attempt to understand the nature of our moral judgements and reactions – whether they aim at some objective moral truth, or are mere personal or cultural preferences, and;
Metaphysics, where we’ll think through some fundamental conceptual questions about the nature of reality.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/modernpostmodern - Wesleyan University: The Modern and the Postmodern

This course examines how the idea of "the modern" develops at the end of the 18th century in European philosophy and literature, and how being modern (or progressive, or hip) became one of the crucial criteria for understanding and evaluating cultural change. Are we still in modernity, or have we moved beyond the modern to the postmodern?

About the Course

In this course we shall examine how the idea of "the modern" develops at the end of the 18th century in European intellectual history, and how being modern (or progressive, or hip) became one of the crucial criteria for understanding and evaluating cultural change during the last two hundred years in the West. We shall be concerned with the relations between culture and historical change, and our materials shall be drawn from a variety of areas: philosophy, the novel, and critical theory. Finally, we shall try to determine what it means to be modern today, and whether it makes sense to go beyond the modern to the postmodern.

The Modern and the Postmodern traces the intertwining of the idea of modernity with the idea of art or culture from the late 18th century until the present. Beginning with the Enlightenment, Western cultures have invested heavily in the notion that the world can be made more of a home for human beings through the development of culture (and technology). Throughout this period there has also developed a strong, sophisticated counter-movement that sees the Enlightenment effort as a disaster – destructive of both art and of the world.

The Western idea of modernity is linked to but not the same as the idea of modernism. We will examine both in this class and then consider postmodernism in relation both to the philosophical idea of modernity and to the aesthetic considerations of modernism.

This course covers a lot of ground, historically, conceptually and aesthetically. There is much to read, and very different kinds of reading: from philosophy to novels, from theory to poetry. Not all students will like all the reading, but if you digest it all, you should have a clearer sense of the cultural history of our present.

Students should develop a historical, literary and philosophical understanding of some of the key themes of modernity and modernism in the West. They should learn to read classic and contemporary texts for their arguments, beauty and pertinence. They should see why these texts are “good to think with,” and, it is hoped, they will develop an appetite for further study in the areas covered by the course.

Recommended Background

All are welcome!

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/votingfairdiv - University of Maryland: Making Better Group Decisions: Voting, Judgement Aggregation and Fair Division

Learn about different voting methods and fair division algorithms, and explore the problems that arise when a group of people need to make a decision.

About the Course

Much of our daily life is spent taking part in various types of what we might call “political” procedures. Examples range from voting in a national election to deliberating with others in small committees. Many interesting philosophical and mathematical issues arise when we carefully examine our group decision-making processes. 

There are two types of group decision making problems that we will discuss in this course. A voting problem: Suppose that a group of friends are deciding where to go for dinner. If everyone agrees on which restaurant is best, then it is obvious where to go. But, how should the friends decide where to go if they have different opinions about which restaurant is best? Can we always find a choice that is “fair” taking into account everyone’s opinions or must we choose one person from the group to act as a “dictator”? A fair division problem: Suppose that there is a cake and a group of hungry children. Naturally, you want to cut the cake and distribute the pieces to the children as fairly as possible. If the cake is homogeneous (e.g., a chocolate cake with vanilla icing evenly distributed), then it is easy to find a fair division: give each child a piece that is the same size. But, how do we find a “fair” division of the cake if it is heterogeneous (e.g., icing that is 1/3 chocolate, 1/3 vanilla and 1/3 strawberry) and the children each want different parts of the cake? 

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!  

Verified Certificate: $49

PHYSICS

https://www.edx.org/course/ricex/ricex-phys102x-electricity-magnetism-1356 -Rice University: Electricity & Magnetism

Fundamental topics in electromagnetism: electric charge, electric fields, currents, magnetic fields, and induction.

About this Course

PHYS_102x serves as an introduction to electricity and magnetism, following the standard second semester college physics sequence. It begins with electric charge in matter, the forces between charges, the electric field, Gauss's Law, and the electric potential. Electric current and resistance are introduced, followed by descriptions of resistors, capacitors, and DC circuits.. The course then moves to the magnetic field, Ampere's Law, and Faraday's Law of Induction. Finally, inductors and AC circuits are described.

PHYS_102x consists of ~2 hours of weekly video lectures, weekly online homework questions, a one page peer assessed design project, and two online exams. The course runs 12 weeks, but during the two exam weeks there will be no new topics or homework assignments. It is recommended that student work consistently every week and should expect to spend 10-12 hours per week on course content.
 
The following components will make up PHYS_102x.

Video Lectures and Lecture Questions
Homework Problems
Midterm and Final Exams
Online Discussion Forum

PHYS_102x is targeted to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds and abilities from motivated high school students to people returning to their studies after a break. The prerequisites for this course are calculus and introductory mechanics.

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-16-110x-flight-vehicle-aerodynamics-871- MIT: Flight Vehicle Aerodynamics

Discover the concepts, theories, models, and methods used in the aerodynamic analysis and design of modern aircraft.

About this Course

This course covers the physics, concepts, theories, and models underlying the discipline of aerodynamics. A general theme is the technique of velocity field representation and modeling via source and vorticity fields, and via their sheet, filament, or point-singularity idealizations.

The intent is to instill an intuitive feel for aerodynamic flowfield behavior, and to provide the basis of aerodynamic force analysis, drag decomposition, flow interference estimation, and many other important applications. A few computational methods are covered, primarily to give additional insight into flow behavior, and to identify the primary aerodynamic forces on maneuvering aircraft. A short overview of flight dynamics is also presented.

Before your course starts, try the new edX Demo where you can explore the fun, interactive learning environment and virtual labs.

This course is part of an XSeries

An XSeries is a sequence of edX courses in a subject area. When you complete and pass all of the courses in the series, you will receive an XSeries Certificate of Mastery in that subject documenting your achievement

Verified Certificate: $100

https://www.edx.org/course/australian-national-university/australian-national-university-anu-1347 - Australian National University (ANU): Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe

Exploring the biggest mysteries of modern astrophysics.

About this Course

Despite spectacular recent progress, there is still a lot we don't know about our universe. We don't know why the Big Bang happened. We don't know what most of the universe is made of. We don't know whether there is life in space. We don't know how planets form, how black holes get so big, or where the first stars have gone. This course will take you through nine of the greatest unsolved problems of modern astrophysics. We can't promise you the answers, but we will explain what we do and don't know, and give you an up-to-date understanding of current research. This course is designed for people who would like to get a deeper understanding of these mysteries than that offered by popular science articles and shows. You will need reasonable high-school level Maths and Physics to get the most out of this course. This is the first of four ANUx courses which together make up the Australian National University's first year astrophysics program. It will be followed by courses on exoplanets, on the violent universe, and on cosmology.

Prerequisites

High school math and physics.

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.coursera.org/course/bioelectricity - Duke University: Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach

Nerves, the heart, and the brain are electrical. How do these things work? This course presents fundamental principles, described quantitatively.

About the Course

In this class you will learn how to think about electrically active tissue in terms of individual mechanisms, and you will learn to analyze the mechanisms quantitatively as well as describe them qualitatively.  The course uses many of the same examples used by Hodgkin and Huxley, who won the Nobel Prize for their experimental unraveling of the mechanisms of the nerve axon of the giant squid, and their creation of a mathematical model of membranes and propagation to understand its function.  That work has been the foundational element of most subsequent understandings of electrically active tissue, whether in nerves, the brain or in muscle, including the heart.

In this course, topics include:

The electrical charging of active membranes from the creation and use of differences in ionic concentrations across the membrane.
The stimulation of the membrane, both naturally and from engineered sources.
The creation of action potentials by the membrane in response to stimulation.
The chain reaction of membrane responses, with each small region or cell initiating an action potential in adjacent ones.
The observation of associated electrical currents in terms of extracellular wave voltages they create, the basis of clinical measurements such as the electrocardiogram.

The course will at each step present equations and other quantitative reasoning so that you will be able to go beyond describing what happens qualitatively and be able to link together the phenomena in the mosaic in a quantitative fashion, which is essential to judging whether specific changes in inputs are important to the outcome. Through the use of quantitative analysis, you will learn that all the elements of the system are tied together and be able to link together and analyze the effects of one part on another.

Recommended Background

Insofar as Bioelectricity, this course begins at the beginning, so all the main ideas can be understood without prerequisite courses.  As electricity is invisible, no one sees it, so the most important prerequisite is one’s willingness to bring imagination, reflection and patience to the topics, so as to allow the ideas to grow and knit together in one’s own mind.

Some of the presentation uses equations and other mathematics that come from calculus and differential equations and other parts reason from the physics of electricity and the analysis of circuits, so background knowledge about these subjects is helpful. For example, one needs to recognize that dV/dt is the rate of change of voltage V with time t, so as to understand that C dV/dt is the current through a capacitor C.  As another example, if V=1/r, what is dV/dr?

A course like this one usually is given to advanced undergraduates or early graduate students in science and engineering, as these students have taken calculus and physics, and differential equations and circuits, and thus are comfortable when notation or simple operations from these fields are used.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

PSYCHOLOGY

https://www.coursera.org/course/mysticthought - Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Modern European Mysticism and Psychological Thought

The course will examine the psychological thought of the modern mystical traditions in Europe. We shall focus on two topics with wider cultural implications: The soul and the heart.

About the Course

In the revival of mysticism today, mysticism has become more psychological while psychology is increasingly interested in mysticism. This course will provide an entry into the complex world of modern mysticism, through studying its psychological thought. We shall begin with exploring the interpretations of mystical experience offered by psychoanalysts in the twentieth century, starting with Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung and ending with contemporary thinkers such as James Hillman. However, we will see that the European mystical traditions, including Kabbalah in the Jewish world and those of the Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant worlds, developed their own elaborate systems of psychological thought. Thus, we will mostly examine mystical psychology on its own terms. We shall especially look at two terms that are very much in use also in general culture: the heart (as an emotional rather than a physical center!...) and the soul, looking at the unique mystical concepts of their nature and destiny and asking if there were influences and meetings between the different religions. 

Recommended Background

No background is required, all are welcome!

Verified Certificate: $60

https://www.coursera.org/course/psy - Georgia Institute of Technology: Introduction to Psychology as a Science

Learn about how psychology has developed a body of knowledge about behavior and mind through the use of scientific methods. All areas of psychology will be covered.

About the Course

Since we were young children, we have tried to understand, to predict, and to control behavior. We first dealt with our parents and teachers, and later our friends and companions. This course shows, however, how the understanding, prediction, and control of behavior require scientific validation. By using tools that are systematic and objective, psychology has learned how people behave and think. 

Psychology is a very broad field of study and the course will include discussions of the brain and nervous system, sensation and perception, learning, memory, intelligence and thinking, lifespan development, emotion and motivation, personality, social behavior, behavioral disorders, and psychological treatment of disorders. The course will include short lecture modules, demonstrations and experiments, and writing assignments.

Recommended Background

This course is designed for college freshmen, so a high school diploma is expected

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/fantasysf - University of Michigan: Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World

We understand the world — and ourselves — through stories. Then some of those hopes and fears become the world.

About the Course

Fantasy is a key term both in psychology and in the art and artifice of humanity. The things we make, including our stories, reflect, serve, and often shape our needs and desires. We see this everywhere from fairy tale to kiddie lit to myth; from "Cinderella" to Alice in Wonderland to Superman; from building a fort as a child to building ideal, planned cities as whole societies. Fantasy in ways both entertaining and practical serves our persistent needs and desires and illuminates the human mind. Fantasy expresses itself in many ways, from the comfort we feel in the godlike powers of a fairy godmother to the seductive unease we feel confronting Dracula. From a practical viewpoint, of all the fictional forms that fantasy takes, science fiction, from Frankenstein to Avatar, is the most important in our modern world because it is the only kind that explicitly recognizes the profound ways in which science and technology, those key products of the human mind, shape not only our world but our very hopes and fears. This course will explore Fantasy in general and Science Fiction in specific both as art and as insights into ourselves and our world.

Recommended Background

There are no prerequisites for this course.  However, the course will be conducted at the level expected of advanced undergraduate students.  Therefore, for all participants, reading comfortably in English at the undergraduate college level is desirable.  For those also participating in the writing and written responses, which is recommended, some experience in writing about literature is desirable. (A Note on Reading in Translation.)

Verified Certificated listed, but no pricing information provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a certificate signed by the instructor.

https://www.coursera.org/course/pmhdepression - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Major Depression in the Population: A Public Health Approach

Illustrates the principles of public health applied to depressive disorder, including principles of epidemiology, transcultural psychiatry, health services research, and prevention.

About the Course

Public Mental Health is the application of the principles of medicine and social science to prevent the occurrence of mental and behavioral disorders and to promote mental health of the population. This course illustrates the principles of public health applied to depressive disorder, including principles of epidemiology, transcultural psychiatry, health services research, and prevention. It is predicted that by 2020 depressive disorder will be the most important cause of disease burden in the entire world!  Every human being suffers from feeling depressed at some point or other, but only about one fifth of the population will experience an episode of depressive disorder over the course of their lives. This course illuminates the public health approach to disease, and the particular complexities of applying this approach to mental disorders, using depression as the exemplar.  

Course Syllabus

What is depression and what is depressive disorder?
How common is depressive disorder
The Global Burden of Depressive Disorder
Cross-cultural variation in depression and depressive disorder
Epidemiologic research to uncover the causes of depression
Research on prevention of depression
The system of care for psychiatric disorders and depression

No recommended background was listed for this course.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/the-mind-is-flat-2014 - University of Warwick: The mind is flat: the shocking shallowness of human psychology

Explore how to make better personal and professional decisions, and consider the psychological dimension to some key ethical and political choices facing the world.

About the course

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.

Please note, the beta run of this course is in November, but due to its popularity we are now taking sign-ups for a second run in early 2014.

Requirements

No special knowledge or previous experience of studying is required.

Verified Certificate: http://about.futurelearn.com/about/faq/#statement-of-attainment To date, the only Futurelearn MOOC offering Statements of Attainment is ‘The mind is flat: the shocking shallowness of human psychology’ (from the University of Warwick). However, we expect to make these available for more courses over time. For Statements of Attainment on ‘The Mind is Flat: The shocking shallowness of human psychology’, there is an introductory fee of £119 (Approx. $195 per Statement - including VAT / local sales tax, postage and packaging).

 

PUBLIC HEALTH

https://www.coursera.org/course/communitychange - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Community Change in Public Health

This course examines the community context of the changes needed to promote the public’s health.

About the Course

In bringing about behavior change in public health, we often focus on the individual mother, student, or farmer. We should not forget the community structure and norms constrain for encouraging individual health behaviors. This course examines the community context of the changes needed to promote the public’s health. We begin by examining the various definitions of ‘community’ and the processes by which we ‘diagnose’ or seek to understand the structure and characteristics of different types of communities. An appreciation of community similarities and differences is necessary lest we fall into the trap of designing one-size-fits-all interventions. We need to recognize that no matter that outsiders may view a community as poor or neglected, we can find strengths and capacities for improvement in each community. Identifying community capacities and resources is the first step in facilitating community change. Different practical and philosophical approaches to change and therefore, examined. Specific to the change process is our recognition of the need for communities to participate in the design, implementation and evaluation of any intervention. We examine the concept of participation in an effort to see how different levels of involvement may affect sustainability of community change efforts. Finally a case study of a community participatory approach to onchocerciasis control in Africa is presented. Community Directed Intervention has subsequently been successfully applied to providing other essential primary health care services by and in the community, such as insecticide treated bednets, malaria treatment, vitamin A distribution, deworming medicines, and pneumonia and diarrhea case management.

Recommended Background

A basic understanding of public health program planning is helpful but not required. 

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/healthinformatics - Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) - Health Informatics in the Cloud

A non-technical introduction to the contemporary application of computing to healthcare delivery, public health and community-based clinical research.

About the Course

This course is intended to help even non-technically trained students gain basic proficiency in health informatics: the application of computing to healthcare delivery, public health and community-based clinical research. This is distinct from the related field of bioinformatics, which explores the role of computing in understanding the genomic and proteomic processes within cells. Weeks 1-2 cover the US healthcare delivery system's unique structural, economic and policy issues and how they create a potentially strategic role for health informatics. Week 3-5 explain at a high level the core technologies involved in contemporary health informatics. Weeks 6-8 explore how these technologies are being deployed using some of the best commercial and open source products as examples. Weeks 9-10 present the technologies that have been developed to explore the digital data provided by these new systems with several examples of cutting edge research using "big data". As the course progresses, students can, optionally, also read the appropriate draft chapters of the instructor’s forthcoming text, An Introduction to Contemporary Health Informatics. 

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.coursera.org/course/pmhdepression - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Major Depression in the Population: A Public Health Approach

Illustrates the principles of public health applied to depressive disorder, including principles of epidemiology, transcultural psychiatry, health services research, and prevention.

About the Course

Public Mental Health is the application of the principles of medicine and social science to prevent the occurrence of mental and behavioral disorders and to promote mental health of the population. This course illustrates the principles of public health applied to depressive disorder, including principles of epidemiology, transcultural psychiatry, health services research, and prevention. It is predicted that by 2020 depressive disorder will be the most important cause of disease burden in the entire world!  Every human being suffers from feeling depressed at some point or other, but only about one fifth of the population will experience an episode of depressive disorder over the course of their lives. This course illuminates the public health approach to disease, and the particular complexities of applying this approach to mental disorders, using depression as the exemplar.  

Course Syllabus

What is depression and what is depressive disorder?
How common is depressive disorder
The Global Burden of Depressive Disorder
Crosscultural variation in depression and depressive disorder
Epidemiologic research to uncover the causes of depression
Research on prevention of depression
The system of care for psychiatric disorders and depression

No recommended background was listed for this course.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

 

SCIENCES

https://www.coursera.org/course/bioelectricity - Duke University: Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach

Nerves, the heart, and the brain are electrical. How do these things work? This course presents fundamental principles, described quantitatively.

About the Course

In this class you will learn how to think about electrically active tissue in terms of individual mechanisms, and you will learn to analyze the mechanisms quantitatively as well as describe them qualitatively.  The course uses many of the same examples used by Hodgkin and Huxley, who won the Nobel Prize for their experimental unraveling of the mechanisms of the nerve axon of the giant squid, and their creation of a mathematical model of membranes and propagation to understand its function.  That work has been the foundational element of most subsequent understandings of electrically active tissue, whether in nerves, the brain or in muscle, including the heart.

In this course, topics include:

The electrical charging of active membranes from the creation and use of differences in ionic concentrations across the membrane.
The stimulation of the membrane, both naturally and from engineered sources.
The creation of action potentials by the membrane in response to stimulation.
The chain reaction of membrane responses, with each small region or cell initiating an action potential in adjacent ones.
The observation of associated electrical currents in terms of extracellular wave voltages they create, the basis of clinical measurements such as the electrocardiogram.

The course will at each step present equations and other quantitative reasoning so that you will be able to go beyond describing what happens qualitatively and be able to link together the phenomena in the mosaic in a quantitative fashion, which is essential to judging whether specific changes in inputs are important to the outcome. Through the use of quantitative analysis, you will learn that all the elements of the system are tied together and be able to link together and analyze the effects of one part on another.

Recommended Background

Insofar as Bioelectricity, this course begins at the beginning, so all the main ideas can be understood without prerequisite courses.  As electricity is invisible, no one sees it, so the most important prerequisite is one’s willingness to bring imagination, reflection and patience to the topics, so as to allow the ideas to grow and knit together in one’s own mind.

Some of the presentation uses equations and other mathematics that come from calculus and differential equations and other parts reason from the physics of electricity and the analysis of circuits, so background knowledge about these subjects is helpful. For example, one needs to recognize that dV/dt is the rate of change of voltage V with time t, so as to understand that C dV/dt is the current through a capacitor C.  As another example, if V=1/r, what is dV/dr?

A course like this one usually is given to advanced undergraduates or early graduate students in science and engineering, as these students have taken calculus and physics, and differential equations and circuits, and thus are comfortable when notation or simple operations from these fields are used.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.edx.org/course/ricex/ricex-phys102x-electricity-magnetism-1356 -Rice University: Electricity & Magnetism

Fundamental topics in electromagnetism: electric charge, electric fields, currents, magnetic fields, and induction.

About this Course

PHYS_102x serves as an introduction to electricity and magnetism, following the standard second semester college physics sequence. It begins with electric charge in matter, the forces between charges, the electric field, Gauss's Law, and the electric potential. Electric current and resistance are introduced, followed by descriptions of resistors, capacitors, and DC circuits.. The course then moves to the magnetic field, Ampere's Law, and Faraday's Law of Induction. Finally, inductors and AC circuits are described.

PHYS_102x consists of ~2 hours of weekly video lectures, weekly online homework questions, a one page peer assessed design project, and two online exams. The course runs 12 weeks, but during the two exam weeks there will be no new topics or homework assignments. It is recommended that student work consistently every week and should expect to spend 10-12 hours per week on course content.
 
The following components will make up PHYS_102x.

Video Lectures and Lecture Questions
Homework Problems
Midterm and Final Exams
Online Discussion Forum

PHYS_102x is targeted to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds and abilities from motivated high school students to people returning to their studies after a break. The prerequisites for this course are calculus and introductory mechanics.

Verified Certificate: $50

 

SOCIAL SCIENCES

https://www.coursera.org/course/latinamericanculture - Tecnologico de Monterrey: Latin American Culture

This course seeks to interest students in the Latin American culture by studying it from multiple perspectives.

About the Course

This course will develop students’ abilities to understand Latin American culture at both the national and regional levels. Students will analyze the social, economic, political, and cultural development of the region by applying modern critical thinking to the understood history of the individual Latin American countries. At the same time, students will study the contributions of different cultural and ethnic groups that exist within these countries, in order to understand fully the social complexity of what we call “Latin America”. Lastly, students will evaluate the developmental needs of Latin American countries and propose possible solutions in which individuals can act as a force for change.

Throughout the course, students will develop abilities such as: independent thinking and learning, analytical skills, and the ability to synthesize, and evaluate. The final part of the course will help develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. After completing this course, students will gain a better awareness of Latin American reality and needs.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided.

https://www.coursera.org/course/sna - University of Michigan: Social Network Analysis

This course will use social network analysis, both its theory and computational tools, to make sense of the social and information networks that have been fueled and rendered accessible by the internet.

About the Course

Everything is connected: people, information, events and places, all the more so with the advent of online social media. A practical way of making sense of the tangle of connections is to analyze them as networks. In this course you will learn about the structure and evolution of networks, drawing on knowledge from disciplines as diverse as sociology, mathematics, computer science, economics, and physics. Online interactive demonstrations and hands-on analysis of real-world data sets will focus on a range of tasks: from identifying important nodes in the network, to detecting communities, to tracing information diffusion and opinion formation.

Recommended Background

There are no math or programming prerequisites for the class. There will be a few additional assignments for those with a programming background, which will use the R statistical programming language along with NetLogo.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

 

SPORT STUDIES

https://www.coursera.org/course/sports - Duke University: Sports and Society

This course explores the role of sports around the world, and how the games we watch and play shape identity, culture, and society.

About the Course

Sports play a giant role in contemporary society worldwide. But few of us pause to think about the larger questions of money, politics, race, sex, culture, and commercialization that surround sports everywhere. This course draws on the tools of anthropology, sociology, history, and other disciplines to give you new perspectives on the games we watch and play. We will focus on both popular sports like soccer (or “football,” as anyone outside America calls it), basketball, and baseball, and also lesser-known ones like mountain-climbing and fishing. Special guests will include former major league baseball player and ESPN commentator Doug Glanville; leading sports journalist Selena Roberts; best-selling soccer author David Goldblatt; skateboarding expert Dwayne Dixon; and Katya Wesolowski, a specialist in the Afro-Brazilian martial art of capoeira. You will never watch or think about sports in the same way again.

Recommended Background

All welcome. No previous knowledge required.

Verified Certificate: No price provided, but a “Statement of Accomplishment” signed by the instructor will be provided to all those who complete the course.

STATISTICS & DATA ANALYSIS

https://www.coursera.org/course/biostats2 – John Hopkins University School of Public Health: Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 2 Learn fundamental concepts in data analysis and statistical inference, focusing on one and two independent samples (Public Health).

About the Course

This class presents fundamental concepts in data analysis and statistical inference, focusing on one and two independent samples. Students having taken this class should be able to summarize samples, perform relevant hypothesis tests and perform a collection of two sample comparisons. Classical non-parametric methods and discrete data analysis methods are discussed.  The class is taught at a master's of biostatistics introductory level and requires Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 1 as a prerequisite.

Recommended Background

Students should take Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 1 before enrolling in this course. Knowledge of calculus, set theory and a high level of mathematical literacy are prerequisites for this class.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/statreasoning - John Hopkins University School of Public Health: Statistical Reasoning for Public Health: Estimation, Inference, & Interpretation

A conceptual and interpretive public health approach to some of the most commonly used methods from basic statistics.

About the Course

In this data centric era, statistics has become an essential tool for processing information from the realm of public health and medical research.  Understanding both the implications and limitations of the results from such research is essential for making informed treatment decisions, public health practice protocols and policy recommendations.  In this class, a conceptual and interpretive approach is applied to some of the most used methods from basic statistics.  The course will detail appropriate summary measures for quantifying the health of single populations, and comparing such outcomes between populations using results from representative but imperfect data samples.  Additionally, the role of uncertainty in sample based estimated will be covered, allowing for conclusions to be drawn regarding the larger populations under study while recognizing the imperfection in the study estimates.  All topics will be considered through a “conceptual lens” allowing students to focus on the “what”, “why”, and “so what” with regards to the implications of research results.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/statistics - Duke University: Data Analysis and Statistical Inference

This course introduces you to the discipline of statistics as a science of understanding and analyzing data. You will learn how to effectively make use of data in the face of uncertainty: how to collect data, how to analyze data, and how to use data to make inferences and conclusions about real world phenomena.

About the Course

The goals of this course are as follows:

Recognize the importance of data collection, identify limitations in data collection methods, and determine how they affect the scope of inference.
Use statistical software (R) to summarize data numerically and visually, and to perform data analysis.
Have a conceptual understanding of the unified nature of statistical inference.
Apply estimation and testing methods (confidence intervals and hypothesis tests) to analyze single variables and the relationship between two variables in order to understand natural phenomena and make data-based decisions.
Model and investigate relationships between two or more variables within a regression framework.
Interpret results correctly, effectively, and in context without relying on statistical jargon.
Critique data-based claims and evaluate data-based decisions.
Complete a research project that employs simple statistical inference and modeling techniques.

Recommended Background

Basic math, no programming experience required.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/biostats - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 1

This class presents the fundamental probability and statistical concepts used in elementary data analysis. It will be taught at an introductory level for students with junior or senior college-level mathematical training including a working knowledge of calculus. A small amount of linear algebra and programming are useful for the class, but not required.

About the Course

Statistics is a thriving discipline that provides the fundamental language of all empirical research. Biostatistics is simply the field of statistics applied in the biomedical sciences. 

This course puts forward key mathematical and statistical topics to help students understand biostatistics at a deeper level. After completing this course, students will have a basic level of understanding of the goals, assumptions, benefits and negatives of probability modeling in the medical sciences. This understanding will be invaluable when approaching new statistical topics and will provide students with a framework and foundation for future self-learning. 

Topics include probability, random variables, distributions, expectations, variances, independence, conditional probabilities, likelihood and some basic inferences based on confidence intervals.

Recommended Background

Knowledge of calculus, set theory and a moderate level of mathematical literacy are prerequisites for this class. A small amount of programming is useful, but not required.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-stat2-1x-introduction-1138 - University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley): Introduction to Statistics: Descriptive Statistics

An introduction to descriptive statistics, emphasizing critical thinking and clear communication.

About this Course

We are surrounded by information, much of it numerical, and it is important to know how to make sense of it. Stat2x is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and methods of statistics, the science of drawing conclusions from data.

The course is the online equivalent of Statistics 2, a 15-week introductory course taken in Berkeley by about 1,000 students each year. Stat2x is divided into three 5-week components. Stat2.1x is the first of the three.

The focus of Stat2.1x is on descriptive statistics. The goal of descriptive statistics is to summarize and present numerical information in a manner that is illuminating and useful. The course will cover graphical as well as numerical summaries of data, starting with a single variable and progressing to the relation between two variables. Methods will be illustrated with data from a variety of areas in the sciences and humanities.

There will be no mindless memorization of formulas and methods. Throughout Stat2.1x, the emphasis will be on understanding the reasoning behind the calculations, the assumptions under which they are valid, and the correct interpretation of results.

Prerequisites:

High School Arithmetic

Verified Certificate: $25

https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-15-071x-analytics-edge-1416 - MIT: The Analytics Edge

Through inspiring examples and stories, discover the power of data and use analytics to provide an edge to your career and your life.

About this Course

In the last decade, the amount of data available to organizations has reached unprecedented levels. Data is transforming business, social interactions, and the future of our society. In this course, you will learn how to use data and analytics to give an edge to your career and your life. We will examine real world examples of how analytics have been used to significantly improve a business or industry. These examples include Moneyball, eHarmony, the Framingham Heart Study, Twitter, IBM Watson, and Netflix. Through these examples and many more, we will teach you the following analytics methods: linear regression, logistic regression, trees, text analytics, clustering, visualization, and optimization. We will being using the statistical software R to build models and work with data. The contents of this course are essentially the same as those of the corresponding MIT class (The Analytics Edge). It is a challenging class, but it will enable you to apply analytics to real-world applications. 

Prerequisites

Basic mathematical knowledge (at a high school level). You should be familiar with concepts like mean, standard deviation, and scatterplots.

Verified Certificate: $100

TEACHER DEVELOPMENT

https://www.coursera.org/course/rookieteaching - Match Education’s: Surviving Your Rookie Year of Teaching: 3 Key Ideas & High Leverage Techniques

Learn 3 high leverage ideas and techniques to thrive in your first (or fifteenth) year of teaching.

Surviving Your Rookie Year of Teaching: 3 Key Ideas & High Leverage Techniques

Learn 3 high leverage ideas and techniques to thrive in your first (or fifteenth) year of teaching.

About the Course

Frustration. Hard Knocks. Sleepless nights. Tears. 
Those are just a few of the ways that rookie teachers describe their first year in the profession. And those sentiments have been validated by countless research studies that show that students, on average, learn significantly less when they’re taught by rookies. Unfortunately, many educators believe this is a necessary “rite of passage” – a sort of hazing that one must experience on their path to effective teaching. 

We don’t believe that. 

Over the past 6 years, the Match Teacher Residency has developed and refined an approach to specifically address the challenges that are unique to the rookie teacher experience. In this four-week course, we’ll explore the three ideas that we've found to contribute radically to success as a rookie teacher. “It's been a fantastic learning experience. I've taken several Coursera courses and this one is definitely the most original and creative in its approach. I suppose its main advantage is the straightforwardness of teaching, clarity and impressive visual representation. Really looking forward to Part II, where rookie teachers may grow and develop their initial knowledge even further.”

Recommended Background: While this course is intended for pre-service teachers, rookie teachers, and instructional coaches, veteran teachers and people considering moving into the profession have also found this course very worthwhile.  

Verified Certificate listed in course listing, but no information or pricing provided.

https://www.coursera.org/course/teach1 - Commonwealth Education Trust: Foundations of Teaching for Learning 1: Introduction

Foundations of Teaching for Learning is a program of study primarily for people who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education. It is an introductory program that considers the three domains of being a teacher: Professional Knowledge and Understanding; Professional Practice; and Professional Values, Relationships and Engagement.

About the Course

This introductory course explains how the seven other courses in the program will assist you to improve your understanding of your role and work as a teacher.  This set of courses will enhance your knowledge and understanding about learning and teaching and what makes a teacher a professional. 

Practical activities are provided to assist you in using what you have learned to improve your teaching practice.  While these are optional, it is strongly recommended that you undertake them if at all possible.

Of particular importance is a guide to the development of a portfolio to help you organize and document your thinking about what you have learned. In addition, you may be able to use the portfolio to access other opportunities in the future. 

The program consists of the following courses:

Introduction
Being a Teacher
Learners and Learning
Curriculum
Planning for Teaching and Learning
Introduction to Student Assessment
Being a Professional
Developing Relationships 

Recommended Background

This program is for anyone who is teaching, or who would like to teach, in any subject and any context - be it at school, at home or in the workplace. No prior knowledge of teaching is required. However we recommend that you take the introductory course first. 

Verified Certificate: $29

https://www.coursera.org/course/scicontentsurvey - Rice University: Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices 3 - Science Content Survey

This is the third in a series of four courses; each addressing a different set of skills science educators need to meet the demands of their career. In this course, teachers will develop a deeper understanding of several broad topics in the major science content areas by examining common misconceptions.

About the Course

A revolution is underway in science classrooms. The demands of the new workplace and the ready access to information afforded by new technologies have radically changed the way we define a scientifically literate society. 

More than ever teachers need professional development that provides them with the resources they need and empowers them to take the action required to build classrooms where the next generation of scientifically literate students will flourish. 

Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices consists of four courses, each designed to address a different strand in the development of skills teachers need to meet the demands of their career, including the following.

Science Leadership
Techniques for Success
Science Content
Student-Centered Inquiry

In this third course we will focus on helping teachers explore their own and their students’ misconceptions over a broad array of topics within science and engineering.

Recommended Background

No previous coursework is recommended, but the course will be most helpful to teachers with 3 or more years of teaching experience who are willing to directly apply experiences in their schools. While the course was designed with the K-8 teacher in mind, the topics covered are appropriate for all teachers, including those teaching in high school.

Verified Certificate: $35

https://www.coursera.org/course/advancedvirtual - University of California, Irvine (UCI): Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom

About the Course

This course will expand your understanding of blended and online instruction and hone your skills in the implementation of instructional strategies. In week one we'll discuss what it means to be a virtual teacher, examine what training is available for educators, and explore what career opportunities exist today. In week two we'll focus on using data and tools effectively, as well as implementing (and perhaps creating) your curriculum. We'll then delve into key strategies for developing classroom cultures focused on collaboration, respect, and inclusiveness. In week four we’ll examine lesson planning strategies for increased student engagement and success. We’ll also discuss ways to differentiate instruction for all learners using data and feedback to guide the process. Lastly, we'll consider the role of the student, teacher, and parents/guardians in the virtual classroom. By the end of this course, we hope that students will have expanded their toolbox of instructional strategies that can be immediately applied in online and blended classrooms.

Recommended Background

The course is primarily for:

Teachers working with children ages 5 - 18
Educators who are already familiar with the basics of virtual education
Faculty working with further education, community college, or vocational students
Continuing education or in-service facilitators supporting teachers and faculty
Educators interested in educational technology and/or online instruction
Please note that although this program is offered to participants from around the world, many of the examples and experiences shared will be based on the education structure and processes of the United States. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their own country-based experiences in the forums.

Verified Certificate: $39

https://www.coursera.org/course/teach4 - Commonwealth Education Trust: Foundations of Teaching for Learning 4: Curriculum

Curriculum is a framework for guiding teaching and learning. This course provides an opportunity for you to consider the relationship between the teacher, the learner and the curriculum.

About the Course

In this course you will learn how to use a curriculum to develop meaningful learning activities for each of your students. It will also help you to make better bridges between learning in and out of school and create more effective approaches to home-based learning activities.

This course is part of the Foundations of Teaching for learning program which is designed to assist people who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education improve their understanding of their role and work as a teacher.  This set of courses will enhance your knowledge and understanding about learning and teaching and what makes a teacher a professional.  

Practical activities are provided to assist you in using what you have learned to improve your teaching practice.  While these are optional, it is strongly recommended that you undertake them if at all possible.

Of particular importance is a guide to the development of a portfolio to help you organize and document your thinking about what you have learned. In addition, you may be able to use the portfolio to access other opportunities in the future.

Recommended Background

This program is for anyone who is teaching, or who would like to teach, in any subject and any context - be it at school, at home or in the workplace. No prior knowledge of teaching is required. However we recommend that you take the introductory course first.  

Verified Certificate: $29

https://www.coursera.org/course/artinquiry - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies for Your Classroom

Explore how to integrate works of art into your classroom with inquiry-based teaching methods originally developed for in-gallery museum education.

About the Course

Intended for teachers (Grades 4-12) from all disciplines, this course will introduce ways to integrate works of art into your classroom by using inquiry-based teaching methods commonly used in museum settings. This course is designed to give teachers the tools to create meaningful object-based learning activities that can be integrated into a wide variety of curricula. We'll explore strategies that emphasize literacy, critical thinking skills and that connect across disciplines. The strategies and content that you will learn in this course parallels the proficiencies outlined in the Common Core State Standards as they relate to literacy, speaking and listening, critical thinking, analyzing informational text, and citing evidence to support arguments.

Recommended Background

An interest in teaching with objects and discovering effective ways to engage primary and secondary students in inquiry-based learning.

Verified Certificate: $39

https://www.coursera.org/course/teach2 - Commonwealth Education Trust: Foundations of Teaching for Learning 2: Being a Teacher

How we teach has its foundation in how we were taught and how we learned. This course provides an opportunity for you to reflect on your personal and professional development as a teacher. Through reflection and portfolio development you will enhance your knowledge and understanding of how to promote learning.

About the Course

This course is part of the Foundations of Teaching for learning program which is designed to assist people who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education improve their understanding of their role and work as a teacher.  This set of courses will enhance your knowledge and understanding about learning and teaching and what makes a teacher a professional.  In order to receive a certificate indicating that you have completed the whole program, you will need to sign up for the signature track (verified certificate) for this and the next six courses.

Practical activities are provided to assist you in using what you have learned to improve your teaching practice.  While these are optional, it is strongly recommended that you undertake them if at all possible.

Of particular importance is a guide to the development of a portfolio to help you organize and document your thinking about what you have learned. In addition, you may be able to use the portfolio to access other opportunities in the future.

Recommended Background

This program is for anyone who is teaching, or who would like to teach, in any subject and any context - be it at school, at home or in the workplace. No prior knowledge of teaching is required. However we recommend that you take the introductory course first.  

Verified Certificate listed, but course displays message indicating that this option is currently closed for this class.

https://www.coursera.org/course/ccss-math1 - New Teacher Center: Common Core in Action: Math Formative Assessment

This course offers participants an opportunity to engage in a community of learners using an inquiry cycle focusing on math formative assessments as a strategy for implementing CCSS in math. It focuses on the implementation of a Classroom Challenge: a 1 – 2 day lesson developed by the Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP) based on formative assessment and the CCSSM.

About the Course

The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM) offer the opportunity for educators to transform teaching and learning by positioning students in more active roles as learners. In addition to explicit content standards (which describe what students will know), the CCSSM present a broad range of practice standards that describe ways that successful students in math demonstrate proficiency. What do students and teachers need to know to take on these standards? What does it mean, for example, for students to persevere through new and challenging problems, and/or critique the reasoning of other students, and how can their teachers best support them?

In the words of one math teacher, “it’s not the students’ job to figure out what is in our heads; it’s the teacher’s job to figure out what is in theirs.” Such an approach requires far more focus on formative assessment and deliberate strategies for teachers to pre-assess students’ assets, needs, and misconceptions – then move them forward while continually re-assessing.

Recommended Background

Actively teaching or interested in teaching in the 6-12 grades.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

https://www.coursera.org/course/teach5 - Commonwealth Education Trust: Foundations of Teaching for Learning 5: Planning for Teaching and Learning

This course will help you consider how to develop appropriate learning goals for individual and groups of students. You will learn how to plan learning activities to engage your students in ways that will achieve these goals.

About the Course

In this course we will consider features of effective student management and how they support a safe, positive and orderly environment. We will also explore strategies for communicating with   students, colleagues, parents and others. You will be encouraged to reflect on and improve your current practices in planning for teaching and learning.

This course is part of the Foundations of Teaching for learning program which is designed to assist people who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education improve their understanding of their role and work as a teacher.  This set of courses will enhance your knowledge and understanding about learning and teaching and what makes a teacher a professional.  

Practical activities are provided to assist you in using what you have learned to improve your teaching practice.  While these are optional, it is strongly recommended that you undertake them if at all possible.

Of particular importance is a guide to the development of a portfolio to help you organize and document your thinking about what you have learned. In addition, you may be able to use the portfolio to access other opportunities in the future.

Recommended Background

This program is for anyone who is teaching, or who would like to teach, in any subject and any context - be it at school, at home or in the workplace. No prior knowledge of teaching is required. However we recommend that you take the introductory course first.  

Verified Certificate listed, but course has notice indicating that this option is currently closed for this class.

https://www.coursera.org/course/ccss-literacy1 - New Teacher Center: Common Core in Action: Literacy across Content Areas

Learn how to apply some of the tools from the Literacy Design Collaborative to incorporate Common Core literacy standards into your content area. In this course you will explore Literacy Design Collaborative Resources, create a teaching task, and develop a plan to use the task within classroom instruction.

About the Course

The Common Core State Standards are new and will challenge our students to show evidence of learning in new ways.  Instructional shifts are required, especially for teachers who must now incorporate literacy into content areas. Integrating the literacy standards can be difficult to do well. In this course you will have the support of a community and harness the power of collaboratively exchanging ideas with colleagues, as you design a teaching task (writing prompt) aligned with the Common Core.
 
You will use a template from the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) to design a task that incorporates literacy into your content area and then create a brief plan for its use. These template tasks are a part of a much more in-depth LDC Module design and will serve to introduce you to the model and process.  

Recommended Background

4-12 grade classroom teachers in the United States interested in implementing strategies aligned to the Common Core State Standards in their content areas.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

https://www.coursera.org/course/scistudentinquiry - Rice University: Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives & Practices 4 - Student-Centered Inquiry

In this course, teachers will develop the skills essential to move from a top-down content delivery model of science instruction to one in which the teacher is a guide, enabling students to create shared meaning of important science concepts.

About the Course

A revolution is underway in science classrooms. The demands of the new workplace and the ready access to information afforded by new technologies have radically changed the way we define a scientifically literate society. 

More than ever teachers need professional development that provides them with the resources they need and empowers them to take the action required to build classrooms where the next generation of scientifically literate students will flourish. 

Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices consists of four courses, each designed to address a different strand in the development of skills teachers need to meet the demands of their career, including the following.

Science Leadership
Techniques for Success
Science Content
Student-Centered Inquiry

In this fourth course we will focus on helping teachers change the nature of their classrooms to promote student engagement and proficiency in inquiry science 

Recommended Background

No previous coursework is recommended, but the course will be most helpful to teachers with 3 or more years of teaching experience who are willing to directly apply experiences in their schools. While the course was designed with the K-8 teacher in mind, the topics covered are appropriate for all teachers, including those teaching in high school.

Verified Certificate: $35

https://www.coursera.org/course/teach3 - Commonwealth Education Trust: Foundations of Teaching for Learning 3: Learners and Learning

The teacher’s work becomes meaningful when it is informed by research and theories of learning, and their relationship to actual practice. This course provides an opportunity for you to identify and understand students’ expectations and prior learning.

About the Course

This course introduces you to important theories about learning, and to conditions which may help or constrain achievement in the students’ learning. 

It is part of the Foundations of Teaching for learning program which is designed to assist people who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education improve their understanding of their role and work as a teacher.  This set of courses will enhance your knowledge and understanding about learning and teaching and what makes a teacher a professional.  

Practical activities are provided to assist you in using what you have learned to improve your teaching practice.  While these are optional, it is strongly recommended that you undertake them if at all possible.

Of particular importance is a guide to the development of a portfolio to help you organize and document your thinking about what you have learned. In addition, you may be able to use the portfolio to access other opportunities in the future.

Recommended Background

This program is for anyone who is teaching, or who would like to teach, in any subject and any context - be it at school, at home or in the workplace. No prior knowledge of teaching is required. However we recommend that you take the introductory course first.  

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/teach6 - Commonwealth Education Trust: Foundations of Teaching for Learning 6: Introduction to Student Assessment

At various points in the education cycle you will need to provide information which can be used to determine the extent to which your teaching is helping or has helped to achieve learning goals. This course prepares you to use assessment as part of the teaching and learning process.

About the Course

You will consider various techniques which help to assess student learning. The course also will help you to acquire the skills to develop and use appropriate assessment procedures. 

This course is part of the Foundations of Teaching for learning program which is designed to assist people who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education improve their understanding of their role and work as a teacher.  This set of courses will enhance your knowledge and understanding about learning and teaching and what makes a teacher a professional.  

Practical activities are provided to assist you in using what you have learned to improve your teaching practice.  While these are optional, it is strongly recommended that you undertake them if at all possible.

Of particular importance is a guide to the development of a portfolio to help you organize and document your thinking about what you have learned. In addition, you may be able to use the portfolio to access other opportunities in the future. 

Recommended Background

This program is for anyone who is teaching, or who would like to teach, in any subject and any context - be it at school, at home or in the workplace. No prior knowledge of teaching is required. However we recommend that you take the introductory course first.  

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/teach7 - Commonwealth Education Trust: Foundations of Teaching for Learning 7: Being a Professional

This course will help you to consider what is expected of you as a member of the teaching profession. You will consider ethical behavior and the need to respect the laws and regulations governing teaching.

About the Course

This course will emphasize what you can do to act professionally. This includes developing your own philosophy of teaching and making sure that you continue to improve your knowledge and skills. It also considers what it means to be part of a community of professionals, working with others to improve what happens in your school, community and profession.

This course is part of the Foundations of Teaching for learning program which is designed to assist people who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education improve their understanding of their role and work as a teacher.  This set of courses will enhance your knowledge and understanding about learning and teaching and what makes a teacher a professional.  

Practical activities are provided to assist you in using what you have learned to improve your teaching practice.  While these are optional, it is strongly recommended that you undertake them if at all possible.

Of particular importance is a guide to the development of a portfolio to help you organize and document your thinking about what you have learned. In addition, you may be able to use the portfolio to access other opportunities in the future.

Recommended Background

This program is for anyone who is teaching, or who would like to teach, in any subject and any context - be it at school, at home or in the workplace. No prior knowledge of teaching is required. However we recommend that you take the introductory course first.  

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/teach8 - Commonwealth Education Trust: Foundations of Teaching for Learning 8: Developing Relationships

As a teacher you will need to establish appropriate relationships with many different groups within the school and the wider community. It is important for you to understand how critical these relationships are to student learning.

About the Course

One focus of the course is to help you develop strong relationships with families to enable them to support children’s learning. Positive relationships with your students enable you not only to teach them but also to get to know them as individuals.  Positive relationships with colleagues and school leaders are necessary to help the school improve.

This course is part of the Foundations of Teaching for learning program which is designed to assist people who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education improve their understanding of their role and work as a teacher.  This set of courses will enhance your knowledge and understanding about learning and teaching and what makes a teacher a professional.  

Practical activities are provided to assist you in using what you have learned to improve your teaching practice.  While these are optional, it is strongly recommended that you undertake them if at all possible.

Of particular importance is a guide to the development of a portfolio to help you organize and document your thinking about what you have learned. In addition, you may be able to use the portfolio to access other opportunities in the future. 

Recommended Background

This program is for anyone who is teaching, or who would like to teach, in any subject and any context - be it at school, at home or in the workplace. No prior knowledge of teaching is required. However we recommend that you take the introductory course first.  

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/scileadership - Rice University: Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices 1 - Science Leadership

This is the first in a series of four courses; each addressing a different set of skills science educators need to meet the demands of their career. In this course, teachers will engage in experiences designed to develop the skills needed to be a leader on their campus and to promote and enhance science learning in spheres outside their classroom.

About the Course

A revolution is underway in science classrooms. The demands of the new workplace and the ready access to information afforded by new technologies have radically changed the way we define a scientifically literate society. 

More than ever teachers need professional development that provides them with the resources they need and empowers them to take the action required to build classrooms where the next generation of scientifically literate students will flourish. 

Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices consists of four courses, each designed to address a different strand in the development of skills teachers need to meet the demands of their career, including the following.

Science Leadership
Techniques for Success
Science Content
Student-Centered Inquiry

In this first course we will focus on helping teachers expand their influence outside their classroom to promote scientific literacy throughout their school and into the larger community.

Recommended Background

No previous coursework is recommended, but the course will be most helpful to teachers with 3 or more years of teaching experience who are willing to directly apply experiences in their schools. While the course was designed with the K-8 teacher in mind, the topics covered are appropriate for all teachers, including those teaching in high school.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.coursera.org/course/blendedlearning - New Teacher Center, Silicon Schools, & Clayton Christensen Institute: Blended Learning: Personalizing Education for Students

Blended learning is a new educational model with great potential to increase student outcomes and create exciting new roles for teachers. In this course you will learn about the different types of blended learning and the best practices from real schools using these models. In addition, you will develop the tools you need to build your own blended learning program.

About the Course

Plenty of buzz exists about blended learning and its transformational potential. But what does blended learning really mean? In this course we will explore the different models of blended learning and dive into key issues that impact students, teachers, and schools. Specifically, we will look at these issues through the lens of three high-performing schools that each use a different type of blended learning.  A few of the key topics will include:

The role of the student and how to support students in the transition from traditional to blended learning
Implications for teachers in their day-to-day work and overall role
Impact on the way schools are designed including staffing models, use of time, hardware/software selection, and the use of data
Implementation challenges, potential solutions, and the remaining open questions

We will live by the attributes of blended learning in this course, encouraging students to take quizzes at the beginning of the week to assess their understanding and skip material they already know.  In addition, the course will culminate in participants prototyping their own blended learning model and will have an overall hands-on approach. 

If you are interested in learning more about how to best leverage technology in education and rethink the way we run schools, join this MOOC and encourage your colleagues to do the same.  Become a part of this growing movement and learn first-hand how blended learning can help provide students a more personalized learning experience.  Consider signing up for the signature track so you can have a verified certificate of your completion of this course.

Recommended Background

This course is designed for anyone with a strong interest in blended learning.  We anticipate participation from educators as well as parents and members of the education technology sector, philanthropy, non-profits, etc.  That said, it is ideal to have some access to some form of a classroom (a friend, colleague, after school program, etc.) to take the most advantage of the course because we strongly believe in people being able to try out these ideas.  That said, there are pathways in the course for people who have access to a classroom and those who do not.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.coursera.org/course/inquirytechniques - Rice University: Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices 2 - Techniques for Success

This is the second in a series of four courses; each addressing a different set of skills science educators need to meet the demands of their career. In this course, teachers will engage in experiences designed to develop the skills needed to create a more powerful science learning environment in their classroom.

About the Course

A revolution is underway in science classrooms. The demands of the new workplace and the ready access to information afforded by new technologies have radically changed the way we define a scientifically literate society. 

More than ever teachers need professional development that provides them with the resources they need and empowers them to take the action required to build classrooms where the next generation of scientifically literate students will flourish. 

Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices consists of four courses, each designed to address a different strand in the development of skills teachers need to meet the demands of their career, including the following.

Science Leadership
Techniques for Success
Science Content
Student-Centered Inquiry

In this second course we will focus on helping teachers master techniques and strategies that create a learning environment that will empower students and enhance their mastery of science content and skills.

Recommended Background

No previous coursework is recommended, but the course will be most helpful to teachers with 3 or more years of teaching experience who are willing to directly apply experiences in their schools. While the course was designed with the K-8 teacher in mind, the topics covered are appropriate for all teachers, including those teaching in high school.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course

VETERINARY SCIENCES & ZOOLOGY

https://www.coursera.org/course/dino101 - University of Alberta: Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology

Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology is a 12-lesson course teaching a comprehensive overview of non-avian dinosaurs. Topics covered: anatomy, eating, locomotion, growth, environmental and behavioral adaptations, origins and extinction. Lessons are delivered from museums, fossil-preparation labs and dig sites. Estimated workload: 3-5 hrs/wk for non-credit; 7-10 hrs/wk for credit

About the Course

In Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology, students will learn about the many kinds of non-avian dinosaurs that roamed the earth during the Mesozoic Era, from 250 to 65 million years ago. Numerous topics are covered in order to deliver a comprehensive survey of this important group of animals. These include adaptations for attack and defense, anatomy, appearances, behaviors, birth, deep time, evolutionary theory, feeding, fossilization, growth, integumentary structures, locomotion, major groupings, origins, paleogeography, plate tectonics, reproduction, species definition, stratigraphy, and the extinction event that brought their dominance to an end.

Course material is delivered in a student-friendly short-form fashion, with numerous formative feedback sections. Many lessons are delivered from actual dinosaur dig sites. Students will gain access to a number of special interactive modules designed specifically for this course. These modules will grant users access to their very own virtual fossil collection, allow them to build dinosaur skeletons and provide them with an interactive visual representation of geologic time. This course's unique lesson delivery, combined with a classic quiz structure, will enable students to quickly gain a solid foundation for understanding dinosaurs, their adaptations and behaviors, and their place in the long history of earth.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

Verified Certificate: $69

https://www.coursera.org/course/equinenutrition - University of Edinburgh: Equine Nutrition

This course will cover many aspects of equine nutrition ranging from anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal tract to dietary management of horses/ponies affected with nutrition-related disorders. This is course is designed for self-directed study with minimal tutor input, and as such emphasis is placed upon peer discussions of the topics presented in each section of the course. This course is not designed to have a large amount of tutor input as this is an open access course that attracts tens of thousands of participants. However, tutors will endeavour to answer the main queries relating to the understanding of the lecture materials and to provide a summary of the key questions raised in each of the weekly topics and clarification of any misunderstandings.

About the Course

This course is designed to provide knowledge of equine digestion and nutrition for those with an interest in this area. The anatomy and physiology of the equine alimentary canal will be studied to provide students with an understanding of the equine digestive system.  Nutrient sources for horses will be discussed, with emphasis placed on the health and welfare issues surrounding the inclusion of various types of feedstuffs in equine diets.  Students will also discuss recommendations on rations for horses and ponies performing various activities and should feel better equipped to make judgements on rations for horses and ponies, in health and disease.

Recommended Background

No background is required in equine nutrition is required

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/animalbehav - University of Melbourne: Animal Behavior

This course will help you understand the remarkable behaviors of wild animals from an evolutionary perspective.  [Image: Peacock spider. Photo by Jürgen Otto, Manakin bird footage (Ex-Riddle of the Sexes) reproduced with permission, courtesy of BBC Worldwide Ltd]

About the Course

Many of us derive inspiration from watching natural history documentaries and their astounding catalogue of wild animal behaviours.  In this course, we will explore how scientists study animal behaviour, and in particular how behaviour is shaped by the evolutionary forces of natural and sexual selection. Topics include resource acquisition; avoiding enemies; mate choice and sexual conflict; cues, signals and communication; parental care and social behaviour; and the role of genes, environments and learning in regulating behavioural diversity.  We draw on examples from across the animal kingdom to illustrate the complex mechanisms underlying adaptations, and complement these with natural history videos that highlight key concepts. We evaluate the scientific rigour of studies used to test theory, and highlight the often ingenious methods adopted by researchers to understand animal behavior.

Recommended Background

Apart from enthusiasm for animal behavior, there is no background required for this course.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. A Statement of Accomplishment will be offered to those students who successfully pass the assessments as laid out in the syllabus. A verified Statement of Accomplishment will be offered to those students who enroll in the course using Signature Track and who successfully pass the assessments.

WORLD TRADE

https://www.coursera.org/course/europe - HEC Paris: Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You

Learn about the European Union, how it works, why it matters and what it can offer you. Regardless of where you live, the EU not only affects your life but may also transform it. This course aims at empowering you, your family, business and community in Europe and beyond and will enable you to discover jobs you were not aware of.

About the Course

Regardless of where you live, the European Union has a large, yet often unnoticed, impact on many aspects of your everyday life. Whether you are traveling, eating, working, doing business, shopping, surfing the Internet or breathing, all these activities are largely shaped by the EU.  As a result no global citizen, business leader, lawmaker, lobbyist or student can effectively operate in Europe or in the world without a solid understanding of this unique laboratory of integration. While the EU is often depicted as a monstrous bureaucratic creature, condemned to irrelevance by the emerging economies, it remains the most accomplished experiment of economic, social and political integration in human history. In 50 years the EU accomplished what other countries took centuries to realize.

Given its inherent complexities, Understanding Europe aims at popularizing the intricacies of the European Union system to promote greater awareness of the opportunities it offers you. Ultimately, you will not only better grasp the applicable framework for any European economic or social activity you engage in, but you will also participate on the EU stage. By confronting you with several current EU policy proposals, you will be able to ‘have a say’ in the EU policymaking process. We want to empower you as a citizen and business operator to maximize your rights and opportunities in today’s Europe.

Understanding Europe is structured upon some basic yet critical questions about the EU’s purpose and legitimacy: why does the EU exist? How does it work? What can it offer you? The course then analyzes the European public sphere by focusing on its main actors (the European Parliament, the Commission, the Council, the Court of Justice of the EU) and the role European citizens play in influencing Europe. We then move to the Union’s powers (what can the EU do? How far can it go? Do Members States have some instruments to “block” EU action? Can EU citizens challenge EU action?) by discussing the limits to its action and describing some of its policies. The course then analyzes the role and opportunities citizens and all stakeholders may have in shaping EU policies through public consultation, the European Citizens Initiative and other forms of participatory democracy. In a further step, we will analyze what the EU is doing for you regardless of where you are based in the world. Finally, by taking stock of what you have learned in the previous weeks, we will look at what you can do for and in Europe.

Throughout the whole course, participants will be confronted with real-life examples of EU action. EU affairs professionals will share their personal EU experiences and tell us about their EU jobs. You can interact with the instructor and other participants, share your opinions, question the instructor’s assumptions and hence shape the course’s content. 

Recommended Background

No prior knowledge is required. All are welcome.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/modernmiddleeast – Tel Aviv University: The Emergence of the Modern Middle East

Learn about the history of the Middle East for a deeper understanding of current regional developments!

About the Course

This course will discuss the emergence of the modern Middle East from the fall of the Ottoman Empire, at the end of the First World War to the present. It will discuss the Ottoman legacy in the region and the Western imperial impact on the creation of the Arab state system. The course will discuss the rise and retreat of Arab nationalism, the problems of internal cohesion of the Arab states, issues of religion and state, and the evolution of Islamist politics. It will also focus on the evolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict and its impact on the region and will conclude with an in depth analysis of the “Arab Spring” by placing these contemporary revolutionary events in their historical context.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

Verified Certificate: $39

https://www.coursera.org/course/latinamericanculture - Tecnologico de Monterrey: Latin American Culture

This course seeks to interest students in the Latin American culture by studying it from multiple perspectives.

About the Course

This course will develop students’ abilities to understand Latin American culture at both the national and regional levels. Students will analyze the social, economic, political, and cultural development of the region by applying modern critical thinking to the understood history of the individual Latin American countries. At the same time, students will study the contributions of different cultural and ethnic groups that exist within these countries, in order to understand fully the social complexity of what we call “Latin America”. Lastly, students will evaluate the developmental needs of Latin American countries and propose possible solutions in which individuals can act as a force for change.

Throughout the course, students will develop abilities such as: independent thinking and learning, analytical skills, and the ability to synthesize, and evaluate. The final part of the course will help develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. After completing this course, students will gain a better awareness of Latin American reality and needs.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided.

https://www.coursera.org/course/afp21stcentury - Duke University: 21st Century American Foreign Policy

What is American foreign policy? Who makes it? Why is it the way it is? How does it affect the rest of the world? Professor Bruce Jentleson has taught the subject for over 30 years, written one of the leading books on it, and has served in numerous U.S. foreign policy positions.

About the Course

U.S. foreign policy has a huge impact on the world. That impact is widely debated among Americans and by people in many countries. Our goal in this course is to gain more understanding of what U.S. foreign policy is, who makes it, why is it the way it is, and how it affects the rest of the world. Through lectures, readings, and other course elements we build on the information available from the media and other such sources while delving deeper into the issues, their history, their broader context and major debates. We seek to do so as a community of learning committed not only to the curricular objectives for our course, but seeking to demonstrate to the world how to conduct informed and respectful discourse on subjects which have plenty of room for disagreement.

The first week of the course provides an overview and analytic framework, and focuses in on the process and politics by which U.S. foreign policy is made. Each of the next five weeks is geared to U.S. foreign policy in different regions: Asia with a particular focus on U.S.-China relations; the Middle East and such issues as Iran, Arab-Israeli peace, Syria, and the Arab uprisings; relations with Western Europe and Russia; relations in the Western Hemisphere with Latin America and Canada; and key issues in U.S.-Africa relations. While we cannot cover all issues, we do try for a balance of breadth and depth.

Recommended Background

Strong interest in world politics and international affairs is the most important requirement. Prior relevant knowledge from one’s own education and any professional work experience would be great, both for you and for our community of learning.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.edx.org/course/anux/anux-anu-india1x-engaging-india-1376 -Australian National University (ANU): Engaging India

A course that examines some of the factors that have shaped India and what makes India the country it is today.

About this Course

This course offers an overview of contemporary India and explores its role as one of the dominant economic and military powers of Asia. We begin with a discussion on India as a multilingual society.  The entire course will be available in both English and Hindi.

The central focus of the course is an examination of contemporary issues in India. This includes perspectives on how Indian culture and language are being affected by the boom in technology: sections on politics and nationalism; economics and the implications of recent moves toward liberalisation of the economy; and security, international relations, and regionalism. In addition, we will examine India’s role in South Asian politics and current issues relating to its regional neighbours in Asia. The aim of the course is to provide students with a comprehensive and wide-ranging overview of India in order that they may better understand its role in the world.

Prerequisites

None

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.coursera.org/course/subsistence - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Subsistence Marketplaces

This course aims to place knowledge about subsistence marketplaces into the hands and minds of those in different parts of the world that can and want to make a difference. The broader aim is for participants to consider the global challenge of poverty and envision a better world by designing solutions based on sound understanding.

About the Course

The foundation for this course lies with unique synergies between pioneering research, teaching, and social initiatives for a decade and a half through theSubsistence Marketplaces Initiative. Unique to this approach is a bottom-up understanding of the intersection of poverty and the marketplace.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

Verified Certificate: $49

 https://www.coursera.org/course/changetheworld - Wesleyan University: How to Change the World

How can we use the things we share in common to address some of the most challenging problems facing the world? This course examines issues concerning poverty, the environment, technology, health care, gender, education and activism to helps us understand better how to initiate positive change.

About the Course

How to Change the World has its origins in the Social Good Summit held at the 92nd Street Y in New York. The summit brought together some of the world's most creative entrepreneurs, writers, academics and political leaders to discuss ways innovative thinking and technology can address pressing global challenges.  Beginning from talks, panels and conversations from the summit, we will add lectures, on-line discussion groups, hangouts and readings to explore the issues in politics, technology and the environment in broader academic and historical contexts. We will then discover together what actions we can take to make a difference.    

Recommended Background

No recommended background is required; all are welcome

Verified Certificate: $49

  
MOOCsNews on MOOCs 2 Degrees, MOOCs 2 Jobs, Assessments, Credits, Certificates, Career Services, MOOC Tutoring/Mentoring, MOOCducation, MOOCthink and other related subjects:
   


"If they only knew about MOOCs: The US MOOCs Market Volume Opportunity" 
http://www.MoocsUniversity.org  
Do USA low income students/families, underserved student populations, unemployed, and the many other segments that would benefit most from MOOCs "Know About MOOCs?" No.
Are they a Volume MOOC market opportunity at home? Yes.





"LinkedIn moves to legitimize Web classes by Coursera, Udacity, others"
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2013/11/14/moocs-and-jobs-linkedin-coursera.html
LinkedIn announced the new "Direct-to-Profile Certifications" pilot program in a blog post today. Organizations participating in the program include: MOOC startups Coursera, Udacity and Udemy; Harvard and MIT-backed nonprofit MOOC provider edX; publishing giant Pearson; e-learning companies Lynda.com and Skillsoft.

The new program will allow users to display online courses they have completed on their LinkedIn profile by clicking a link in an email from the course provider.




"Time for Consolidation in MOOCs World" 
www.Twitter.com/MOOCsNews 
Time for Consolidation In MOOCs: Follow-on Investment rates decline for Social, Gaming & Education. Mobile Cos Rate Up ( http://www.cbinsights.com/blog/trends/industry-follow-on-investment-rate). The level of consolidation in the MOOC sector has already started to ramp up with the recent quiet merger/acquisitions of several start-ups, and start-up assets. Consolidation will further solidify the industry, and will result in significant value-added to the MOOC learners.  New MOOC players resulting from consolidation will be stronger contenders for long term financial success in this high growth global sector. 




"MOOCs Platform for the Arab World. MOOCs in Arabic Language"
http://www.queenrania.jo/media/speeches/her-majesty-queen-rania-al-abdullah-harvard-arab-weekend-boston-usa-thursday-november

By leveraging edX’s technology and tapping the best of our regional talent and Arab diaspora, we’re proud that we will be launching a MOOCS platform for the Arab world - Edrak. Engaging,fresh, relevant and, most important, in Arabic, MOOCS will open up a world of possibility for intellectually hungry Arab youth.



"Mooc rival OERu puts accreditation on menu. MOOCs coursework to be assessed for academic credit by member institutions. Approx. $200 per module"

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/mooc-rival-oeru-puts-accreditation-on-menu/2008571.article

OERu will allow students to study courses from 31 institutions around the world for free online is to launch this week – and is billed as a more attractive option than massive open online courses. 

Students who complete an Open Educational Resources University course will be able to pay a fee to have their work assessed for academic credit, which would then be recognized by all the universities participating in the OERu.

In theory, the students could approach any of the partner institutions with evidence of the credits they have amassed and apply for degrees. Open Educational Resources Foundation, the New Zealand-based organization is coordinating the development of OERu. 

University of Southern Queensland has said that the cost to OERu users wishing to gain academic credit for a module on international relations would be A$200 (£120).




"European MOOC platforms could be offering a LARGE RANGE OF FOR-CREDIT COURSES WITHIN TWO YEARS.  Europe has a big advantage over the U.S. because in the U.S., credit transfer is a nuisance" 
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/10/17/european-educators-consider-how-their-moocs-could-compete-those-us#.Ul_mI54-qUQ.email
The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) provides a legal basis for the creation of an online marketplace for academic credit that could be exploited by massive open online course providers, conference speakers have argued. Hannes Klöpper, managing director of the new German MOOC platform Iversity, unveiled a plan that he believed could lead to European platforms offering a large range of for-credit courses within two years. 

As part of a pilot, Germany's University of Osnabrück and the Lübeck University of Applied Sciences have already agreed to offer ECTS points for their iversity MOOCs, provided that students can pass an "on-campus exam."  Under Klöpper's plan, a corporate partner -- such as iversity -- would organize the teaching and assessment of MOOCs and would award ECTS points on behalf of partner universities.




"MOOCs and Public Libraries' Powerful Connection: Essential that digital libraries maintain a prominent public space for Local Collaboration.
http://www.policymic.com/articles/67457/surprise-it-s-the-golden-age-of-libraries
The libraries of tomorrow might be digital, but too often going digital, like going green, simply means reducing costs and cutting public services. With more and more millennials enrolled in on-line courses, MOOCS, distance degree programs, and other higher education opportunities not tied to a university campus, the public library is a central site of learning and innovation. As the books slowly disappear, and the university campus becomes virtual, it is essential that digital libraries maintain a prominent public space for local collaboration.


"FUN: France Universite Numerique. France's National MOOC Platform"
http://www.gouvernement.fr/gouvernement/france-universite-numerique-la-premiere-plateforme-d-enseignements-en-ligne-est-lancee - A travers le projet France Université Numérique, c'est l'université de demain qui se dessine et l'influence de la France et de la francophonie qui se jouent. Etape importante : la première plateforme nationale de cours de fac gratuits en ligne est désormais opérationnelle.


"UK's University of Central Lancashire is to begin offering academic credit for MOOCs, regardless of which university developed course"
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/uclan-to-offer-credit-for-moocs/2008086.article 
"UK's Edge Hill University to offer academic credit for Vampire Fiction MOOC"
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/spooky-mooc-will-offer-degree-credits/2003651.article  Those successfully completing the Mooc will be eligible for credit from the university, which will count towards the value of a degree if they decide to enroll at the institution. It is thought to be the first UK university to offer such credit for Mooc students, although universities in other countries, such as Germany’s Leuphana University of Lüneburg, have done so previously.




"Will MOOCs help you open career doors? Human Resources executives & Recruiters see it as a commitment to upgrading skills/knowledge" 
http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/10/05/will-mooc-help-you-open-career-doors/pmjHbLCghsH0lEbulWC9VL/story.html 
Some people who have completed MOOCs say they’re including them on resumes and LinkedIn profiles.Human resources executives and recruiters tell me they aren’t seeing significant numbers of candidates touting the MOOCs they’ve completed. But those who have seen mentions of MOOCs say it’s an indication of commitment to upgrading skills and knowledge.



"JOB MARKET EMBRACES Massive Online Courses (MOOCs). Seeking Better-Trained Workers, AT&T, Google and Other Firms Help Design and Even Fund Web-Based College Classes"

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324807704579087840126695698.html

Big employers such as AT&T Inc. T -0.73%and Google Inc. GOOG -0.20%are helping to design and fund the latest round of low-cost online courses, a development that providers say will open the door for students to earn inexpensive credentials with real value in the job market.

New niche certifications being offered by providers of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are aimed at satisfying employers' specific needs. Available at a fraction of the cost of a four-year degree, they represent the latest crack in the monopoly traditional universities have in credentialing higher education.




"Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing’s (JHUSON) is offering Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credits, at only a small cost, for those enrolled in its newest MOOCs"
http://nursing.jhu.edu/news-events/news/news/Hopkins_MOOCs_One_of_First_to_Offer_CNE#.UkQ6VXTD-P8
One of the first Universities to do so, the JHUSON is offering Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credits, at only a small cost, for those enrolled in its newest Coursera MOOCs, “Global Tuberculosis (TB) Clinical Management and Research” and “Care of Elders with Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Major Neurocognitive Disorders.” CNE, through which nurses enhance their practice, education, and research, provides an opportunity for not only lifelong learning, but also professional development in pursuit of career goals.  

It takes only a few quick steps to sign up for the CNE. While registering for the MOOC on TB, beginning September 30, or the MOOC on dementia, October 14, participants choose “Enroll in Signature Track.” At the cost of $39, participants receive an electronic “Verified Certificate” linking their name to their work and allowing them to share their success with educational institutions, employers, and such. Once enrolled in the Signature Track, students then have the option of registering for CNE contact hours at an additional $60 cost. The total cost - $99.


  

"MIT to offer Foundations of Computer Science Series in 7 MOOCs with Certificate for $700 on EdX"
http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/mit-will-offer-mooc-curricula-not-just-single-courses-on-edx/46715 - MITx, which offers its MOOCs on the EdX platform, will soon offer special certificates to students who completed a prescribed sequence of massive open online courses from MIT. The sequences will be called XSeries. MIT plans to offer its first XSeries sequence, Foundations of Computer Science, beginning this fall. The computer-science series will consist of seven courses that together “will cover content equivalent to two to four traditional residential courses and take between six months and two years to complete,”. The fee for a proctored final examination is roughly $100 per course, meaning students who aim to earn XSeries Certificates can expect to pay about $700 each. An XSeries certificate in computer science...should imply a broader understanding than a single MOOC certificate currently does.




"European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System(ECTS) credits for two ECTS-certified Iversity MOOCS..more to come"
https://iversity.org/blog/ects-credits-moocs-iversity/ - MOOC students on iversity: From now on, participants can obtain ECTS credits in two of Iversity courses, and more will follow. If you’re enrolled and pass the exam at the end of the course, the professors will issue a certificate that your home university will recognize all over Europe. In mid-October 2013, Prof. Marc Opresnik, from Lübeck University of Applied Sciences (FH Lübeck), will launch his course “Fundamentals of Marketing”. Prof. Oliver Vornberger, an e-learning and computer science expert at the University of Osnabrück, will be giving a lecture on “Algorithms and Data Structures” in the summer term 2014




Vertical MOOCs - The Vertical Segmentation Phase
www.moocs.co - While the major MOOC providers will continue to grow their inventory of MOOC courses, a new breed of MOOC provider/aggregator is starting to rise.  Providers, for-profit & non-profit, that are rapidly moving to strategically grab the global online destination for specific vertical MOOC market segments.  Whether segmenting by gender; age; geography; industry/subject (engineering; computer science; business; health,  etc) and others, these new providers, will add significant "value-added" services, reviews, information and networking opportunities to their targeted audience segments (individuals/businesses/governments), but one critical long term global success factor in this space will be first-mover advantage. Aside from new startups, Vertical MOOCs providers/aggregators will include higher education institutions(non-profit & for-profit); corporations; non-profit global organizations, & others.



Rubber Hits The Road: Transfer Credits for MOOCs 
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/08/08/researchers-wait-see-if-students-want-transfer-credits-moocs  
More than a half-dozen institutions have made clear they will grant transfer credits to students who successfully complete certain MOOCs from low-cost online providers, mainly Coursera and Udacity..for the first time, the idea of saving money through a MOOC isn't theoretical, as some colleges have started to announce policies on awarding credit and charging tuition. In theory, any institution that grants transfer credit can be granting transfer credit for MOOCs, but it's not clear yet how many are.  




University of Maryland University College (UMUC) creates pathway for students to earn academic credit thru MOOCs
http://www.abc27.com/story/22980631/umuc-creates-pathway-to-earn-credit-through-moocs 
The university announced that it will award credit for demonstrated learning from six MOOCs offered by Coursera and Udacity that cover introductory math and science. Students will have to demonstrate their competency of material through standardized exams taken in a test center. MOOCs are online courses that started becoming popular more than a year ago to allow more students to sample elite college courses. Public higher education systems have been incorporating them into their systems. UMUC has an enrollment of 93,000. It is 1 of the nation's largest public providers of online higher education. 




Degreed - Scoring your MOOCs Skills & lifelong education
http://www.alleywatch.com/2013/07/degreed-the-hottest-edtech-startup-in-nyc-today/ - San Francisco-based Degreed wants to rethink what it means to earn credit. It is a free service that scores your lifelong education from both accredited and non-accredited sources. Degreed allows users to track inputs such as degrees, courses, MOOCs, events, books, articles, and videos in a fun and informative way.  They are currently working on helping users to know what they need to learn next to acquire skills, formal degrees, or non-accredited degree equivalents. More information on their site Degreed.com.



Two Australian Universities Offer MOOCs for Credit for a Fee
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/06/19/australian-universities-offer-fee-based-credit-moocs
Two Australian universities announced this week that they would offer assessment and credit of specific otherwise free, open online courses for a fee: $495 - 816. Deakin University(Humanitarian Emergencies MOOC) and La Trobe University (Ancient Rome MOOC).




EDsourcing(tm) & EDUsourcing(tm)
www.MOOCs.co - The "Outsourcing" of public Online Education thru public-private partneships, MOOCs, foreign corporations/service houses, and other providers. From content creation to funding/investments to faculty/TAs to marketing to enrollment to student services, etc. 




GEORGIA TECH ANNOUNCES MASSIVE ONLINE (MOOC) MASTER'S DEGREE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE  
http://www.cnbc.com/id/100737365

The Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing announced today that it will offer the first professional Online Master of Science degree in computer science (OMS CS) that can be earned completely through the "massive online" format. The degree will be provided in collaboration with online education leader Udacity Inc. and AT&T.

All OMS CS course content will be delivered via the massive open online course (MOOC) format, with enhanced support services for students enrolled in the degree program. Those students also will pay a fraction of the cost of traditional on-campus master's programs; total tuition for the program is initially expected to be below $7,000. A pilot program, partly supported by a generous gift from AT&T, will begin in the next academic year. Initial enrollment will be limited to a few hundred students recruited from AT&T and Georgia Tech corporate affiliates. Enrollment is expected to expand gradually over the next three years.

While courses related to the OMS CS will be available free of charge on the Udacity site, only those students granted admission to Georgia Tech will receive credit. Degree-seeking students will pay tuition based either on individual courses or the entire degree program. Georgia Tech and Udacity also will develop a separate credential for those students who successfully complete courses but do not qualify for full graduate standing. 

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities, the Institute enrolls 21,500 students within its six colleges. Georgia Tech College of Computing - graduate program ranked 10th nationally by U.S. News and World Report.  http://http://www.cc.gatech.edu/.




MICROSOFT RESEARCH INDIA's MOOC-Like Experiment to Offer Internships to Top 10 Students
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-05-14/education/39255221_1_anisha-ghosh-raj-chakrabarti-moocs

Microsoft Research India hs rolled out a pilot project with Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) for a MOOC-like experiment blending online education with classroom learning. As part of its Massively Empowered Classroom project, Microsoft Research is offering free online certification on algorithm, design and analysis (ADA) for engineering students

Top ten students will get an opportunity to intern at Microsoft Research besides getting a certification from them.




College Degree, No Class Time Required. University of Wisconsin to Offer a Bachelor's to Students Who Take Online Competency Tests About What They Knowhttp://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323301104578255992379228564.html?mod=ITP_pageone_1
Wisconsin officials tout the UW Flexible Option as the first to offer multiple, competency-based bachelor's degrees from a public university system. Officials encourage students to complete their education independently through online courses - MOOCs. No classroom time is required under the Wisconsin program except for clinical or practicum work for certain degrees.

COULD GLOBAL CORPORATIONS W/LARGE EMPLOYEE EDUCATION PROGRAMS SPEED UP MOOCS' COLLEGE CREDIT APPROVALS, AND JOB PLACEMENTS? (www.AboutEdu.org) 
Companies like United Technologies - Under its Employee Scholar Program, UTC pays the cost of tuition and books for college courses for any employee of the corporation worldwide. Employees who graduate receive a stock award. Under the new extension, laid off UTC employees will be eligible to participate in the program and enjoy the benefits for one year after leaving the company.  UTC currently has more than 12,000 employees pursuing continuing education through the Employee Scholar Program. Any of UTC's 145,000 full- and part- time employees worldwide may participate. UTC pays tuition, fees and books for employees who attend accredited learning institutions. UTC also gives employees paid time off, up to three hours a week, to attend class or study. Employees can take any course and pursue any degree, regardless of whether it is directly related to their jobs. UTC also rewards employees who obtain degrees through the program. UTC's U.S. workers who participate in the program and who are awarded a bachelor's degree or higher currently receive 200 shares of UTC common stock. Program participants who obtain an associate's degree receive 100 shares of stock, and an additional 100 shares if they subsequently proceed to obtain their bachelor's degree. International employees receive a proportional stock award based on their pay. Benefits will be extended for one year after the last day of employment at UTC. Employees who are awarded degrees under the extension will also be eligible for the graduation award.


LARGEST MOOCS PROVIDER LAUNCHES CAREER SERVICES FOR ITS STUDENTS 
http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2012/12/05/coursera-creates-service-help-its-many-students-find-jobs

Coursera, the largest platform for massive open online courses (MOOCs), on Tuesday announced Coursera Career Services, a match-making tool aimed at connecting its most talented students to companies that are looking to hire. The company will offer its students the chance to opt in to a database that employers can then browse in search of job candidates.



EdX MOOCS TO COMMUNITY COLLEGES 
https://www.edx.org/press/gates-foundation-announcement

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – November 19, 2012 –edX, founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), today announced an innovative blended massive open online course (MOOC) offering at Bunker Hill and MassBay Community Colleges, the first community colleges to work with edX to bring a new teaching model to the classroom. Through this public/private initiative, community colleges will benefit from edX’s platform, connecting students with leading MOOC professors from around the world.



COLLEGE CREDIT EYED FOR MOOCS by the American Council on Education 
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/education/moocs-to-be-evaluated-for-possible-college-credit.html

The American Council on Education, the leading umbrella group for higher education, andCoursera, a Silicon Valley MOOC provider, announced a pilot project to determine whether some free online courses are similar enough to traditional college courses that they should be eligible for credit.  The council’s credit evaluation process will begin early next year, using faculty teams to begin to assess how much students who successfully complete Coursera MOOCs have learned.


MOOC-ing the College Cartel
http://communitycollegespotlight.org/tags/moocs/

11/30/2012 - The American Council on Education will review some free online courses offered by elite universities through Coursera and may recommend that other colleges accept credit for them.

In addition, Southern New Hampshire University’s accreditor has approved its new competency-based associate degree, which is based on students’ knowledge rather thantime in class. Students will pay no more than $2,500 a year.  Northern Arizona University and the University of Wisconsin system also are developing competency-based degrees.

UW’s Flexible Option will let adult students “earn college credit by demonstrating knowledge they have acquired through coursework, military training, on-the-job training, and other learning experiences.”



THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM PLANS TO OFFER DEGREE CREDITS FOR MOOCS 
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=421577&c=1

The University of Texas system plans to offer degree credits for courses completed through the edX online-learning platform and charge for such courses - offering a potential new direction in the delivery of massive open online courses (Moocs).

The move would make the confederation of nine universities and six health institutions the first to charge for courses delivered through the edX platform.



Antioch University(Non-Profit) to Offer Credit for MOOC Learning Through Coursera http://www.antioch.edu/antioch-announcement/antioch-university-becomes-first-us-institution-to-offer-credit-for-mooc-learning-through-coursera/



COLLEGE MAY NEVER BE THE SAME - UC Berkeley considering MOOCs transfer credits for community college students 
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012/09/12/college-may-never-be-the-same/57752972/1- 
Some schools are looking for ways to integrate MOOCs into their existing programs. The University of California-Berkeley, which this summer joined edX, is considering a plan by which state community college students who enroll in its MOOCs might earn transfer credits, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau said.




COLORADO STATE TO OFFER CREDITS FOR MOOCS 
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/09/07/education/colorado-state-to-offer-credits-for-online-class.xml

Colorado State University's Global Campus, an independent campus that is part of the Colorado State University system, said it would give three transfer credits to students who complete Introduction to Computer Science: Building a Search Engine, a free course offered by Udacity, and take a proctored test. While the Global Campus is apparently the first American institution to offer credit for a Udacity MOOC, several European universities have already done so.
Colorado State University's Global Campus, an independent campus that is part of the Colorado State University system, said it would give three transfer credits to students who complete Introduction to Computer Science: Building a Search Engine, a free course offered by Udacity, and take a proctored test. While the Global Campus is apparently the first American institution to offer credit for a Udacity MOOC, several European universities have already done so.Also on Thursday, edX, the Harvard-M.I.T. online collaboration, announced that students in its MOOCs would be able to take proctored final exams at Pearson VUE's brick-and-mortar testing centers around the world, where their identity can be verified. 



CREDITWORTHY IN THE KEYSTONE STATE - PENNSYLVANIA 
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/08/23/pas-public-universities-open-doors-prior-learning-credits Credits for MOOCS? The system (Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education) held lengthy discussions about whether it should grant credit for MOOCs, according to Cavanaugh. CAEL has predicted that many students will seek credit for MOOCs, and the council plans to include those courses in credit recommendations if students can demonstrate that they have received college-level learning. Eventually the system decided it was on board, as long as MOOC credit submissions receive the Learning Counts stamp. “We fully expect to see people putting them in the portfolios,” says Cavanaugh. 



MAKING IT COUNT - A potential existing credit pathway for MOOCshttp://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/06/15/earning-college-credit-moocs-through-prior-learning-assessment  Massively open online courses, or MOOCs, are not credit-bearing. But a pathway to college credit for the courses already exists -- one that experts say many students may soon take.

That scenario combines the courses with prior learning assessment -- a less-hyped potential “disruption” to traditional higher education -- which is the granting of credit for college-level learning gained outside the traditional academic setting.




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www.MOOCsUniversity.org - Massively Open Online Courses ("MOOCs") are by definition open free courses by some of the world's leading universities, organizations, governments and industry experts.  Majority of the University MOOCs are the same or very similar to courses being taught on the ground at their campuses and for much higher tuition prices. Most MOOCs offer a free Certificate of Completion for those who successfully complete the MOOC. Some instructors may have some additional completion requirements for receiving the free Certificate of Completion.

For students wanting to showcase their MOOC courses and achievements to employers, schools and others, a new optional type of paid "Verified Certificate" credential that verifies that it was you who took and completed the MOOC is now available. 

The new Verified Certificate MOOCs will verify your identity through a variety of means that can include webcam, keystroke analysis, valid photo identification, and/or test centers.  Each MOOC provider can require different methods of identification in order to grant the Verified Certificate. Each MOOC’s requirements should be read closely prior to enrolling in the course because most Verified Certificate fees must be paid at the beginning of the course and are not refundable. While most of these Verified Certificate MOOCs do not yet offer credit for the price you are paying, some colleges and universities may provide additional cost-savings incentives if you continue with one of their related existing online degree programs.

The new Verified Certificate MOOCs are a critical step forward for the MOOC movement in continuing to attract larger global audiences as they create viable “affordable” credential value for the serious MOOC students.  They also represent a volume revenue opportunity and potential key piece of the sustainable business models of most MOOC providers. 

As listed below from lowest to highest, the prices of 100+ MOOC (Massively Open Online Course) Verified Certificates currently available range between $25 to $195 per certificate.   In some instances, the same University will have different prices for different MOOCs.

- Over 82% of all MOOC Verified Certificates are priced under $49.00

- The lowest priced Verified Certificate MOOC found was that of the University of California, Berkley (UC Berkeley) MOOC: Introduction to Statistics: Descriptive Statistics at $25.

- Only three MOOC Verified Certificates were priced at $100 or greater, and these were MIT’s $100(Minimum) MIT: “The Analytics Edge”; MIT’s $100 (Minimum) “Flight Vehicle Aerodynamics”, and Futurelearn/University of Warwick £119 (Approx. $195) “The mind is flat: the shocking shallowness of human psychology.”

- How are these MOOC Verified Certificates priced? No standard MOOC Verified Certificate pricing equation was found to account for the different price points found, but the majority are priced at $49 with the $39 and $50 price-points in second and third place.

 

Price      –             Link to MOOC Provider                  –             MOOC University & Description

 

$25 - https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-stat2-1x-introduction-1138 - University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley): Introduction to Statistics: Descriptive Statistics

 

$29 - https://www.coursera.org/course/teach1 - Commonwealth Education Trust: Foundations of Teaching for Learning 1: Introduction

$29 - https://www.coursera.org/course/teach4 - Commonwealth Education Trust: Foundations of Teaching for Learning 4: Curriculum

$29 - https://www.coursera.org/course/ntusym -Nanyang Technological University: Beauty, Form & Function: An Exploration of Symmetry

 

$30 - https://www.edx.org/course/tsinghuax/tsinghuax-202203322x-principles-electric-1319 - Tsinghua University: Principles of Electric Circuits: Part 2

 

$35 -https://www.coursera.org/course/scicontentsurvey - Rice University: Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices 3 - Science Content Survey

$35 - https://www.coursera.org/course/scistudentinquiry - Rice University: Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives & Practices 4 - Student-Centered Inquiry

 

$39 - https://www.coursera.org/course/improvisation - Berklee College of Music: Jazz Improvisation

$39 - https://www.coursera.org/course/guitar - Berklee College of Music: Introduction to Guitar

$39 - https://www.coursera.org/course/songwriting - Berklee College of Music: Songwriting

$39 - https://www.coursera.org/course/usefulgenetics2 – The University of British Columbia: Useful Genetics Part 2

$39 - https://www.coursera.org/course/advancedvirtual - University of California, Irvine (UCI): Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom

$39 - https://www.coursera.org/course/globalenergy – University of Florida: Global Sustainable Energy - Past, Present and Future

$39 - https://www.coursera.org/course/tbmanagement - John Hopkins School of Nursing: Global Tuberculosis (TB) Clinical Management and Research

$39 - https://www.coursera.org/course/dementiacare - John Hopkins School of Nursing: Care of Elders with Alzheimer's Disease and other Major Neurocognitive Disorders

$39 - https://www.coursera.org/course/artinquiry - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies For Your Classroom

$39 - https://www.coursera.org/course/bigidea - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: What’s Your Big Idea?

$39 - https://www.coursera.org/course/contentstrategy - Northwestern University: Content Strategy for Professionals: Engaging Audiences for Your Organization

$39 -https://www.coursera.org/course/modernmiddleeast – Tel Aviv University: The Emergence of the Modern Middle East

 

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/digitalsystems - Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona: Digital Systems - Sistemas Digitales: De las puertas lógicas al procesador

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/correccion - Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona: Corrección y Estilo en Español

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/livearthistory - California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS): Live!: A History of Art for Artists, Animators and Gamers

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/ucimacroeconomics – University of California, Irvine UCI): The Power of Macroeconomics: Economic Principles in the Real World

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/ucimicroeconomics - University of California, Irvine (UCI): The Power of Microeconomics - Economic Principles in the Real World

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/cosmo - Caltech: Galaxies and Cosmology

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/informationtheory – The Chinese University of Hong Kong: Information Theory

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/chem99 - Duke University: Introduction to Chemistry

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/images - Duke University: Image and video processing: From Mars to Hollywood with a stop at the hospital

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/megafauna - Duke University: Marine Megafauna: An Introduction to Marine Science and Conservation

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/geneticsevolution - Duke University:  Introduction to Genetics and Evolution

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/medicalneuro – Duke University: Medical Neuroscience

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/humanphysio - Duke University: Introductory Human Physiology

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/thinkagain - Duke University: Think Again: How to Reason and Argue

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/statistics - Duke University: Data Analysis and Statistical Inference

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/astrobio - The University of Edinburgh: Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/criticalthinking - The University of Edinburgh: Critical Thinking in Global Challenges

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/introphil - University of Edinburgh: Introduction to Philosophy

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/equinenutrition - University of Edinburgh: Equine Nutrition

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/cgt - Georgia Institute of Technology: Games without Chance: Combinatorial Game Theory

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/psy - Georgia Institute of Technology: Introduction to Psychology as a Science

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/evaluation - HEC Paris: Evaluation financière de l'entreprise

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/europe - HEC Paris: Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/hetero – University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign: Heterogeneous Parallel Programming

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/sustain - The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Introduction to Sustainability

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/subsistence - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Subsistence Marketplaces

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/compdata – John Hopkins University: Computing for Data Analysis

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/univteaching101 - John Hopkins University: University Teaching 101

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/healthforall - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Health for All Through Primary Health Care

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/clintrials - John Hopkins University: Design and Interpretation of Clinical Trials

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/fmri - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Statistical Analysis of fMRI Data

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/biostats - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 1

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/communitychange - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Community Change in Public Health

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/biostats2 – John Hopkins University School of Public Health: Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 2 Learn fundamental concepts in data analysis and statistical inference, focusing on one and two independent samples (Public Health).

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/statreasoning - John Hopkins University School of Public Health: Statistical Reasoning for Public Health: Estimation, Inference, & Interpretation

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/biostats - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 1

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/terrorism – Universiteit Leiden: Terrorism and Counterterrorism - Comparing Theory and Practice

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/innovativeideas - University of Maryland, College Park: Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/android - University of Maryland: Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/religionandtolerance - University of Maryland: Practicing Tolerance in a Religious Society: The Church and the Jews in Italy

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/understandingterror - University of Maryland: Understanding Terrorism and the Terrorist Threat

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/votingfairdiv - University of Maryland: Making Better Group Decisions: Voting, Judgement Aggregation and Fair Division

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/epigenetics - University of Melbourne: Epigenetic Control of Gene Expression

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/logic1 - University of Melbourne: Logic: Language and Information 1

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/logic2 - University of Melbourne: Logic: Language and Information 2    

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/sysbio – School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: Introduction to Systems Biology

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/environlaw - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/introtolca - Northwestern University’s: How Green Is That Product? An Introduction to Life Cycle Environmental Assessment

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/calc1 - The Ohio State University: Calculus One

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/intropharma - The Ohio State University: Introduction to Pharmacy

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/functionalanalysis - Ecole Centrale Paris: An Introduction to Functional Analysis

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/operations - Wharton - University of Pennsylvania: An Introduction to Operations Management

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/calcsing - University of Pennsylvania: Calculus: Single Variable

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/gamification - University of Pennsylvania: Gamification

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/eefun - Rice University: Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/compvision - Technische Universitat Munchen:  Einführung in Computer Vision

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/romanarchitecture - Yale University: Roman Architecture

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/financialmarkets - Yale University: Financial Markets

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/conlaw - Yale University: Constitutional Law

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/moralities - Yale University: Moralities of Everyday Life

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/lifenutr - Vanderbilt University: Nutrition, Health, and Lifestyle: Issues and Insights

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/changetheworld - Wesleyan University: How to Change the World

$49 - https://www.coursera.org/course/modernpostmodern - Wesleyan University: The Modern and the Postmodern

 

$50 - https://www.edx.org/course/australian-national-university/australian-national-university-anu-1347 - Australian National University (ANU): Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe

$50 - https://www.edx.org/course/anux/anux-anu-india1x-engaging-india-1376 - Australian National University (ANU): Engaging India

$50 - https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-cs169-1x-engineering-1377 - University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley): Engineering Software as a Service

$50 - https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-cs169-2x-engineering-1379 - University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley): Engineering Software as a Service, Part 2

$50 - https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-15-390x-entrepreneurship-101-who-1312 - MIT: Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your customer?

$50 - https://www.edx.org/course/ricex/ricex-phys102x-electricity-magnetism-1356 - Rice University: Electricity & Magnetism

$50 - https://www.edx.org/course/utaustinx/utaustinx-ut-9-01x-effective-thinking-1178 - University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin): Effective Thinking Through Mathematics

$50 - https://www.edx.org/course/utaustinx/utaustinx-ut-6-01x-embedded-systems-1172 - University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin): Embedded Systems - Shape The World

$50 - https://www.edx.org/course/utaustinx/utaustinx-ut-5-01x-linear-algebra-1162 - University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin): Linear Algebra - Foundations to Frontiers

 

$59 - https://www.coursera.org/course/researchforhealth - University of California San Francisco: Understanding Research: An Overview for Health Professionals

 

$60 - https://www.coursera.org/course/mysticthought - Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Modern European Mysticism and Psychological Thought

 

$69 -https://www.coursera.org/course/dino101 - University of Alberta: Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology

$69 - https://www.coursera.org/course/cariesmanagement - University of California San Francisco: Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA)

$69 - https://www.coursera.org/course/nutrition - University of California San Francisco: Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

$69 - https://www.coursera.org/course/clinicalneurology - University of California San Francisco: Introduction to Clinical Neurology

$69 - https://www.coursera.org/course/poisonings - University of California San Francisco: Poisonings in the Home and Community: Assessment and Emergency Response

 

$79 - https://www.coursera.org/course/genomicmedicine - University of California San Francisco: Genomic and Precision Medicine

 

$100 (Minimum) - https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-15-071x-analytics-edge-1416 - MIT: The Analytics Edge

$100 (Minimum) - https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-16-110x-flight-vehicle-aerodynamics-871 - MIT: Flight Vehicle Aerodynamics

 

£119 (Approx. $195) - https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/the-mind-is-flat-2014 - University of Warwick: The mind is flat: the shocking shallowness of human psychology.

 

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ART

https://www.coursera.org/course/livearthistory - California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS): Live!: A History of Art for Artists, Animators and Gamers

Explore art history from the artist's perspective. Learn how contemporary artists, animators and gamers work from the art of the past as part of their creative process, while building your own skills in visual analysis and creative and critical thinking.

About the Course

This course approaches the questions of “art” and “history” from the perspective of contemporary makers of art (sculpture, painting, photography, performance, installation and more), animators (whether character/story-based or experimental) and gamers, asking how artists actively make a history for their own practices by thinking about the creative process as a “conversation” with a wide range of art from the past.  Why are ground-breaking artists so often historically-minded (and yet tend to break all the rules of conventional history-telling)?  How do animators themselves “write” the largely unwritten history of their art through quotation, transposition and mash-ups?  Why should contemporary gamers look at classical painting anyway?

This course will combine short video lectures/interviews and interactive quizzes with independent, peer-reviewed sketchbook and field work (suggested visits to local museums, film viewings, etc.).  It is intended to give the student a background in a wide range of visual practices and a greater familiarity with techniques of historical analysis.  It will help to build skills in visual analysis, and will also provide insight into the creative culture of CalArts, where a certain portion of these art histories have been made in the first place.

Recommended Background

Some college-level experience in the arts and humanities will be helpful.  And the more the student is willing to complement classwork with independent looking and thinking about art, animation and video games (as well as comic books and graphic novels, film, etc.), the more they will get out of the class.  Remember:  Art is an ongoing process and art practice can't end in the classroom, wherever that classroom might b

Verified Certificate: $49


 

ARCHITECTURE

https://www.coursera.org/course/romanarchitecture - Yale University: Roman Architecture

Roman Architecture is a course for people who love to travel—in actuality and virtually—to a wide variety of places and we will do that together as we explore the great buildings and engineering marvels of Rome and its vast empire in their ancient and contemporary contexts.

About the Course

This course is an introduction to the great buildings and engineering marvels of Rome and its empire, with an emphasis on urban planning and individual monuments and their decoration, including mural painting. While architectural developments in Rome, Pompeii, and Central Italy are highlighted, the course also provides a survey of sites and structures in what are now North Italy, Sicily, France, Spain, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, and North Africa. Many of the learning materials presented in this course will be adapted from the Roman Architecture course Professor Kleiner provided as part of the Open Yale Courses project. The lectures are illustrated with over 1,500 images, many from Professor Kleiner's personal collection

Recommended Background

There is no required background and everyone is welcome to take this course. It will appeal especially to those who love to travel (in actuality and/or virtually) and want to increase their awareness not only of the cities and buildings of Rome and its empire but also of the power of architecture to shape politics, society, and culture. 

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/staticsofobjects - University of Florida (UF): Structure Standing Still: The Statics of Everyday Objects. 

The Statics of Everyday Objects is a course about how structures react to forces exerted on them while remaining unmoved.

About the Course

The Statics of Everyday Objects is a course about the world and how it reacts to the forces acting on it. From suspension bridges holding up miles of roadway, to sky-scraping buildings in the midst hurricanes, to huge dams retaining billions of gallons of water in a reservoir, these structures must withstand both the forces of nature and the forces that mankind has intended for them. The analytical tools that designers use to create these structures are deceptively simple, and it is the intent of this course to explain things in a clear, straightforward manner.

No Recommended background listed.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed. 


 

ASTRONOMY & ASTROLOGY

http://aas.org/faq/whats-difference-between-astronomy-and-astrology - Definitions: Astronomy is a science that studies everything outside of the earth's atmosphere, such as planets, stars, asteroids, galaxies; and the properties and relationships of those celestial bodies. Astronomers base their studies on research and observation.

Astrology on the other hand, is the belief that the positioning of the stars and planets affect the way events occur on earth. If you're interested in the solar system and the planets, other celestial objects like asteroids and comets, other galaxies and the rest of the universe, what makes up space, and the possibility of alien life or space travel, Astronomy is the field you're considering.

https://www.coursera.org/course/cosmo - Caltech: Galaxies and Cosmology

An introduction to the modern extragalactic astronomy and cosmology, the physical universe, big bang, formation and evolution of galaxies, quasars, and large-scale structure

About the Course

This class is an introduction to the modern extragalactic astronomy and cosmology, i.e., the part of astrophysics that deals with the structure and evolution of the universe as a whole, and its major constituents: dark matter, dark energy, galaxies, quasars, large-scale structure, and intergalactic gas.  It will cover the subjects including: relativistic cosmological models and their parameters, extragalactic distance scale, cosmological tests, composition of the universe, dark matter, and dark energy; the hot big bang, cosmic nucleosynthesis, recombination, and cosmic microwave background; formation and evolution of structure in the universe; galaxy clusters, large-scale structure and its evolution; galaxies, their properties and fundamental correlations; formation and evolution of galaxies; star formation history of the universe; quasars and other active galactic nuclei, and their evolution; structure and evolution of the intergalactic medium; diffuse extragalactic backgrounds; the first stars, galaxies, and the reionization era.  It corresponds to the Ay 21 class taught at Caltech.

Recommended Background

This class assumes at a minimum a prior knowledge of astronomy at a good mid-undergraduate level (e.g., “Astro 101” for science majors, not “Astro 1” for poets), knowledge of physics at a comparable level, and math at a level of calculus or higher.  A substantive Wikipedia article is about at the right level.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/astrobio - The University of Edinburgh: Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Learn about the origin and evolution of life and the search for life beyond the Earth.

About the Course

Over two thousand years ago, the ancient Greeks wondered if there were other worlds in the cosmos. This question is now being experimentally tested. This course, offered by the UK Centre for Astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh, is an introduction to astrobiology. It explores the origin and evolution of life on the Earth and its potential to exist elsewhere. Astrobiology addresses compelling questions of wide interest such as: How did life originate on the Earth? Is this an inevitable process and is life common across the Universe? Astrobiology is an interdisciplinary science that bridges fields as diverse as astrophysics, biology, geosciences and chemistry. 

In this course we will explore what we know about life’s ability to live in extreme environments on the Earth, we will look at different hypotheses for how it originated. We will look at some of the missions to search for life in our own Solar System and on planets orbiting distant stars. We will discuss some of the extreme environments on the Earth that help us understand the limits of life and how life has adapted to cope with extremes. We will explore the possibility of intelligent alien life and some of the implications of its detection. The course will provide a foundation in astrobiology and introduce students to concepts in a diversity of scientific fields.

Recommended Background

No background is required.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.edx.org/course/australian-national-university/australian-national-university-anu-1347 - Australian National University (ANU): Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe -Exploring the biggest mysteries of modern astrophysics.

About this Course

Despite spectacular recent progress, there is still a lot we don't know about our universe. We don't know why the Big Bang happened. We don't know what most of the universe is made of. We don't know whether there is life in space. We don't know how planets form, how black holes get so big, or where the first stars have gone. This course will take you through nine of the greatest unsolved problems of modern astrophysics. We can't promise you the answers, but we will explain what we do and don't know, and give you an up-to-date understanding of current research. This course is designed for people who would like to get a deeper understanding of these mysteries than that offered by popular science articles and shows. You will need reasonable high-school level Maths and Physics to get the most out of this course. This is the first of four ANUx courses which together make up the Australian National University's first year astrophysics program. It will be followed by courses on exoplanets, on the violent universe, and on cosmology.

Prerequisites

High school math and physics.

Verified Certificate: $50






AUDIO

https://www.coursera.org/course/musicproduction - Berklee College of Music: Introduction to Music Production

Learn about the music production process—including recording, editing, and mixing—and the tools available to you to create contemporary music on your computer.

About the Course

With the recent introduction of high-quality-low-cost software and hardware, the tools of music production are now available to the masses. Albums are made in bedrooms as well as studios. On the surface this is liberating. Anyone can make an album for the low cost of a couple pieces of gear and a software package. But, if you dig deeper, you will find that it is not so easy. Producing music requires knowledge, dedication, and creativity.
    
Knowledge is where this course comes in. No matter what kind of music you are making, there is a large set of tools that you will need to use.  Each lesson of this course will demonstrate a different set of music production tools, loosely following along the music production process of recording, editing, and mixing. 

We will start with some background on the nature of sound and how we perceive it. We will then examine the components necessary to record audio into a computer, so that you understand the devices that sound must travel through in a music production process. 
    
Once recorded, sound must be organized along a timeline, a process known as editing. It allows us to give the impression of perfect performances and create many of the sounds we hear in contemporary music. The contemporary editing tool is the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), a piece of software that stores and organizes all the assets of a musical project. We will focus on the editing tools that are essential in contemporary music production and that all DAWs provide. 

After editing, sounds must be combined or mixed together, so we look to the mixing board—a very creative place if you know how to use it. We will explore the basic functionality of both hardware and software mixing boards, including volume, pan, mute, solo, busses, inserts, sends, and submixes. The mixing process, however, includes more tools than the mixing board provides on its own. Sound must also be processed, modified from its recorded state to fit the context of the music. We will look at compression, equalization, and delay, and examine the many audio effects that are offshoots of these devices and how they are used in a musical context.
    
We will then explore the synthesizer, a major tool within the production of contemporary music. Yes, great music can and will be created without the synthesizer, but learning how a synthesizer works will give you a language to describe sound. Music is a collaborative art form, so there is nothing more powerful than effective communication. 
    
In the end, the music production process relies on your creativity. Creativity is a product of the mind and will stay there, unexpressed, until the right tools are used in the right way to share it with the world. If you have an idea in your head, it will take numerous steps, each with an important tool, to reach your audience. You bring the dedication and creativity, and this course will bring you the knowledge to make that happen.

Recommended Background

You should be able to perform the following tasks in a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), such as GarageBand, Pro Tools, Logic, Live, Reason, SONAR, or Digital Performer:

Create audio tracks
Add audio effects (EQ, Noise Gate, Compressor, Delay, and Reverb)
Create MIDI tracks
Add a software synthesizer to a MIDI track
Export an audio file
Create an MP3 file

Verified Certificate: Listed as providing a Verified Certificate, but no pricing provided at course site.

https://www.coursera.org/course/audiomusicengpart1 - University of Rochester: Fundamentals of Audio and Music Engineering: Part 1 Musical Sound & Electronics

In this course students learn the basic concepts of acoustics and electronics and how they can applied to understand musical sound and make music with electronic instruments. Topics include: sound waves, musical sound, basic electronics, and applications of these basic principles in amplifiers and speaker design.

About the Course

This 6-week course is for students who are interested in learning the basic concepts of sound & acoustics and signals & electronics as they relate to music. The goal is for students to understand the basic concepts and principles of musical acoustics and electronics and to learn how equipment such as electric guitars, amplifiers, and loudspeakers are designed and operate. Students are encouraged to put the theory into practice by building a simple guitar practice amplifier. The course employs high-school level algebra and trigonometry, no calculus is required. 

Recommended Background

Students at any level with basic high school math preparation (algebra and trigonometry)

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructors.

 

 

BIOLOGY, BIOTECHNOLOGY & LIFE SCIENCES

https://www.coursera.org/course/sysbio – School of Medicine at Mount Sinai: Introduction to Systems Biology

An introduction to current concepts of how cellular molecules come together to form systems, how these systems exhibit emergent properties, and how these properties are used to make cellular decisions.

About the Course

This course will introduce the student to contemporary Systems Biology focused on mammalian cells, their constituents and their functions.  Biology is moving from molecular to modular. As our knowledge of our genome and gene expression deepens and we develop lists of molecules (proteins, lipids, ions) involved in cellular processes, we need to understand how these molecules interact with each other to form modules that act as discrete functional systems.  These systems underlie core subcellular processes such as signal transduction, transcription, motility and electrical excitability. In turn these processes come together to exhibit cellular behaviors such as secretion, proliferation and action potentials. What are the properties of such subcellular and cellular systems?   What are the mechanisms by which emergent behaviors of systems arise?  What types of experiments inform systems-level thinking? Why do we need computation and simulations to understand these systems?

The course will develop multiple lines of reasoning to answer the questions listed above. Two major reasoning threads are: the design, execution and interpretation of multivariable experiments that produce large data sets; quantitative reasoning, models and simulations.  Examples will be discussed to demonstrate “how” cell- level functions arise and “why” mechanistic knowledge allows us to predict cellular behaviors leading to disease states and drug responses.

Recommended Background

Undergraduate introductory cell biology; familiarity with statistics

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/genomicmedicine - University of California San Francisco: Genomic and Precision Medicine

A critical, unbiased introduction to using new genomic tools for diagnosing and managing disease.

About the Course

Precision medicine has the potential to change fundamentally how health care is practiced, but requires a health care workforce that understands the complexities of this field. One important component of Precision Medicine is the use of an individual’s genomic information to offer targeted treatment, tailored to the individual. Our course aims to provide participants with some baseline knowledge of genomics, an overview of the clinical applications of genomic medicine, the skills to evaluate the clinical validity and utility of new tests, and an appreciation of the associated ethical and social issues inherent in this field. 

The course is geared toward practicing health care providers, although it should be accessible to anyone with a background in the biological sciences and a basic understanding of genetics.  It is designed to be succinct and clinically-focused, offering both conceptual and practical information about real-world applications of genomics.  The first two lessons offer a basic primer on molecular genomics relevant to the individual patient as well as to patient populations. The remaining five lessons focus on five applications of genomics and present the material as case studies, highlighting the strengths, limitations, and issues that arise in the use of each test.

Recommended Background

It is recommended that students have some background in biology/medicine, and have a basic understanding of genetics.

Verified Certificate: $79

https://www.coursera.org/course/epigenetics - University of Melbourne: Epigenetic Control of Gene Expression

Each mammalian cell has the same genes, yet performs distinct functions. This is achieved by epigenetic control of gene expression; the switching on and switching off of genes. This course will cover the principles of epigenetic control of gene expression, how epigenetic control contributes to cellular differentiation and development, and how it goes wrong in disease.

About the Course

While the human genome sequence has transformed our understanding of human biology, it isn’t just the sequence of your DNA that matters, but also how you use it! How are some genes activated and others are silenced? How is this controlled? The answer is epigenetics.  

Epigenetics has been a hot topic for research over the past decade as it has become clear that aberrant epigenetic control contributes to disease (particularly to cancer). Epigenetic alterations are heritable through cell division, and in some instances are able to behave similarly to mutations in terms of their stability. Importantly, unlike genetic mutations, epigenetic modifications are reversible and therefore have the potential to be manipulated therapeutically. It has also become clear in recent years that epigenetic modifications are sensitive to the environment (for example diet), which has sparked a large amount of public debate and research.

This course will give an introduction to the fundamentals of epigenetic control. We will examine epigenetic phenomena that are manifestations of epigenetic control in several organisms, with a focus on mammals. We will examine the interplay between epigenetic control and the environment and finally the role of aberrant epigenetic control in disease.

Recommended Background

Some background in biology, and more specifically genetics is recommended. If you don't have a genetics background, or want to brush up on genetics before you start, you might like to consider taking one of these MOOCs before our course starts (Note: Please check at each of these suggested MOOCs’ site if they offer a Verified Certificate option)

Introduction to Genetics and Evolution: starts January 3 2014 (12 weeks)
https://www.coursera.org/course/geneticsevolution

Genes and The Human Condition (From Behaviour to Biotechnology): starts November 4 2013 (6 weeks)
https://coursera.org/course/genes 

Useful Genetics: starts November 1 2013 (6 weeks)
https://www.coursera.org/course/usefulgenetics 

Genomic Medicine gets Personal: starts March 4 2014 (8 weeks)
https://www.edx.org/course/georgetown-university/medx202-01/genomic-medicine-gets-personal/837 

Introduction to Biology - The Secret of Life: started September 10 2013 (14 weeks) - watch for next course offering
https://www.edx.org/course/mit/7-00x/introduction-biology-secret-life/1014

Verified Certificate: $49

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/plantknows - What a Plant Knows (and other things you didn’t know about plants)

Can we say that plants have senses? You will learn how plants sense their environment and how scientists study plant senses. You will be exposed to both classic and modern experiments in plant biology, and may even start to question what defines us as humans.

About the Course

For centuries we have collectively marveled at plant diversity and form—from Charles Darwin’s early fascination with stems and flowers to Seymour Krelborn’s distorted doting in Little Shop of Horrors. This course intends to present an intriguing and scientifically valid look at how plants themselves experience the world—from the colors they see to the sensations they feel. Highlighting the latest research in genetics and more, we will delve into the inner lives of plants and draw parallels with the human senses to reveal that we have much more in common with sunflowers and oak trees than we may realize. We’ll learn how plants know up from down, how they know when a neighbor has been infested by a group of hungry beetles, and whether they appreciate the music you’ve been playing for them or if they’re just deaf to the sounds around them. We’ll explore definitions of memory and consciousness as they relate to plants in asking whether we can say that plants might even be aware of their surroundings. This highly interdisciplinary course meshes historical studies with cutting edge modern research and will be relevant to all humans who seek their place in nature. This class has three main goals: 1. To introduce you to basic plant biology by exploring plant senses (sight, smell, hearing, touch, taste, balance). 2. To introduce you to biological research and the scientific method. 3. To get the student to question life in general and what defines us as humans.

Recommended Background

Curiosity about nature and our place in the world.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by Daniel

https://www.coursera.org/course/bioelectricity - Duke University: Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach

Nerves, the heart, and the brain are electrical. How do these things work? This course presents fundamental principles, described quantitatively.

About the Course

In this class you will learn how to think about electrically active tissue in terms of individual mechanisms, and you will learn to analyze the mechanisms quantitatively as well as describe them qualitatively.  The course uses many of the same examples used by Hodgkin and Huxley, who won the Nobel Prize for their experimental unraveling of the mechanisms of the nerve axon of the giant squid, and their creation of a mathematical model of membranes and propagation to understand its function.  That work has been the foundational element of most subsequent understandings of electrically active tissue, whether in nerves, the brain or in muscle, including the heart.

In this course, topics include:

The electrical charging of active membranes from the creation and use of differences in ionic concentrations across the membrane.
The stimulation of the membrane, both naturally and from engineered sources.
The creation of action potentials by the membrane in response to stimulation.
The chain reaction of membrane responses, with each small region or cell initiating an action potential in adjacent ones.
The observation of associated electrical currents in terms of extracellular wave voltages they create, the basis of clinical measurements such as the electrocardiogram.

The course will at each step present equations and other quantitative reasoning so that you will be able to go beyond describing what happens qualitatively and be able to link together the phenomena in the mosaic in a quantitative fashion, which is essential to judging whether specific changes in inputs are important to the outcome. Through the use of quantitative analysis, you will learn that all the elements of the system are tied together and be able to link together and analyze the effects of one part on another.

Recommended Background

Insofar as Bioelectricity, this course begins at the beginning, so all the main ideas can be understood without prerequisite courses.  As electricity is invisible, no one sees it, so the most important prerequisite is one’s willingness to bring imagination, reflection and patience to the topics, so as to allow the ideas to grow and knit together in one’s own mind.

Some of the presentation uses equations and other mathematics that come from calculus and differential equations and other parts reason from the physics of electricity and the analysis of circuits, so background knowledge about these subjects is helpful. For example, one needs to recognize that dV/dt is the rate of change of voltage V with time t, so as to understand that C dV/dt is the current through a capacitor C.  As another example, if V=1/r, what is dV/dr?

A course like this one usually is given to advanced undergraduates or early graduate students in science and engineering, as these students have taken calculus and physics, and differential equations and circuits, and thus are comfortable when notation or simple operations from these fields are used.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/bluebrain - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Synapses, Neurons and Brains

You will become intimately acquainted with the operational principles of neuronal “life-ware” (synapses, neurons and the networks that they form) as well as with recent ideas about how the dynamics of these networks generate the “neuronal code.” As an aperitif we will highlight present brain-excitements and for dessert we will discuss the future of brain research

About the Course

Probably the greatest challenge of the “21st century of the brain” is to understand how subcellular and cellular neuronal processes give rise to behavior – movement, perception, emotions, memory and creativity. This course will discuss, step-by-step, how modern molecular, optical, electrical, anatomical and theoretical methods have provided fascinating insights into the operation of the elementary building blocks of brains and, most importantly, how neuronal mechanisms underlie memory and learning processes. We will next discuss why computer simulations are so essential for understanding both neuronal “life ware” and the emergence of networks dynamics (e.g., as in the “Blue Brain Project”). 

The course will start by highlighting a few recent brain-excitements, including treating the sick brain via electrical stimulation, recent attempts at “reading the brain code” for brain-machine interfaces, new neuro-anatomical techniques (“Brainbow” and connectomics) and physiological methods (optogenetics) that enables us to record/activate the living, behaving brain at single cell resolution. We will end by discussing emerging frontiers in brain research, including the interaction between brain research and the arts. As an added bonus, a lecture on perception, action, cognition and emotions will be taught by an acclaimed neuroscientists, Prof. Israel Nelken..

Recommended Background

No background is required.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/usefulgenetics - University of British Columbia: Useful Genetics Part 1

This college-level course gives students a thorough understanding of gene function, and enables them to apply this understanding to real-world issues, both personal and societal. This is Part 1 of a two-part course; Part 2 focuses on the study of of how genes and traits are inherited.

Course philosophy

This short article describes the ideas behind Useful Genetics, explaining why the traditional college genetics course needed to change: Why do we have to learn this stuff? A new genetics for 21st century students

Who might want to take this course?

People affected by or concerned about a genetic disease (either directly or in a family member)
People interested in the genetic diversity of humans or other species
People who have had (or are considering having) their genes or genomes analyzed by companies such as 23andMe
People concerned about the public use of personal genetic information
People interested in breeding animals or plants, or in in conservation of endangered species
People interested in genealogy and ancestry analysis
Science teachers
Anyone interested in genetics but unable to enroll in university at this time

Recommended Background

You will need some prior knowledge of basic biology (first-year college or a recent good high-school course).  A self-assessment pre-test will be provided to students who enroll in the course, and additional activities and readings will be made available for students who want to improve their preparation.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/genes - University of Maryland: Genes and the Human Condition (From Behavior to Biotechnology)

To acquire an understanding of the fundamental concepts of genomics and biotechnology, and their implications for human biology, evolution, medicine, social policy and individual life path choices in the 21st century.

About the Course

In this class we will cover the essentials of genomics to help you better understand your own life (know thy genome, know thyself), and how advances in biotechnology are radically changing the scientific landscape.

We will begin with some of the most basic issues of genetics, such as the composition of genomes and how the information in them is processed so we can get an adult human from an egg. Then we’ll see that much of the power of genomics is in comparisons. If I only had your genome there's not much I could do with it. But if I lined it up against a chimpanzee genome I’d see that they are 98.5% identical. It’s that 1.5% difference that we study to determine what makes a chimp a chimp and a human a human. 

In the next few years you’ll be able to get your genome done for a few hundred dollars, and we will look at the challenges you might face dealing with this new self-knowledge. We shall particularly focus on behavior. How can genes predispose some of us to be nice and others of us to be psychopaths? We will be examining behavior as a complex unfolding of interactions between your genome and the environment.

Thanks in large part to genomics we are beginning to understand the living processes that constitute ourselves, where we can begin to intervene to take control of our own future. We will look at the technologies involved and the consequences of this new power. Genetic engineering has already changed what you eat and the medicines you take, and will likely therefore change how long you live. If we choose to genetically engineer ourselves as some advocate then we may also change how we view ourselves as human beings. We do not know where our ability to intervene in our own living processes is going to lead us. Depending on your point of view that is the promise or the threat of the era we live in. Scientists today already envisage creating life from scratch, and we are entering a world where political considerations, and imagination, may be the only brakes on biotechnology.

Recommended Background

All are welcome to join us in this adventure. Some previous exposure to biology will enrich your experience with this course.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/nanotech - Rice University: Nanotechnology: The Basics

Nanotechnology is an emerging area that engages almost every technical discipline – from chemistry to computer science – in the study and application of extremely tiny materials.  This short course allows any technically savvy person to go one layer beyond the surface of this broad topic to see the real substance behind the very small.

About the Course

Nanotechnology is an exciting research area that spans disciplines from electrical engineering to biology.  Over the last two decades the basic science of this area has launched new technologies, the first examples of which are finding their way into commercial products.  This four week course will provide students with a bird's eye view into this fast moving area and leave students with an appreciation of the importance and foundation of super-small materials and devices.

Recommended Background

We expect some knowledge of freshman chemistry and physics, as well as algebra.  Access to a spreadsheet program would also be of value.  However, we recognize that for some interested participants this knowledge may be rusty and will provide where possible optional review videos to go over terminology and concepts relevant to the week's material.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.


 

BUSINESS & MANAGEMENT

https://www.coursera.org/course/innovativeideas - University of Maryland, College Park: Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies: The First Step in Entrepreneurship

Explore how to identify and develop great ideas into great companies. Learn how to identify opportunities based on real customer needs. Develop solid business models. Create successful companies.

About the Course

#1 Entrepreneurship Course on Coursera*

#8 Overall Business Course on Coursera*

This course assists aspiring entrepreneurs in developing great ideas into great companies. With strong economies presenting rich opportunities for new venture creation, and challenging economic times presenting the necessity for many to make their own job, the need to develop the skills to develop and act on innovative business opportunities is ever present.

Using proven content, methods, and models for new venture opportunity assessment and analysis, students will learn how to enhance their entrepreneurial mindset and develop their functional skill sets to see and act entrepreneurially. The initial steps to creating a business plan, and raising financial capital to launch the firm, are examined as well. Our goal is to demystify the startup process, and to help you build the skills to identify and act on innovative opportunities now, and in the future.

Recommended Background

This introductory course is designed for those interested in learning about innovative idea generation and new venture creation, and does not require a background in business or any specific area.  A desire to build your knowledge and capabilities are the only requirements for entry.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/contentstrategy - Northwestern University: Content Strategy for Professionals: Engaging Audiences for Your Organization

This professional Content Strategy MOOC is for people anywhere in an organization who have content development experience and now want to significantly improve their abilities to understand audiences and develop strategic words, pictures, graphics, and videos to convey their organization’s most important goals.

About the Course

Why Content Strategy is essential for professionals in any organization – business, non-profit, or government. 

Content Strategy is a conversation that provides thought-leadership. It starts a “conversation” with users and stakeholders inside and outside an organization.  Conversations are the natural way people think about complex issues. Conversations also enable people to develop “stories,” which lead to understanding and helpful mental pictures. Content Strategy practitioners are at all levels of the best enterprises – in all departments and sectors from the top leader to the newcomer in the ranks. 

In this complex information age, forward-thinking employees know that if they and their organizations are to thrive, they need to go beyond their job descriptions. They must master the most demanding communications frontier – creating engaging, strategic, honest stories and information that is valued by their most important audiences. In turn that will make their enterprise stand out. 

Regardless of their department, area of work, or expertise, Content Strategy practitioners know how to use words, pictures, video, and social and mobile media to interact with their most important constituents with trustable, actionable information that the audience values and will use. The strategic content they produce enhances the audience’s lives and deepens their understanding and engagement with the organization. 

Content Strategy is similar to the best examples of journalism, but it is done by non-journalism organizations. Content Strategy is always honest, trustable, and transparent. It tells all sides of every story it reports. Often it is also deeper and directed at topics and audiences that traditional journalism under-serves or does not reach at all. Content Strategy is not advertising, marketing, or public relations. It is different because it never pursues the persuasive goals that are appropriate in those disciplines.

Recommended Background

This MOOC serves professionals who want to learn to create trustable, engaging and often interactive content to advance their enterprise’s future. This MOOC is for people anywhere in an organization who have content development experience and now want to significantly improve their abilities to understand audiences and develop strategic words, pictures, graphics and videos to conveytheir organization’s most important goals.

Verified Certificate: $39

https://www.coursera.org/course/bigidea - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: What’s Your Big Idea?

Whether your interest lies in solving the world’s biggest problems, creating the next commercial success or addressing something closer to home, this course will give you a toolbox to vet your ideas and test them in the real world.

About the Course

You want to make a difference in the world, and you’re not sure where to begin. You have an idea a day, but are they good ones? How do you turn those ideas into reality?

We have started and sustained commercial, social, artistic, scientific and educational enterprises for most of our adult lives, so we've grappled with those same questions. This course will draw heavily from our experience and that of our three world-class guest entrepreneurs who will also share their insights.

The goal of this course is to provide a practical framework for identifying a promising opportunity, assessing its impact, and then developing the idea to a point where it could become a sustainable enterprise. Whether your idea is commercial, artistic, scientific, or social, we’ll give you the specific tools you need to proceed. We’ll cover idea generation, marketing, strategy, financing and the all-important pitch. We’ll introduce you to a “lean start-up” methodology that will help you refine your idea with real-world tests. By the end of the last module you should be prepared to pursue your big idea.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

Verified Certificate: $39

https://www.coursera.org/course/operations - Wharton - University of Pennsylvania: An Introduction to Operations Management

This course will teach you how to analyze and improve business processes, be it in services or in manufacturing. You will learn how to improve productivity, how to provide more choice to customers, how to reduce response times, and how to improve quality.

About the Course

PART OF THE WHARTON FOUNDATION SERIES 

Remember the last time you went to a restaurant. What did you expect from that restaurant? You wanted to find something on the menu that you liked, you wanted the meal to be prepared according to high quality standards, you wanted to get it quickly and didn’t want to pay too much money for it. Now, remember the last time you went to a doctor’s office or a hospital. What did you want the doctors and nurses to do? You wanted them to provide the right care for you, you wanted the care delivered with great quality, you wanted to get the care quickly, and you (or your insurance) didn’t want to pay too much for it. 

Put differently, the management skills that you need to run the operations of a restaurant are the same that you need to run a hospital. And these are the skills you will learn in this course. Specifically, you will learn how to improve productivity, increase responsiveness, provide more choice to the customer, and deliver higher quality standards. In short, you will learn how to analyze business processes and how to improve them. Along the way, you will learn about topics such as Lean Operations, Six Sigma, and the Toyota production system, you will hear about bottlenecks, flows rates, and inventory levels. And, much, much more.

Other Wharton Foundation Series courses:

An Introduction to Marketing

An Introduction to Corporate Finance

An Introduction to Financial Accounting

Recommended Background

The course is designed for business school students and executives. There are no academic prerequisites for the course; this is not a math course and nothing done in this course requires more than high school math. 
 

This course will be helpful to students that:

are preparing for their career in business and want to lay some foundations
are in the middle of their career and have some real problems to solve right now

Verified Certificate: $49

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/empresafamiliar - Tecnologico de Monterrey: Continuidad y Desarrollo de la Empresa Familiar. 

Cuál es la importancia de las empresas familiares en el mundo?, ¿cómo garantizar su continuidad y permanencia?, ¿cómo mejorar la comunicación entre sus miembros? y ¿cómo lograr sucesiones exitosas? Este curso brinda estas respuestas a través de la identificación de estrategias para la profesionalización de las empresas familiares.

About the Course

El curso Continuidad y Desarrollo de la Empresa Familiar tiene como propósitos educativos que los participantes al final del mismo:

Sean conscientes de la importancia de las empresas familiares en el mundo.
Comprendan la complejidad de las empresas familiares como un sistema familia, empresa y propiedad.
Sean capaces de diagnosticar la problemática de las empresas familiares.
Apliquen modelos y soluciones útiles para la continuidad y sucesión de la empresa familiar.
Se visualicen como agentes de cambio de la empresa familiar.
Desarrollen un pensamiento crítico.

Este curso incluye como valor agregado la aplicación de un cuestionario que permitirá contar con una radiografía de la empresa familiar, el cual está basado en 5 dimensiones: estrategia, liderazgo, innovación, institucionalización y continuidad. 

Se tendrá acceso a entrevistas con expertos internacionales, quienes compartirán su punto de vista y experiencias reforzando la comprensión de los temas del curso.  

Además, se tendrá la oportunidad de aplicar modelos avanzados para transitar de una empresa familiar a una familia emprendedora.

El curso considera el análisis de casos de estudio de distintos países de Latinoamérica para poner en práctica el aprendizaje de los participantes. 

Recommended Background

No se requieren conocimiento previos.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. Todos los estudiantes que completen el curso satisfactoriamente recibirán una constancia firmada por el instructor.

https://www.coursera.org/course/innovacion - Tecnologico de Monterrey: Desarrollo rápido de productos innovadores para mercados emergentes

Entender las metodologías para la innovación de productos para mercados emergentes. Las metodologías son: 1) megatendencias sociales, tecnológicas y del comportamiento del consumidor 2) JTBD y 3) Matriz Morfológica.

About the Course

El objetivo del curso es aprender el proceso para el Desarrollo Rápido de Productos Innovadores para mercados emergentes a través de la aplicación de 3 metodologías.  Las metodologías que abordaremos en el curso son:

 1) Megatendencias sociales, tecnologías y del comportamiento del consumidor: 
Las megatendencias sociales describen comportamientos de la sociedad y hábitos de consumo. Las megatendencias tecnológicas identifican el uso potencial de tecnologías para desarrollar productos. Finalmente, la megatendencias del comportamiento del consumidor describen características funcionales de productos que son deseables por el cliente.  

2) Jobs To Be Done (JTBD):
 Jobs To Be Done (JTBD) es un conjunto de técnicas que permiten describir las actividades de los consumidores, sus hábitos en el uso de productos y la evaluación de cada actividad en términos de su carácter crítico en una matriz de necesidades y satisfactores.  Esto permite identificar aquellas actividades en donde el desarrollo productos innovadores tiene más probabilidades de éxito. 

3) Matriz Morfológica: 
La última metodología es la matriz morfológica que permite evaluar opciones de tecnologías para desarrollar los productos conceptualizados por las técnicas anteriores. 

En este curso presentaremos desarrollos de productos innovadores que están siendo comercializados en mercados emergentes, así como, casos de estudio desarrollados por los profesores que ofrecen el curso sobre productos que nohan sido exitosos.

Recommended Background

No se requieren conocimiento previos.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. Todos los estudiantes que completen el curso satisfactoriamente recibirán una constancia.

https://www.coursera.org/course/abcemprendimiento - Tecnologico de Monterrey: El ABC del emprendimiento esbelto

A través de diferentes actividades de campo el participante vive personalmente el proceso emprendedor, aprendiendo los conceptos del curso principalmente con base en la experimentación.

About the Course

A pesar de que una gran parte de la literatura sobre emprendimiento prepara al “candidato emprendedor” a cómo hacer planes de negocio para conseguir financiamiento proveniente de supuestos inversionistas, tal y como lo hace la tradición norteamericana de enseñanza del emprendimiento, la realidad de negocios nos dice que inclusive en los países desarrollados los proyectos emprendedores inician con sus recursos financieros propios y normalmente muy escasos.

La principal herramienta para estos emprendimientos no es el plan de negocios ni el financiamiento, sino la creatividad empresarial.  Por lo que, para una enseñanza efectiva del proceso emprendedor, hay que partir de esta realidad y no solo imitar lo que sucede en universidades, principalmente norteamericanas, con un contexto muy diferente al resto del mundo. Por otro lado, pareciera un misterio el por qué solo muy pocos proyectos de empresa o de negocio tienen éxito, pareciera una combinación entre el “culto” a la personalidad del emprendedor y suerte; sin embargo la realidad nos demuestra que los proceso emprendedores que tienen éxito, si bien tiene una influencia la importante motivación y la persona, siguen un proceso con etapas específicas, un patrón de acciones muy similar, aunque los emprendedores no se hayan dado cuenta de este proceso.

Este curso invita al participante a tener la persistencia para seguir este proceso emprendedor basado en la experimentación.

Recommended Background

No se requieren conocimientos previos.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. Todos los estudiantes que completen el curso satisfactoriamente recibirán una constancia firmada por el instructor.

https://www.coursera.org/course/lead-ei - Case Western Reserve University: Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence, hope, mindfulness, and compassion help a person reverse the damage of chronic stress and build great leadership relationships. The Positive and Negative Emotional Attractors inspire sustained, desired change and learning at many levels.

About the Course

Great leaders move us through our emotions. They establish a deep emotional connection with others called resonance. Their own levels of emotional intelligence allow them to create and nurture these resonant relationships. They use their EI as a path to resonant leadership through mindfulness, hope, compassion, and playfulness. Unfortunately, most people in leadership and helping positions (i.e., doctors, teachers, coaches, etc.) lose their effectiveness over time because of the cumulative damage from chronic stress. But humans can renew themselves, neurologically, hormonally, and emotionally.

Based on decades of research into emotional intelligence competencies and longitudinal studies of their development, the course will examine resonance and developing "resonant leadership" capability, emotional intelligence, and the experiences of mindfulness, hope, and compassion. Using the latest in neuroscience, behavioral, organizational and psychological research, participants will understand the theory, research, and experience of the Positive Emotional Attractor that is an essential beginning to sustained, desired change for individuals, teams, organizations and communities. 

The course will consist of nine classes, with three or so modules per class, to be taken over 8 weeks. Each module will consist of a video, assigned and recommended readings, reflective exercises, writing in your Personal Journal, and on-line, asynchronous discussions. Each class will have personal learning assignments to use and tests of comprehension. 

Recommended Background

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, the course will be conducted at the level expected of advanced undergraduate students, graduate students or professionals and executives. Therefore, for all participants, reading and writing comfortably in English at the undergraduate college level is desirable

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. Course has note indicating that this option is not currently open.

https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-15-071x-analytics-edge-1416 - MIT: The Analytics Edge

Through inspiring examples and stories, discover the power of data and use analytics to provide an edge to your career and your life.

About this Course

In the last decade, the amount of data available to organizations has reached unprecedented levels. Data is transforming business, social interactions, and the future of our society. In this course, you will learn how to use data and analytics to give an edge to your career and your life. We will examine real world examples of how analytics have been used to significantly improve a business or industry. These examples include Moneyball, eHarmony, the Framingham Heart Study, Twitter, IBM Watson, and Netflix. Through these examples and many more, we will teach you the following analytics methods: linear regression, logistic regression, trees, text analytics, clustering, visualization, and optimization. We will being using the statistical software R to build models and work with data. The contents of this course are essentially the same as those of the corresponding MIT class (The Analytics Edge). It is a challenging class, but it will enable you to apply analytics to real-world applications. 

Prerequisites

Basic mathematical knowledge (at a high school level). You should be familiar with concepts like mean, standard deviation, and scatterplots.

Verified Certificate: $100

https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-15-390x-entrepreneurship-101-who-1312- MIT: Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your customer?

You have an idea for a product, but do you know who will want to buy it?

About this Course

Many seemingly great ideas and technologies come to a sudden halt in the face of one simple, inescapable question. 
 
"Who is your customer?"
 
MIT has been asking its student entrepreneurs this question for many years – and with great success.  The 25,600 companies started by MIT alumni generate $2 trillion in revenue and have created 3.3 million jobs.  If MIT were a country, it would be the 11th largest economy in the world. 
 
Become a citizen of this 11th largest economy!  Join MIT in your entrepreneurial journey as you discover your startups most essential resource – the customer. 
 
This is entrepreneurship – so don't expect a lecture.  Every class session will be an in-depth and focused case study of MIT entrepreneurs from areas as diverse as mobile applications, 3D printing, power electronics, international development, and watchmaking. 
 
You will learn, through the stories of MIT entrepreneurs, how to go from idea or technology to the necessary understanding of who and why will want to buy your product.  Specifically, you will learn how to:
●      Identify prospective customers
●      Interview them
●      And finally, select the right customers for your business. 
Course assignments will be real-life exercises that will guide you through a series of concrete, practical, and effective steps that will help you make your idea very real. 
 
Prepare to have some fun too!  More on this after you enroll ;-)  

Prerequisites

None

Verified Certificate: $50



CHEMISTRY

https://www.coursera.org/course/chem99 - Duke University: Introduction to Chemistry

This is an introductory course for students with limited background in chemistry; chemical problem solving will be emphasized with the goal of preparing students for further study in chemistry.

About the Course

This is an introductory course for students with limited or no background in chemistry; chemical problem solving will be emphasized. The goal of the course is to prepare students for further study in the chemistry needed for many science, health, and policy professions. Topics include introductions to atoms, molecules, ions, the periodic table, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, bonding, thermochemistry, and gas laws. 

Each week the course will contain short video lectures with interactive questions embedded in the lectures. Students will have opportunities to practice each week via exercises at two levels of depth: one set of foundational problems directly related to lecture videos and another set of problems requiring more synthesis of ideas and application of pre-existing algebra skills. Students who complete the course while earning an average of 70% of more on the foundational problem sets, writing assignment, and exams will receive a signed statement of accomplishment. Students who complete the course and achieve an average of 85% or more on the foundational problem sets, advanced problem sets, writing assignment, and exams will receive a signed statement of accomplishment with distinction.

Recommended Background

Students should have a background in high school level algebra and should bring their enthusiasm for learning and curiosity to the course.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/thermodynamics - University of Minnesota: Statistical Molecular Thermodynamics

This introductory physical chemistry course examines the connections between molecular properties and the behavior of macroscopic chemical systems.

About the Course

Statistical Molecular Thermodynamics is a course in physical chemistry that relates the microscopic properties of molecules to the macroscopic behavior of chemical systems. Quantized molecular energy levels and their use in the construction of molecular and ensemble partition functions is described. Thermodynamic state functions, their dependence on the partition function, and their relationships with one another (as dictated by the three Laws of Thermodynamics) are all examined in detail. Analysis and demonstration takes place primarily in the context of ideal and real gases. This eight-week course covers slightly more than half of a typical semester-long course in chemical thermodynamics. Typical topics to be addressed subsequently would be phase equilibria, liquids, solutions of non-electrolytes and electrolytes, and chemical reaction equilibria.

Students who successfully complete the course will be able to predict how changes in molecular properties will influence the macroscopic behavior of those substances; they will understand the relationships between energy, heat, and work, and be able to predict how much work can be extracted from a given chemical process under various sets of conditions; they will understand the role of entropy in physical and chemical processes; and they will be able to engineer conditions to make chemical reactions spontaneously favorable (or not). Students will also become adept with differential calculus as a tool to derive and manipulate relationships between connected thermodynamic variables and state functions.

Recommended Background

One year of college-level physics. One year of college-level general chemistry. Differential calculus of multiple variables.

Verified Certificate: No price provided. Students who complete the course will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

 

COMPUTER SCIENCE

https://www.coursera.org/course/compdata – John Hopkins University: Computing for Data Analysis

This course is about learning the fundamental computing skills necessary for effective data analysis. You will learn to program in R and to use R for reading data, writing functions, making informative graphs, and applying modern statistical methods.

About the Course

In this course you will learn how to program in R and how to use R for effective data analysis. You will learn how to install and configure software necessary for a statistical programming environment, discuss generic programming language concepts as they are implemented in a high-level statistical language. The course covers practical issues in statistical computing which includes programming in R, reading data into R, creating informative data graphics, accessing R packages, creating R packages with documentation, writing R functions, debugging, and organizing and commenting R code. Topics in statistical data analysis and optimization will provide working examples.

Recommended Background

Some familiarity with programming concepts will be useful as well basic knowledge of statistical reasoning. At Johns Hopkins, this course is taken by first-year graduate students in Biostatistics.

Verified Certificate: $49

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/hetero – University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign: Heterogeneous Parallel Programming

This course introduces concepts, languages, techniques, and patterns for programming heterogeneous, massively parallel processors. Its contents and structure have been significantly revised based on the experience gained from its initial offering in 2012. It covers heterogeneous computing architectures, data-parallel programming models, techniques for memory bandwidth management, and parallel algorithm patterns.

About the Course

All computing systems, from mobile to supercomputers, are becoming heterogeneous, massively parallel computers for higher power efficiency and computation throughput. While the computing community is racing to build tools and libraries to ease the use of these systems, effective and confident use of these systems will always require knowledge about low-level programming in these systems. This course is designed for students to learn the essence of low-level programming interfaces and how to use these interfaces to achieve application goals. CUDA C, with its good balance between user control and verboseness, will serve as the teaching vehicle for the first half of the course. Students will then extend their learning into closely related programming interfaces such as OpenCL, OpenACC, and C++AMP.


The course is unique in that it is application oriented and only introduces the necessary underlying computer science and computer engineering knowledge for understanding. It covers the concept of data parallel execution models, memory models for managing locality, tiling techniques for reducing bandwidth consumption, parallel algorithm patterns, overlapping computation with communication, and a variety of heterogeneous parallel programming interfaces. The concepts learned in this course form a strong foundation for learning other types of parallel programming systems.

Recommended Background:   Programming experience in C/C++.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/informationtheory – The Chinese University of Hong Kong: Information Theory

This course is an introduction to information theory, which emphasizes fundamental concepts as well as analytical techniques. Specific topics include: Information Measures, The I-Measure, Zero-Error Data Compression, Weak Typicality, Strong Typicality, Discrete Memoryless Channels, etc.

About the Course

At the completion of this course, the student should be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of information theory.
Appreciate the notion of fundamental limits in communication systems and more generally all systems.
Develop deeper understanding of communication systems.
Apply the concepts of information theory to various disciplines in information science.

Recommended Background

A solid course in probability at the undergraduate level would suffice.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/compvision - Technische Universitat Munchen: Einführung in Computer Vision

Dieser Kurs vermittelt einen Überblick über die Grundlagen des Maschinellen Sehens an Hand der Extraktion von 3D-Information aus dem Stereokamerabild einer Szene.

About the Course

Räumliches Sehen stellt für die meisten Menschen eine Selbstverständlichkeit dar. Maschinen mit einem gleichwertigen Sehvermögen auszustatten, ist hingegen eine sehr komplizierte Angelegenheit. Seit den 1960-er Jahren hat sich dieser als Computer Vision bezeichnete Forschungsbereich kontinuierlich entwickelt und zahlreiche Forschungsergebnisse hervorgebracht. Viele Fragen haben jedoch noch nicht hinreichend beantwortet werden können und sind bis heute aktuell.

Dieser Kurs befasst sich mit einigen grundlegenden Algorithmen der Computer Vision, führt das hierzu benötigte Fachvokabular ein und frischt die benötigten mathematischen Grundlagen auf, wann immer sie benötigt werden. Beginnend mit grundlegenden Methoden der Bildverarbeitung wie z.B. der Kantendetektion, werden diese im Lauf des Kurses für umfassendere Aufgaben wie Merkmalsextraktion und Korrespondenzschätzung angewendet.

Diese Korrespondenzen können mit Wissen über die Darstellung von Bildern am Computer und der Beschreibung von Objektbewegungen im Raum dann verwendet werden, um die Epipolargeometrie eines Stereokamerasystems und somit die 2D-3D-Beziehung zwischen Bildern und der Szene zu beschreiben. Hierbei wird der Unterschied zwischen unkalibriertem und kalibriertem Kamerasystem erläutert, sowie auf das Konzept der Homographie eingegangen. Schließlich ermöglicht das Zusammenspiel all dieser Aspekte die 3D-Rekonstruktion einer Szene aus einem Stereokamerabildpaar.

Recommended Background

Für diesen Kurs benötigen Sie grundlegende mathematische Kenntnisse, vor allem im Bereich der Linearen Algebra. Für die Implementierung der vorgestellten Algorithmen sind Programmierkenntnisse hilfreich.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/android - University of Maryland: Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems

Introduction to the design and implementation of applications for handheld systems, such as smartphones and tablets, running the Android Platform.

About the Course

Handheld systems, such as smartphones and tablets are now the most common way for people to access and interact with computing services. The demand for application development skills is therefore growing at a breathtaking pace. These skills, however, are multi-­‐ faceted, requiring students to master computer science and engineering principles, to learn the details of specific mobile application platforms, and to design artistic and engaging user interfaces that respond to how, where and why handheld applications are used.

This course will cover the fundamental programming principles, software architecture and user experience considerations underlying handheld software applications and their development environments. To bring these concepts alive, the course will involve in-­‐depth, hands-­‐on examples, implemented in the Android Platform, the fastest growing segment of the handheld system user base. Students will apply these teachings, also using the Android Platform, in laboratory projects and in a large-­‐scale semester project. 

Note: This course is part of a trans-institution course sequence. 

This course and another, led by Drs. Douglas Schmidt and Jules White of Vanderbilt University, have been designed to complement each other.  Therefore, some of the programming assignments and the course project for both courses will be coordinated. This course focuses on handheld systems and the design of user-facing applications, and will be taught first. The Vanderbilt University course,Pattern-Oriented Software Architectures for Concurrent and Networked Mobile Devices, will focus on systems programming topics, such as operating system and background processing, networking, and computing cloud integration, The Vanderbilt University course is currently scheduled to be taught in late Spring 2014. 

Nevertheless, each of these courses stands alone. Students are not required to take both. Those who do, however, will gain a much more detailed, end-to-end understanding of handheld systems and their applications.

Recommended Background

This course is directed to Sophomore- or Junior-level undergraduate students. Students should already know how to program in Java, but are not expected to have studied mobile application development. 

If you don't already know Java, but have some familiarity with programming languages, you can improve your Java knowledge, by taking one of the many Java tutorials and online courses available on the web.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/insidetheinternet - University of Michigan: Internet History, Technology, and Security

What is the Internet? How was it created? How does it work? How to we secure communications on the Internet?

About the Course

The impact of technology and networks on our lives, culture, and society continues to increase. The very fact that you can take this course from anywhere in the world requires a technological infrastructure that was designed, engineered, and built over the past sixty years. To function in an information-centric world, we need to understand the workings of network technology. This course will open up the Internet and show you how it was created, who created it and how it works. Along the way we will meet many of the innovators who developed the Internet and Web technologies that we use today.

Recommended Background

This course has no prerequisites and there will be no programming. Literally anyone can and everyone should take this course

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

https://www.coursera.org/course/digitalsystems - Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona: Digital Systems - Sistemas Digitales: De las puertas lógicas al procesador

El curso es bilingüe español-inglés, con videos y materiales en ambos idiomas. Lectures and materials are provided both in Spanish and English.

About the Course

In this course we will learn how to design digital circuits, following an up to date and practical orientation. Although we will study the basic electronic devices necessary for the construction of digital systems, our interest will focus more on the system than in the Electronics. This approach will allow us to establish the fundamentals of complex digital systems design. 
To follow the course it is necessary to have a basic knowledge of the base_2 arithmetics and the essential elements of Electricity/Electronics (components, currents, voltages, units, etc.). There will be a “week_0” in which students may perform some self-tests to check their level of knowledge on these subjects. 
This course is especially suitable for first years ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) engineering students, and also suitable for all those who wish to be initiated in the world of digital systems. This first course in digital systems is a must for all those who wish to deepen in the computer hardware and / or in the world of application specific integrated circuits (ASICs), which constitute an important part of robotics, bionics, industrial control and other application fields.

After completing this course the student will be able to:

Design digital systems of medium complexity.
Describe and synthesize digital systems using high level hardware description languages.
Understand the operation of computers at its most basic level (machine language).

Recommended Background

To follow the course it is necessary to have basic knowledge of:

Base-2 representation and arithmetic binary operations.
Electricity/Electronics, at passive components level (resistances, capacities, batteries,) and the fundamental parameters and units (intensities and voltages). It is recommended, but not mandatory, to have some knowledge of the transistor.

The course will open a week before the official starting date to allow for the interested persons to take a test of prior knowledge.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/logic1 - University of Melbourne: Logic: Language and Information 1

This is an introduction to formal logic and how it is applied in computer science, electronic engineering, linguistics and philosophy. You will learn propositional logic—its language, interpretations and proofs, and apply it to solve problems in a wide range of disciplines.

About the Course

Information is everywhere: in our words and our world, our thoughts and our theories, our devices and our databases. Logic is the study of that information: the features it has, how it’s represented, and how we can manipulate it. Learninglogic helps you formulate and answer many different questions about information:

Does this hypothesis clash with the evidence we have or is it consistent with the evidence?
Is this argument watertight, or do we need to add more to make the conclusion to really follow from the premises?
Do these two sentences say the same things in different ways, or do they say something subtly different?
Does this information follow from what’s in this database, and what procedure could we use to get the answer quickly?
Is there a more cost-effective design for this digital circuit? And how can we specify what the circuit is meant to do so we could check that this design does what we want?

These are questions about Logic. When you learn logic you'll learn to recognize patterns of information and the way it can be represented. These skills are used whether we're dealing with theories, databases, digital circuits, meaning in language, or mathematical reasoning, and they will be used in the future in ways we haven't yet imagined. Learning logic is a central part of learning to think well, and this course will help you learn logic and how you can apply it.

If you take this subject, you will learn how to use the core tools in logic: the idea of a formal language, which gives us a way to talk about logical structure; and we'll introduce and explain the central logical concepts such as consistency and validity; models; and proofs. But you won’t only learn concepts and tools. We will also explore how these techniques connect with issues in linguistics, computer science, electronic engineering, and philosophy.

Recommended Background

This subject presumes no specialist background knowledge. You just need to be able to read and write, and be prepared to think, work and learn new skills—in particular, a willingness to work with symbolic representation and reasoning.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/interactivepython - Rice University: An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python

This course is designed to be a fun introduction to the basics of programming in Python. Our main focus will be on building simple interactive games such as Pong, Blackjack and Asteroids.

About the Course

This course is designed to help students with very little or no computing background learn the basics of building simple interactive applications.  Our language of choice, Python, is an easy-to learn, high-level computer language that is used in many of the computational courses offered on Coursera. To make learning Python easy, we have developed a new browser-based programming environment that makes developing interactive applications in Python simple.  These applications will involve windows whose contents are graphical and respond to buttons, the keyboard and the mouse. 

The primary method for learning the course material will be to work through multiple "mini-projects" in Python.  To make this class enjoyable, these projects will include building fun games such as Pong, Blackjack, and Asteroids.  When you’ve finished our course, we can’t promise that you will be a professional programmer, but we think that you will learn a lot about programming in Python and have fun while you’re doing it.

Recommended Background

A knowledge of high school mathematics is required. While the class is designed for students with no prior programming experience, some beginning programmers have viewed the class as being fast-paced. For students interested in some light preparation prior to the start of class, we recommend a self-paced Python learning site such as codecademy.com

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructors.

https://www.coursera.org/course/logic2 - University of Melbourne: Logic: Language and Information 2

This is an introduction to predicate logic and how it is applied in computer science, electronic engineering, linguistics, mathematics and philosophy. Building on your knowledge of propositional logic, you will learn predicate logic—its language, interpretations and proofs, and apply it to solve problems in a wide range of disciplines.

About the Course

Information is everywhere: in our words and our world, our thoughts and our theories, our devices and our databases. Logic is the study of that information: the features it has, how it’s represented, and how we can manipulate it. Learning logic helps you formulate and answer many different questions about information:

Does this hypothesis clash with the evidence we have or is it consistent with the evidence?
Is this argument watertight, or do we need to add more to make the conclusion to really follow from the premises?
Do these two sentences say the same things in different ways, or do they say something subtly different?
Does this information follow from what’s in this database, and what procedure could we use to get the answer quickly?
Is there a more cost-effective design for this digital circuit? And how can we specify what the circuit is meant to do so we could check that this design does what we want?

These are questions about Logic. When you learn logic you'll learn to recognize patterns of information and the way it can be represented. These skills are used whether we're dealing with theories, databases, digital circuits, meaning in language, or mathematical reasoning, and they will be used in the future in ways we haven't yet imagined. Learning logic is a central part of learning to think well, and this course will help you learn logic and how you can apply it.

This subject follows from Logic: Language and Information 1, to cover core techniques in first order predicate logic: the idea of formal languages with quantifiers, which gives us a way to talk about more logical structure than in propositional logic; and we will cover the central logical concepts such as consistency and validity; models; and proofs in predicate logic. But you won’t only learn these concepts and tools. We will also explore how these techniques connect with issues in linguistics, computer science, electronic engineering,mathematics, and philosophy.

Recommended Background

This subject presumes a background in propositional logic, such as that provided in Logic: Language and Information 1. Beyond that, you need to be able to read and write, and be prepared to think, work and learn new skills—in particular, a willingness to work with symbolic representation and reasoning.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/digitalmedia - University of London: Creative Programming for Digital Media & Mobile Apps

For anyone who would like to apply their technical skills to creative work ranging from video games to art installations to interactive music, and also for artists who would like to use programming in their artistic practice.

About the Course

This course will teach you how to develop and apply programming skills to creative work. This is an important skill within the development of creative mobile applications, digital music and video games. It will teach technical skills needed to write software that make use of images, audio and graphics, and will concentrate on the application of these skills to creative projects.  Additional resources will be provided for students with no programming background.

Recommended Background

Most students are expected to have some background in programming and/or computer science, and some experience of (possibly extra curricular) creative work. The course is also suitable for students new to computer programming but with a strong arts background, and a desire to develop skills in creative applications development.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/malsoftware - University of London: Malicious Software and its Underground Economy: Two Sides to Every Story

Learn about traditional and mobile malware, the security threats they represent, state-of-the-art analysis and detection techniques, and the underground ecosystem that drives such a profitable but illegal business

About the Course

Cybercrime has become both more widespread and harder to battle. Researchers and anecdotal experience show that the cybercrime scene is becoming increasingly organized and consolidated, with strong links also to traditional criminal networks. Modern attacks are indeed stealthy and often profit oriented. 

Malicious software (malware) is the traditional way in which cybercriminals infect user and enterprise hosts to gain access to their private, financial, and intellectual property data. Once stolen, such information can enable more sophisticated attacks, generate illegal revenue, and allow for cyber-espionage. 

By mixing a practical, hands-on approach with the theory and techniques behind the scene, the course discusses the current academic and underground research in the field, trying to answer the foremost question about malware and underground economy, namely, "Should we care?".

 Students will learn how traditional and mobile malware work, how they are analyzed and detected, peering through the underground ecosystem that drives this profitable but illegal business. Understanding how malware operates is of paramount importance to form knowledgeable experts, teachers, researchers, and practitioners able to fight back. Besides, it allows us to gather intimate knowledge of the systems and the threats, which is a necessary step to successfully devise novel, effective, and practical mitigation techniques.

Recommended Background

Operating Systems, Computer Architecture, Computer Security Class (optional)

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/programdesign - University of British Colombia: Introduction to Systematic Program Design - Part 1

This course is about learning to program well: building programs that are elegant, well tested and easy to maintain. The course is designed for students with no programming experience at all. Nonetheless, former students who already knew how to program have said it made them better programmers.

About the Course

Phones, diesel engines, animated newspapers, medical devices, games, political campaigns, medical research, mining, transportation systems, ... and so on, and on, and on... every day more of the world around us is at least partly run by computer programs. This means that being able to design programs - or at least be able to work with people who design programs - is becoming a more and more valuable skill.

To build your own programs you need to know two things: how to use the specific programming language and libraries needed, and the more general skill of how to design a program.

This course presents a design method that will enable you to approach the design of complex programs systematically. The method will work for programs in this course as well as hard to design programs you develop in the future.

Using this method you will learn how to model the information in a problem domain, how to structure program data to mirror that information and how to further structure the data to lead to a well-organized program. You will also learn to distinguish those parts of a program that are naturally data driven, from those that should use an alternative algorithmic approach. The method uses unit-tests to both produce a better developed design, and to test your program as you develop it.

In the first course -- Part 1 -- we use a simple teaching language to cover the core of the design method. In Part 1 we cover various forms of data; simple interactive programs like games and animations; storing information in and rendering trees; and finally exploring search programs: programs that solve puzzles like Sudoku boards. 

A second phase of the course, to be offered later,will consist of parallel tracks, with each track using a different popular programming language and focusing on a different kind of problem. This will help you bring the design method to whatever language and problem domain interests you.

Recommended Background

No prior programming experience is assumed, and only a grade school math background is required.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/sna - University of Michigan: Social Network Analysis

This course will use social network analysis, both its theory and computational tools, to make sense of the social and information networks that have been fueled and rendered accessible by the internet.

About the Course

Everything is connected: people, information, events and places, all the more so with the advent of online social media. A practical way of making sense of the tangle of connections is to analyze them as networks. In this course you will learn about the structure and evolution of networks, drawing on knowledge from disciplines as diverse as sociology, mathematics, computer science, economics, and physics. Online interactive demonstrations and hands-on analysis of real-world data sets will focus on a range of tasks: from identifying important nodes in the network, to detecting communities, to tracing information diffusion and opinion formation.

Recommended Background

There are no math or programming prerequisites for the class. There will be a few additional assignments for those with a programming background, which will use the R statistical programming language along with NetLogo.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/complexanalysis - Wesleyan University: Analysis of a Complex Kind

In this course we’ll explore complex analysis, complex dynamics, and some applications of these topics.

About the Course

Complex analysis is the study of functions that live in the complex plane, i.e. functions that have complex arguments and complex outputs. In order to study the behavior of such functions we’ll need to first understand the basic objects involved, namely the complex numbers. We’ll begin with some history: When and why were complex numbers invented? Was it the need for a solution of the equation x^2 = -1 that brought the field of complex analysis into being, or were there other reasons? Once we’ve answered these questions we’ll devote some time to learn about basic properties of complex numbers that will make it possible for us to use them in more advanced settings later on. We will learn how to do basic algebra with these numbers, how they behave in limiting processes, etc. These facts enable us to begin the study of complex functions, and at this point we can already understand the basics about the construction of the Mandelbrot set and Julia sets (if you have never heard of these that’s quite alright, but do look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandelbrot_set for example to see some beautiful pictures).

When studying functions we are often interested in their local behavior, more specifically, in how functions change as their argument changes. This leads us to studying complex differentiation – a more powerful concept than that which we learned in calculus. Don’t worry! We’ll help you remember facts from calculus in case you have forgotten.  After this exploration we will be ready to meet the main players: analytic functions. These are functions that possess complex derivatives in lots of places, a fact which endows these functions with some of the most beautiful properties mathematics has to offer. We’ll explore these properties! 

Who would want to differentiate without being able to undo it? Clearly we’ll have to learn about integration as well. But we are in the complex plane, so what are the objects we’ll integrate over? Curves! We’ll study these as well, and we’ll tie everything together via Cauchy’s beautiful and all-encompassing integral theorem and formula.   

Throughout this course we'll tell you about some of the major theorems in the field (even if we won't be able to go into depth about them) as well as some outstanding conjectures.

Recommended Background

A willingness to remember calculus is very useful, though enthusiasm and interest in learning are more important than any prior knowledge.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/nanotech - Rice University: Nanotechnology: The Basics

Nanotechnology is an emerging area that engages almost every technical discipline – from chemistry to computer science – in the study and application of extremely tiny materials.  This short course allows any technically savvy person to go one layer beyond the surface of this broad topic to see the real substance behind the very small.

About the Course

Nanotechnology is an exciting research area that spans disciplines from electrical engineering to biology.  Over the last two decades the basic science of this area has launched new technologies, the first examples of which are finding their way into commercial products.  This four week course will provide students with a bird's eye view into this fast moving area and leave students with an appreciation of the importance and foundation of super-small materials and devices.

Recommended Background

We expect some knowledge of freshman chemistry and physics, as well as algebra.  Access to a spreadsheet program would also be of value.  However, we recognize that for some interested participants this knowledge may be rusty and will provide where possible optional review videos to go over terminology and concepts relevant to the week's material.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/androidapps101 -University of Illinois: Creative, Serious and Playful Science of Android Apps

This course introduces the fundamental computer science principles that power today’s apps. You will also learn to create your own Android app using Java and standard software development tools.

About the Course

Note: The December 2013 offering of this course is 8 weeks of instruction with a 3-week break in the middle, for a total of 11 weeks.

This course is a novice-friendly and delightful introduction to computer science and programming Android-apps for smart-phones and tablets. No prior programming knowledge is necessary. In this course you'll have fun learning to create an app for modern Android devices such as the Nexus tablet. 

You'll use the programming tools that Android software developers use and build a complete and useful app during this course. Along the way, we'll introduce fundamental computer science principles and programming ideas that power today’s smart-phone and tablet apps. 

A reasonably modern and powerful Linux, Windows or Mac-OSX computer is required. A modern Android tablet or phone (such as the approximately USD$199 Nexus 7)  is useful but not-required because you’ll be able to use a virtual device that runs on your computer.

Recommended Background

No prior computer science experience is required.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.edx.org/course/ricex/ricex-phys102x-electricity-magnetism-1356 -Rice University: Electricity & Magnetism

Fundamental topics in electromagnetism: electric charge, electric fields, currents, magnetic fields, and induction.

About this Course

PHYS_102x serves as an introduction to electricity and magnetism, following the standard second semester college physics sequence. It begins with electric charge in matter, the forces between charges, the electric field, Gauss's Law, and the electric potential. Electric current and resistance are introduced, followed by descriptions of resistors, capacitors, and DC circuits.. The course then moves to the magnetic field, Ampere's Law, and Faraday's Law of Induction. Finally, inductors and AC circuits are described.

PHYS_102x consists of ~2 hours of weekly video lectures, weekly online homework questions, a one page peer assessed design project, and two online exams. The course runs 12 weeks, but during the two exam weeks there will be no new topics or homework assignments. It is recommended that student work consistently every week and should expect to spend 10-12 hours per week on course content.
 
The following components will make up PHYS_102x.

Video Lectures and Lecture Questions
Homework Problems
Midterm and Final Exams
Online Discussion Forum

PHYS_102x is targeted to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds and abilities from motivated high school students to people returning to their studies after a break. The prerequisites for this course are calculus and introductory mechanics.

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-stat2-1x-introduction-1138 - University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley): Introduction to Statistics: Descriptive Statistics

An introduction to descriptive statistics, emphasizing critical thinking and clear communication.

About this Course

We are surrounded by information, much of it numerical, and it is important to know how to make sense of it. Stat2x is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and methods of statistics, the science of drawing conclusions from data.

The course is the online equivalent of Statistics 2, a 15-week introductory course taken in Berkeley by about 1,000 students each year. Stat2x is divided into three 5-week components. Stat2.1x is the first of the three.

The focus of Stat2.1x is on descriptive statistics. The goal of descriptive statistics is to summarize and present numerical information in a manner that is illuminating and useful. The course will cover graphical as well as numerical summaries of data, starting with a single variable and progressing to the relation between two variables. Methods will be illustrated with data from a variety of areas in the sciences and humanities.

There will be no mindless memorization of formulas and methods. Throughout Stat2.1x, the emphasis will be on understanding the reasoning behind the calculations, the assumptions under which they are valid, and the correct interpretation of results.

Prerequisites:

High School Arithmetic

Verified Certificate: $25

https://www.edx.org/course/utaustinx/utaustinx-ut-9-01x-effective-thinking-1178 - University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin): Effective Thinking through Mathematics

Learn tools of effective thinking through puzzles and the world of mathematics around you in this fun and fascinating course.

About this Course

A wondrously romantic belief is that brilliant thinkers magically produce brilliant ideas: Einstein jostles his hair and relativity falls out. We can enjoy these fanciful visions of leaps of genius, but we should not be fooled into believing that they’re reality. Brilliant innovators are brilliant because they practice habits of thinking that inevitably carry them step by step to works of genius. No magic and no leaps are involved.

Professor Starbird will discuss how habits of effective thinking and creativity can be taught and learned through mathematics. Anyone who practices them will inevitably create new insights, new ideas, and new solutions. Join us for puzzles and discussions prior to the course on Twitter (@StarbirdThink) and Facebook.

Prerequisites

None. This course is designed for everyone!

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/tsinghuax/tsinghuax-202203322x-principles-electric-1319 - Tsinghua University: Principles of Electric Circuits: Part 2

Introduction to the real-world application of electric circuits used in cutting-edge technologies. (In Mandarin with English subtitles).

About this Course

The principles of electric circuits are critical for electrical engineering and computer science students. In this course, we will cover linear and nonlinear resistive circuits, and dynamic circuits in time and phasor domains. In addition to learning critical methods for analyzing circuits, the course will discuss modern circuit elements, such as MOSFETs and Op Amps, used in cutting-edge technologies. This course provides a solid introduction to the real-world application of electric circuits. You will gain a deeper understanding of the important role circuits play in our lives.

For the part 2 of the course, dynamic circuits containing capacitors and/or inductors will be the main actors. Plenty of excellent examples will be discussed.

No pre-requisites listed.

Verified Certificate: $30

https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-cs169-1x-engineering-1377 - University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley): Engineering Software as a Service

CS169.1x teaches the fundamentals of software engineering using Agile techniques to develop Software as a Service using Ruby on Rails.

About this Course

CS169.1x teaches the fundamentals for engineering long-lasting software using highly-productive Agile techniques to develop Software as a Service (SaaS) using Ruby on Rails. Students will understand the new challenges and opportunities of SaaS versus shrink-wrapped software. They will understand and apply fundamental programming techniques to the design, development, testing, and public cloud deployment of a simple SaaS application. Students will use best-of-breed tools that support modern development techniques including behavior-driven design, user stories, test-driven development, velocity, and pair programming. Students will learn how modern programming language features like metaprogramming and reflection can improve productivity and code maintainability. Students will work on weekly coding projects and quizzes. Those who successfully complete the assignments and earn a passing grade can get an honor code certificate or verified certificate from BerkeleyX. The videos and homework used in this offering of the course were revised in October 2013. The new class also includes embedded live chat with Teaching Assistants and other students and opportunities for remote pair programming with other students. Group tutorial Q&A sessions will also be held and broadcast live through Google Hangouts and YouTube.

Prerequisites

Programming proficiency in an object-oriented programming language such as Java, C#, C++, Python, or Ruby is required. We will teach the basics of Ruby at a very accelerated pace that assumes thorough familiarity with OOP inheritance, static/class vs. instance methods and attributes, recursion, hash tables/hash maps, list comprehensions, higher-order functions, lambda expressions. This course is NOT a good first course in programming. Basic Unix command-line skills are helpful; we will provide a cheat sheet. Familiarity with Git, GitHub and Heroku will also be helpful.

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-cs169-2x-engineering-1379 - University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley): Engineering Software as a Service, Part 2

CS169.2x teaches sophisticated SaaS+Agile skills, such as working with legacy code, building on basics from CS169.1x.

About this Course

CS 169.2x is the second half of University of California, Berkeley's semester long course on Engineering Software as a Service. In the first half of the course, CS 169.1x, students use Agile development methods to deploy a simple SaaS app in the cloud. In the second half, CS 169.2x, students create more sophisticated apps by adding relationships between models in apps and by enhancing their apps with JavaScript. They also learn about what happens after the apps are deployed to real users, including how to monitor performance, identify and fix common performance problems, and avoid compromising customer data. Finally, students learn how to apply Agile techniques to enhance and refactor legacy code, a critical skill for professional programmers.

Other topics covered in CS 169.2x include:

How to form, organize and manage small programming teams
Introduction to design patterns: what they are and how to recognize opportunities to apply them
Using Rails for more advanced features like third-party authentication and elegantly expressing design patterns that arise frequently in SaaS

There will be three homework assignments: two programming assignments and one assignment about operations/deployment.

There will also be several short quizzes. The videos and homeworks used in this offering of the course were revised in October 2013. Group tutorial Q&A sessions will also be held and broadcast live through Google Hangouts and YouTube.

Before your course starts, try the new edX Demo where you can explore the fun, interactive learning environment and virtual labs. Learn more.

Prerequisites

Any offering of CS 169.1x

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-6-002x-circuits-electronics-1130 - MIT:Circuits and Electronics

Teaches the fundamentals of circuit and electronic analysis.

About this Course

The course introduces engineering in the context of the lumped circuit abstraction. Topics covered include: resistive elements and networks; independent and dependent sources; switches and MOS transistors; digital abstraction; amplifiers; energy storage elements; dynamics of first- and second-order networks; design in the time and frequency domains; and analog and digital circuits and applications. Design and lab exercises are also significant components of the course.

The course is organized by weeks. To keep pace with the class, you are expected to complete all the work by the due dates indicated. Homeworks and labs must be completed by the Sunday of the week following the one in which they are posted. Weekly coursework includes interactive video sequences, readings from the textbook, homework, online laboratories, and optional tutorials. The course will also have a midterm exam and a final exam. Those who successfully earn enough points will receive an honor code certificate from MITx.

Note - You can earn college credit for taking and passing this course under the ID Verified option. EdX charges no additional cost for this. Learn more on about receiving credit from The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE).

Prerequisites

In order to succeed in this course, you must have taken an AP level physics course in electricity and magnetism. You must know basic calculus and linear algebra and have some background in differential equations. Since more advanced mathematics will not show up until the second half of the course, the first half of the course will include an optional differential equations component for those who need it.

Verified Certificate Available, but option currently closed for this course.

 

DENTISTRY

https://www.coursera.org/course/cariesmanagement - University of California San Francisco: Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA)

This course will provide the scientific basis for caries (dental decay) risk assessment and practice interventions. You will immediately be able to apply “caries management by risk assessment” into your clinical setting or into your personal health care.

About the Course

Dental Caries (tooth decay) is a bacterially based disease that progresses when acid produced by bacterial action on dietary fermentable carbohydrates travels into the tooth and dissolves the carbonated hydroxyapatite mineral.  This process is called demineralization.

Pathological factors, including acidogenic bacteria, salivary dysfunction, and dietary carbohydrates are related to caries progression.  Protective factors, which include antibacterials, salivary calcium, phosphate and proteins, salivary flow, and fluoride in saliva can balance, prevent or reverse dental caries through a process of remineralization.  Remineralization is a natural and reliable repair mechanism for non-cavitated carious lesions.

This course will provide the scientific basis behind the “caries balance” concept, which is the key to caries management by risk assessment in clinical practice.  If pathological factors prevail caries progresses.  If protective factors prevail the caries process is halted or reversed.

The course will present tools to implement  CAMBRA, “caries management by risk assessment,” in your clinical setting.  It can be in implemented medical and dental settings, and can benefit children and adults of all ages. Implementation in dental practice provides patients with genuine hope and success for the management of their oral health.  It is a practice builder for dentistry.

Recommended Background

A dental background is ideal, but not required. This course will be of interest to all clinicians who have a basic understanding of oral health and disease, and the significance of oral health education.

Verified Certificate: $69

DESIGN

https://www.coursera.org/course/ntusym -Nanyang Technological University: Beauty, Form & Function: An Exploration of Symmetry

Students will learn how to identify symmetrical forms and appreciate their importance in nature, art, architecture, crystallography and technology. By completing this course you will understand symmetry quantitatively, recognize its role in beauty and design and appreciate its function in our everyday life. Workload Breakdown: 4-6 hrs/week for Normal Track; 7-10 hrs/week for Signature Track.

About the Course

Symmetry is everywhere. In the grand scheme of things it is the blueprint by which the universe operates. We see symmetry in nature, art, architecture, science and engineering. This course explores the Beauty, Form and Function of Symmetry in common objects, then progresses to investigate tiling and tessellation, gems and crystals, and finally its indispensable role in technology. 

Walk through an urban or rural landscape and you are immersed in an endless variety of forms, often taken for granted, because our minds have evolved to perceive symmetry in our surroundings so as to accelerate the flight or fight response. Symmetry and asymmetry are also key factors that ensure the successful reproduction of plants and animals. For example, the bilateral symmetry of orchids is widely admired and this geometry is essential for insects to successfully pollinate these flowers.

This course will give you the means to address several fundamental questions.  

What tags do we recognize in decorative arrangements? 
What guidelines shape the patterns in the world around us? 
What functions do these symmetrical patterns serve? 

From looking at minerals and crystallography and also observing patterns and forms at the atomic scale, important in drug design, materials synthesis, and data storage devices, students will appreciate how today's advancement in technology, is in no small part a consequence of humankind’s increasingly sophisticated and precise manipulation of symmetry.

To amplify these ideas, you will undertake field-exercises and be introduced to specialists – botanists, artists, geomancers, historians, scientists and engineers - that work with symmetry, and who will provide their personal insights into its ‘magic’ and impact on their disciplines.

At the conclusion of this study, you will possess the tools and the motivation to look at symmetry with even greater delight, wonder and appreciation!

Recommended Background

Mathematics at GCE Advanced Level or International Baccalaureate Diploma or equivalent to junior high school

Verified Certificate: $29

https://www.coursera.org/course/design - Wharton - University of Pennsylvania: Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society

Combine fundamental concepts with hands-on design challenges to become a better designer.

About the Course

This is a course aimed at making you a better designer. The course marries theory and practice, as both are valuable in improving design performance. Lectures and readings will lay out the fundamental concepts that underpin design as a human activity. Weekly design challenges test your ability to apply those ideas to solve real problems. The course is deliberately broad - spanning all domains of design, including architecture, graphics, services, apparel, engineered goods, and products. The emphasis of the course is the basic design process: define, explore, select, and refine. You, the student, bring to the course your particular interests and expertise related to, for instance, engineering, furniture, fashion, architecture, or products. In prior sessions of the course about half of the participants were novices and about half had prior professional design expertise. Both groups seem to benefit substantially from the course. All project work is evaluated by your peers -- and indeed, you will also be a peer reviewer. This format allows you to see an interesting collection of projects while getting useful feedback on your own project. 

Student Testimonials from Earlier Sessions of the Course: 
"An amazing course - a joy to take. I will really miss checking in every week to see the latest. I learned a great deal, from the videos, [the course staff] and my fellow students. I think getting the feedback from my peers was such a great way to run the course. So many ideas, suggestions, thoughts and words of encouragement that were so appreciated. I've been driving everyone I know talking about it all the time."  --E. Wadsworth-Jones 

"When I signed up for this course I didn't know what to expect; the experience was so good and rewarding. I just loved it every step of the way. The course was brilliant, challenging and fun! Our professor, Prof. Karl Ulrich, is an amazing teacher, I loved his down to Earth approach. Participating in a tournament was also one of the course's highlights. The whole thing was a great, unforgettable experience. I wish to thank with all my heart Coursera and the University of Pennsylvania for the opportunity given to us." --D. Rosi

See examples of student projects: here

Karl's Advanced Design Course: if you're interested, please click here for more information.

Recommended Background

No specific background is required. Those with strong skills in visual expression (sketching, 3D modeling, model making) will find the design challenges easier than those who struggle a bit more with the mechanics of expressing an idea or building a prototype. Still, anyone with an interest in learning to be a designer (or to be a better designer) will be able to take this course. Indeed, the goal of the course is to reach both professionals as well as those who are just really interested in design. This is definitely not an engineering course. Although engineers who wish to become engineering designers will benefit from the course, this course will not include any specific domain knowledge in engineering (e.g., circuit design, design of structures, and so forth).

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.coursera.org/course/staticsofobjects - University of Florida (UF): Structure Standing Still: The Statics of Everyday Objects. 

The Statics of Everyday Objects is a course about how structures react to forces exerted on them while remaining unmoved.

About the Course

The Statics of Everyday Objects is a course about the world and how it reacts to the forces acting on it. From suspension bridges holding up miles of roadway, to sky-scraping buildings in the midst hurricanes, to huge dams retaining billions of gallons of water in a reservoir, these structures must withstand both the forces of nature and the forces that mankind has intended for them. The analytical tools that designers use to create these structures are deceptively simple, and it is the intent of this course to explain things in a clear, straightforward manner.

No Recommended background listed.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed.

 

 

DIVINITY

https://www.coursera.org/course/religionandtolerance - University of Maryland: Practicing Tolerance in a Religious Society: The Church and the Jews in Italy

What social and ideological mechanisms allowed Jews to survive and even flourish in Catholic Italy? And under what circumstances did the practice of tolerance break down? This course takes a different approach to the idea of tolerance, as well as to the long, complicated history of the Catholic Church and the Jews.

About the Course

Discussions of the centuries-long relationship between Christianity and the Jews are almost always framed in terms of persecution and discrimination with only occasional examples of toleration and kindness. To explain or to excuse the ongoing hatred towards Jews, historians mix together terminologies and concepts drawn from religious theology, psychology, social theory and politics. The catch-all term "anti-Semitism" lumps together outbreaks of prejudice and victimization in different times and places.

In this course, we shall ask a different question. Our focus is not on why a majority society saw Jews as different or reacted with violence to Jews' "otherness." Rather, we ask how in a society dedicated to religious uniformity one group of people was tolerated even though it refused to join the dominant faith. Many modern writers assume that Christianity, and perhaps religion itself, is inherently intolerant of non-believers. But we will see that neither religious nor secular world views necessarily lead to toleration or discrimination. The patterns of Christian-Jewish relations are both complex and intriguing.

Our question then is how did a religious society manage to practice tolerance, and under what circumstances did that practice break down? We will focus on the history of Jews in Italy and especially Rome, the city that housed the the longest continuous Jewish settlement in world history and that was also, for most of the past two millenia, the home of the Catholic Church.

Recommended Background

This course has no prerequisites.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/jerusalem - Tel Aviv University: The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem

Learn about Judah under Babylonian rule

About the Course

The period of the demise of the Kingdom of Judah at the end of the sixth century B.C.E., the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians, the exile of the elite to Babylon, and the reshaping of the territory of the new province of Judah, culminating at the end of the century with the first return of exiles – all have been subjects of intense scrutiny in modern scholarship. This course takes into account the biblical textual evidence, the results of archaeological research, and the reports of the Babylonian and Egyptian sources and provides a comprehensive survey and analysis of the evidence for the history of this 100-year-long era. The course includes a detailed discussion by Prof. Oded Lipschits of Tel Aviv University, with guest lectures by leading scholars dealing with the archaeological and biblical aspects of this debated topic.

Recommended Background

Curiosity and passion for Biblical literature, archaeology and history.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the Professor.

ECONOMICS

https://www.coursera.org/course/ucimacroeconomics – University of California, Irvine (UCI): The Power of Macroeconomics: Economic Principles in the Real World

In this course, you will learn all of the major principles of macroeconomics normally taught in a quarter or semester course to college undergraduates or MBA students.

About the Course

In this course, you will learn all of the major principles of macroeconomics normally taught in a quarter or semester course to college undergraduates or MBA students.   

Perhaps more importantly, you will also learn how to apply these principles to a wide variety of situations in both your personal and professional lives.  In this way, the Power of Macroeconomics will help you prosper in an increasingly competitive and globalized environment.

Recommended Background

This course is suitable for everyone from advanced secondary or high school students to billion dollar hedge fund managers.  It requires no complicated mathematical training.  While a previous study of microeconomics might be useful in more quickly assimilating some of the graphical material, it is certainly not a pre-requisite.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/ucimicroeconomics - University of California, Irvine (UCI): The Power of Microeconomics - Economic Principles in the Real World

In this course, you will learn all of the major principles of microeconomics normally taught in a quarter or semester course to college undergraduates or MBA students.

About the Course

In this course, you will learn all of the major principles of microeconomics normally taught in a quarter or semester course to college undergraduates or MBA students.  

Perhaps more importantly, you will also learn how to apply these principles to a wide variety of real world situations in both your personal and professional lives.  In this way, the Power of Microeconomics will help you prosper in an increasingly competitive environment.

Note that this course is a companion to the Power of Macroeconomics.  If you take both courses, you will learn all of the major principles normally taught in a year-long introductory economics college course.  

Recommended Background:

This course is suitable for everyone from advanced secondary or high school students to billion dollar hedge fund managers.  It requires no complicated mathematical training.  

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/microecon - The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Microeconomics Principles

Introduction to the functions of individual decision-makers, both consumers and producers, within the larger economic system. Primary emphasis on the nature and functions of product markets, the theory of the firm under varying conditions of competition and monopoly, and the role of government in promoting efficiency in the economy.

About the Course

Why 3 Versions?

Note: In January 2014 we will offer 3 versions of this course so that you can choose a version that best meets your needs. Two of the versions are identical except for the duration of the course. The third version is both shorter and covers slightly less material, focusing on just the most critical aspects of microeconomics principles. See further below for more details about the differences.

About the Course

Most people make the incorrect assumption that economics is ONLY the study of money.  My primary goal in this course is to shatter this belief.  In fact, in the last 50 years economists have tackled some of the most interesting and important questions for humanity.  For instance, the following are just a few examples:

About Love and Marriage

Why is the divorce rate so high and what should we do in order to reduce it?

About the Environment

Why do we have so much pollution?
How much is an endangered species worth?

About Crime

Would legalizing marijuana lead to a reduction in crime?

About Labor Markets

Does increasing the Federal Minimum Wage put people out of work?
Why did so many women enter the labor force during the last 40 years?

About things you should be worrying about

Why is a college education a smart investment? Or isn't?
Why are the presidential candidates missing the point on college costs?

And about many other things:

Would school vouchers lead to improvements in public education?
Why a draft would only damage the army?
How to level the playing field in baseball?
AND, why is COURSERA offering this course free of charge?

We will be addressing many of these (and many more) questions during this course. Again, my main goal will to show you the way economists think and how to use this analytical system to answer questions related not only to these and other important human issues but pretty much to anything you end up doing with your life after this class. After all, as you will quickly find out, I believe everything is economics!

Recommended Background

None--all are welcome!

Verified Certificate:  No price provided, but a “Statement of Accomplishment” signed by the instructor will be provided to all those who complete the course.

https://www.coursera.org/course/modelthinking - University of Michigan: Model Thinking

In this class, you will learn how to think with models and use them to make sense of the complex world around us.

About the Course

We live in a complex world with diverse people, firms, and governments whose behaviors aggregate to produce novel, unexpected phenomena. We see political uprisings, market crashes, and a never ending array of social trends. How do we make sense of it? Models. Evidence shows that people who think with models consistently outperform those who don't. And, moreover people who think with lots of models outperform people who use only one. Why do models make us better thinkers? Models help us to better organize information - to make sense of that fire hose or hairball of data (choose your metaphor) available on the Internet. Models improve our abilities to make accurate forecasts. They help us make better decisions and adopt more effective strategies. They even can improve our ability to design institutions and procedures. In this class, I present a starter kit of models: I start with models of tipping points. I move on to cover models explain the wisdom of crowds, models that show why some countries are rich and some are poor, and models that help unpack the strategic decisions of firm and politicians. The models covered in this class provide a foundation for future social science classes, whether they be in economics, political science, business, or sociology. Mastering this material will give you a huge leg up in advanced courses. They also help you in life. Here's how the course will work. For each model, I present a short, easily digestible overview lecture. Then, I'll dig deeper. I'll go into the technical details of the model. Those technical lectures won't require calculus but be prepared for some algebra. For all the lectures, I'll offer some questions and we'll have quizzes and even a final exam. If you decide to do the deep dive, and take all the quizzes and the exam, you'll receive a certificate of completion. If you just decide to follow along for the introductory lectures to gain some exposure that's fine too. It's all free. And it's all here to help make you a better thinker!

Subtitles for all video lectures available in: Chinese (provided by Yeeyan), English, Ukrainian (Pinchuk Foundation)

Recommended Background

Students should be very comfortable with basic algebra.  Calculus isn’t necessary but a conceptual understanding of how derivatives give the slope at a point  proves useful.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing info provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a certificate signed by the instructor.

https://www.coursera.org/course/ecfoodandyou - University of Florida: Economic Issues, Food & You

This course emphasizes the role of economics regarding its influence on food prices, the environment, and government policies. The primary objective of this course is to explore the basic tool kit of economic concepts that will enable students to critically analyze the choices they face as consumers and world citizens.

About the Course

Students will study the economic concepts of scarcity, supply and demand, society’s income and well-being, inflation, productivity, unemployment, the basic tools of finance, labor, and the “Fed”.  Students will examine how parts of the U.S. economy function and develop an awareness of current economic issues and problems. 

Recommended Background

No special background is needed for this course.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/powerofmarkets - University of Rochester: The Power of Markets

The course will give you the tools with which to understand and predict market phenomena. A large dose of real-world applications will be provided along the way. These applications illustrate the power and relevance of underlying microeconomic theory while providing you a valuable opportunity to put the theory into practice.

About the Course

The Power of Markets is designed to arm you with the fundamental tools of microeconomic analysis and to show how the tools can be used to explain and predict the behavior of individuals, organizations, and markets. We will cover the basic principles of microeconomics in a clear and through way, using numerous applications to illustrate the use of theory and to reinforce your understanding of it.

Microeconomics is the most important course in any undergraduate economics curriculum. Understanding microeconomics also provides an essential foundation to any bachelor’s or master’s degree business student. As a result, this course is designed so that both economics and business students will learn microeconomic theory and how to use it effectively. The course, of course, is beneficial to even a broader demographic that includes high school students to professionals drawn from fields such as finance, entrepreneurship, marketing, consulting, pricing, health care, public policy, education, and law. Indeed, the course is of relevance to all who seek a better understanding of the way in which markets affect our lives and livelihoods.

Recommended Background

A fundamental curiosity about how markets work and the willingness, especially among those with no prior economics training, to keep up with the recommended reading.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

EDUCATION (More listed under Teacher Development Section)

https://www.coursera.org/course/rookieteaching - Match Education’s: Surviving Your Rookie Year of Teaching: 3 Key Ideas & High Leverage Techniques

Learn 3 high leverage ideas and techniques to thrive in your first (or fifteenth) year of teaching.

Surviving Your Rookie Year of Teaching: 3 Key Ideas & High Leverage Techniques

Learn 3 high leverage ideas and techniques to thrive in your first (or fifteenth) year of teaching.

About the Course

Frustration. Hard Knocks. Sleepless nights. Tears. 
Those are just a few of the ways that rookie teachers describe their first year in the profession. And those sentiments have been validated by countless research studies that show that students, on average, learn significantly less when they’re taught by rookies. Unfortunately, many educators believe this is a necessary “rite of passage” – a sort of hazing that one must experience on their path to effective teaching. 
We don’t believe that. 
Over the past 6 years, the Match Teacher Residency has developed and refined an approach to specifically address the challenges that are unique to the rookie teacher experience. In this four-week course, we’ll explore the three ideas that we've found to contribute radically to success as a rookie teacher. “It's been a fantastic learning experience. I've taken several Coursera courses and this one is definitely the most original and creative in its approach. I suppose its main advantage is the straightforwardness of teaching, clarity and impressive visual representation. Really looking forward to Part II, where rookie teachers may grow and develop their initial knowledge even further.”

Recommended Background: While this course is intended for pre-service teachers, rookie teachers, and instructional coaches, veteran teachers and people considering moving into the profession have also found this course very worthwhile.  

Verified Certificate listed in course listing, but no information or pricing provided.

https://www.coursera.org/course/scicontentsurvey - Rice University: Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices 3 - Science Content Survey

This is the third in a series of four courses; each addressing a different set of skills science educators need to meet the demands of their career. In this course, teachers will develop a deeper understanding of several broad topics in the major science content areas by examining common misconceptions.

About the Course

A revolution is underway in science classrooms. The demands of the new workplace and the ready access to information afforded by new technologies have radically changed the way we define a scientifically literate society. 

More than ever teachers need professional development that provides them with the resources they need and empowers them to take the action required to build classrooms where the next generation of scientifically literate students will flourish. 

Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices consists of four courses, each designed to address a different strand in the development of skills teachers need to meet the demands of their career, including the following.

Science Leadership
Techniques for Success
Science Content
Student-Centered Inquiry

In this third course we will focus on helping teachers explore their own and their students misconceptions over a broad array of topics within science and engineering.

Recommended Background

No previous coursework is recommended, but the course will be most helpful to teachers with 3 or more years of teaching experience who are willing to directly apply experiences in their schools. While the course was designed with the K-8 teacher in mind, the topics covered are appropriate for all teachers, including those teaching in high school.

Verified Certificate: $35

https://www.coursera.org/course/advancedvirtual - University of California, Irvine (UCI): Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom

About the Course

This course will expand your understanding of blended and online instruction and hone your skills in the implementation of instructional strategies. In week one we'll discuss what it means to be a virtual teacher, examine what training is available for educators, and explore what career opportunities exist today. In week two we'll focus on using data and tools effectively, as well as implementing (and perhaps creating) your curriculum. We'll then delve into key strategies for developing classroom cultures focused on collaboration, respect, and inclusiveness. In week four we’ll examine lesson planning strategies for increased student engagement and success. We’ll also discuss ways to differentiate instruction for all learners using data and feedback to guide the process. Lastly, we'll consider the role of the student, teacher, and parents/guardians in the virtual classroom. By the end of this course, we hope that students will have expanded their toolbox of instructional strategies that can be immediately applied in online and blended classrooms.

Recommended Background

The course is primarily for:

Teachers working with children ages 5 - 18
Educators who are already familiar with the basics of virtual education
Faculty working with further education, community college, or vocational students
Continuing education or in-service facilitators supporting teachers and faculty
Educators interested in educational technology and/or online instruction
Please note that although this program is offered to participants from around the world, many of the examples and experiences shared will be based on the education structure and processes of the United States. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their own country-based experiences in the forums.

Verified Certificate: $39

https://www.coursera.org/course/univteaching101 - John Hopkins University: University Teaching 101

Higher education professionals, new PhD graduates, newly hired university educators and research scientists, and others interested in enhancing their teaching techniques in a university setting will acquire in this six-week course the foundational knowledge of the science of teaching and learning and develop skills and strategies for teaching at the university level.

ABOUT THE COURSE

Not too long ago, it was believed that anyone who graduated from a doctoral program was capable of teaching. In recent years, however, it has become apparent that teaching is not an intuitive behavior. In addition to content, teaching also involves a complex intellectual process, and to develop the “art” of teaching, professors require guidance and support. As the roles and responsibilities of university-level educators have evolved and expanded in recent years, the preparation of emerging university faculty leaders must focus on the development of the knowledge, skills, and strategies for teaching and learning in higher education. This short course is designed to introduce the strategies and exemplars of university teaching skills necessary to meet these new professional demands for teaching at a university level.  

Verified Certificate: $49

ENERGY & EARTH SCIENCES

https://www.coursera.org/course/globalenergy – University of Florida: Global Sustainable Energy - Past, Present and Future

Students will explore energy consumption patterns including individuals, countries and the entire globe. These patterns will include all sectors of the global economy from fully developed countries to developing nations. New energy sources will be investigated and international solutions to future needs will be analyzed.

About the Course

This general education course will cover concepts of work and energy and their relationship with our modern society. Each aspect of this relationship with energy will be analyzed including consumptive patterns for the residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation sectors of our economy. Geological sources for fossil fuels will be examined as will the differences between reserves and production. Energy capacities and limitations for new sources of renewable energies will also be examined. All of these topics will be examined within a national and international context.

Verified Certificate: $39

 

ENGINEERING

https://www.coursera.org/course/eefun - Rice University: Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering

This course probes fundamental ideas in electrical engineering, seeking to understand how electrical signals convey information, how bits can represent smooth signals like music and how modern communication systems work.

About the Course

The course focuses on the creation, manipulation, transmission, and reception of information by electronic means. The topics covered include elementary signal theory; time- and frequency-domain analysis of signals; conversion of analog signals to a digital form; and how information can be represented with signals. Signal processing, both analog and digital, allow information to be extracted and manipulated. The course then turns to information theory, which demonstrates the technological advantages of digital transmission.

The course text was written by the instructor for this course and is entirely online. You can print your own hard copy or view the material entirely online.

Recommended Background

Knowledge of Calculus

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/images - Duke University: Image and video processing: From Mars to Hollywood with a stop at the hospital

In this class you will look behind the scenes of image and video processing, from the basic and classical tools to the most modern and advanced algorithms.

About the Course

What is image and video processing? Images and videos are everywhere, from those we take with our mobile devices and share with our friends to those that we receive from Mars and the ones we see in the movie theatre, without forgetting the whole ensemble of images of our bodies that are taken in hospital visits. Image and video processing is the art of working with such images and movies, from making it possible to store and transmit them to making those dark and blurry images look nice, as well as interpreting and analyzing the medical data and recognizing our friends’ faces in social pictures. This discipline is also fascinating because it uses tools from many areas of applied mathematics. In this class you will look behind the scenes of image and video processing, from the basic and classical tools to the most modern and advanced algorithms.

The course will start with an introduction to the basics of image formation and the fundamental concepts that translate a physical scene into a digital image. We will then describe the underlying concepts of image compression, the enabling technology that makes it possible for images to be sent from Mars and videos to be stored in our mobile phones. We will cover the most fundamental tools in image enhancement, showing how simple tools can significantly improve images. Both geometric and non-geometric tools as well as spatial and non-spatial operations will be presented. Details on image segmentation will be provided, one of the most fundamental and useful problems in image processing. The above topics will be extended to color images and video. Once we have covered the fundamentals, which both provide the basis for modern image and video processing and serve many important applications until today, we will move into recent progress in the area, covering image inpainting (how to remove objects from images and video), image processing via sparse modeling and compressed sensing, geometric partial differential equations for image analysis, image processing for HIV and virus research, and image processing for neurosurgery and other medical applications.

Recommended Background

Image and video analysis can be approached from numerous areas of mathematics, from linear algebra to geometry, optimization, and differential equations. We plan to make all the lectures as self-contained as possible, but basic background in linear algebra and digital signal processing will be helpful.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/bioelectricity - Duke University: Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach

Nerves, the heart, and the brain are electrical. How do these things work? This course presents fundamental principles, described quantitatively.

About the Course

In this class you will learn how to think about electrically active tissue in terms of individual mechanisms, and you will learn to analyze the mechanisms quantitatively as well as describe them qualitatively.  The course uses many of the same examples used by Hodgkin and Huxley, who won the Nobel Prize for their experimental unraveling of the mechanisms of the nerve axon of the giant squid, and their creation of a mathematical model of membranes and propagation to understand its function.  That work has been the foundational element of most subsequent understandings of electrically active tissue, whether in nerves, the brain or in muscle, including the heart.

In this course, topics include:

The electrical charging of active membranes from the creation and use of differences in ionic concentrations across the membrane.
The stimulation of the membrane, both naturally and from engineered sources.
The creation of action potentials by the membrane in response to stimulation.
The chain reaction of membrane responses, with each small region or cell initiating an action potential in adjacent ones.
The observation of associated electrical currents in terms of extracellular wave voltages they create, the basis of clinical measurements such as the electrocardiogram.

The course will at each step present equations and other quantitative reasoning so that you will be able to go beyond describing what happens qualitatively and be able to link together the phenomena in the mosaic in a quantitative fashion, which is essential to judging whether specific changes in inputs are important to the outcome. Through the use of quantitative analysis, you will learn that all the elements of the system are tied together and be able to link together and analyze the effects of one part on another.

Recommended Background

Insofar as Bioelectricity, this course begins at the beginning, so all the main ideas can be understood without prerequisite courses.  As electricity is invisible, no one sees it, so the most important prerequisite is one’s willingness to bring imagination, reflection and patience to the topics, so as to allow the ideas to grow and knit together in one’s own mind.

Some of the presentation uses equations and other mathematics that come from calculus and differential equations and other parts reason from the physics of electricity and the analysis of circuits, so background knowledge about these subjects is helpful. For example, one needs to recognize that dV/dt is the rate of change of voltage V with time t, so as to understand that C dV/dt is the current through a capacitor C.  As another example, if V=1/r, what is dV/dr?

A course like this one usually is given to advanced undergraduates or early graduate students in science and engineering, as these students have taken calculus and physics, and differential equations and circuits, and thus are comfortable when notation or simple operations from these fields are used.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/staticsofobjects - University of Florida (UF): Structure Standing Still: The Statics of Everyday Objects

The Statics of Everyday Objects is a course about how structures react to forces exerted on them while remaining unmoved.

About the Course

The Statics of Everyday Objects is a course about the world and how it reacts to the forces acting on it. From suspension bridges holding up miles of roadway, to sky-scraping buildings in the midst hurricanes, to huge dams retaining billions of gallons of water in a reservoir, these structures must withstand both the forces of nature and the forces that mankind has intended for them. The analytical tools that designers use to create these structures are deceptively simple, and it is the intent of this course to explain things in a clear, straightforward manner.

No Recommended background listed.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/statics1 - Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech): Introduction to Engineering Mechanics

This course is an introduction to learning and applying the principles required to solve engineering mechanics problems.

About the Course

This course is an introduction to learning and applying the principles required to solve engineering mechanics problems.

Concepts will be applied in this course from previous courses you have taken in basic math and physics.  The course addresses the modeling and analysis of static equilibrium problems with an emphasis on real world engineering applications and problem solving.

Recommended Background

You should have a background in basic calculus, and physics covering classical mechanics.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.coursera.org/course/nanotech - Rice University: Nanotechnology: The Basics

Nanotechnology is an emerging area that engages almost every technical discipline – from chemistry to computer science – in the study and application of extremely tiny materials.  This short course allows any technically savvy person to go one layer beyond the surface of this broad topic to see the real substance behind the very small.

About the Course

Nanotechnology is an exciting research area that spans disciplines from electrical engineering to biology.  Over the last two decades the basic science of this area has launched new technologies, the first examples of which are finding their way into commercial products.  This four week course will provide students with a bird's eye view into this fast moving area and leave students with an appreciation of the importance and foundation of super-small materials and devices.

Recommended Background

We expect some knowledge of freshman chemistry and physics, as well as algebra.  Access to a spreadsheet program would also be of value.  However, we recognize that for some interested participants this knowledge may be rusty and will provide where possible optional review videos to go over terminology and concepts relevant to the week's material.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.edx.org/course/ricex/ricex-phys102x-electricity-magnetism-1356 -Rice University: Electricity & Magnetism

Fundamental topics in electromagnetism: electric charge, electric fields, currents, magnetic fields, and induction.

About this Course

PHYS_102x serves as an introduction to electricity and magnetism, following the standard second semester college physics sequence. It begins with electric charge in matter, the forces between charges, the electric field, Gauss's Law, and the electric potential. Electric current and resistance are introduced, followed by descriptions of resistors, capacitors, and DC circuits.. The course then moves to the magnetic field, Ampere's Law, and Faraday's Law of Induction. Finally, inductors and AC circuits are described.

PHYS_102x consists of ~2 hours of weekly video lectures, weekly online homework questions, a one page peer assessed design project, and two online exams. The course runs 12 weeks, but during the two exam weeks there will be no new topics or homework assignments. It is recommended that student work consistently every week and should expect to spend 10-12 hours per week on course content.
 
The following components will make up PHYS_102x.

Video Lectures and Lecture Questions
Homework Problems
Midterm and Final Exams
Online Discussion Forum

PHYS_102x is targeted to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds and abilities from motivated high school students to people returning to their studies after a break. The prerequisites for this course are calculus and introductory mechanics.

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/utaustinx/utaustinx-ut-6-01x-embedded-systems-1172 - University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin): Embedded Systems - Shape the World

Build real-world embedded solutions using a bottom-up approach from simple to complex in this hands-on, lab-based course.

About this Course

How do they do it? If that is your reaction every time you see an electronic gadget you like, then wonder no more. Join us on a journey that will unravel how these electronic gadgets are designed, developed, and built as embedded systems that shape the world.

This is a hands-on, learn-by-doing course that shows you how to build solutions to real-world problems using embedded systems. Each student will purchase a Texas Instruments TM4C123 microcontroller kit and a few electronic components. This microcontroller has a state of the art ARM Cortex M4 processor. The course uses a bottom-up approach to problem-solving building gradually from simple interfacing of switches and LEDs to complex concepts like display drivers, digital to analog conversion, generation of sound, analog to digital conversion, graphics, interrupts, and communication. We will present both general principles and practical tips for building circuits and programming the microcontroller in the C programming language. You will develop debugging skills using oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, and software instrumentation. Laboratory assignments are first performed in simulation, and then you will build and debug your system on the real microcontroller. At the conclusion of this course you will be able to build your own arcade-style game.

NOTE

You will need to purchase either the EK-LM4F120XL or the EK-TM4C123GXL board from Texas Instruments and a set of electronic components. The cost for these parts is about $40 USD plus shipping. We will provide instructions at:http://users.ece.utexas.edu/~valvano/edX.

You will need a PC running Windows XP, Windows 7, or Windows 8. You will need to be able to install the Keil uVision integrated development environment, which will require administrative privileges to the PC. We will provide instructions at:http://users.ece.utexas.edu/~valvano/edX.

We will provide instructions about purchasing the kit and installing required software via the course website. 

Prerequisites:

Computer programming course in any language with exposure to variables, arithmetic, logic, loops, and functions. High school physics course covering current, voltage, resistance, and power.

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-stat2-1x-introduction-1138 - University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley): Introduction to Statistics: Descriptive Statistics

An introduction to descriptive statistics, emphasizing critical thinking and clear communication.

About this Course

We are surrounded by information, much of it numerical, and it is important to know how to make sense of it. Stat2x is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and methods of statistics, the science of drawing conclusions from data.

The course is the online equivalent of Statistics 2, a 15-week introductory course taken in Berkeley by about 1,000 students each year. Stat2x is divided into three 5-week components. Stat2.1x is the first of the three.

The focus of Stat2.1x is on descriptive statistics. The goal of descriptive statistics is to summarize and present numerical information in a manner that is illuminating and useful. The course will cover graphical as well as numerical summaries of data, starting with a single variable and progressing to the relation between two variables. Methods will be illustrated with data from a variety of areas in the sciences and humanities.

There will be no mindless memorization of formulas and methods. Throughout Stat2.1x, the emphasis will be on understanding the reasoning behind the calculations, the assumptions under which they are valid, and the correct interpretation of results.

Prerequisites:

High School Arithmetic

Verified Certificate: $25

https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-16-110x-flight-vehicle-aerodynamics-871- MIT: Flight Vehicle Aerodynamics

Discover the concepts, theories, models, and methods used in the aerodynamic analysis and design of modern aircraft.

About this Course

This course covers the physics, concepts, theories, and models underlying the discipline of aerodynamics. A general theme is the technique of velocity field representation and modeling via source and vorticity fields, and via their sheet, filament, or point-singularity idealizations.

The intent is to instill an intuitive feel for aerodynamic flowfield behavior, and to provide the basis of aerodynamic force analysis, drag decomposition, flow interference estimation, and many other important applications. A few computational methods are covered, primarily to give additional insight into flow behavior, and to identify the primary aerodynamic forces on maneuvering aircraft. A short overview of flight dynamics is also presented.

Before your course starts, try the new edX Demo where you can explore the fun, interactive learning environment and virtual labs.

This course is part of an XSeries

An XSeries is a sequence of edX courses in a subject area. When you complete and pass all of the courses in the series, you will receive an XSeries Certificate of Mastery in that subject documenting your achievement

Verified Certificate: $100

https://www.edx.org/course/utaustinx/utaustinx-ut-9-01x-effective-thinking-1178 - University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin): Effective Thinking through Mathematics

Learn tools of effective thinking through puzzles and the world of mathematics around you in this fun and fascinating course.

About this Course

A wondrously romantic belief is that brilliant thinkers magically produce brilliant ideas: Einstein jostles his hair and relativity falls out. We can enjoy these fanciful visions of leaps of genius, but we should not be fooled into believing that they’re reality. Brilliant innovators are brilliant because they practice habits of thinking that inevitably carry them step by step to works of genius. No magic and no leaps are involved.

Professor Starbird will discuss how habits of effective thinking and creativity can be taught and learned through mathematics. Anyone who practices them will inevitably create new insights, new ideas, and new solutions. Join us for puzzles and discussions prior to the course on Twitter (@StarbirdThink) and Facebook.

Prerequisites

None. This course is designed for everyone!

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/tsinghuax/tsinghuax-202203322x-principles-electric-1319 - Tsinghua University: Principles of Electric Circuits: Part 2

Introduction to the real-world application of electric circuits used in cutting-edge technologies. (In Mandarin with English subtitles).

About this Course

The principles of electric circuits are critical for electrical engineering and computer science students. In this course, we will cover linear and nonlinear resistive circuits, and dynamic circuits in time and phasor domains. In addition to learning critical methods for analyzing circuits, the course will discuss modern circuit elements, such as MOSFETs and Op Amps, used in cutting-edge technologies. This course provides a solid introduction to the real-world application of electric circuits. You will gain a deeper understanding of the important role circuits play in our lives.

For the part 2 of the course, dynamic circuits containing capacitors and/or inductors will be the main actors. Plenty of excellent examples will be discussed.

No pre-requisites listed.

Verified Certificate: $30

https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-cs169-1x-engineering-1377 - University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley): Engineering Software as a Service

CS169.1x teaches the fundamentals of software engineering using Agile techniques to develop Software as a Service using Ruby on Rails.

About this Course

CS169.1x teaches the fundamentals for engineering long-lasting software using highly-productive Agile techniques to develop Software as a Service (SaaS) using Ruby on Rails. Students will understand the new challenges and opportunities of SaaS versus shrink-wrapped software. They will understand and apply fundamental programming techniques to the design, development, testing, and public cloud deployment of a simple SaaS application. Students will use best-of-breed tools that support modern development techniques including behavior-driven design, user stories, test-driven development, velocity, and pair programming. Students will learn how modern programming language features like metaprogramming and reflection can improve productivity and code maintainability. Students will work on weekly coding projects and quizzes. Those who successfully complete the assignments and earn a passing grade can get an honor code certificate or verified certificate from BerkeleyX. The videos and homeworks used in this offering of the course were revised in October 2013. The new class also includes embedded live chat with Teaching Assistants and other students and opportunities for remote pair programming with other students. Group tutorial Q&A sessions will also be held and broadcast live through Google Hangouts and YouTube.

Prerequisites

Programming proficiency in an object-oriented programming language such as Java, C#, C++, Python, or Ruby is required. We will teach the basics of Ruby at a very accelerated pace that assumes thorough familiarity with OOP inheritance, static/class vs. instance methods and attributes, recursion, hash tables/hash maps, list comprehensions, higher-order functions, lambda expressions. This course is NOT a good first course in programming. Basic Unix command-line skills are helpful; we will provide a cheat sheet. Familiarity with Git, GitHub and Heroku will also be helpful.

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-cs169-2x-engineering-1379 - University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley): Engineering Software as a Service, Part 2

CS169.2x teaches sophisticated SaaS+Agile skills, such as working with legacy code, building on basics from CS169.1x.

About this Course

CS 169.2x is the second half of University of California, Berkeley's semester long course on Engineering Software as a Service. In the first half of the course, CS 169.1x, students use Agile development methods to deploy a simple SaaS app in the cloud. In the second half, CS 169.2x, students create more sophisticated apps by adding relationships between models in apps and by enhancing their apps with JavaScript. They also learn about what happens after the apps are deployed to real users, including how to monitor performance, identify and fix common performance problems, and avoid compromising customer data. Finally, students learn how to apply Agile techniques to enhance and refactor legacy code, a critical skill for professional programmers.

Other topics covered in CS 169.2x include:

How to form, organize and manage small programming teams
Introduction to design patterns: what they are and how to recognize opportunities to apply them
Using Rails for more advanced features like third-party authentication and elegantly expressing design patterns that arise frequently in SaaS

There will be three homework assignments: two programming assignments and one assignment about operations/deployment.

There will also be several short quizzes. The videos and homeworks used in this offering of the course were revised in October 2013. Group tutorial Q&A sessions will also be held and broadcast live through Google Hangouts and YouTube.

Before your course starts, try the new edX Demo where you can explore the fun, interactive learning environment and virtual labs. Learn more.

Prerequisites

Any offering of CS 169.1x

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-6-002x-circuits-electronics-1130 - MIT:Circuits and Electronics

Teaches the fundamentals of circuit and electronic analysis.

About this Course

The course introduces engineering in the context of the lumped circuit abstraction. Topics covered include: resistive elements and networks; independent and dependent sources; switches and MOS transistors; digital abstraction; amplifiers; energy storage elements; dynamics of first- and second-order networks; design in the time and frequency domains; and analog and digital circuits and applications. Design and lab exercises are also significant components of the course.

The course is organized by weeks. To keep pace with the class, you are expected to complete all the work by the due dates indicated. Homeworks and labs must be completed by the Sunday of the week following the one in which they are posted. Weekly coursework includes interactive video sequences, readings from the textbook, homework, online laboratories, and optional tutorials. The course will also have a midterm exam and a final exam. Those who successfully earn enough points will receive an honor code certificate from MITx.

Note - You can earn college credit for taking and passing this course under the ID Verified option. EdX charges no additional cost for this. Learn more on about receiving credit from The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE) in the FAQ below. For more information on obtaining your transcript from ACE click here.

Prerequisites

In order to succeed in this course, you must have taken an AP level physics course in electricity and magnetism. You must know basic calculus and linear algebra and have some background in differential equations. Since more advanced mathematics will not show up until the second half of the course, the first half of the course will include an optional differential equations component for those who need it.

Verified Certificate Available, but option currently closed for this course.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

https://www.coursera.org/course/sustain - The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Introduction to Sustainability

This course introduces the academic discipline of sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations.

About the Course

This course introduces the academic approach of Sustainability and explores how today’s human societies can endure in the face of global change, ecosystem degradation and resource limitations. The course focuses on key knowledge areas of sustainability theory and practice, including population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history.

This subject is of vital importance, seeking as it does to uncover the principles of the long-term welfare of all the peoples of the planet. As sustainability is a cross-disciplinary field of study, this foundation requires intellectual breadth: as I describe it in the class text, understanding our motivations requires the humanities, measuring the challenges of sustainability requires knowledge of the sciences (both natural and social), and building solutions requires technical insight into systems (such as provided by engineering, planning, and management).

Recommended Background

None

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/introtolca - Northwestern University’s: How Green Is That Product? An Introduction to Life Cycle Environmental Assessment

In this course you will learn the basics of the life-cycle assessment (LCA) method for holistic environmental analysis of products, technologies, and systems. LCA sheds light on the environmental implications of the consumption and behavioral choices we all make on a daily basis.

About the Course

Paper or plastic?  Hybrid or conventional vehicles?  Which is better for the environment?  To answer these questions, one must take a holistic systems view using a quantitative approach known as life cycle assessment. 

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a fundamental method for assessing the environmental impacts of products and technologies from a "cradle to grave" systems perspective.  It is an essential tool for anyone who performs environmental analyses or uses the results of such analyses for decision making.  

The course will provide an introduction to LCA methods and applications.  Students taking this course will emerge with a solid understanding of why an LCA systems perspective is important, basic skills for sound application of the LCA method and proper interpretation of its results, and an appreciation for the strengths and limitations of LCA in practice.  The course will cover the four major steps in LCA: (1) goal definition and scope; (2) life-cycle inventory compilation; (3) life-cycle impact assessment; and (4) interpretation and management.  The course will include a hands-on modeling project, which the students will perform in parallel to the lectures to reinforce learning objectives and to gain experience in LCA application.

Recommended Background

Familiarity with spreadsheet software (preferably Microsoft Excel), basic skills in algebra, matrix operations, and statistics, and some exposure to environmental issues related to air pollution, water pollution, waste generation, and climate change is all you need to succeed in this course.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/megafauna - Duke University: Marine Megafauna: An Introduction to Marine Science and Conservation

An introduction to the basics of marine science and conservation, brought to you with the help of sea turtles, marine mammals, seabirds and many more of the most compelling creatures in the ocean.

About the Course

This course is about sea turtles, whales, dolphins, seals, penguins, sharks, giant squid and other large ocean creatures - collectively known as marine megafauna - and what they can tell us about how the ocean works and why it is so important for all life on earth. 

This course will help you learn about life in the ocean, how ocean ecosystems function, how scientists study the ocean, and the challenges we face in sustaining healthy oceans for the future. These topics will be explored using case studies that focus on charismatic marine megafauna species – the most compelling creatures in the ocean that capture our attention and inspire us to learn more.


The course starts with an examination of the physical dimensions of the world’s ocean and how we describe ocean zones based on the ecosystems found within them. Once these basics are covered, we will work through the evolution of life in the oceans and explore how marine animals have adapted to the challenges of a cold, dark and deep ocean. Throughout the class we will highlight how scientists study the oceans and the animals that live in them, providing glimpses of new technologies that boost our understanding of marine ecology. The course will also cover some of the challenges the oceans face due to human activities - exploring issues such as bycatch and climate change - and how they are affecting ocean species and systems.

Throughout the course we will connect with real marine science through the use of open access scientific articles published in the journal PLOS ONE. This means you will have to learn how to read scientific papers and extract the important bits of information from them. The articles you’ll be reading are all part of a new PLOS Collection focused on using open access research to teach marine science and conservation. You will also get to look at real datasets produced by scientists studying marine creatures and visualize them in freely available programs such as Google Earth.

Recommended Background

Some familiarity with basic biological and ecological concepts as they relate to the ocean.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/climateliteracy - University of British Columbia: Climate Literacy: Navigating Climate Change Conversations

Climate Literacy tackles the scientific and socio-political dimensions of climate change. This course introduces the basics of the climate system, models and predictions, human and natural impacts, mitigative and adaptive responses, and the evolution of climate policy.

About the Course

This course explores the basic concepts and terms needed to understand the science of climate change, and the available mitigation, adaptation and policy options. By the end of the course, students will be able to:

·  Tell the story of our climate, describing how interactions among atmosphere, ocean, land, and life lead to climatic changes at all timescales

·  Evaluate the likely effect of historical human fossil emissions and land use changes on Earth’s energy balance and climate.

·  Describe the direct observations of climate change in recent decades, and articulate the evidence attributing global warming in this time period to human causes.

·  Assess the utility - and limits - of climate models to predict global and regional climate change.

·  Articulate the demographic, economic, technological and political factors that influence both humans’ impact on the climate and humans’ vulnerability to climate change.

·  Express an informed opinion on the scope and urgency of the efforts needed to both mitigate and adapt to climate change.

 We provide the scientific basics of climate change paired with the response options (mitigation and adaptation) and policy landscape. Focusing exclusively on the science of climate change may not allow a nuanced understanding of the social implications of this science.  Similarly, political or economic analyses of climate change frequently neglect the underlying mechanics behind climate change thresholds, feedbacks, and the potential for abrupt change. This course explores linkages between climate change and other pressing priorities such as human health, poverty, community livability, economic resilience, and other environmental problems (such as biodiversity and water quality).  We acknowledge the urgent need to design innovative strategies that realize multiple objectives (or co-benefits) simultaneously, and explore the particular capacity for sustainability and climate change to provide an avenue for achieving these objectives. 

Recommended Background

This course is open to anyone.  No particular background is needed.  We hope you'll join us!

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.coursera.org/course/sustainableag - University of Florida: Sustainable Agricultural Land Management

This course will cover the agricultural and urban water quality issues in Florida, their bases, land and nutrient management strategies, and the science and policy behind the best management practices (BMPs). Students will learn to evaluate BMP research and analyze its role in determining practices and policies that protect water quality.

About the Course

Protecting the state’s water from nutrient contamination depends on adopting best management practices (BMPs) for land and nutrient management in the urban and agricultural settings.  BMPs must be based on science and be practical and economical to adopt, while meeting society’s needs.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

 

FINANCE

https://www.coursera.org/course/introfinance - University of Michigan: Introduction to Finance

This course will introduce you to frameworks and tools to measure value; both for corporate and personal assets. It will also help you in decision-making, again at both the corporate and personal levels.

About the Course

This course is primarily devoted to the fundamental principles of valuation. We will learn and apply the concepts of time value of money and risk to understand the major determinants of value creation. We will use both theory and real world examples to demonstrate how to value any asset.

Subtitles for all video lectures available in: Chinese (provided by Yeeyan), English, Portuguese (Lemann Foundation), and Ukrainian (Pinchuk Foundation)

Recommended Background

This is a tough issue.  I do not believe in prerequisites, except for a sense of curiosity and an attitude. Having said that, exposure to economics (the mother discipline of finance), accounting (the language of business), and/or algebra and statistics (we all need it) will clearly help.  I will however try and cover everything starting with fundamentals and will highlight when there is a need for you to do some further work in specific subjects.  In fact, I hope the class will motivate you to learn more.  I believe that learning usually happens when you are motivated by a curiosity to understand something.

Verified Certificate listed but no pricing info provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a certificate signed by the instructor.

https://www.coursera.org/course/financialmarkets - Yale University: Financial Markets

An overview of the ideas, methods, and institutions that permit human society to manage risks and foster enterprise.

About the Course

Financial institutions are a pillar of civilized society, supporting people in their productive ventures and managing the economic risks they take on. The workings of these institutions are important to comprehend if we are to predict their actions today and their evolution in the coming information age. The course strives to offer understanding of the theory of finance and its relation to the history, strengths and imperfections of such institutions as banking, insurance, securities, futures, and other derivatives markets, and the future of these institutions over the next century.

No Recommended Background listed.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/evaluation - HEC Paris: Evaluation financière de l'entreprise

A l'issue de ce MOOC, vous serez capables de comprendre ce qui justifie la valorisation d'une entreprise et vous pourrez en réaliser par vous même.

About the Course

La valeur de l'entreprise est au coeur de la finance : elle sert souvent d'objectif à ses dirigeants à moyen ou long terme ; elle est centrale de longue date dans le processus d'allocation des ressources financières des investisseurs. Plus récemment les comptables qui ont parfois l'ambition que les comptes de l'entreprise reflètent sa valeur et les Etats qui taxent le patrimoine des actionnaires, ont commencé à s'y intéresser de près.

L'objectif de ce MOOC est de vous présenter les principales méthodes de valorisation de l'entreprise, les points compliqués qu'elles recèlent, la façon dont elles peuvent être combinées et ce que leurs résultats éventuellement différents nous apprennent sur la situation de l'entreprise.

Recommended Background

Maîtriser les bases de la comptabilité et celles de la finance.

Vous devez être capable de mener par vous-même l'analyse financière d'une entreprise ; les tableaux de flux de trésorerie ne doivent plus avoir de secrets pour vous. Les concepts d'actualisation et de taux de rentabilité exigé sont parfaitement maitrisés.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/compinvesting1 - Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech): Computational Investing, Part I

Find out how modern electronic markets work, why stock prices change in the ways they do, and how computation can help our understanding of them.  Build algorithms and visualizations to inform investing practice.

About the Course

Overview
Why do the prices of some companies’ stocks seem to move up and down together while others move separately? What does portfolio “diversification” really mean and how important is it? What should the price of a stock be? How can we discover and exploit the relationships between equity prices automatically? We’ll examine these questions, and others, from a computational point of view. You will learn many of the principles and algorithms hedge funds and investment professionals use to maximize return and reduce risk in equity portfolios.


Topics

We start with a tour of the mathematics and statistics that underlie equity price changes, and the relationships between different groups of equities. We’ll review the most important economic theories of investing and how to create programs that take advantage of them. We’ll look at the data needed to do this, and how to manipulate it effectively.  
Important note: This is a project oriented course involving Python programming.


This course is intended for folks who have a strong programming background, but who are new to finance and investing.  Check out the two links below to see if the course is a good match.

Take a look at the course syllabus here.
Take a look at what other students thought of the course here.

Course options
You can enroll in the course in several ways:

Regular enrollment. In this track you are expected to watch the videos and complete the assignments.

Preview: You can watch the videos without enrolling. The videos will be available as they are published. Follow this link to preview the lectures: https://class.coursera.org/compinvesting1-002/lecture/preview 

Signature track: This is a brand new option offered by Coursera. More information below.

Recommended Background

Who this course is for - The course is intended for people with software programming experience and introductory level knowledge of investment practice. The primary prerequisite is an excitement about the stock market.



Prerequisites for regular enrollment
If you would like to receive a certificate of completion, you will have to turn in several programming projects using the Python programming language. You should have Python experience, and Python software installation experience (i.e., PyPI, apt-get, easy install, homebrew). You should have a genuine interest in the stock market and an understanding of basic statistical principles such as probability distributions.

Prerequisites for preview/video only track
You are invited to watch the lectures in "preview mode." In this mode you do not have to complete the homework assignments and quizzes. You will not receive a certificate in this track. The course is designed so that the videos are useful even if you do not do the projects. You will get the most out of the course if you have a genuine interest in the stock market and an understanding of basic statistical principles such as probability distributions. The instructor assumes students have introductory level programming skills and a basic knowledge of statistics. Algorithmic and statistical aspects of the course will be illustrated using Excel spreadsheets and Python programs, so familiarity with these tools is helpful.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/finance - Wharton - The University of Pennsylvania: An Introduction to Corporate Finance

This course will provide a market-oriented framework for analyzing the major types of financial decisions made by corporations. Lectures and readings will provide an introduction to present value techniques, capital budgeting principles, asset valuation, the operation and efficiency of financial markets, the financial decisions of firms, and derivatives

About the Course

PART OF THE WHARTON FOUNDATION SERIES 

This course is part of the Wharton foundation series in the MOOC format. This course serves as an introduction to business finance (corporate financial management and investments) for graduate level business school students preparing for upper-level course work. The primary objective is to provide a framework, concepts, and tools for analyzing financial decisions based on fundamental principles of modern financial theory.

Recommended Background

The core material for these courses consist of recorded lectures held for MBA students at Wharton.  As a result, the course is most appropriate for a graduate level business school student preparing for upper-level course work. 

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

FOOD & NUTRITION

https://www.coursera.org/course/nutrition - University of California San Francisco: Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

This course covers the basics of normal nutrition for optimal health outcomes and evidence-based diets for a variety of diseases.

About the Course

This course covers the basics of normal nutrition for optimal health outcomes and evidence-based diets for a variety of diseases. Participants will learn the fundamentals of nutrition science and build upon these to explore emerging diet therapies, to analyze nutrition research and to plan well-balanced meals and dietary interventions for both healthy individuals and those with a number of diseases and health conditions. 

Recommended Background

Basic understanding of nutrition science: macronutrients, micronutrients and digestion.

Verified Certificate: $69

https://www.coursera.org/course/ecfoodandyou - University of Florida: Economic Issues, Food & You

This course emphasizes the role of economics regarding its influence on food prices, the environment, and government policies. The primary objective of this course is to explore the basic tool kit of economic concepts that will enable students to critically analyze the choices they face as consumers and world citizens.

About the Course

Students will study the economic concepts of scarcity, supply and demand, society’s income and well-being, inflation, productivity, unemployment, the basic tools of finance, labor, and the “Fed”.  Students will examine how parts of the U.S. economy function and develop an awareness of current economic issues and problems. 

Recommended Background

No special background is needed for this course.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/sustainableag - University of Florida: Sustainable Agricultural Land Management

This course will cover the agricultural and urban water quality issues in Florida, their bases, land and nutrient management strategies, and the science and policy behind the best management practices (BMPs). Students will learn to evaluate BMP research and analyze its role in determining practices and policies that protect water quality.

About the Course

Protecting the state’s water from nutrient contamination depends on adopting best management practices (BMPs) for land and nutrient management in the urban and agricultural settings.  BMPs must be based on science and be practical and economical to adopt, while meeting society’s needs.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

GAMES STUDIES

https://www.coursera.org/course/cgt - Georgia Institute of Technology: Games without Chance: Combinatorial Game Theory

This course will cover the mathematical theory and analysis of simple games without chance moves.

About the Course

 This course explores the mathematical theory of two player games without chance moves. We will cover simplifying games, determining when games are equivalent to numbers, and impartial games. Many of the examples will be with simple games that may be new to you: Hackenbush, Nim, Push, Toads and Frogs, and others. While this probably won’t make you a better chess or go player, the course will give you a better insight into the structure of games.

Recommended Background

This is a university level Mathematics course. While there are no specific Mathematics prerequisites, it is highly recommended that students have taken rigorous college level Mathematics courses (AP calculus counts as such).

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/gamification - University of Pennsylvania: Gamification

Gamification is the application of game elements and digital game design techniques to non-game problems, such as business and social impact challenges. This course will teach you the mechanisms of gamification, why it has such tremendous potential, and how to use it effectively.

About the Course

Gamification is the application of digital game design techniques to non-game problems, such as business and social impact challenges. Video games are the dominant entertainment form of our time because they are powerful tools for motivating behavior. Effective games leverage both psychology and technology, in ways that can be applied outside the immersive environments of games themselves. Gamification as a business practice has exploded over the past two years. Organizations are applying it in areas such as marketing, human resources, productivity enhancement, sustainability, training, health and wellness, innovation, and customer engagement. Game thinking means more than just dropping in badges and leaderboards; it requires a thoughtful understanding of motivation and design techniques. This course examines the mechanisms of gamification and provides an understanding of its effective use. 
Subtitles for all video lectures available in: English, Russian (provided by Digital October), Turkish (Koc University)

Recommended Background

http://wdp.wharton.upenn.edu/books/for-the-win/?utm_source=Coursera&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=forthewin This course is designed as an introduction to gamification as a business practice. No particular technical knowledge or prior coursework are required.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/livearthistory - California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS): Live!: A History of Art for Artists, Animators and Gamers

Explore art history from the artist's perspective. Learn how contemporary artists, animators and gamers work from the art of the past as part of their creative process, while building your own skills in visual analysis and creative and critical thinking.

About the Course

This course approaches the questions of “art” and “history” from the perspective of contemporary makers of art (sculpture, painting, photography, performance, installation and more), animators (whether character/story-based or experimental) and gamers, asking how artists actively make a history for their own practices by thinking about the creative process as a “conversation” with a wide range of art from the past.  Why are ground-breaking artists so often historically-minded (and yet tend to break all the rules of conventional history-telling)?  How do animators themselves “write” the largely unwritten history of their art through quotation, transposition and mash-ups?  Why should contemporary gamers look at classical painting anyway?

This course will combine short video lectures/interviews and interactive quizzes with independent, peer-reviewed sketchbook and field work (suggested visits to local museums, film viewings, etc.).  It is intended to give the student a background in a wide range of visual practices and a greater familiarity with techniques of historical analysis.  It will help to build skills in visual analysis, and will also provide insight into the creative culture of CalArts, where a certain portion of these art histories have been made in the first place.

Recommended Background

Some college-level experience in the arts and humanities will be helpful.  And the more the student is willing to complement classwork with independent looking and thinking about art, animation and video games (as well as comic books and graphic novels, film, etc.), the more they will get out of the class.  Remember:  Art is an ongoing process and art practice can't end in the classroom, wherever that classroom might b

Verified Certificate: $49

 

GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY

https://www.coursera.org/course/terrorism – Universiteit Leiden: Terrorism and Counterterrorism - Comparing Theory and Practice

Students, policy makers, journalists or anyone with a strong interest in terrorism and counter terrorism studies and trends will find the course most relevant. It will equip you with a range of insights that help you to analyze and understand these complex phenomena.

About the Course

Terrorism has arguably been one of the defining factors of our age. It frequently makes headlines, threatening or attacking governments, private business and ordinary citizens. And in many parts of the world, it has been one of the most important threats to peace, security and stability. But what does this exactly mean? What is the nature of this threat? Who or what is threatened, how, by whom and why? What can be done about it or how can we at least limit the impact of terrorism and make sure that terrorists do not make headlines and manage to scare us?

These are just a handful of questions that will be addressed in this course that consists of three parts. First it focuses on the essence of terrorism as an instrument to achieve certain goals, in addition to an exploration of this phenomenon and the difficulties in defining it. The second part provides an overview of the state of the art in (counter) terrorism studies. Since ‘9/11’ terrorism studies have grown exponentially, reflecting the rise in perceived threats. But what has academia come up with? What theories, assumptions and conventional wisdom has it produced that could be of help in understanding terrorism and dealing with it? The most interesting results are examined and compared with empirical evidence with the aim to either stress their importance or to debunk them as myths. The final part looks into the implications and possibilities for policy making.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/understandingterror - University of Maryland: Understanding Terrorism and the Terrorist Threat

This course will explore questions relating to the who, what and how of terrorism studies by introducing students to cutting edge research and the experts investigating these topics.

About the Course

Terrorism Studies does not fall within any one traditional academic discipline, and it is often plagued by subjectivity and a lack of empirical data. The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence housed at the University of Maryland, will apply its multi-disciplinary and mixed-method approach to research in this course, utilizing theory and quantitative and qualitative research from a range of the social and behavioral sciences including Criminology, Psychology, Political Science and Communications Studies.

The course will begin with a unit looking at widely held myths about terrorism and utilizing empirical data to discuss the realities of broad trends and patterns in terrorist attacks over time.  The course will then review the psychological factors at play in individual radicalization and recruitment into terrorism, followed by an analysis of terrorist group dynamics.  The course will next look to factors that allow terrorist groups to successfully carry out attacks, such as propaganda, use of media, financing, recruitment, and training.  The course will conclude by looking at the factors that drive terrorist group persistence/endurance versus terrorist group desistance, and will bring the varied course concepts together through a detailed look at the case of al-Qa’ida, including the group’s successes, failures, tactics, and strategies.  Throughout the course, students will work with the University of Maryland’s Global Terrorism Database (GTD), the largest database of terrorist incidents in the world, learning its capabilities and developing basic skills in searching and displaying appropriate and accurate sets of terrorism data.

Recommended Background

No background knowledge is required; however both new and advanced learners will be able to cater the course to their needs with additional optional readings for those more versed in terrorism studies.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/europe - HEC Paris: Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You

Learn about the European Union, how it works, why it matters and what it can offer you. Regardless of where you live, the EU not only affects your life but may also transform it. This course aims at empowering you, your family, business and community in Europe and beyond and will enable you to discover jobs you were not aware of.

About the Course

Regardless of where you live, the European Union has a large, yet often unnoticed, impact on many aspects of your everyday life. Whether you are traveling, eating, working, doing business, shopping, surfing the Internet or breathing, all these activities are largely shaped by the EU.  As a result no global citizen, business leader, lawmaker, lobbyist or student can effectively operate in Europe or in the world without a solid understanding of this unique laboratory of integration. While the EU is often depicted as a monstrous bureaucratic creature, condemned to irrelevance by the emerging economies, it remains the most accomplished experiment of economic, social and political integration in human history. In 50 years the EU accomplished what other countries took centuries to realize.

Given its inherent complexities, Understanding Europe aims at popularizing the intricacies of the European Union system to promote greater awareness of the opportunities it offers you. Ultimately, you will not only better grasp the applicable framework for any European economic or social activity you engage in, but you will also participate on the EU stage. By confronting you with several current EU policy proposals, you will be able to ‘have a say’ in the EU policymaking process. We want to empower you as a citizen and business operator to maximize your rights and opportunities in today’s Europe.

Understanding Europe is structured upon some basic yet critical questions about the EU’s purpose and legitimacy : why does the EU exist? How does it work? What can it offer you? The course then analyzes the European public sphere by focusing on its main actors (the European Parliament, the Commission, the Council, the Court of Justice of the EU) and the role European citizens play in influencing Europe. We then move to the Union’s powers (what can the EU do? How far can it go? Do Members States have some instruments to “block” EU action? Can EU citizens challenge EU action?) by discussing the limits to its action and describing some of its policies. The course then analyzes the role and opportunities citizens and all stakeholders may have in shaping EU policies through public consultation, the European Citizens Initiative and other forms of participatory democracy. In a further step, we will analyze what the EU is doing for you regardless of where you are based in the world. Finally, by taking stock of what you have learned in the previous weeks, we will look at what you can do for and in Europe.

Throughout the whole course, participants will be confronted with real-life examples of EU action. EU affairs professionals will share their personal EU experiences and tell us about their EU jobs. You can interact with the instructor and other participants, share your opinions, question the instructor’s assumptions and hence shape the course’s content. 

Recommended Background

No prior knowledge is required. All are welcome.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/modernmiddleeast – Tel Aviv University: The Emergence of the Modern Middle East

Learn about the history of the Middle East for a deeper understanding of current regional developments!

About the Course

This course will discuss the emergence of the modern Middle East from the fall of the Ottoman Empire, at the end of the First World War to the present. It will discuss the Ottoman legacy in the region and the Western imperial impact on the creation of the Arab state system. The course will discuss the rise and retreat of Arab nationalism, the problems of internal cohesion of the Arab states, issues of religion and state, and the evolution of Islamist politics. It will also focus on the evolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict and its impact on the region and will conclude with an in depth analysis of the “Arab Spring” by placing these contemporary revolutionary events in their historical context.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

Verified Certificate: $39

https://www.coursera.org/course/latinamericanculture - Tecnologico de Monterrey: Latin American Culture

This course seeks to interest students in the Latin American culture by studying it from multiple perspectives.

About the Course

This course will develop students’ abilities to understand Latin American culture at both the national and regional levels. Students will analyze the social, economic, political, and cultural development of the region by applying modern critical thinking to the understood history of the individual Latin American countries. At the same time, students will study the contributions of different cultural and ethnic groups that exist within these countries, in order to understand fully the social complexity of what we call “Latin America”. Lastly, students will evaluate the developmental needs of Latin American countries and propose possible solutions in which individuals can act as a force for change.

Throughout the course, students will develop abilities such as: independent thinking and learning, analytical skills, and the ability to synthesize, and evaluate. The final part of the course will help develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. After completing this course, students will gain a better awareness of Latin American reality and needs.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided.

https://www.coursera.org/course/911aftermath - Duke University: 9/11 and Its Aftermath -- Part I

This course will explore the forces that led to the 9/11 attacks and the policies the United States adopted in response. We will examine the phenomenon of modern terrorism, the development of the al Qai'da ideology, and the process by which individuals radicalize towards violence.

About the Course

The attacks of September 11, 2001, were a seminal moment in modern history. They demonstrated the ability of non-state actors to inflict serious damage on the world's greatest superpower and exposed the vulnerability of the entire global community to catastrophic acts of terrorism. 

To understand the causes of the attacks, 9/11 and Its Aftermath -- Part I will examine the phenomenon of terrorism, in general, and, more specifically, the radical ideology developed and propagated by Osama bin Laden through al Qai'da. We will consider why individuals are attracted to this ideology and how they radicalize to violence. We will also explore the way in which the United States addressed terrorism prior to 9/11 and the policy challenges it (and its allies around the globe) faced in the immediate aftermath of the attacks. 

The second part of this course -- to be offered sometime in 2014 -- will examine the policy "aftermath" of 9/11. Part II will examine how the United States changed its policies in response to 9/11 in three areas: the use of military force, law enforcement and intelligence activities, and homeland security. We will trace the evolution of these policies from the Bush to the Obama Administration and critically assess the overall counter-terrorism strategy. 

Together, these courses will provide the background necessary to understand why 9/11 occurred, and consider the range of options that democratic nations can use to counteract this form of political violence.  

Recommended Background

No background is required.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.coursera.org/course/afp21stcentury - Duke University: 21st Century American Foreign Policy

What is American foreign policy? Who makes it? Why is it the way it is? How does it affect the rest of the world? Professor Bruce Jentleson has taught the subject for over 30 years, written one of the leading books on it, and has served in numerous U.S. foreign policy positions.

About the Course

U.S. foreign policy has a huge impact on the world. That impact is widely debated among Americans and by people in many countries. Our goal in this course is to gain more understanding of what U.S. foreign policy is, who makes it, why is it the way it is, and how it affects the rest of the world. Through lectures, readings, and other course elements we build on the information available from the media and other such sources while delving deeper into the issues, their history, their broader context and major debates. We seek to do so as a community of learning committed not only to the curricular objectives for our course, but seeking to demonstrate to the world how to conduct informed and respectful discourse on subjects which have plenty of room for disagreement.

The first week of the course provides an overview and analytic framework, and focuses in on the process and politics by which U.S. foreign policy is made. Each of the next five weeks is geared to U.S. foreign policy in different regions: Asia with a particular focus on U.S.-China relations; the Middle East and such issues as Iran, Arab-Israeli peace, Syria, and the Arab uprisings; relations with Western Europe and Russia; relations in the Western Hemisphere with Latin America and Canada; and key issues in U.S.-Africa relations. While we cannot cover all issues, we do try for a balance of breadth and depth.

Recommended Background

Strong interest in world politics and international affairs is the most important requirement. Prior relevant knowledge from one’s own education and any professional work experience would be great, both for you and for our community of learning.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.coursera.org/course/mythology - University of Pennsylvania: Greek and Roman Mythology

This course will focus on the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, as a way of exploring the nature of myth and the function it plays for individuals, societies, and nations.

About the Course

Myths are traditional stories that have endured over a long time. Some of them have to do with events of great importance, such as the founding of a nation. Others tell the stories of great heroes and heroines and their exploits and courage in the face of adversity. Still others are simple tales about otherwise unremarkable people who get into trouble or do some great deed. What are we to make of all these tales, and why do people seem to like to hear them? This course will focus on the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, as a way of exploring the nature of myth and the function it plays for individuals, societies, and nations. We will also pay some attention to the way the Greeks and Romans themselves understood their own myths. Are myths subtle codes that contain some universal truth? Are they a window on the deep recesses of a particular culture? Are they a set of blinders that all of us wear, though we do not realize it? Or are they just entertaining stories that people like to tell over and over? This course will investigate these questions through a variety of topics, including the creation of the universe, the relationship between gods and mortals, human nature, religion, the family, sex, love, madness, and death.

Recommended Background

No special background is needed other than the willingness and ability to synthesize complex texts and theoretical material. Due to some explicit subject matter, however, the class is not suitable for students under 16 years old.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.edx.org/course/anux/anux-anu-india1x-engaging-india-1376 -Australian National University (ANU): Engaging India

A course that examines some of the factors that have shaped India and what makes India the country it is today.

About this Course

This course offers an overview of contemporary India and explores its role as one of the dominant economic and military powers of Asia. We begin with a discussion on India as a multilingual society.  The entire course will be available in both English and Hindi.

The central focus of the course is an examination of contemporary issues in India. This includes perspectives on how Indian culture and language are being affected by the boom in technology: sections on politics and nationalism; economics and the implications of recent moves toward liberalization of the economy; and security, international relations, and regionalism. In addition, we will examine India’s role in South Asian politics and current issues relating to its regional neighbors in Asia. The aim of the course is to provide students with a comprehensive and wide-ranging overview of India in order that they may better understand its role in the world.

Prerequisites

None

Verified Certificate: $50

HEALTH/HEALTHCARE

https://www.coursera.org/course/lifenutr - Vanderbilt University: Nutrition, Health, and Lifestyle: Issues and Insights

This seven week course will explore nutrition concepts that take center stage in mainstream media outlets and become conversation topics among consumers interested in food choice as it relates to optimal health and physical performance.

About the Course

Separate fact from fiction and fads as you learn about core nutrition concepts and how to evaluate not only personal food choices and overall dietary patterns, but nutrition related content in the media and in advertising. Such topics include fundamentals of a healthful eating pattern, nutrition labeling, dietary supplements, fortified and “super” foods, plant-based nutrition, and nutrition and fitness. The course will also include an overview of nutrition fundamentals as they relate to human health.

During this course you will have the opportunity to:

Analyze and evaluate your own food and beverage intake using a recommended online or cell phone app nutrient database.
Research of a dietary supplement of your choosing using credible informational websites as well as evidence-based medical literature.
Personally examine the concept of energy balance through determination of your calorie needs, intake and expenditure.

Recommended Background

This is an introductory level nutrition course.  No background required, all are welcome!

Verified Certificate: $49

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/healthforall - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Health for All Through Primary Health Care

This course explores why primary health care is central for achieving Health for All. It provides examples of how primary health care has been instrumental in approaching this goal in selected populations and how the principles of primary health care can guide future policies and actions.

About the Course

Two of the most inspiring, least understood, and most often derided terms in global health discourse are “Health for All” and “Primary Health Care.” In this course, we will explore these terms in the context of global health, their origins and meanings, the principles upon which they rest, and examples of how these principles have been implemented both at small scale as well as at large scale. We will also explore some ultra-low-cost approaches to Health for All through primary health care and the promise that primary health care holds for eventually achieving Health for All. 

The course consists of six one-hour lectures with readings and opportunities for discussions among those taking the course and interactions with the professor.

Recommended Background

Enrollment is limited to those with at least a high-school education and the capacity to communicate in English.

Verified Certificate: $49

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/healthinformatics - Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) - Health Informatics in the Cloud

A non-technical introduction to the contemporary application of computing to healthcare delivery, public health and community-based clinical research.

About the Course

This course is intended to help even non-technically trained students gain basic proficiency in health informatics: the application of computing to healthcare delivery, public health and community-based clinical research. This is distinct from the related field of bioinformatics, which explores the role of computing in understanding the genomic and proteomic processes within cells. Weeks 1-2 cover the US healthcare delivery system's unique structural, economic and policy issues and how they create a potentially strategic role for health informatics. Week 3-5 explain at a high level the core technologies involved in contemporary health informatics. Weeks 6-8 explore how these technologies are being deployed using some of the best commercial and open source products as examples. Weeks 9-10 present the technologies that have been developed to explore the digital data provided by these new systems with several examples of cutting edge research using "big data". As the course progresses, students can, optionally, also read the appropriate draft chapters of the instructor’s forthcoming text, An Introduction to Contemporary Health Informatics. 

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/tbmanagement - John Hopkins School of Nursing: Global Tuberculosis (TB) Clinical Management and Research

Health Care Workers and Health Professions Students can prepare to plan and deliver TB care in their communities by applying the latest clinical and research data presented in this nine-week course focusing on TB/HIV Co-Infection.

About the Course

ENROLLMENT OPTIONS

Those interested in participating in this course have three options:

Free Enrollment:  Click “Sign Up” to enroll in course for FREE and earn a statement of accomplishment upon completion.
Signature Track Enrollment:  Click “Signature Track” and follow the enrollment steps.  You will be required to pay a $39 non-refundable fee.  Upon course completion you will receive a verified certificate, which employers can search. What’s this?
Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Credit:  For healthcare professionals interested in earning Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) contact hours you must:

Complete Signature Track enrollment.
Complete registration process through Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. You will be required to pay an additional non-refundable fee of $60 in addition to the $39 fee for signature track.

SIGNING UP FOR CNE CREDIT

If you’re interested in signing up for CNE Credit and have already signed up for Signature Track, click this link to register for CNE:http://nursing.jhu.edu/tbmanagement

ABOUT THE COURSE

Estimates from the World Health Organization demonstrate that Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) remains a leading cause of death globally. TB also is the leading cause of death among persons with HIV infection and remains a challenge for both clinicians and researchers.  This nine-week course focuses on TB/HIV Co-Infection and innovative research solutions to address the disease and introduces an overview on TB Care and Management Health Care Workers or Health Profession Students will learn to plan and deliver TB care in their communities by applying the latest clinical and research data to their setting. 

Course consists of:

Video lectures
Quizzes
Peer assessments
Large and small group online work and discussions
Individual work
Access to world renowned TB and HIV experts

Course Competencies

At the end of the course, it is expected that participants will be able to:
Describe the epidemiology of TB and drug resistant TB in patients with and without HIV
Diagnose TB infection accurately and understand the latest diagnostic advances
Identify correct treatment regimens for TB, MDR-TB and XDR-TB management
Manage clients presenting with all forms of TB including those co-infected with HIV
Recognize and manage all adverse reaction associated with antiretroviral and TB treatment
Identify strategies to assist clients and patients in improving treatment adherence

Verified Certificate: See prices for different options above

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/pmhdepression - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Major Depression in the Population: A Public Health Approach

Illustrates the principles of public health applied to depressive disorder, including principles of epidemiology, transcultural psychiatry, health services research, and prevention.

About the Course

Public Mental Health is the application of the principles of medicine and social science to prevent the occurrence of mental and behavioral disorders and to promote mental health of the population. This course illustrates the principles of public health applied to depressive disorder, including principles of epidemiology, transcultural psychiatry, health services research, and prevention. It is predicted that by 2020 depressive disorder will be the most important cause of disease burden in the entire world!  Every human being suffers from feeling depressed at some point or other, but only about one fifth of the population will experience an episode of depressive disorder over the course of their lives. This course illuminates the public health approach to disease, and the particular complexities of applying this approach to mental disorders, using depression as the exemplar.  

Course Syllabus

What is depression and what is depressive disorder?
How common is depressive disorder
The Global Burden of Depressive Disorder
Crosscultural variation in depression and depressive disorder
Epidemiologic research to uncover the causes of depression
Research on prevention of depression
The system of care for psychiatric disorders and depression

No recommended background was listed for this course.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/rationing - University of Pennsylvania: Rationing and Allocating Scarce Medical Resources

This course will explore the complex challenges of allocating scarce medical resources at both the micro and macro level. Students will learn the theories behind allocation and use modern examples to explore how society makes the difficult decisions that arise when there is not enough to go around.

About the Course

You have one liver but three patients awaiting a liver transplant. Who should get the liver? What criteria should be used to select the recipient? Is it fair to give it to an alcoholic? These are some of the questions that arise in the context of rationing and allocating scarce health care resources among particular individuals, and concern what are called micro-allocation decisions. But trade-offs also need to be made at the meso- and macro-level. Budgets of public payers of healthcare, such as governments, and of private ones, such as health plans, are limited: they cannot cover all drugs and services that appear beneficial to patients or physicians. So what services should they provide? Is there a core set of benefits that everyone should be entitled to? How can we make fair decisions, if we know from the outset than not all needs can be met? Using the cases of organs for transplantation, the rationing for vaccines in a flu pandemic, and drug shortages, the course will critically examine alternative theories for allocating scarce resources among individuals, while also exploring the principles and values that underlie those theories.

No recommended background was listed for this course.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

https://www.edx.org/course/ricex/ricex-phys102x-electricity-magnetism-1356 -Rice University: Electricity & Magnetism

Fundamental topics in electromagnetism: electric charge, electric fields, currents, magnetic fields, and induction.

About this Course

PHYS_102x serves as an introduction to electricity and magnetism, following the standard second semester college physics sequence. It begins with electric charge in matter, the forces between charges, the electric field, Gauss's Law, and the electric potential. Electric current and resistance are introduced, followed by descriptions of resistors, capacitors, and DC circuits.. The course then moves to the magnetic field, Ampere's Law, and Faraday's Law of Induction. Finally, inductors and AC circuits are described.

PHYS_102x consists of ~2 hours of weekly video lectures, weekly online homework questions, a one page peer assessed design project, and two online exams. The course runs 12 weeks, but during the two exam weeks there will be no new topics or homework assignments. It is recommended that student work consistently every week and should expect to spend 10-12 hours per week on course content.
 
The following components will make up PHYS_102x.

Video Lectures and Lecture Questions
Homework Problems
Midterm and Final Exams
Online Discussion Forum

PHYS_102x is targeted to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds and abilities from motivated high school students to people returning to their studies after a break. The prerequisites for this course are calculus and introductory mechanics.

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-stat2-1x-introduction-1138 - University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley): Introduction to Statistics: Descriptive Statistics

An introduction to descriptive statistics, emphasizing critical thinking and clear communication.

About this Course

We are surrounded by information, much of it numerical, and it is important to know how to make sense of it. Stat2x is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and methods of statistics, the science of drawing conclusions from data.

The course is the online equivalent of Statistics 2, a 15-week introductory course taken in Berkeley by about 1,000 students each year. Stat2x is divided into three 5-week components. Stat2.1x is the first of the three.

The focus of Stat2.1x is on descriptive statistics. The goal of descriptive statistics is to summarize and present numerical information in a manner that is illuminating and useful. The course will cover graphical as well as numerical summaries of data, starting with a single variable and progressing to the relation between two variables. Methods will be illustrated with data from a variety of areas in the sciences and humanities.

There will be no mindless memorization of formulas and methods. Throughout Stat2.1x, the emphasis will be on understanding the reasoning behind the calculations, the assumptions under which they are valid, and the correct interpretation of results.

Prerequisites:

High School Arithmetic

Verified Certificate: $25

https://www.edx.org/course/utaustinx/utaustinx-ut-9-01x-effective-thinking-1178 - University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin): Effective Thinking through Mathematics

Learn tools of effective thinking through puzzles and the world of mathematics around you in this fun and fascinating course.

About this Course

A wondrously romantic belief is that brilliant thinkers magically produce brilliant ideas: Einstein jostles his hair and relativity falls out. We can enjoy these fanciful visions of leaps of genius, but we should not be fooled into believing that they’re reality. Brilliant innovators are brilliant because they practice habits of thinking that inevitably carry them step by step to works of genius. No magic and no leaps are involved.

Professor Starbird will discuss how habits of effective thinking and creativity can be taught and learned through mathematics. Anyone who practices them will inevitably create new insights, new ideas, and new solutions.

Prerequisites

None. This course is designed for everyone!

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/australian-national-university/australian-national-university-anu-1347 - Australian National University (ANU): Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe

Exploring the biggest mysteries of modern astrophysics.

About this Course

Despite spectacular recent progress, there is still a lot we don't know about our universe. We don't know why the Big Bang happened. We don't know what most of the universe is made of. We don't know whether there is life in space. We don't know how planets form, how black holes get so big, or where the first stars have gone. This course will take you through nine of the greatest unsolved problems of modern astrophysics. We can't promise you the answers, but we will explain what we do and don't know, and give you an up-to-date understanding of current research. This course is designed for people who would like to get a deeper understanding of these mysteries than that offered by popular science articles and shows. You will need reasonable high-school level Maths and Physics to get the most out of this course. This is the first of four ANUx courses which together make up the Australian National University's first year astrophysics program. It will be followed by courses on exoplanets, on the violent universe, and on cosmology.

Prerequisites

High school math and physics.

Verified Certificate: $50

 

HISTORY

https://www.coursera.org/course/jerusalem - Tel Aviv University: The Fall and Rise of Jerusalem

Learn about Judah under Babylonian rule

About the Course

The period of the demise of the Kingdom of Judah at the end of the sixth century B.C.E., the fall of Jerusalem to the Babylonians, the exile of the elite to Babylon, and the reshaping of the territory of the new province of Judah, culminating at the end of the century with the first return of exiles – all have been subjects of intense scrutiny in modern scholarship. This course takes into account the biblical textual evidence, the results of archaeological research, and the reports of the Babylonian and Egyptian sources and provides a comprehensive survey and analysis of the evidence for the history of this 100-year-long era. The course includes a detailed discussion by Prof. Oded Lipschits of Tel Aviv University, with guest lectures by leading scholars dealing with the archaeological and biblical aspects of this debated topic.

Recommended Background

Curiosity and passion for Biblical literature, archaeology and history.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the Professor.

https://www.coursera.org/course/humankind - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: A Brief History of Humankind

The course surveys the entire length of human history, from the evolution of various human species in the Stone Age up to the political and technological revolutions of the twenty-first century.

About the Course

About 2 million years ago our human ancestors were insignificant animals living in a corner of Africa. Their impact on the world was no greater than that of gorillas, zebras, or chickens. Today humans are spread all over the world, and they are the most important animal around. The very future of life on Earth depends on the ideas and behavior of our species.

This course will explain how we humans have conquered planet Earth, and how we have changed our environment, our societies, and our own bodies and minds. The aim of the course is to give students a brief but complete overview of history, and to answer some basic historical questions such as:

            What is religion?

            What is an empire?

            What is money?

            What is science?

            What is capitalism?      

            Why did almost all societies believe that women are inferior to men?

            Does history have a direction? 

            Did people become happier as history progressed?

            And what is the likely future of humankind? 

Recommended Background

There are no entry requirements. The course is intended both to people who have never studied history seriously, and wish to gain an overview of the human past, and to people who have studied history before, but who would like to get a fresh and challenging perspective on it. 

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/mythology - University of Pennsylvania: Greek and Roman Mythology

This course will focus on the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, as a way of exploring the nature of myth and the function it plays for individuals, societies, and nations.

About the Course

Myths are traditional stories that have endured over a long time. Some of them have to do with events of great importance, such as the founding of a nation. Others tell the stories of great heroes and heroines and their exploits and courage in the face of adversity. Still others are simple tales about otherwise unremarkable people who get into trouble or do some great deed. What are we to make of all these tales, and why do people seem to like to hear them? This course will focus on the myths of ancient Greece and Rome, as a way of exploring the nature of myth and the function it plays for individuals, societies, and nations. We will also pay some attention to the way the Greeks and Romans themselves understood their own myths. Are myths subtle codes that contain some universal truth? Are they a window on the deep recesses of a particular culture? Are they a set of blinders that all of us wear, though we do not realize it? Or are they just entertaining stories that people like to tell over and over? This course will investigate these questions through a variety of topics, including the creation of the universe, the relationship between gods and mortals, human nature, religion, the family, sex, love, madness, and death.

Recommended Background

No special background is needed other than the willingness and ability to synthesize complex texts and theoretical material. Due to some explicit subject matter, however, the class is not suitable for students under 16 years old.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed.

 

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

https://www.coursera.org/course/europe - HEC Paris: Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You

Learn about the European Union, how it works, why it matters and what it can offer you. Regardless of where you live, the EU not only affects your life but may also transform it. This course aims at empowering you, your family, business and community in Europe and beyond and will enable you to discover jobs you were not aware of.

About the Course

Regardless of where you live, the European Union has a large, yet often unnoticed, impact on many aspects of your everyday life. Whether you are traveling, eating, working, doing business, shopping, surfing the Internet or breathing, all these activities are largely shaped by the EU.  As a result no global citizen, business leader, lawmaker, lobbyist or student can effectively operate in Europe or in the world without a solid understanding of this unique laboratory of integration. While the EU is often depicted as a monstrous bureaucratic creature, condemned to irrelevance by the emerging economies, it remains the most accomplished experiment of economic, social and political integration in human history. In 50 years the EU accomplished what other countries took centuries to realize.

Given its inherent complexities, Understanding Europe aims at popularizing the intricacies of the European Union system to promote greater awareness of the opportunities it offers you. Ultimately, you will not only better grasp the applicable framework for any European economic or social activity you engage in, but you will also participate on the EU stage. By confronting you with several current EU policy proposals, you will be able to ‘have a say’ in the EU policymaking process. We want to empower you as a citizen and business operator to maximize your rights and opportunities in today’s Europe.

Understanding Europe is structured upon some basic yet critical questions about the EU’s purpose and legitimacy : why does the EU exist? How does it work? What can it offer you? The course then analyzes the European public sphere by focusing on its main actors (the European Parliament, the Commission, the Council, the Court of Justice of the EU) and the role European citizens play in influencing Europe. We then move to the Union’s powers (what can the EU do? How far can it go? Do Members States have some instruments to “block” EU action? Can EU citizens challenge EU action?) by discussing the limits to its action and describing some of its policies. The course then analyzes the role and opportunities citizens and all stakeholders may have in shaping EU policies through public consultation, the European Citizens Initiative and other forms of participatory democracy. In a further step, we will analyze what the EU is doing for you regardless of where you are based in the world. Finally, by taking stock of what you have learned in the previous weeks, we will look at what you can do for and in Europe.

Throughout the whole course, participants will be confronted with real-life examples of EU action. EU affairs professionals will share their personal EU experiences and tell us about their EU jobs. You can interact with the instructor and other participants, share your opinions, question the instructor’s assumptions and hence shape the course’s content. 

Recommended Background

No prior knowledge is required. All are welcome.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/modernmiddleeast – Tel Aviv University: The Emergence of the Modern Middle East

Learn about the history of the Middle East for a deeper understanding of current regional developments!

About the Course

This course will discuss the emergence of the modern Middle East from the fall of the Ottoman Empire, at the end of the First World War to the present. It will discuss the Ottoman legacy in the region and the Western imperial impact on the creation of the Arab state system. The course will discuss the rise and retreat of Arab nationalism, the problems of internal cohesion of the Arab states, issues of religion and state, and the evolution of Islamist politics. It will also focus on the evolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict and its impact on the region and will conclude with an in depth analysis of the “Arab Spring” by placing these contemporary revolutionary events in their historical context.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

Verified Certificate: $39

https://www.coursera.org/course/latinamericanculture - Tecnologico de Monterrey: Latin American Culture

This course seeks to interest students in the Latin American culture by studying it from multiple perspectives.

About the Course

This course will develop students’ abilities to understand Latin American culture at both the national and regional levels. Students will analyze the social, economic, political, and cultural development of the region by applying modern critical thinking to the understood history of the individual Latin American countries. At the same time, students will study the contributions of different cultural and ethnic groups that exist within these countries, in order to understand fully the social complexity of what we call “Latin America”. Lastly, students will evaluate the developmental needs of Latin American countries and propose possible solutions in which individuals can act as a force for change.

Throughout the course, students will develop abilities such as: independent thinking and learning, analytical skills, and the ability to synthesize, and evaluate. The final part of the course will help develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. After completing this course, students will gain a better awareness of Latin American reality and needs.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided.

https://www.coursera.org/course/afp21stcentury - Duke University: 21st Century American Foreign Policy

What is American foreign policy? Who makes it? Why is it the way it is? How does it affect the rest of the world? Professor Bruce Jentleson has taught the subject for over 30 years, written one of the leading books on it, and has served in numerous U.S. foreign policy positions.

About the Course

U.S. foreign policy has a huge impact on the world. That impact is widely debated among Americans and by people in many countries. Our goal in this course is to gain more understanding of what U.S. foreign policy is, who makes it, why is it the way it is, and how it affects the rest of the world. Through lectures, readings, and other course elements we build on the information available from the media and other such sources while delving deeper into the issues, their history, their broader context and major debates. We seek to do so as a community of learning committed not only to the curricular objectives for our course, but seeking to demonstrate to the world how to conduct informed and respectful discourse on subjects which have plenty of room for disagreement.

The first week of the course provides an overview and analytic framework, and focuses in on the process and politics by which U.S. foreign policy is made. Each of the next five weeks is geared to U.S. foreign policy in different regions: Asia with a particular focus on U.S.-China relations; the Middle East and such issues as Iran, Arab-Israeli peace, Syria, and the Arab uprisings; relations with Western Europe and Russia; relations in the Western Hemisphere with Latin America and Canada; and key issues in U.S.-Africa relations. While we cannot cover all issues, we do try for a balance of breadth and depth.

Recommended Background

Strong interest in world politics and international affairs is the most important requirement. Prior relevant knowledge from one’s own education and any professional work experience would be great, both for you and for our community of learning.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.edx.org/course/anux/anux-anu-india1x-engaging-india-1376 - Australian National University (ANU): Engaging India

A course that examines some of the factors that have shaped India and what makes India the country it is today.

About this Course

This course offers an overview of contemporary India and explores its role as one of the dominant economic and military powers of Asia. We begin with a discussion on India as a multilingual society.  The entire course will be available in both English and Hindi.

The central focus of the course is an examination of contemporary issues in India. This includes perspectives on how Indian culture and language are being affected by the boom in technology: sections on politics and nationalism; economics and the implications of recent moves toward liberalisation of the economy; and security, international relations, and regionalism. In addition, we will examine India’s role in South Asian politics and current issues relating to its regional neighbours in Asia. The aim of the course is to provide students with a comprehensive and wide-ranging overview of India in order that they may better understand its role in the world.

Prerequisites

None

Verified Certificate: $50

 

LANGUAGES

https://www.coursera.org/course/composition - Duke University: English Composition I: Achieving Expertise

You will gain a foundation for college-level writing valuable for nearly any field. Students will learn how to read carefully, write effective arguments, understand the writing process, engage with others' ideas, cite accurately, and craft powerful prose. We will create a workshop environment.

About the Course

English Composition I provides an introduction to and foundation for the academic reading and writing characteristic of college. Attending explicitly to disciplinary context, you will learn to read critically, write effective arguments, understand the writing process, and craft powerful prose that meets readers’ expectations. You will gain writing expertise by exploring questions about expertise itself: What factors impact expert achievement? What does it take to succeed? Who determines success? Since personal investment yields better writing, you can select an area of expertise meaningful to you (a hobby, trade, profession, discipline, etc.) for your major writing projects, which will be drafted and revised in sequenced stages: a critical review to an argument about expertise (600-800 words); an explication of a visual image (600-800 words); a case study of an expert (1000-1250 words) and an Op-Ed (500-750 words). Your writing will be central to the course as we create a seminar/workshop structure with peer response and selected instructor feedback. 

Two overarching assumptions about academic writing will shape our work:  1) it is transferable; 2) it is learnable. Being an effective academic writer involves asking meaningful questions and engaging in complex dialogue with texts and ideas. These skills are useful across virtually all academic disciplines and they provide a valuable means for making sense of non-academic experiences as well. Perhaps even more important, though, is that learning how to write effectively does not require inspiration or genius, but hard work, reflection, and feedback. This means that, with practice, dedication, and working with others, you can be an effective academic writer and contribute your ideas to important, ongoing conversations. Let's start now.
**English Composition I has earned a Certificate of Recognition from Quality Matters, a non-profit dedicated to quality in online education.**

Recommended Background

Students should have basic English proficiency and exposure to secondary-level English or composition.

Verified Certificate is listed, but no pricing is provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

https://www.coursera.org/course/correccion - Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona: Corrección y Estilo en Español

En este curso, con una consideración policéntrica de la lengua, se pretende activar o potenciar el interés por la corrección de los textos propios y ajenos.

About the Course

En este curso, desde el examen, estudio y argumentación de posibles errores, o aciertos, de expresión, vamos a activar o potenciar el interés por las formas preferibles y la atención ante las expresiones consideradas erróneas o impropias en cualquier norma del español actual.

También nos ocuparemos en el análisis y argumentación de diferencias de ESTILO: entre dos formas de decir alternativas, ¿cuál es preferible y por qué? La finalidad de esta parte es potenciar la preocupación por las alternativas de expresión.

NO es un curso de redacción en español. NO es un curso de edición en español. NO es un curso de traducción en español. Pero el curso puede ser de gran provecho en labores de redacción de cualquier tipo de textos, de edición o de traducción en español.

Definición más detallada del curso.

Se tomarán como referencia las variantes del español de América y de España. Las propuestas y consideraciones, de corrección o de estilo, se van a fundar, siempre que sea posible, en los datos de uso de todas las variantes del español, compilados en el Corpus de Referencia del Español Actual, CREA, y en el Corpus Diacrónico del Español, CORDE.

La finalidad del curso es doble. Primero, ante un texto ajeno suscitar el interés sobre 1º, lo que se dice; y 2º, cómo se diría, mejor: con más claridad, con más precisión, con más propiedad, con un ‘estilo’ de más calidad argumentada lingüísticamente. Y, ante un texto propio, suscitar la preocupación sobre cómo decir mejor lo que se pretende: con más claridad, de manera unívoca; con más precisión; con gusto más general y sancionado; con ‘estilo’ de mejor consideración.

El curso tiene dos objetivos: 1º, identificar y argumentar las posibles incorrecciones de expresión en textos de autores españoles o en textos de versión en español de otras lenguas; y 2º, estudiar y evaluar las alternativas y variaciones (¿de estilo?) entre dos versiones españolas actuales de Los amigos de Eddie Coyle, de G. V. Higgins (1973 [El Chivato] vs. 2011), y de J. D. Salinger (El guardián entre el centeno, 1978 vs. 2007). Este segundo objeto de estudio tiene más valor porque los textos de observación cumplen, sin duda, una condición esencial en el análisis y evaluación lingüísticos: la condición de la ‘paráfrasis’: real (con diferencias de estilo) o pretendida (con quiebras o errores), entre ambas versiones, que dicen, o pretenden decir lo mismo que en el texto fuente.

Los destinatarios de este curso son, primero, estudiantes de Lengua Española, o de Español Lengua Extranjera (E/LE) de niveles C1 o C2; estudiantes de diferentes Filologías, de Traducción, de Comunicación, de Educación, de Edición y Producción editorial, de Humanidades, o de otras especialidades donde el dominio de la expresión en corrección y estilo es una nota de calidad en la propia preparación.

Por los “beneficios”, las personas que completen el curso,

Pueden mejorar sustancialmente sus cualidades expresivas y de dominio de la lengua.
Activarán su preocupación en la satisfacción de las condiciones de corrección y estilo de la lengua, las habilidades expresivas y de comprensión y corrección:

en textos creativos,
en textos de proyectos, exposiciones o de informes.
en la redacción de instrucciones de uso o prospectos comunes.

Recommended Background

Para seguir el curso con comodidad y aprovechamiento son suficientes los materiales que se suministran y los conocimientos propios de

Cualquier usuario de primera lengua española y nivel académico o de formación equivalente a un primer curso de enseñanza superior o universitaria.
Cualquier estudiante de Lengua Española, o bien de Español Lengua Extranjera (E/LE) de niveles C1 o C2;
Cualquier estudiante de diferentes Filologías, de Traducción, de Ciencias de la Información, de Educación, de Humanidades, o de otras especialidades (del Derecho o la Economía) donde el dominio de la expresión con corrección y estilo es una nota de calidad en la propia preparación.

En el curso se suministrarán todos los materiales de trabajo y se fijarán los procedimientos de estudio y argumentación y los ejercicios aplicativos suficientes para satisfacer cumplidamente los objetivos propuestos.

Verified Certificate: $49

LAW

https://www.coursera.org/course/environlaw - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy

Environmental law may be the one institution standing between us and planetary exhaustion. It is also an institution that needs to be reconciled with human liberty and economic aspirations. This course considers these issues and provides a tour though existing legal regimes governing pollution, water law, endangered species, toxic substances, environmental impact analyses, and environmental risk.

About the Course

This course will expose students to legal reasoning, especially from the reading of cases involving real-life environmental disputes.

Recommended Background

No prior training or coursework in law is required. Not intended as a course for law students in professional school or as a substitute for any full undergraduate course on the subject. Audience will be English speakers with an interest in law, environmental issues, and at least high-school-level educational backgrounds.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/conlaw - Yale University: Constitutional Law

An introduction to the main themes of the American Constitution—popular sovereignty, separation of powers, federalism, and rights—and to basic techniques of constitutional interpretation.

About the Course

This course is designed to introduce you to one of the most important texts in human history—the United States Constitution.  Why and how did this document come into existence in the 1780s?  How and why has it been amended over the years?  Who decides what it means?  What are the ground rules for proper constitutional interpretation?  How does the written Constitution interact with unwritten sources of constitutional authority, such as judicial decisions, presidential proclamations, landmark statutes, and widespread popular understandings?

No Recommended Background listed.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/intlcriminallaw - Case Western Reserve University: Introduction to International Criminal Law

Taught by one of the world’s leading experts in the field, this course will educate students about the fundamentals of international criminal law and policy. We will explore the challenges of prosecuting international genocide, war crimes, terrorism, and piracy cases.

About the Course

From the Nuremberg trial to the case against Saddam Hussein, from the prosecution of Al-Qaeda terrorists to the trial of Somali pirates – no area of law is as important to world peace and security as international criminal law.  Taught by one of the world’s leading experts in the field, this course will educate students about the fundamentals of international criminal law and policy.  We will explore the contours of international crimes such as genocide, war crimes, terrorism, and piracy.  We will examine unique modes of international criminal liability and specialized defenses.  And we will delve into the challenges of obtaining custody of the accused and maintaining control of the courtroom.

Recommended Background

You don’t have to be a lawyer and there are no prerequisites for this course. However, the course will be conducted at the level expected of advanced undergraduate students. Therefore, for all participants, reading and writing comfortably in English at the undergraduate college level is desirable.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. Students who successfully complete the course (by obtaining a score of 6 or better out of ten on the Midterm and Final Exams) will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.  Students who, in addition to fulfilling the requirements for a “Statement of Accomplishment,” also post five or more on-line submissions of over 200 words in length with respect to the simulations and discussion exercises during the course will be awarded a Statement of Accomplishment "with Distinction."    We are offering the Signature Track option for this course to facilitate the ability of lawyers to get Continuing Legal Education credit for this course in jurisdictions that award CLE for on-line programs.

 

MARINE SCIENCE

https://www.coursera.org/course/megafauna - Duke University: Marine Megafauna: An Introduction to Marine Science and Conservation

An introduction to the basics of marine science and conservation, brought to you with the help of sea turtles, marine mammals, seabirds and many more of the most compelling creatures in the ocean.

About the Course

This course is about sea turtles, whales, dolphins, seals, penguins, sharks, giant squid and other large ocean creatures - collectively known as marine megafauna - and what they can tell us about how the ocean works and why it is so important for all life on earth. 

This course will help you learn about life in the ocean, how ocean ecosystems function, how scientists study the ocean, and the challenges we face in sustaining healthy oceans for the future. These topics will be explored using case studies that focus on charismatic marine megafauna species – the most compelling creatures in the ocean that capture our attention and inspire us to learn more. 

The course starts with an examination of the physical dimensions of the world’s ocean and how we describe ocean zones based on the ecosystems found within them. Once these basics are covered, we will work through the evolution of life in the oceans and explore how marine animals have adapted to the challenges of a cold, dark and deep ocean. Throughout the class we will highlight how scientists study the oceans and the animals that live in them, providing glimpses of new technologies that boost our understanding of marine ecology. The course will also cover some of the challenges the oceans face due to human activities - exploring issues such as bycatch and climate change - and how they are affecting ocean species and systems.

[PLOS ONE]

Throughout the course we will connect with real marine science through the use of open access scientific articles published in the journal PLOS ONE. This means you will have to learn how to read scientific papers and extract the important bits of information from them. The articles you’ll be reading are all part of a new PLOS Collection focused on using open access research to teach marine science and conservation. You will also get to look at real datasets produced by scientists studying marine creatures and visualize them in freely available programs such as Google Earth.

Recommended Background

Some familiarity with basic biological and ecological concepts as they relate to the ocean.

 

MATHEMATICS

https://www.coursera.org/course/calcsing - University of Pennsylvania: Calculus: Single Variable

This course provides a brisk, challenging, and dynamic treatment of differential and integral calculus, with an emphasis on conceptual understanding and applications to the engineering, physical, and social sciences.

About the Course

Calculus is one of the grandest achievements of human thought, explaining everything from planetary orbits to the optimal size of a city to the periodicity of a heartbeat. This brisk course covers the core ideas of single-variable Calculus with emphases on conceptual understanding and applications. The course is ideal for students beginning in the engineering, physical, and social sciences. Distinguishing features of the course include:

the introduction and use of Taylor series and approximations from the beginning;
a novel synthesis of discrete and continuous forms of Calculus;
an emphasis on the conceptual over the computational; and
a clear, dynamic, unified approach.

THE COLLEGE CREDIT RECOMMENDATION OPTION

This Calculus course has been evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) for college credit so you can get a head start on your college education. More than 2,000 higher education institutions consider ACE credit recommendations for transfer to degree programs. If you add this option, towards the end of the course, you will take an online proctored exam which will be combined with your coursework to determine your eligibility for college credit recommendation.

Recommended Background

Students are expected to have prior exposure to Calculus at the high-school (e.g., AP Calculus AB) level. It will be assumed that students:

are familiar with transcendental functions (exp, ln, sin, cos, tan, etc.);
are able to compute very simple limits, derivatives, and integrals;
have seen slope and area interpretations of derivatives and integrals respectively.

This material will be reviewed; however, it is important to begin the course with some background. A diagnostic exam will be made available to help you gauge your preparedness. 

The course will serve equally well as a first university-level course in Calculus or as a review from a novel perspective.

If you've never seen Calculus before, this is likely not the course for you. Please see, e.g., the more introductory course from Ohio State University: https://www.coursera.org/course/calc1

If you are looking for the background needed to begin a study of Calculus, please see, e.g., the pre-Calculus course by UC Irvine: https://www.coursera.org/course/precalculus

Verified Certificate: $49

 

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/calc1 - The Ohio State University: Calculus One

Calculus One is a first introduction to differential and integral calculus, emphasizing engaging examples from everyday life.

About the Course

Calculus is about the very large, the very small, and how things change.  The surprise is that something seemingly so abstract ends up explaining the real world.  Calculus plays a starring role in the biological, physical, and social sciences.  By focusing outside of the classroom, we will see examples of calculus appearing in daily life.

This course is a first and friendly introduction to calculus, suitable for someone who has never seen the subject before, or for someone who has seen some calculus but wants to review the concepts and practice applying those concepts to solve problems.  One learns calculus by doing calculus, and so this course encourages you to participate by providing you with:

instant feedback on practice problems
interactive graphs and games for you to play
calculus projects and demos you can try at home
opportunities for you to explain your thought process

Recommended Background

Previous exposure to calculus is not expected; to succeed, a student should have seen algebra and trigonometry at the high school level.

If you already know some calculus, you might consider the more advanced course by UPenn's Robert Ghrist, available at https://www.coursera.org/course/calcsing, or our Calculus Two course, available athttps://www.coursera.org/course/sequence.  

If you are concerned about the background needed to begin calculus, you might consider the pre-calculus course by UCI's Sarah Eichhorn, available athttps://www.coursera.org/course/precalculus

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/functionalanalysis - Ecole Centrale Paris: An Introduction to Functional Analysis

Learn about functional analysis.

About the Course

Functional analysis is the branch of mathematics dealing with spaces of functions. It is a valuable tool in theoretical mathematics as well as engineering. It is at the very core of numerical simulation. 

In this class, I will explain the concepts of convergence and talk about topology. You will understand the difference between strong convergence and weak convergence. You will also see how these two concepts can be used. 

You will learn about different types of spaces including metric spaces, Banach Spaces, Hilbert Spaces and what property can be expected. You will see beautiful lemmas and theorems such as Riesz and Lax-Milgram and I will also describe Lp spaces, Sobolev spaces and provide a few details about PDEs, or Partial Differential Equations.

Recommended Background

The course is mostly self-contained; however, you need to be familiar with functions, derivatives and integrals. You need to know what A ∩ B means and to know what a proof is. You should be fine if you have taken Calculus II and Algebra II. Students in Europe who have taken 120 ECTS in science should be fine as well.

Because this is an online class, having advanced and non-advanced students in a class will not be a problem; on the contrary we expect a wide range of interesting interactions. However, non-advanced students may have to work a bit more.

Verified Certificate: $49

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/cyhfisica - Technologico de Monterey: Conceptos y Herramientas para la Física Universitaria

Este curso provee al estudiante con conceptos y herramientas matemáticas para modelar problemas en física, que al aplicar podrá enfrentar con éxito los cursos de física universitarios.

About the Course

Este curso te provee de herramientas matemáticas que te serán de utilidad para modelar problemas en Física necesarios  en tu preparación universitaria.

Así pues, la filosofía de este curso consiste en cubrir temas conceptuales relativos a la Física y desarrollar tu capacidad de aprender y aplicarlos en tu vida profesional.

El curso se aborda en dos fases a través de las cuales el alumno:

aprenderá a aplicar el cálculo diferencial e integral para interpretar y modelar la cinemática de una partícula en una dimensión,
aprenderá el manejo de cantidades físicas vectoriales en forma gráfica y analítica en dos y tres dimensiones.

Recommended Background

El alumno debe tener conocimientos de álgebra básica, trigonometría, proporciones, manejo de unidades.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. Todos los estudiantes que completen el curso satisfactoriamente recibirán una constancia firmada por el instructor.

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/precalculus - University of California, Irvine: Pre-Calculus

This course covers mathematical topics in algebra and trigonometry and is designed to prepare students to enroll for a first semester course in single variable calculus.

About the Course

Through this course, students will acquire a solid foundation in algebra and trigonometry. The course concentrates on the various functions that are important to the study of the calculus. Emphasis is placed on understanding the properties of linear, polynomial, piecewise, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions. Students will learn to work with various types of functions in symbolic, graphical, numerical and verbal form.

Recommended Background

High school algebra I & II and basic geometry are prerequisites for this course.

THE COLLEGE CREDIT RECOMMENDATION OPTION

This Pre-Calculus course has been evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) for college credit so you can get a head start on your college education. More than 2,000 higher education institutions consider ACE credit recommendations for transfer to degree programs. If you add this option, towards the end of the course, you will take an online proctored exam which will be combined with your coursework to determine your eligibility for college credit recommendation.

Verified Certificate:  By signing up and paying a nominal fee, you can add a higher level of identity verification to your Coursera coursework. If you achieve the threshold score, you have the opportunity to earn a Verified Certificate. For each assignment, your identity is confirmed through your photo and unique typing pattern. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment from Coursera. A Statement of Accomplishment with Distinction will be available for students with distinguished performance in the course.

https://www.coursera.org/course/complexanalysis - Wesleyan University: Analysis of a Complex Kind

In this course we’ll explore complex analysis, complex dynamics, and some applications of these topics.

About the Course

Complex analysis is the study of functions that live in the complex plane, i.e. functions that have complex arguments and complex outputs. In order to study the behavior of such functions we’ll need to first understand the basic objects involved, namely the complex numbers. We’ll begin with some history: When and why were complex numbers invented? Was it the need for a solution of the equation x^2 = -1 that brought the field of complex analysis into being, or were there other reasons? Once we’ve answered these questions we’ll devote some time to learn about basic properties of complex numbers that will make it possible for us to use them in more advanced settings later on. We will learn how to do basic algebra with these numbers, how they behave in limiting processes, etc. These facts enable us to begin the study of complex functions, and at this point we can already understand the basics about the construction of the Mandelbrot set and Julia sets (if you have never heard of these that’s quite alright, but do look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandelbrot_set for example to see some beautiful pictures).

When studying functions we are often interested in their local behavior, more specifically, in how functions change as their argument changes. This leads us to studying complex differentiation – a more powerful concept than that which we learned in calculus. Don’t worry! We’ll help you remember facts from calculus in case you have forgotten.  After this exploration we will be ready to meet the main players: analytic functions. These are functions that possess complex derivatives in lots of places, a fact which endows these functions with some of the most beautiful properties mathematics has to offer. We’ll explore these properties! 

Who would want to differentiate without being able to undo it? Clearly we’ll have to learn about integration as well. But we are in the complex plane, so what are the objects we’ll integrate over? Curves! We’ll study these as well, and we’ll tie everything together via Cauchy’s beautiful and all-encompassing integral theorem and formula.   

Throughout this course we'll tell you about some of the major theorems in the field (even if we won't be able to go into depth about them) as well as some outstanding conjectures.

Recommended Background

A willingness to remember calculus is very useful, though enthusiasm and interest in learning are more important than any prior knowledge.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

https://www.edx.org/course/utaustinx/utaustinx-ut-5-01x-linear-algebra-1162 -University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin): Linear Algebra - Foundations to Frontiers

Learn the theory of linear algebra hand-in-hand with the practice of software library development.

About this Course

Linear Algebra: Foundations to Frontiers (LAFF) is packed full of challenging, rewarding material that is essential for mathematicians, engineers, scientists, and anyone working with large datasets. Students appreciate our unique approach to teaching linear algebra because:

It’s visual.
It connects hand calculations, mathematical abstractions, and computer programming.
It illustrates the development of mathematical theory.
It’s applicable.

In this course, you will learn all the standard topics that are taught in typical undergraduate linear algebra courses all over the world, but using our unique method, you'll also get more! LAFF was developed following the syllabus of an introductory linear algebra course at The University of Texas at Austin taught by Professor Robert van de Geijn, an expert on high performance linear algebra libraries. Through short videos, exercises, visualizations, and programming assignments, you will study Vector and Matrix Operations, Linear Transformations, Solving Systems of Equations, Vector Spaces, Linear Least-Squares, and Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors. In addition, you will get a glimpse of cutting edge research on the development of linear algebra libraries, which are used throughout computational science.

Prerequisites:

High School Algebra, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus.

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/utaustinx/utaustinx-ut-9-01x-effective-thinking-1178 - University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin): Effective Thinking through Mathematics

Learn tools of effective thinking through puzzles and the world of mathematics around you in this fun and fascinating course.

About this Course

A wondrously romantic belief is that brilliant thinkers magically produce brilliant ideas: Einstein jostles his hair and relativity falls out. We can enjoy these fanciful visions of leaps of genius, but we should not be fooled into believing that they’re reality. Brilliant innovators are brilliant because they practice habits of thinking that inevitably carry them step by step to works of genius. No magic and no leaps are involved.

Professor Starbird will discuss how habits of effective thinking and creativity can be taught and learned through mathematics. Anyone who practices them will inevitably create new insights, new ideas, and new solutions. Join us for puzzles and discussions prior to the course on Twitter (@StarbirdThink) and Facebook.

Prerequisites

None. This course is designed for everyone!

Verified Certificate: $50

MEDICINE

https://www.coursera.org/course/geneticsevolution - Duke University:  Introduction to Genetics and Evolution

A whirlwind introduction to evolution and genetics, from basic principles to current applications, including how disease genes are mapped and how we leverage evolutionary concepts to aid humanity.

About the Course

Introduction to Genetics and Evolution is a college-level class being offered simultaneously to new students at Duke University. The course gives interested people a very basic overview of some principles behind these very fundamental areas of biology.  We often hear about new "genome sequences," commercial kits that can tell you about your ancestry (including pre-human) from your DNA or disease predispositions, debates about the truth of evolution, why animals behave the way they do, and how people found "genetic evidence for natural selection."  This course provides the basic biology you need to understand all of these issues better, tries to clarify some misconceptions, and tries to prepare students for future, more advanced coursework in Biology.  No prior coursework is assumed.

Recommended Background

No prior coursework in the subject is assumed. It would be helpful for the application of some concepts to have a working knowledge of High School level math, including basic algebra. While useful for solving the assigned problems, this is not essential to understand and follow the general concepts and otherwise enjoy the class.

Verified Certificate: $49

 

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/usefulgenetics2 – The University of British Columbia: Useful Genetics Part 2

This college-level course gives students a thorough understanding of genetic inheritance, and enables them to apply this understanding to real-world issues, both personal and societal. This is Part 2 of a two-part course.

Who might want to take this course?

People affected by or concerned about a genetic disease (either directly or in a family member)
People interested in the genetic diversity of humans or other species
People who have had (or are considering having) their genes or genomes analyzed by companies such as 23andMe
People concerned about the public use of personal genetic information
People interested in breeding animals or plants, or in in conservation of endangered species
People interested in genealogy and ancestry analysis
Science teachers
Anyone interested in genetics but unable to enroll in university at this time

Recommended Background

Students will need a solid understanding of mutation, gene function and natural variation; this is most easily acquired by taking Useful Genetics Part 1.  Students who have not taken Part 1 will still be able to access that material after the start of Part 2.

Verified Certificate: $39

 

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/medicalneuro – Duke University: Medical Neuroscience

Explore the structure and function of the human central nervous system. Learn why knowledge of human neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neural plasticity, and new discovery in the brain sciences matters for clinical practice in the health professions.

About the Course

Medical Neuroscience explores the organization and physiology of the human central nervous system. This course is designed for first-year students in graduate-level health professions programs. It builds upon knowledge acquired in prior studies of cellular and molecular biology, general physiology, and human anatomy. The course provides students an understanding of the essential principles of neurological function, from cellular and molecular mechanisms of neural signaling and plasticity to the organization and function of sensory and motor systems. This course emphasizes the neural and vascular anatomy of the human brain and spinal cord, providing an anatomical framework for localizing lesions within the central nervous system. It also emphasizes the neurobiological foundation for understanding cognition, mental illness and disorders of human behavior. 

The overall goal is to equip students in the health professions for interpreting impairments of sensation, action and cognition that accompany neurological injury, disease or dysfunction. Students currently pursuing advanced studies in the brain sciences will benefit from this course by learning the fundamentals of functional human neuroanatomy and how neuroscience discovery translates to clinical practice.  Health professionals will benefit from the opportunity to review and update knowledge of foundational medical neuroscience.

Recommended Background

To be successful in this course, a college-level background in cellular and molecular biology and general knowledge of systems physiology and human anatomy is strongly recommended

Verified Certificate: $49

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/criticalthinking - The University of Edinburgh: Critical Thinking in Global Challenges

In this course you will develop and enhance your ability to think critically, assess information and develop reasoned arguments in the context of the global challenges facing society today.

About the Course

Critical thinking is the ability to gather and assess information and evidence in a balanced and reflective way to reach conclusions that are justified by reasoned argument based on the available evidence. Critical thinking is a key skill in the information age, valuable in all disciplines and professions. 

This introductory course will give you the opportunity to better understand what critical thinking is, and to practice and enhance your critical thinking skills. To do so, we will use the context of some important global challenges that affect us all, and to which we have no clear “correct” solutions: for example, the risk and spread of serious infectious diseases in epidemics in modern societies, the implications of increasing human population on global resources, energy, environment and climate, and the challenges of human health and wellbeing in the modern world. Possible solutions to global issues such as these are hotly debated, and give the perfect setting to practice recognizing and evaluating facts, ideas, opinions and arguments. 

The relevant background information for each global challenge will be provided to ensure that you can complete the exercises. Note, however, this course is not a course on these global challenges themselves; instead it uses the context of these thought-provoking challenges to practice critical thinking.

Subtitles for all video lectures available: Portuguese (provided by the Lemann Foundation), English

Recommended Background

There is no prerequisite to take this course. No prior knowledge in the four ‘Global challenge’ themes is required.

Verified Certificate: $49

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/humanphysio - Duke University: Introductory Human Physiology

In this course, students learn to recognize and to apply the basic concepts that govern integrated body function (as an intact organism) in the body's nine organ systems.

About the Course

The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to human physiology. The students learn to recognize and explain the basic concepts that govern each organ and organ system and their integration to maintain homeostasis, as well as some clinical aspects of failure of these systems. The organ systems covered include:  nervous, muscle, cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, male and female reproductive, gastrointestinal, and urinary. 

This human physiology course is targeted to undergraduate and graduate students with an elementary background in biology. In a typical undergraduate setting, this course would fulfill requirements for students applying to professional health science programs such as medical school, nursing, physician assistant, pathologists’ assistant, physical therapy, and doctorate of physical therapy. In addition it is an ideal course in preparation for the MCAT exam.

Recommended Background

A high school background in biology.

Verified Certificate: $49

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/researchforhealth - University of California San Francisco: Understanding Research: An Overview for Health Professionals

Participants will learn the elements of research methods and design that are essential to the translation of knowledge into clinical practice, administration/leadership, and health policy

About the Course

This course looks at the various aspects of research as it pertains to health.

The course objectives are as follows:

Summarize the format of research articles and the research methods included in each section of an article.
Analyze and critique research questions, study design, methods including sample selection, bias, data collection procedures, measures, and analysis plan, results, discussion and interpretation of findings.
Compare and contrast different quantitative study designs.
Analyze the validity and reliability of measures.
Understand the ethical and cultural issues related to research methods

Recommended Background

This course is appropriate for anyone who wishes to learn more about the format, methodologies, and ethics of peer-reviewed research in the health professions.

Verified Certificate: $59

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/newwayhealthcare - University of Minnesota: Interprofessional Healthcare Informatics

This course examines the implications of informatics for practice, in nursing, public health, and healthcare in general. It covers electronic health record issues and relates ethical, legislative and political issues to health informatics. Students will also explore global and future informatics issues.

About the Course

Inter-professional health care informatics is a graduate-level, hands-on interactive exploration of real informatics tools and techniques. We will be incorporating technology-enabled educational innovations to bring the subject matter to life. Over the 10 weeks that we study together, we will create a vital online learning community and a working healthcare informatics network. 

We will explore perspectives of clinicians like dentists, physical therapists, nurses, and physicians in all sorts of practice settings worldwide. Emerging technologies, telehealth, gaming, simulations, and eScience are just some of the topics that we will consider. 

Throughout the course, we’ll focus on creativity, controversy, and collaboration - as we collectively imagine and create the future within the rapidly evolving healthcare informatics milieu. All healthcare professionals and IT geeks are welcome!

Recommended Background

Healthcare and/or information technology professional.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. To earn a satisfactory grade and a Statement of Accomplishment, you must earn at least 70% of all quiz points.

 

 

 https://www.coursera.org/course/clinicalneurology - University of California San Francisco: Introduction to Clinical Neurology

An overview of the relevant aspects of the epidemiology, clinical presentation, basic disease mechanisms, diagnostic approaches and treatment options of the most common neurological diseases.

About the Course

Neurologic diseases are common and costly. According to estimates by the World Health Organization, neurologic disorders affect over 1 billion people worldwide, constitute 12% of the global burden of disease, and cause 14% of global deaths.  Furthermore, the number of deaths caused by neurological diseases have more than doubled in the past 10 years, and this number will undoubtedly substantially increase in the coming years as the average age of the world’s population increase.

This course will provide a basic overview of the most common and important neurological diseases and conditions affecting people worldwide: stroke, epilepsy, headache, back pain, neurodegenerative diseases, movement disorders, alterations of consciousness, nervous system infections, traumatic brain injury, and neuromuscular diseases.  For each topic, a neurology professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) who has specialized knowledge about the subject area, and who teaches this material to UCSF medical students and other health professional students, will focus on the fundamentals of the clinical presentation and evaluation of people with these disorders, as well as some of the additional diagnostic approaches and options for treatment.  Although not a primary focus of the course, the faculty will also touch on some of the most pertinent disease mechanisms to help students appreciate the rationale for current therapies and the many questions that need to be answered to achieve effective treatments and cures.

Recommended Background

Students who take this course should ideally have at least a basic knowledge of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology.  For example, students should be familiar with the basic structure and function of the central and peripheral nervous system, including the lobes of the brain, the various parts of the brainstem and spinal cord, the main ascending and descending central pathways, and basic properties of peripheral nerves and muscle. Having at least a basic understanding of the way various cells in the nervous system work (such as properties of action potentials and other aspects of neural transmission) will be helpful but not essential for this course.  To make sure everyone is up to speed at the beginning, the class will start with an overview of the anatomy and functions of the nervous system as they relate to the various clinical diseases covered during the course.

Verified Certificate: $69

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/clintrials - John Hopkins University: Design and Interpretation of Clinical Trials

Learn the basic principles for design of randomized clinical trials and how they should be reported.

About the Course

Clinical trials are experiments designed to evaluate new interventions to prevent or treat disease in humans.  The interventions evaluated can be drugs, devices (e.g., hearing aid), surgeries, behavioral interventions (e.g., smoking cessation program), community health programs (e.g. cancer screening programs) or health delivery systems (e.g., special care units for hospital admissions).  We consider clinical trials experiments because the investigators rather the patients or their doctors select the treatment the patients receive.  Results from randomized clinical trials are usually considered the highest level of evidence for determining whether a treatment is effective because trials incorporates features to ensure that evaluation of the benefits and risks of treatments are objective and unbiased.  The FDA requires that drugs or biologics (e.g., vaccines) are shown to be effective in clinical trials before they can be sold in the US.

The course will explain the basic principles for design of randomized clinical trials and how they should be reported.  In the first part of the course, students will be introduced to terminology used in clinical trials and the several common designs used for clinical trials, such as parallel and cross-over designs.  We will also explain some of the mechanics of clinical trials, like randomization and blinding of treatment.  In the second half of the course, we will explain how clinical trials are analyzed and interpreted.  Finally, we will review the essential ethical consideration involved in conducting experiments on people.

Recommended Background

Student should have an interest in health sciences.  Some fundamental knowledge of epidemiology, e.g., types of bias, and statistics, e.g., mean and standard deviation, hypothesis testing, will be helpful.  

Verified Certificate: $49.00

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/fmri - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Statistical Analysis of fMRI Data

Explore the intersection of statistics and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a non-invasive technique for studying brain activity.

About the Course

In this course we will explore the intersection of statistics and functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, which is a non-invasive technique for studying brain activity. We will discuss the analysis of fMRI data, from its acquisition to its use in locating brain activity, making inference about brain connectivity and predictions about psychological or disease states. A standard fMRI study gives rise to massive amounts of noisy data with a complicated spatio-temporal correlation structure. Statistics plays a crucial role in understanding the nature of the data and obtaining relevant results that can be used and interpreted by neuroscientists.

Recommended Background

Proficiency with basic statistics is a requirement for this class.

Verified Certificate: $49

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/biostats - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 1

This class presents the fundamental probability and statistical concepts used in elementary data analysis. It will be taught at an introductory level for students with junior or senior college-level mathematical training including a working knowledge of calculus. A small amount of linear algebra and programming are useful for the class, but not required.

About the Course

Statistics is a thriving discipline that provides the fundamental language of all empirical research. Biostatistics is simply the field of statistics applied in the biomedical sciences. 

This course puts forward key mathematical and statistical topics to help students understand biostatistics at a deeper level. After completing this course, students will have a basic level of understanding of the goals, assumptions, benefits and negatives of probability modeling in the medical sciences. This understanding will be invaluable when approaching new statistical topics and will provide students with a framework and foundation for future self-learning. 

Topics include probability, random variables, distributions, expectations, variances, independence, conditional probabilities, likelihood and some basic inferences based on confidence intervals.

Recommended Background

Knowledge of calculus, set theory and a moderate level of mathematical literacy are prerequisites for this class. A small amount of programming is useful, but not required.

Verified Certificate: $49

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/poisonings - University of California San Francisco: Poisonings in the Home and Community: Assessment and Emergency Response

This is a survey course on the principles of Clinical Toxicology. The emphasis will be pre-hospital and emergency hospital management of poisonings with a case-oriented lecture format. The topics are prioritized by prevalence of human poisoning, natural and synthetic toxins, and target organ effects.

About the Course

Clinical Toxicology: Poisons in the Home and Community will cover clinical assessment & emergency response.

Here are the overall learning objectives for this course:

1.    Describe the epidemiology of poisonings to include most common age groups, scenarios, substances involved, and outcomes.

2.    List the steps taken if confronted with a poisoning to include appropriate first-aid, history necessary to assess a poisoning, and appropriate emergency response (poison control center, 9-1-1).

3.    Recognize the hazard potential among common household products (cleaning agents, personal care products, hydrocarbons, caustics).

4.    Describe the clinical presentation and emergency treatment for poisonings caused by plants and mushrooms, venoms, stimulants, and depressants.

5.    Identify useful clinical signs and symptoms to diagnose a suspected poisoning.  

6.    Describe the advantages and disadvantages of methods to decontaminate a poisoned patient.

7.    List the steps taken to manage a comatose poisoned patient to include supportive care and use of antidotes.

Recommended Background

The course may be appropriate for healthcare and upper-division undergraduate students that have had previous pharmacology course experiences, as well as practicing healthcare professionals.

Verified Certificate: $69

 

https://www.coursera.org/course/genomicmedicine - University of California San Francisco: Genomic and Precision Medicine

A critical, unbiased introduction to using new genomic tools for diagnosing and managing disease.

About the Course

Precision medicine has the potential to change fundamentally how health care is practiced, but requires a health care workforce that understands the complexities of this field. One important component of Precision Medicine is the use of an individual’s genomic information to offer targeted treatment, tailored to the individual. Our course aims to provide participants with some baseline knowledge of genomics, an overview of the clinical applications of genomic medicine, the skills to evaluate the clinical validity and utility of new tests, and an appreciation of the associated ethical and social issues inherent in this field. 

The course is geared toward practicing health care providers, although it should be accessible to anyone with a background in the biological sciences and a basic understanding of genetics.  It is designed to be succinct and clinically-focused, offering both conceptual and practical information about real-world applications of genomics.  The first two lessons offer a basic primer on molecular genomics relevant to the individual patient as well as to patient populations. The remaining five lessons focus on five applications of genomics and present the material as case studies, highlighting the strengths, limitations, and issues that arise in the use of each test.

Recommended Background

It is recommended that students have some background in biology/medicine, and have a basic understanding of genetics.

Verified Certificate: $79

https://www.coursera.org/course/epigenetics - University of Melbourne: Epigenetic Control of Gene Expression

Each mammalian cell has the same genes, yet performs distinct functions. This is achieved by epigenetic control of gene expression; the switching on and switching off of genes. This course will cover the principles of epigenetic control of gene expression, how epigenetic control contributes to cellular differentiation and development, and how it goes wrong in disease.

About the Course

While the human genome sequence has transformed our understanding of human biology, it isn’t just the sequence of your DNA that matters, but also how you use it! How are some genes activated and others are silenced? How is this controlled? The answer is epigenetics.  

Epigenetics has been a hot topic for research over the past decade as it has become clear that aberrant epigenetic control contributes to disease (particularly to cancer). Epigenetic alterations are heritable through cell division, and in some instances are able to behave similarly to mutations in terms of their stability. Importantly, unlike genetic mutations, epigenetic modifications are reversible and therefore have the potential to be manipulated therapeutically. It has also become clear in recent years that epigenetic modifications are sensitive to the environment (for example diet), which has sparked a large amount of public debate and research.

This course will give an introduction to the fundamentals of epigenetic control. We will examine epigenetic phenomena that are manifestations of epigenetic control in several organisms, with a focus on mammals. We will examine the interplay between epigenetic control and the environment and finally the role of aberrant epigenetic control in disease.

Recommended Background

Some background in biology, and more specifically genetics is recommended. If you don't have a genetics background, or want to brush up on genetics before you start, you might like to consider taking one of these MOOCs before our course starts:

Introduction to Genetics and Evolution: starts January 3 2014 (12 weeks)
https://www.coursera.org/course/geneticsevolution

Genes and The Human Condition (From Behaviour to Biotechnology): starts November 4 2013 (6 weeks)
https://coursera.org/course/genes 

Useful Genetics: starts November 1 2013 (6 weeks)
https://www.coursera.org/course/usefulgenetics 

Genomic Medicine gets Personal: starts March 4 2014 (8 weeks)
https://www.edx.org/course/georgetown-university/medx202-01/genomic-medicine-gets-personal/837 

Introduction to Biology - The Secret of Life: started September 10 2013 (14 weeks) - watch for next course offering
https://www.edx.org/course/mit/7-00x/introduction-biology-secret-life/1014

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/bioelectricity - Duke University: Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach

Nerves, the heart, and the brain are electrical. How do these things work? This course presents fundamental principles, described quantitatively.

About the Course

In this class you will learn how to think about electrically active tissue in terms of individual mechanisms, and you will learn to analyze the mechanisms quantitatively as well as describe them qualitatively.  The course uses many of the same examples used by Hodgkin and Huxley, who won the Nobel Prize for their experimental unraveling of the mechanisms of the nerve axon of the giant squid, and their creation of a mathematical model of membranes and propagation to understand its function.  That work has been the foundational element of most subsequent understandings of electrically active tissue, whether in nerves, the brain or in muscle, including the heart.

In this course, topics include:

The electrical charging of active membranes from the creation and use of differences in ionic concentrations across the membrane.
The stimulation of the membrane, both naturally and from engineered sources.
The creation of action potentials by the membrane in response to stimulation.
The chain reaction of membrane responses, with each small region or cell initiating an action potential in adjacent ones.
The observation of associated electrical currents in terms of extracellular wave voltages they create, the basis of clinical measurements such as the electrocardiogram.

The course will at each step present equations and other quantitative reasoning so that you will be able to go beyond describing what happens qualitatively and be able to link together the phenomena in the mosaic in a quantitative fashion, which is essential to judging whether specific changes in inputs are important to the outcome. Through the use of quantitative analysis, you will learn that all the elements of the system are tied together and be able to link together and analyze the effects of one part on another.

Recommended Background

Insofar as Bioelectricity, this course begins at the beginning, so all the main ideas can be understood without prerequisite courses.  As electricity is invisible, no one sees it, so the most important prerequisite is one’s willingness to bring imagination, reflection and patience to the topics, so as to allow the ideas to grow and knit together in one’s own mind.

Some of the presentation uses equations and other mathematics that come from calculus and differential equations and other parts reason from the physics of electricity and the analysis of circuits, so background knowledge about these subjects is helpful. For example, one needs to recognize that dV/dt is the rate of change of voltage V with time t, so as to understand that C dV/dt is the current through a capacitor C.  As another example, if V=1/r, what is dV/dr?

A course like this one usually is given to advanced undergraduates or early graduate students in science and engineering, as these students have taken calculus and physics, and differential equations and circuits, and thus are comfortable when notation or simple operations from these fields are used.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/bluebrain - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Synapses, Neurons and Brains

You will become intimately acquainted with the operational principles of neuronal “life-ware” (synapses, neurons and the networks that they form) as well as with recent ideas about how the dynamics of these networks generate the “neuronal code.” As an aperitif we will highlight present brain-excitements and for dessert we will discuss the future of brain research

About the Course

Probably the greatest challenge of the “21st century of the brain” is to understand how subcellular and cellular neuronal processes give rise to behavior – movement, perception, emotions, memory and creativity. This course will discuss, step-by-step, how modern molecular, optical, electrical, anatomical and theoretical methods have provided fascinating insights into the operation of the elementary building blocks of brains and, most importantly, how neuronal mechanisms underlie memory and learning processes. We will next discuss why computer simulations are so essential for understanding both neuronal “life ware” and the emergence of networks dynamics (e.g., as in the “Blue Brain Project”). 

The course will start by highlighting a few recent brain-excitements, including treating the sick brain via electrical stimulation, recent attempts at “reading the brain code” for brain-machine interfaces, new neuro-anatomical techniques (“Brainbow” and connectomics) and physiological methods (optogenetics) that enables us to record/activate the living, behaving brain at single cell resolution. We will end by discussing emerging frontiers in brain research, including the interaction between brain research and the arts. As an added bonus, a lecture on perception, action, cognition and emotions will be taught by an acclaimed neuroscientists, Prof. Israel Nelken..

Recommended Background

No background is required.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/healthinformatics - Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) - Health Informatics in the Cloud

A non-technical introduction to the contemporary application of computing to healthcare delivery, public health and community-based clinical research.

About the Course

This course is intended to help even non-technically trained students gain basic proficiency in health informatics: the application of computing to healthcare delivery, public health and community-based clinical research. This is distinct from the related field of bioinformatics, which explores the role of computing in understanding the genomic and proteomic processes within cells. Weeks 1-2 cover the US healthcare delivery system's unique structural, economic and policy issues and how they create a potentially strategic role for health informatics. Week 3-5 explain at a high level the core technologies involved in contemporary health informatics. Weeks 6-8 explore how these technologies are being deployed using some of the best commercial and open source products as examples. Weeks 9-10 present the technologies that have been developed to explore the digital data provided by these new systems with several examples of cutting edge research using "big data". As the course progresses, students can, optionally, also read the appropriate draft chapters of the instructor’s forthcoming text, An Introduction to Contemporary Health Informatics. 

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.coursera.org/course/usefulgenetics - University of British Columbia: Useful Genetics Part 1

This college-level course gives students a thorough understanding of gene function, and enables them to apply this understanding to real-world issues, both personal and societal. This is Part 1 of a two-part course; Part 2 focuses on the study of of how genes and traits are inherited.

Course philosophy

This short article describes the ideas behind Useful Genetics, explaining why the traditional college genetics course needed to change: Why do we have to learn this stuff? A new genetics for 21st century students

Who might want to take this course?

People affected by or concerned about a genetic disease (either directly or in a family member)
People interested in the genetic diversity of humans or other species
People who have had (or are considering having) their genes or genomes analyzed by companies such as 23andMe
People concerned about the public use of personal genetic information
People interested in breeding animals or plants, or in in conservation of endangered species
People interested in genealogy and ancestry analysis
Science teachers
Anyone interested in genetics but unable to enroll in university at this time

Recommended Background

You will need some prior knowledge of basic biology (first-year College or a recent good high-school course).  A self-assessment pre-test will be provided to students who enroll in the course, and additional activities and readings will be made available for students who want to improve their preparation.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

 

 

MUSEUM STUDIES (Teacher Development)

https://www.coursera.org/course/artinquiry - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies for Your Classroom

Explore how to integrate works of art into your classroom with inquiry-based teaching methods originally developed for in-gallery museum education.

About the Course

Intended for teachers (Grades 4-12) from all disciplines, this course will introduce ways to integrate works of art into your classroom by using inquiry-based teaching methods commonly used in museum settings. This course is designed to give teachers the tools to create meaningful object-based learning activities that can be integrated into a wide variety of curricula. We'll explore strategies that emphasize literacy, critical thinking skills and that connect across disciplines. The strategies and content that you will learn in this course parallels the proficiencies outlined in the Common Core State Standards as they relate to literacy, speaking and listening, critical thinking, analyzing informational text, and citing evidence to support arguments.

Recommended Background

An interest in teaching with objects and discovering effective ways to engage primary and secondary students in inquiry-based learning.

Verified Certificate: $39

 

 

MUSIC

https://www.coursera.org/course/improvisation - Berklee College of Music: Jazz Improvisation

Learn the basic concepts of improvisation from Gary Burton, one of the most renowned improvisers in the jazz world, including the mental, melodic, and harmonic processes that contribute to the instinctive skills that an improviser puts to use when taking a solo.

About the Course

While many people are fans of jazz and understand that musicians are often “making up” the notes they are playing during a performance, most people—often including musicians, themselves, who are beginning to learn improvising—aren’t clear about what exact processes take place to enable this to happen. The purpose of this course is to introduce the basic concepts of modern improvisation and how to go about mastering the different musical and mental skills involved. 

Course author Gary Burton codifies a sought-after approach to improvisation that has been at the core of Berklee College of Music's curriculum for decades. Students who complete this course will know what to practice and how to practice the various aspects of improvising, in addition to understanding how the improviser spontaneously communicates to the listeners through their musical creations.

Recommended Background

You should have at least an intermediate level of playing ability on your instrument, basic note reading experience, a knowledge of chord symbols (C7, Gm7, F7b9, Abm7, for example) and should, at a minimum, have tried improvising on some basic songs such as 12-bar blues or some familiar standard tunes.

Verified Certificate: $39

https://www.coursera.org/course/guitar - Berklee College of Music: Introduction to Guitar

Grasp the essentials needed to begin playing acoustic or electric guitar. You'll learn an easy approach to get you playing quickly, through a combination of exploring the instrument, performance technique, and basic music theory.

About the Course

For students who have long thought about picking up the acoustic or electric guitar, this course will provide an easy-access foundation that will get you playing. When first learning guitar, it is important to have the material presented in stages, in an enjoyable way that allows you to grasp the basics of the instrument and music. The course begins simply with the parts of the guitar, the names of the strings, tuning, and technique—whether finger-style or pick. It then explores the basics of music theory with such topics as scales, triads, power chords, and fingering and shapes.

At the end of this course, students will understand the structure, parts, and accessories of the instrument, in addition to an understanding of its basic maintenance. Electric guitar players will learn the operation of their instrument along with basic options for amplification, effect pedals, and sounds. Students will also learn to develop correct technique and apply theory concepts to their playing. They will have the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue most intermediate guitar courses.

Recommended Background

No musical experience or ability to read music is required.

Verified Certificate: $39

https://www.coursera.org/course/songwriting - Berklee College of Music: Songwriting

Learn an efficient, effective process for writing songs that express your ideas and emotions, including a range of tools that revolve around the concept of prosody—the matching of lyrics and music to support your underlying message.

About the Course

There’s a songwriter lurking somewhere inside you, peeking around corners, wondering if it’s safe to come out. Now it is. This course is an invitation to let your inner songwriter step into the sunlight. All it takes is a simple “yes” and you’ll be climbing that windy hill, marveling at the view.

If you haven’t written any or many songs, this course will show you an efficient, effective process for tailoring songs to express your ideas and emotions. If you have, you’ll look at your process differently, taking control of aspects of the process you may have not noticed.

The course will start by examining the tools available to you, all revolving around the essential concept of prosody. You’ll learn to use your tools to enhance your message—to work compositionally at the same time you’re developing your ideas.

You’ll be working both lyrically and musically, though musically it’s not necessary that you either read music or play an instrument. If you play, great, and you’ll be encouraged to play and record your musical responses to the assignments. If you don’t play, the course offers you a number of musical loops to work with. All you’ll have to do is sing your melodies over the loops.

Assignments will ask you to post something for peer review—sometimes lyric lines or sections, sometimes melodies, sometimes both. None of it has to be polished. The course is about writing, not performing.

Most important, you’ll have a lot of fun.

Recommended Background

No prior songwriting or musical experience is necessary

Verified Certificate: $39

https://www.coursera.org/course/musicproduction - Berklee College of Music: Introduction to Music Production

Learn about the music production process—including recording, editing, and mixing—and the tools available to you to create contemporary music on your computer.

About the Course

With the recent introduction of high-quality-low-cost software and hardware, the tools of music production are now available to the masses. Albums are made in bedrooms as well as studios. On the surface this is liberating. Anyone can make an album for the low cost of a couple pieces of gear and a software package. But, if you dig deeper, you will find that it is not so easy. Producing music requires knowledge, dedication, and creativity.
    
Knowledge is where this course comes in. No matter what kind of music you are making, there is a large set of tools that you will need to use.  Each lesson of this course will demonstrate a different set of music production tools, loosely following along the music production process of recording, editing, and mixing. 

We will start with some background on the nature of sound and how we perceive it. We will then examine the components necessary to record audio into a computer, so that you understand the devices that sound must travel through in a music production process. 
    
Once recorded, sound must be organized along a timeline, a process known as editing. It allows us to give the impression of perfect performances and create many of the sounds we hear in contemporary music. The contemporary editing tool is the Digital Audio Workstation (DAW),  a piece of software that stores and organizes all the assets of a musical project. We will focus on the editing tools that are essential in contemporary music production and that all DAWs provide. 

After editing, sounds must be combined or mixed together, so we look to the mixing board—a very creative place if you know how to use it. We will explore the basic functionality of both hardware and software mixing boards, including volume, pan, mute, solo, busses, inserts, sends, and submixes. The mixing process, however, includes more tools than the mixing board provides on its own. Sound must also be processed, modified from its recorded state to fit the context of the music. We will look at compression, equalization, and delay, and examine the many audio effects that are offshoots of these devices and how they are used in a musical context.
    
We will then explore the synthesizer, a major tool within the production of contemporary music. Yes, great music can and will be created without the synthesizer, but learning how a synthesizer works will give you a language to describe sound. Music is a collaborative art form, so there is nothing more powerful than effective communication. 
    
In the end, the music production process relies on your creativity. Creativity is a product of the mind and will stay there, unexpressed, until the right tools are used in the right way to share it with the world. If you have an idea in your head, it will take numerous steps, each with an important tool, to reach your audience. You bring the dedication and creativity, and this course will bring you the knowledge to make that happen.

Recommended Background

You should be able to perform the following tasks in a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), such as GarageBand, Pro Tools, Logic, Live, Reason, SONAR, or Digital Performer:

Create audio tracks
Add audio effects (EQ, Noise Gate, Compressor, Delay, and Reverb)
Create MIDI tracks
Add a software synthesizer to a MIDI track
Export an audio file
Create an MP3 file

Verified Certificate: Listed as providing a Verified Certificate, but no pricing provided at course site.

https://www.coursera.org/course/audiomusicengpart1 - University of Rochester: Fundamentals of Audio and Music Engineering: Part 1 Musical Sound & Electronics

In this course students learn the basic concepts of acoustics and electronics and how they can applied to understand musical sound and make music with electronic instruments. Topics include: sound waves, musical sound, basic electronics, and applications of these basic principles in amplifiers and speaker design.

About the Course

This 6-week course is for students who are interested in learning the basic concepts of sound & acoustics and signals & electronics as they relate to music. The goal is for students to understand the basic concepts and principles of musical acoustics and electronics and to learn how equipment such as electric guitars, amplifiers, and loudspeakers are designed and operate. Students are encouraged to put the theory into practice by building a simple guitar practice amplifier. The course employs high-school level algebra and trigonometry, no calculus is required. 

Recommended Background

Students at any level with basic high school math preparation (algebra and trigonometry)

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructors.

https://www.edx.org/course/utaustinx/utaustinx-ut-8-01x-jazz-appreciation-1149- University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin): Jazz Appreciation

Listen and learn about the artists, eras, and musical methods that make jazz a great original art form.

About this Course

Louis Armstrong. Charlie Parker. John Coltrane. You’ve heard their names, but do you know what makes them great? In Jazz Appreciation, you will learn what these artists and many others contributed to America’s great original art form, revered the world over for its innovation and creativity. Jazz emerged during a time of tremendous change and upheaval in American society; this course will also discuss how its evolution both reflected and contributed to those changes.

Much more than a lecture series, Jazz Appreciation weaves in musical performances and examples that will deepen your understanding of the musical process and develop your ability to identify and analyze different jazz eras and great jazz soloists. It also incorporates cutting-edge adaptive learning technology that will allow you to practice your new knowledge and skills, at your own pace, until you reach mastery.

Join this course to enhance your enjoyment of jazz by developing an informed understanding and deep appreciation of the art. 

Before, during, and after the course, check out the official facebook page for announcements and discussions, at facebook.com/jazzappreciation.

No prior musical experience is required for this course.

 

NON-PROFIT

https://www.coursera.org/course/subsistence - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Subsistence Marketplaces

This course aims to place knowledge about subsistence marketplaces into the hands and minds of those in different parts of the world that can and want to make a difference. The broader aim is for participants to consider the global challenge of poverty and envision a better world by designing solutions based on sound understanding.

About the Course

The foundation for this course lies with unique synergies between pioneering research, teaching, and social initiatives for a decade and a half through theSubsistence Marketplaces Initiative. Unique to this approach is a bottom-up understanding of the intersection of poverty and the marketplace.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

Verified Certificate: $49

 https://www.coursera.org/course/changetheworld - Wesleyan University: How to Change the World

How can we use the things we share in common to address some of the most challenging problems facing the world? This course examines issues concerning poverty, the environment, technology, health care, gender, education and activism to helps us understand better how to initiate positive change.

About the Course

How to Change the World has its origins in the Social Good Summit held at the 92nd Street Y in New York. The summit brought together some of the world's most creative entrepreneurs, writers, academics and political leaders to discuss ways innovative thinking and technology can address pressing global challenges.  Beginning from talks, panels and conversations from the summit, we will add lectures, on-line discussion groups, hangouts and readings to explore the issues in politics, technology and the environment in broader academic and historical contexts. We will then discover together what actions we can take to make a difference.    

Recommended Background

No recommended background is required; all are welcome

Signature Track: $49

 

 

NURSING

https://www.coursera.org/course/tbmanagement - John Hopkins School of Nursing: Global Tuberculosis (TB) Clinical Management and Research

Health Care Workers and Health Professions Students can prepare to plan and deliver TB care in their communities by applying the latest clinical and research data presented in this nine-week course focusing on TB/HIV Co-Infection.

About the Course

ENROLLMENT OPTIONS

Those interested in participating in this course have three options:

Free Enrollment:  Click “Sign Up” to enroll in course for FREE and earn a statement of accomplishment upon completion.
Signature Track Enrollment:  Click “Signature Track” and follow the enrollment steps.  You will be required to pay a $39 non-refundable fee.  Upon course completion you will receive a verified certificate, which employers can search. What’s this?
Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Credit:  For healthcare professionals interested in earning Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) contact hours you must:

Complete Signature Track enrollment.
Complete registration process through Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. You will be required to pay an additional non-refundable fee of $60 in addition to the $39 fee for signature track (verified certificate).

SIGNING UP FOR CNE CREDIT

If you’re interested in signing up for CNE Credit and have already signed up for Signature Track, click this link to register for CNE:http://nursing.jhu.edu/tbmanagement

ABOUT THE COURSE

Estimates from the World Health Organization demonstrate that Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) remains a leading cause of death globally. TB also is the leading cause of death among persons with HIV infection and remains a challenge for both clinicians and researchers.  This nine-week course focuses on TB/HIV Co-Infection and innovative research solutions to address the disease and introduces an overview on TB Care and Management Health Care Workers or Health Profession Students will learn to plan and deliver TB care in their communities by applying the latest clinical and research data to their setting. 

Course consists of:

Video lectures
Quizzes
Peer assessments
Large and small group online work and discussions
Individual work
Access to world renowned TB and HIV experts

Course Competencies

At the end of the course, it is expected that participants will be able to:
Describe the epidemiology of TB and drug resistant TB in patients with and without HIV
Diagnose TB infection accurately and understand the latest diagnostic advances
Identify correct treatment regimens for TB, MDR-TB and XDR-TB management
Manage clients presenting with all forms of TB including those co-infected with HIV
Recognize and manage all adverse reaction associated with antiretroviral and TB treatment
Identify strategies to assist clients and patients in improving treatment adherence

Verified Certificate: See prices for different options above

https://www.coursera.org/course/dementiacare - John Hopkins School of Nursing: Care of Elders with Alzheimer's disease and other Major Neurocognitive Disorders

Health professionals and students, family caregivers, friends of patients, and others interested in learning about dementia and quality care will acquire in this five-week course foundational knowledge in the care of persons with Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurocognitive disorders.

About the Course

Dementia is a worldwide epidemic affecting 35.6 million people in developed and developing countries.  Each year 7.7 million new cases are identified.  Understanding the disease—and how it impacts the person with the disease and their families and communities—is the first step in designing comprehensive dementia care models to enhance the quality of life for all. 

Recommended Background

This material is appropriate for anyone who is personally touched by dementing illnesses including health professionals, students in the health professions, or families and loved ones of persons with dementia. No special background is required other than knowledge of English.

ENROLLMENT OPTIONS

Those interested in participating in this course have three options:

Free Enrollment:  Click “Sign Up” to enroll in course for FREE and earn a statement of accomplishment upon completion.
Signature Track Enrollment:  Click “Signature Track” and follow the enrollment steps.  You will be required to pay a $39 non-refundable fee.  Upon course completion you will receive a verified certificate, which employers can search. What’s this?
Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Credit:  For healthcare professionals interested in earning Continuing Nurse Education (CNE) contact hours you must:

Complete Signature Track enrollment. 
Complete registration process through Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. You will be required to pay an additional non-refundable fee of $60 in addition to the $39 fee for signature track. 

SIGNING UP FOR CNE CREDIT

If you’re interested in signing up for CNE Credit and have already signed up for Signature Track, click this link to register for CNE: http://nursing.jhu.edu/dementiacare

ABOUT THE COURSE

Dementia is a worldwide epidemic affecting 35.6 million people in developed and developing countries.  Each year 7.7 million new cases are identified.  Understanding the disease—and how it impacts the person with the disease and their families and communities—is the first step in designing comprehensive dementia care models to enhance the quality of life for all. 

PHARMACOLOGY

https://www.coursera.org/course/intropharma - The Ohio State University: Introduction to Pharmacy

This course is a survey of the profession of pharmacy including its history, evolving scope of practice, ethical foundations, regulation, educational and career opportunities, and more. We will also explore topics relating to medication use and drug development.

About the Course

Man has always used external materials to help prevent, cure, or alleviate the symptoms of disease. In fact, Gregory Higby of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy has written that, “...the very concept of influencing bodily functions via an outside force must be considered one of humanity’s greatest advances.” Since its independent origins in ancient Arabic civilizations, pharmacy has evolved from a craft dedicated to the compounding of drugs to a profession focusing on helping patients get the best outcomes from medication therapies.

So what is pharmacy? How has it changed and where is it headed?

This course will answer these questions and provide a comprehensive introduction to this profession. We will explore the history of pharmacy and its evolving scope of practice; examine educational and career pathways; tackle issues relating to medication safety and adverse drug events; gain insight into the regulatory and ethical considerations in pharmacy practice; and more.

As we explore these topics together, we will hear from practicing pharmacists throughout the course and ultimately gain a better understanding of what they do and how they help us get the best results from our medications. Maybe you will decide that the dynamic profession of pharmacy is a career path that you want to pursue!  Whether student or healthcare consumer, you’re sure to find the material we cover in this course to be invaluable.

Recommended Background

There are no prerequisites to taking this course. All you need is an interest in the subject and a commitment to engage in all instructional activities.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/clintrials - John Hopkins University: Design and Interpretation of Clinical Trials

Learn the basic principles for design of randomized clinical trials and how they should be reported.

About the Course

Clinical trials are experiments designed to evaluate new interventions to prevent or treat disease in humans.  The interventions evaluated can be drugs, devices (e.g., hearing aid), surgeries, behavioral interventions (e.g., smoking cessation program), community health programs (e.g. cancer screening programs) or health delivery systems (e.g., special care units for hospital admissions).  We consider clinical trials experiments because the investigators rather the patients or their doctors select the treatment the patients receive.  Results from randomized clinical trials are usually considered the highest level of evidence for determining whether a treatment is effective because trials incorporates features to ensure that evaluation of the benefits and risks of treatments are objective and unbiased.  The FDA requires that drugs or biologics (e.g., vaccines) are shown to be effective in clinical trials before they can be sold in the US.

The course will explain the basic principles for design of randomized clinical trials and how they should be reported.  In the first part of the course, students will be introduced to terminology used in clinical trials and the several common designs used for clinical trials, such as parallel and cross-over designs.  We will also explain some of the mechanics of clinical trials, like randomization and blinding of treatment.  In the second half of the course, we will explain how clinical trials are analyzed and interpreted.  Finally, we will review the essential ethical consideration involved in conducting experiments on people.

Recommended Background

Student should have an interest in health sciences.  Some fundamental knowledge of epidemiology, e.g., types of bias, and statistics, e.g., mean and standard deviation, hypothesis testing, will be helpful.  

Verified Certificate: $49.00

https://www.coursera.org/course/poisonings - University of California San Francisco: Poisonings in the Home and Community: Assessment and Emergency Response

This is a survey course on the principles of Clinical Toxicology. The emphasis will be pre-hospital and emergency hospital management of poisonings with a case-oriented lecture format. The topics are prioritized by prevalence of human poisoning, natural and synthetic toxins, and target organ effects.

About the Course

Clinical Toxicology: Poisons in the Home and Community will cover clinical assessment & emergency response.

Here are the overall learning objectives for this course:

1.    Describe the epidemiology of poisonings to include most common age groups, scenarios, substances involved, and outcomes.

2.    List the steps taken if confronted with a poisoning to include appropriate first-aid, history necessary to assess a poisoning, and appropriate emergency response (poison control center, 9-1-1).

3.    Recognize the hazard potential among common household products (cleaning agents, personal care products, hydrocarbons, caustics).

4.    Describe the clinical presentation and emergency treatment for poisonings caused by plants and mushrooms, venoms, stimulants, and depressants.

5.    Identify useful clinical signs and symptoms to diagnose a suspected poisoning.  

6.    Describe the advantages and disadvantages of methods to decontaminate a poisoned patient.

7.    List the steps taken to manage a comatose poisoned patient to include supportive care and use of antidotes.

Recommended Background

The course may be appropriate for healthcare and upper-division undergraduate students that have had previous pharmacology course experiences, as well as practicing healthcare professionals.

Verified Certificate: $69

https://www.coursera.org/course/drugdiscovery - University of California San Diego (UC San Diego): Drug Discovery, Development & Commercialization

Students will learn the process of drug discovery and development through specific examples of case studies to better understand the issues facing the challenges of delivering a new drug on the market. At the completion of this course you will be able to have a better understanding of how a small or large molecule becomes a pharmaceutical drug.

About the Course

The University of California San Diego, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Drug Discovery, Development & Commercialization course focuses on drug discovery, development and commercialization.  
In this course, you will learn about the complete process of drug discovery, development, pharmacoeconomics, biosimilars, regulatory affairs, managed markets, portfolio management and strategic marketing of a new pharmaceutical drug.    

Students will also learn that shifting the current drug discovery paradigm from ‘finding new-entity drugs’ to ‘combining existing agents’ may be helpful for overcoming the current financial challenges that exist in the pharmaceutical/biotech market. 

The following course objectives will be:

1.  Understand the pharmaceutical and biotechnology market a changing landscape

2. Understand the major aspects of the drug discovery process, starting with target selection, to compound screening to designing lead candidates.

3. Recognize current modern drug discovery based on the lock-and-key theory, which attempts to use one single compound to hit one target to combat the related disease.

4. Increase understanding of the various drug discovery tools and methods that are used for finding, identifying and designing a new drug.

5. Define and understand the regulatory responsibilities for drug discovery, including but not limited to, an Investigational New Drug Application (IND), New Drug Application (NDA), and product labeling.

 6. Incorporate study design methods for consideration in the design of clinical protocols to access safety, tolerability, and efficacy in multiple therapeutic areas.

 7. Identify the critical components for development of a commercialization strategy and a marketing plan to launch a new drug.

No Recommended Background was listed for this course.

Verified Certificate listed, but course listing included note indicating that this option is currently closed.

 

PHILOSOPHY

https://www.coursera.org/course/thinkagain - Duke University: Think Again: How to Reason and Argue

Reasoning is important.  This course will teach you how to do it well.  You will learn how to understand and assess arguments by other people and how to construct good arguments of your own about whatever matters to you.

About the Course

Reasoning is important.  This course will teach you how to do it well.  You will learn some simple but vital rules to follow in thinking about any topic at all and some common and tempting mistakes to avoid in reasoning.  We will discuss how to identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments by other people (including politicians, used car salesmen, and teachers) and how to construct arguments of your own in order to help you decide what to believe or what to do. These skills will be useful in dealing with whatever matters most to you.

Recommended Background

This material is appropriate for introductory college students or advanced high school students—or, indeed, anyone who is interested. No special background is required other than knowledge of English.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/moralities - Yale University: Moralities of Everyday Life

How can we explain kindness and cruelty? Where does our sense of right and wrong come from? Why do people so often disagree about moral issues? This course explores the psychological foundations of our moral lives.

About the Course

How is it that we are capable of transcendent kindness—and unspeakable cruelty? How do we make sense of people’s strongly-held opinions about abortion, gay marriage, affirmative action, and torture? How do evolution, culture, and religion conspire to shape our moral natures?

These are among the most important—and most exciting—questions around, and they are the focus of this course. We will explore the modern science of moral belief and moral action, drawing upon disciplines such as cognitive science, neuroscience, economics, and philosophy. We will look at research from the lab, from the community, and from the battlefield; we will discuss babies, monkeys, and psychopaths; we will debate claims about moral differences between men and women, liberals and conservatives, Christians and Muslims. This course will cover prejudice and bigotry, sexuality and purity; punishment, revenge, and forgiveness; and much much more. 

As a preview, we have uploaded the introductory lecture to YouTube, which you can view here: http://youtu.be/1jUd72Dmd_A

Do I need any special background to take this course? 
No. If you can read a popular science book, or an article in a magazine such asThe Atlantic or The New Yorker, you should be able to follow the lectures and readings.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/introphil - University of Edinburgh: Introduction to Philosophy

This course will introduce you to some of the most important areas of research in contemporary philosophy. Each week a different philosopher will talk you through some of the most important questions and issues in their area of expertise.

About the Course

This course will introduce you to some of the main areas of research in contemporary philosophy. Each week a different philosopher will talk you through some of the most important questions and issues in their area of expertise. We’ll begin by trying to understand what philosophy is – what are its characteristic aims and methods, and how does it differ from other subjects? Then we’ll spend the rest of the course gaining an introductory overview of several different areas of philosophy. Topics you’ll learn about will include:

Epistemology, where we’ll consider what our knowledge of the world and ourselves consists in, and how we come to have it;
Philosophy of science, where we’ll investigate foundational conceptual issues in scientific research and practice;
Philosophy of Mind, where we’ll ask questions about what it means for something to have a mind, and how minds should be understood and explained;
Moral Philosophy, where we’ll attempt to understand the nature of our moral judgements and reactions – whether they aim at some objective moral truth, or are mere personal or cultural preferences, and;
Metaphysics, where we’ll think through some fundamental conceptual questions about the nature of reality.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/modernpostmodern - Wesleyan University: The Modern and the Postmodern

This course examines how the idea of "the modern" develops at the end of the 18th century in European philosophy and literature, and how being modern (or progressive, or hip) became one of the crucial criteria for understanding and evaluating cultural change. Are we still in modernity, or have we moved beyond the modern to the postmodern?

About the Course

In this course we shall examine how the idea of "the modern" develops at the end of the 18th century in European intellectual history, and how being modern (or progressive, or hip) became one of the crucial criteria for understanding and evaluating cultural change during the last two hundred years in the West. We shall be concerned with the relations between culture and historical change, and our materials shall be drawn from a variety of areas: philosophy, the novel, and critical theory. Finally, we shall try to determine what it means to be modern today, and whether it makes sense to go beyond the modern to the postmodern.

The Modern and the Postmodern traces the intertwining of the idea of modernity with the idea of art or culture from the late 18th century until the present. Beginning with the Enlightenment, Western cultures have invested heavily in the notion that the world can be made more of a home for human beings through the development of culture (and technology). Throughout this period there has also developed a strong, sophisticated counter-movement that sees the Enlightenment effort as a disaster – destructive of both art and of the world.

The Western idea of modernity is linked to but not the same as the idea of modernism. We will examine both in this class and then consider postmodernism in relation both to the philosophical idea of modernity and to the aesthetic considerations of modernism.

This course covers a lot of ground, historically, conceptually and aesthetically. There is much to read, and very different kinds of reading: from philosophy to novels, from theory to poetry. Not all students will like all the reading, but if you digest it all, you should have a clearer sense of the cultural history of our present.

Students should develop a historical, literary and philosophical understanding of some of the key themes of modernity and modernism in the West. They should learn to read classic and contemporary texts for their arguments, beauty and pertinence. They should see why these texts are “good to think with,” and, it is hoped, they will develop an appetite for further study in the areas covered by the course.

Recommended Background

All are welcome!

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/votingfairdiv - University of Maryland: Making Better Group Decisions: Voting, Judgement Aggregation and Fair Division

Learn about different voting methods and fair division algorithms, and explore the problems that arise when a group of people need to make a decision.

About the Course

Much of our daily life is spent taking part in various types of what we might call “political” procedures. Examples range from voting in a national election to deliberating with others in small committees. Many interesting philosophical and mathematical issues arise when we carefully examine our group decision-making processes. 

There are two types of group decision making problems that we will discuss in this course. A voting problem: Suppose that a group of friends are deciding where to go for dinner. If everyone agrees on which restaurant is best, then it is obvious where to go. But, how should the friends decide where to go if they have different opinions about which restaurant is best? Can we always find a choice that is “fair” taking into account everyone’s opinions or must we choose one person from the group to act as a “dictator”? A fair division problem: Suppose that there is a cake and a group of hungry children. Naturally, you want to cut the cake and distribute the pieces to the children as fairly as possible. If the cake is homogeneous (e.g., a chocolate cake with vanilla icing evenly distributed), then it is easy to find a fair division: give each child a piece that is the same size. But, how do we find a “fair” division of the cake if it is heterogeneous (e.g., icing that is 1/3 chocolate, 1/3 vanilla and 1/3 strawberry) and the children each want different parts of the cake? 

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!  

Verified Certificate: $49

PHYSICS

https://www.edx.org/course/ricex/ricex-phys102x-electricity-magnetism-1356 -Rice University: Electricity & Magnetism

Fundamental topics in electromagnetism: electric charge, electric fields, currents, magnetic fields, and induction.

About this Course

PHYS_102x serves as an introduction to electricity and magnetism, following the standard second semester college physics sequence. It begins with electric charge in matter, the forces between charges, the electric field, Gauss's Law, and the electric potential. Electric current and resistance are introduced, followed by descriptions of resistors, capacitors, and DC circuits.. The course then moves to the magnetic field, Ampere's Law, and Faraday's Law of Induction. Finally, inductors and AC circuits are described.

PHYS_102x consists of ~2 hours of weekly video lectures, weekly online homework questions, a one page peer assessed design project, and two online exams. The course runs 12 weeks, but during the two exam weeks there will be no new topics or homework assignments. It is recommended that student work consistently every week and should expect to spend 10-12 hours per week on course content.
 
The following components will make up PHYS_102x.

Video Lectures and Lecture Questions
Homework Problems
Midterm and Final Exams
Online Discussion Forum

PHYS_102x is targeted to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds and abilities from motivated high school students to people returning to their studies after a break. The prerequisites for this course are calculus and introductory mechanics.

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-16-110x-flight-vehicle-aerodynamics-871- MIT: Flight Vehicle Aerodynamics

Discover the concepts, theories, models, and methods used in the aerodynamic analysis and design of modern aircraft.

About this Course

This course covers the physics, concepts, theories, and models underlying the discipline of aerodynamics. A general theme is the technique of velocity field representation and modeling via source and vorticity fields, and via their sheet, filament, or point-singularity idealizations.

The intent is to instill an intuitive feel for aerodynamic flowfield behavior, and to provide the basis of aerodynamic force analysis, drag decomposition, flow interference estimation, and many other important applications. A few computational methods are covered, primarily to give additional insight into flow behavior, and to identify the primary aerodynamic forces on maneuvering aircraft. A short overview of flight dynamics is also presented.

Before your course starts, try the new edX Demo where you can explore the fun, interactive learning environment and virtual labs.

This course is part of an XSeries

An XSeries is a sequence of edX courses in a subject area. When you complete and pass all of the courses in the series, you will receive an XSeries Certificate of Mastery in that subject documenting your achievement

Verified Certificate: $100

https://www.edx.org/course/australian-national-university/australian-national-university-anu-1347 - Australian National University (ANU): Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe

Exploring the biggest mysteries of modern astrophysics.

About this Course

Despite spectacular recent progress, there is still a lot we don't know about our universe. We don't know why the Big Bang happened. We don't know what most of the universe is made of. We don't know whether there is life in space. We don't know how planets form, how black holes get so big, or where the first stars have gone. This course will take you through nine of the greatest unsolved problems of modern astrophysics. We can't promise you the answers, but we will explain what we do and don't know, and give you an up-to-date understanding of current research. This course is designed for people who would like to get a deeper understanding of these mysteries than that offered by popular science articles and shows. You will need reasonable high-school level Maths and Physics to get the most out of this course. This is the first of four ANUx courses which together make up the Australian National University's first year astrophysics program. It will be followed by courses on exoplanets, on the violent universe, and on cosmology.

Prerequisites

High school math and physics.

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.coursera.org/course/bioelectricity - Duke University: Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach

Nerves, the heart, and the brain are electrical. How do these things work? This course presents fundamental principles, described quantitatively.

About the Course

In this class you will learn how to think about electrically active tissue in terms of individual mechanisms, and you will learn to analyze the mechanisms quantitatively as well as describe them qualitatively.  The course uses many of the same examples used by Hodgkin and Huxley, who won the Nobel Prize for their experimental unraveling of the mechanisms of the nerve axon of the giant squid, and their creation of a mathematical model of membranes and propagation to understand its function.  That work has been the foundational element of most subsequent understandings of electrically active tissue, whether in nerves, the brain or in muscle, including the heart.

In this course, topics include:

The electrical charging of active membranes from the creation and use of differences in ionic concentrations across the membrane.
The stimulation of the membrane, both naturally and from engineered sources.
The creation of action potentials by the membrane in response to stimulation.
The chain reaction of membrane responses, with each small region or cell initiating an action potential in adjacent ones.
The observation of associated electrical currents in terms of extracellular wave voltages they create, the basis of clinical measurements such as the electrocardiogram.

The course will at each step present equations and other quantitative reasoning so that you will be able to go beyond describing what happens qualitatively and be able to link together the phenomena in the mosaic in a quantitative fashion, which is essential to judging whether specific changes in inputs are important to the outcome. Through the use of quantitative analysis, you will learn that all the elements of the system are tied together and be able to link together and analyze the effects of one part on another.

Recommended Background

Insofar as Bioelectricity, this course begins at the beginning, so all the main ideas can be understood without prerequisite courses.  As electricity is invisible, no one sees it, so the most important prerequisite is one’s willingness to bring imagination, reflection and patience to the topics, so as to allow the ideas to grow and knit together in one’s own mind.

Some of the presentation uses equations and other mathematics that come from calculus and differential equations and other parts reason from the physics of electricity and the analysis of circuits, so background knowledge about these subjects is helpful. For example, one needs to recognize that dV/dt is the rate of change of voltage V with time t, so as to understand that C dV/dt is the current through a capacitor C.  As another example, if V=1/r, what is dV/dr?

A course like this one usually is given to advanced undergraduates or early graduate students in science and engineering, as these students have taken calculus and physics, and differential equations and circuits, and thus are comfortable when notation or simple operations from these fields are used.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

PSYCHOLOGY

https://www.coursera.org/course/mysticthought - Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Modern European Mysticism and Psychological Thought

The course will examine the psychological thought of the modern mystical traditions in Europe. We shall focus on two topics with wider cultural implications: The soul and the heart.

About the Course

In the revival of mysticism today, mysticism has become more psychological while psychology is increasingly interested in mysticism. This course will provide an entry into the complex world of modern mysticism, through studying its psychological thought. We shall begin with exploring the interpretations of mystical experience offered by psychoanalysts in the twentieth century, starting with Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung and ending with contemporary thinkers such as James Hillman. However, we will see that the European mystical traditions, including Kabbalah in the Jewish world and those of the Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant worlds, developed their own elaborate systems of psychological thought. Thus, we will mostly examine mystical psychology on its own terms. We shall especially look at two terms that are very much in use also in general culture: the heart (as an emotional rather than a physical center!...) and the soul, looking at the unique mystical concepts of their nature and destiny and asking if there were influences and meetings between the different religions. 

Recommended Background

No background is required, all are welcome!

Verified Certificate: $60

https://www.coursera.org/course/psy - Georgia Institute of Technology: Introduction to Psychology as a Science

Learn about how psychology has developed a body of knowledge about behavior and mind through the use of scientific methods. All areas of psychology will be covered.

About the Course

Since we were young children, we have tried to understand, to predict, and to control behavior. We first dealt with our parents and teachers, and later our friends and companions. This course shows, however, how the understanding, prediction, and control of behavior require scientific validation. By using tools that are systematic and objective, psychology has learned how people behave and think. 

Psychology is a very broad field of study and the course will include discussions of the brain and nervous system, sensation and perception, learning, memory, intelligence and thinking, lifespan development, emotion and motivation, personality, social behavior, behavioral disorders, and psychological treatment of disorders. The course will include short lecture modules, demonstrations and experiments, and writing assignments.

Recommended Background

This course is designed for college freshmen, so a high school diploma is expected

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/fantasysf - University of Michigan: Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World

We understand the world — and ourselves — through stories. Then some of those hopes and fears become the world.

About the Course

Fantasy is a key term both in psychology and in the art and artifice of humanity. The things we make, including our stories, reflect, serve, and often shape our needs and desires. We see this everywhere from fairy tale to kiddie lit to myth; from "Cinderella" to Alice in Wonderland to Superman; from building a fort as a child to building ideal, planned cities as whole societies. Fantasy in ways both entertaining and practical serves our persistent needs and desires and illuminates the human mind. Fantasy expresses itself in many ways, from the comfort we feel in the godlike powers of a fairy godmother to the seductive unease we feel confronting Dracula. From a practical viewpoint, of all the fictional forms that fantasy takes, science fiction, from Frankenstein to Avatar, is the most important in our modern world because it is the only kind that explicitly recognizes the profound ways in which science and technology, those key products of the human mind, shape not only our world but our very hopes and fears. This course will explore Fantasy in general and Science Fiction in specific both as art and as insights into ourselves and our world.

Recommended Background

There are no prerequisites for this course.  However, the course will be conducted at the level expected of advanced undergraduate students.  Therefore, for all participants, reading comfortably in English at the undergraduate college level is desirable.  For those also participating in the writing and written responses, which is recommended, some experience in writing about literature is desirable. (A Note on Reading in Translation.)

Verified Certificated listed, but no pricing information provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a certificate signed by the instructor.

https://www.coursera.org/course/pmhdepression - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Major Depression in the Population: A Public Health Approach

Illustrates the principles of public health applied to depressive disorder, including principles of epidemiology, transcultural psychiatry, health services research, and prevention.

About the Course

Public Mental Health is the application of the principles of medicine and social science to prevent the occurrence of mental and behavioral disorders and to promote mental health of the population. This course illustrates the principles of public health applied to depressive disorder, including principles of epidemiology, transcultural psychiatry, health services research, and prevention. It is predicted that by 2020 depressive disorder will be the most important cause of disease burden in the entire world!  Every human being suffers from feeling depressed at some point or other, but only about one fifth of the population will experience an episode of depressive disorder over the course of their lives. This course illuminates the public health approach to disease, and the particular complexities of applying this approach to mental disorders, using depression as the exemplar.  

Course Syllabus

What is depression and what is depressive disorder?
How common is depressive disorder
The Global Burden of Depressive Disorder
Cross-cultural variation in depression and depressive disorder
Epidemiologic research to uncover the causes of depression
Research on prevention of depression
The system of care for psychiatric disorders and depression

No recommended background was listed for this course.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/the-mind-is-flat-2014 - University of Warwick: The mind is flat: the shocking shallowness of human psychology

Explore how to make better personal and professional decisions, and consider the psychological dimension to some key ethical and political choices facing the world.

About the course

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.

Please note, the beta run of this course is in November, but due to its popularity we are now taking sign-ups for a second run in early 2014.

Requirements

No special knowledge or previous experience of studying is required.

Verified Certificate: http://about.futurelearn.com/about/faq/#statement-of-attainment To date, the only Futurelearn MOOC offering Statements of Attainment is ‘The mind is flat: the shocking shallowness of human psychology’ (from the University of Warwick). However, we expect to make these available for more courses over time. For Statements of Attainment on ‘The Mind is Flat: The shocking shallowness of human psychology’, there is an introductory fee of £119 (Approx. $195 per Statement - including VAT / local sales tax, postage and packaging).

 

PUBLIC HEALTH

https://www.coursera.org/course/communitychange - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Community Change in Public Health

This course examines the community context of the changes needed to promote the public’s health.

About the Course

In bringing about behavior change in public health, we often focus on the individual mother, student, or farmer. We should not forget the community structure and norms constrain for encouraging individual health behaviors. This course examines the community context of the changes needed to promote the public’s health. We begin by examining the various definitions of ‘community’ and the processes by which we ‘diagnose’ or seek to understand the structure and characteristics of different types of communities. An appreciation of community similarities and differences is necessary lest we fall into the trap of designing one-size-fits-all interventions. We need to recognize that no matter that outsiders may view a community as poor or neglected, we can find strengths and capacities for improvement in each community. Identifying community capacities and resources is the first step in facilitating community change. Different practical and philosophical approaches to change and therefore, examined. Specific to the change process is our recognition of the need for communities to participate in the design, implementation and evaluation of any intervention. We examine the concept of participation in an effort to see how different levels of involvement may affect sustainability of community change efforts. Finally a case study of a community participatory approach to onchocerciasis control in Africa is presented. Community Directed Intervention has subsequently been successfully applied to providing other essential primary health care services by and in the community, such as insecticide treated bednets, malaria treatment, vitamin A distribution, deworming medicines, and pneumonia and diarrhea case management.

Recommended Background

A basic understanding of public health program planning is helpful but not required. 

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/healthinformatics - Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) - Health Informatics in the Cloud

A non-technical introduction to the contemporary application of computing to healthcare delivery, public health and community-based clinical research.

About the Course

This course is intended to help even non-technically trained students gain basic proficiency in health informatics: the application of computing to healthcare delivery, public health and community-based clinical research. This is distinct from the related field of bioinformatics, which explores the role of computing in understanding the genomic and proteomic processes within cells. Weeks 1-2 cover the US healthcare delivery system's unique structural, economic and policy issues and how they create a potentially strategic role for health informatics. Week 3-5 explain at a high level the core technologies involved in contemporary health informatics. Weeks 6-8 explore how these technologies are being deployed using some of the best commercial and open source products as examples. Weeks 9-10 present the technologies that have been developed to explore the digital data provided by these new systems with several examples of cutting edge research using "big data". As the course progresses, students can, optionally, also read the appropriate draft chapters of the instructor’s forthcoming text, An Introduction to Contemporary Health Informatics. 

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.coursera.org/course/pmhdepression - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Major Depression in the Population: A Public Health Approach

Illustrates the principles of public health applied to depressive disorder, including principles of epidemiology, transcultural psychiatry, health services research, and prevention.

About the Course

Public Mental Health is the application of the principles of medicine and social science to prevent the occurrence of mental and behavioral disorders and to promote mental health of the population. This course illustrates the principles of public health applied to depressive disorder, including principles of epidemiology, transcultural psychiatry, health services research, and prevention. It is predicted that by 2020 depressive disorder will be the most important cause of disease burden in the entire world!  Every human being suffers from feeling depressed at some point or other, but only about one fifth of the population will experience an episode of depressive disorder over the course of their lives. This course illuminates the public health approach to disease, and the particular complexities of applying this approach to mental disorders, using depression as the exemplar.  

Course Syllabus

What is depression and what is depressive disorder?
How common is depressive disorder
The Global Burden of Depressive Disorder
Crosscultural variation in depression and depressive disorder
Epidemiologic research to uncover the causes of depression
Research on prevention of depression
The system of care for psychiatric disorders and depression

No recommended background was listed for this course.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

 

SCIENCES

https://www.coursera.org/course/bioelectricity - Duke University: Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach

Nerves, the heart, and the brain are electrical. How do these things work? This course presents fundamental principles, described quantitatively.

About the Course

In this class you will learn how to think about electrically active tissue in terms of individual mechanisms, and you will learn to analyze the mechanisms quantitatively as well as describe them qualitatively.  The course uses many of the same examples used by Hodgkin and Huxley, who won the Nobel Prize for their experimental unraveling of the mechanisms of the nerve axon of the giant squid, and their creation of a mathematical model of membranes and propagation to understand its function.  That work has been the foundational element of most subsequent understandings of electrically active tissue, whether in nerves, the brain or in muscle, including the heart.

In this course, topics include:

The electrical charging of active membranes from the creation and use of differences in ionic concentrations across the membrane.
The stimulation of the membrane, both naturally and from engineered sources.
The creation of action potentials by the membrane in response to stimulation.
The chain reaction of membrane responses, with each small region or cell initiating an action potential in adjacent ones.
The observation of associated electrical currents in terms of extracellular wave voltages they create, the basis of clinical measurements such as the electrocardiogram.

The course will at each step present equations and other quantitative reasoning so that you will be able to go beyond describing what happens qualitatively and be able to link together the phenomena in the mosaic in a quantitative fashion, which is essential to judging whether specific changes in inputs are important to the outcome. Through the use of quantitative analysis, you will learn that all the elements of the system are tied together and be able to link together and analyze the effects of one part on another.

Recommended Background

Insofar as Bioelectricity, this course begins at the beginning, so all the main ideas can be understood without prerequisite courses.  As electricity is invisible, no one sees it, so the most important prerequisite is one’s willingness to bring imagination, reflection and patience to the topics, so as to allow the ideas to grow and knit together in one’s own mind.

Some of the presentation uses equations and other mathematics that come from calculus and differential equations and other parts reason from the physics of electricity and the analysis of circuits, so background knowledge about these subjects is helpful. For example, one needs to recognize that dV/dt is the rate of change of voltage V with time t, so as to understand that C dV/dt is the current through a capacitor C.  As another example, if V=1/r, what is dV/dr?

A course like this one usually is given to advanced undergraduates or early graduate students in science and engineering, as these students have taken calculus and physics, and differential equations and circuits, and thus are comfortable when notation or simple operations from these fields are used.

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.edx.org/course/ricex/ricex-phys102x-electricity-magnetism-1356 -Rice University: Electricity & Magnetism

Fundamental topics in electromagnetism: electric charge, electric fields, currents, magnetic fields, and induction.

About this Course

PHYS_102x serves as an introduction to electricity and magnetism, following the standard second semester college physics sequence. It begins with electric charge in matter, the forces between charges, the electric field, Gauss's Law, and the electric potential. Electric current and resistance are introduced, followed by descriptions of resistors, capacitors, and DC circuits.. The course then moves to the magnetic field, Ampere's Law, and Faraday's Law of Induction. Finally, inductors and AC circuits are described.

PHYS_102x consists of ~2 hours of weekly video lectures, weekly online homework questions, a one page peer assessed design project, and two online exams. The course runs 12 weeks, but during the two exam weeks there will be no new topics or homework assignments. It is recommended that student work consistently every week and should expect to spend 10-12 hours per week on course content.
 
The following components will make up PHYS_102x.

Video Lectures and Lecture Questions
Homework Problems
Midterm and Final Exams
Online Discussion Forum

PHYS_102x is targeted to an audience with a wide range of backgrounds and abilities from motivated high school students to people returning to their studies after a break. The prerequisites for this course are calculus and introductory mechanics.

Verified Certificate: $50

 

SOCIAL SCIENCES

https://www.coursera.org/course/latinamericanculture - Tecnologico de Monterrey: Latin American Culture

This course seeks to interest students in the Latin American culture by studying it from multiple perspectives.

About the Course

This course will develop students’ abilities to understand Latin American culture at both the national and regional levels. Students will analyze the social, economic, political, and cultural development of the region by applying modern critical thinking to the understood history of the individual Latin American countries. At the same time, students will study the contributions of different cultural and ethnic groups that exist within these countries, in order to understand fully the social complexity of what we call “Latin America”. Lastly, students will evaluate the developmental needs of Latin American countries and propose possible solutions in which individuals can act as a force for change.

Throughout the course, students will develop abilities such as: independent thinking and learning, analytical skills, and the ability to synthesize, and evaluate. The final part of the course will help develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. After completing this course, students will gain a better awareness of Latin American reality and needs.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided.

https://www.coursera.org/course/sna - University of Michigan: Social Network Analysis

This course will use social network analysis, both its theory and computational tools, to make sense of the social and information networks that have been fueled and rendered accessible by the internet.

About the Course

Everything is connected: people, information, events and places, all the more so with the advent of online social media. A practical way of making sense of the tangle of connections is to analyze them as networks. In this course you will learn about the structure and evolution of networks, drawing on knowledge from disciplines as diverse as sociology, mathematics, computer science, economics, and physics. Online interactive demonstrations and hands-on analysis of real-world data sets will focus on a range of tasks: from identifying important nodes in the network, to detecting communities, to tracing information diffusion and opinion formation.

Recommended Background

There are no math or programming prerequisites for the class. There will be a few additional assignments for those with a programming background, which will use the R statistical programming language along with NetLogo.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. This option is currently closed.

 

SPORT STUDIES

https://www.coursera.org/course/sports - Duke University: Sports and Society

This course explores the role of sports around the world, and how the games we watch and play shape identity, culture, and society.

About the Course

Sports play a giant role in contemporary society worldwide. But few of us pause to think about the larger questions of money, politics, race, sex, culture, and commercialization that surround sports everywhere. This course draws on the tools of anthropology, sociology, history, and other disciplines to give you new perspectives on the games we watch and play. We will focus on both popular sports like soccer (or “football,” as anyone outside America calls it), basketball, and baseball, and also lesser-known ones like mountain-climbing and fishing. Special guests will include former major league baseball player and ESPN commentator Doug Glanville; leading sports journalist Selena Roberts; best-selling soccer author David Goldblatt; skateboarding expert Dwayne Dixon; and Katya Wesolowski, a specialist in the Afro-Brazilian martial art of capoeira. You will never watch or think about sports in the same way again.

Recommended Background

All welcome. No previous knowledge required.

Verified Certificate: No price provided, but a “Statement of Accomplishment” signed by the instructor will be provided to all those who complete the course.

STATISTICS & DATA ANALYSIS

https://www.coursera.org/course/biostats2 – John Hopkins University School of Public Health: Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 2 Learn fundamental concepts in data analysis and statistical inference, focusing on one and two independent samples (Public Health).

About the Course

This class presents fundamental concepts in data analysis and statistical inference, focusing on one and two independent samples. Students having taken this class should be able to summarize samples, perform relevant hypothesis tests and perform a collection of two sample comparisons. Classical non-parametric methods and discrete data analysis methods are discussed.  The class is taught at a master's of biostatistics introductory level and requires Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 1 as a prerequisite.

Recommended Background

Students should take Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 1 before enrolling in this course. Knowledge of calculus, set theory and a high level of mathematical literacy are prerequisites for this class.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/statreasoning - John Hopkins University School of Public Health: Statistical Reasoning for Public Health: Estimation, Inference, & Interpretation

A conceptual and interpretive public health approach to some of the most commonly used methods from basic statistics.

About the Course

In this data centric era, statistics has become an essential tool for processing information from the realm of public health and medical research.  Understanding both the implications and limitations of the results from such research is essential for making informed treatment decisions, public health practice protocols and policy recommendations.  In this class, a conceptual and interpretive approach is applied to some of the most used methods from basic statistics.  The course will detail appropriate summary measures for quantifying the health of single populations, and comparing such outcomes between populations using results from representative but imperfect data samples.  Additionally, the role of uncertainty in sample based estimated will be covered, allowing for conclusions to be drawn regarding the larger populations under study while recognizing the imperfection in the study estimates.  All topics will be considered through a “conceptual lens” allowing students to focus on the “what”, “why”, and “so what” with regards to the implications of research results.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/statistics - Duke University: Data Analysis and Statistical Inference

This course introduces you to the discipline of statistics as a science of understanding and analyzing data. You will learn how to effectively make use of data in the face of uncertainty: how to collect data, how to analyze data, and how to use data to make inferences and conclusions about real world phenomena.

About the Course

The goals of this course are as follows:

Recognize the importance of data collection, identify limitations in data collection methods, and determine how they affect the scope of inference.
Use statistical software (R) to summarize data numerically and visually, and to perform data analysis.
Have a conceptual understanding of the unified nature of statistical inference.
Apply estimation and testing methods (confidence intervals and hypothesis tests) to analyze single variables and the relationship between two variables in order to understand natural phenomena and make data-based decisions.
Model and investigate relationships between two or more variables within a regression framework.
Interpret results correctly, effectively, and in context without relying on statistical jargon.
Critique data-based claims and evaluate data-based decisions.
Complete a research project that employs simple statistical inference and modeling techniques.

Recommended Background

Basic math, no programming experience required.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/biostats - John Hopkins School of Public Health: Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp 1

This class presents the fundamental probability and statistical concepts used in elementary data analysis. It will be taught at an introductory level for students with junior or senior college-level mathematical training including a working knowledge of calculus. A small amount of linear algebra and programming are useful for the class, but not required.

About the Course

Statistics is a thriving discipline that provides the fundamental language of all empirical research. Biostatistics is simply the field of statistics applied in the biomedical sciences. 

This course puts forward key mathematical and statistical topics to help students understand biostatistics at a deeper level. After completing this course, students will have a basic level of understanding of the goals, assumptions, benefits and negatives of probability modeling in the medical sciences. This understanding will be invaluable when approaching new statistical topics and will provide students with a framework and foundation for future self-learning. 

Topics include probability, random variables, distributions, expectations, variances, independence, conditional probabilities, likelihood and some basic inferences based on confidence intervals.

Recommended Background

Knowledge of calculus, set theory and a moderate level of mathematical literacy are prerequisites for this class. A small amount of programming is useful, but not required.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.edx.org/course/uc-berkeleyx/uc-berkeleyx-stat2-1x-introduction-1138 - University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley): Introduction to Statistics: Descriptive Statistics

An introduction to descriptive statistics, emphasizing critical thinking and clear communication.

About this Course

We are surrounded by information, much of it numerical, and it is important to know how to make sense of it. Stat2x is an introduction to the fundamental concepts and methods of statistics, the science of drawing conclusions from data.

The course is the online equivalent of Statistics 2, a 15-week introductory course taken in Berkeley by about 1,000 students each year. Stat2x is divided into three 5-week components. Stat2.1x is the first of the three.

The focus of Stat2.1x is on descriptive statistics. The goal of descriptive statistics is to summarize and present numerical information in a manner that is illuminating and useful. The course will cover graphical as well as numerical summaries of data, starting with a single variable and progressing to the relation between two variables. Methods will be illustrated with data from a variety of areas in the sciences and humanities.

There will be no mindless memorization of formulas and methods. Throughout Stat2.1x, the emphasis will be on understanding the reasoning behind the calculations, the assumptions under which they are valid, and the correct interpretation of results.

Prerequisites:

High School Arithmetic

Verified Certificate: $25

https://www.edx.org/course/mitx/mitx-15-071x-analytics-edge-1416 - MIT: The Analytics Edge

Through inspiring examples and stories, discover the power of data and use analytics to provide an edge to your career and your life.

About this Course

In the last decade, the amount of data available to organizations has reached unprecedented levels. Data is transforming business, social interactions, and the future of our society. In this course, you will learn how to use data and analytics to give an edge to your career and your life. We will examine real world examples of how analytics have been used to significantly improve a business or industry. These examples include Moneyball, eHarmony, the Framingham Heart Study, Twitter, IBM Watson, and Netflix. Through these examples and many more, we will teach you the following analytics methods: linear regression, logistic regression, trees, text analytics, clustering, visualization, and optimization. We will being using the statistical software R to build models and work with data. The contents of this course are essentially the same as those of the corresponding MIT class (The Analytics Edge). It is a challenging class, but it will enable you to apply analytics to real-world applications. 

Prerequisites

Basic mathematical knowledge (at a high school level). You should be familiar with concepts like mean, standard deviation, and scatterplots.

Verified Certificate: $100

TEACHER DEVELOPMENT

https://www.coursera.org/course/rookieteaching - Match Education’s: Surviving Your Rookie Year of Teaching: 3 Key Ideas & High Leverage Techniques

Learn 3 high leverage ideas and techniques to thrive in your first (or fifteenth) year of teaching.

Surviving Your Rookie Year of Teaching: 3 Key Ideas & High Leverage Techniques

Learn 3 high leverage ideas and techniques to thrive in your first (or fifteenth) year of teaching.

About the Course

Frustration. Hard Knocks. Sleepless nights. Tears. 
Those are just a few of the ways that rookie teachers describe their first year in the profession. And those sentiments have been validated by countless research studies that show that students, on average, learn significantly less when they’re taught by rookies. Unfortunately, many educators believe this is a necessary “rite of passage” – a sort of hazing that one must experience on their path to effective teaching. 

We don’t believe that. 

Over the past 6 years, the Match Teacher Residency has developed and refined an approach to specifically address the challenges that are unique to the rookie teacher experience. In this four-week course, we’ll explore the three ideas that we've found to contribute radically to success as a rookie teacher. “It's been a fantastic learning experience. I've taken several Coursera courses and this one is definitely the most original and creative in its approach. I suppose its main advantage is the straightforwardness of teaching, clarity and impressive visual representation. Really looking forward to Part II, where rookie teachers may grow and develop their initial knowledge even further.”

Recommended Background: While this course is intended for pre-service teachers, rookie teachers, and instructional coaches, veteran teachers and people considering moving into the profession have also found this course very worthwhile.  

Verified Certificate listed in course listing, but no information or pricing provided.

https://www.coursera.org/course/teach1 - Commonwealth Education Trust: Foundations of Teaching for Learning 1: Introduction

Foundations of Teaching for Learning is a program of study primarily for people who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education. It is an introductory program that considers the three domains of being a teacher: Professional Knowledge and Understanding; Professional Practice; and Professional Values, Relationships and Engagement.

About the Course

This introductory course explains how the seven other courses in the program will assist you to improve your understanding of your role and work as a teacher.  This set of courses will enhance your knowledge and understanding about learning and teaching and what makes a teacher a professional. 

Practical activities are provided to assist you in using what you have learned to improve your teaching practice.  While these are optional, it is strongly recommended that you undertake them if at all possible.

Of particular importance is a guide to the development of a portfolio to help you organize and document your thinking about what you have learned. In addition, you may be able to use the portfolio to access other opportunities in the future. 

The program consists of the following courses:

Introduction
Being a Teacher
Learners and Learning
Curriculum
Planning for Teaching and Learning
Introduction to Student Assessment
Being a Professional
Developing Relationships 

Recommended Background

This program is for anyone who is teaching, or who would like to teach, in any subject and any context - be it at school, at home or in the workplace. No prior knowledge of teaching is required. However we recommend that you take the introductory course first. 

Verified Certificate: $29

https://www.coursera.org/course/scicontentsurvey - Rice University: Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices 3 - Science Content Survey

This is the third in a series of four courses; each addressing a different set of skills science educators need to meet the demands of their career. In this course, teachers will develop a deeper understanding of several broad topics in the major science content areas by examining common misconceptions.

About the Course

A revolution is underway in science classrooms. The demands of the new workplace and the ready access to information afforded by new technologies have radically changed the way we define a scientifically literate society. 

More than ever teachers need professional development that provides them with the resources they need and empowers them to take the action required to build classrooms where the next generation of scientifically literate students will flourish. 

Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices consists of four courses, each designed to address a different strand in the development of skills teachers need to meet the demands of their career, including the following.

Science Leadership
Techniques for Success
Science Content
Student-Centered Inquiry

In this third course we will focus on helping teachers explore their own and their students’ misconceptions over a broad array of topics within science and engineering.

Recommended Background

No previous coursework is recommended, but the course will be most helpful to teachers with 3 or more years of teaching experience who are willing to directly apply experiences in their schools. While the course was designed with the K-8 teacher in mind, the topics covered are appropriate for all teachers, including those teaching in high school.

Verified Certificate: $35

https://www.coursera.org/course/advancedvirtual - University of California, Irvine (UCI): Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom

About the Course

This course will expand your understanding of blended and online instruction and hone your skills in the implementation of instructional strategies. In week one we'll discuss what it means to be a virtual teacher, examine what training is available for educators, and explore what career opportunities exist today. In week two we'll focus on using data and tools effectively, as well as implementing (and perhaps creating) your curriculum. We'll then delve into key strategies for developing classroom cultures focused on collaboration, respect, and inclusiveness. In week four we’ll examine lesson planning strategies for increased student engagement and success. We’ll also discuss ways to differentiate instruction for all learners using data and feedback to guide the process. Lastly, we'll consider the role of the student, teacher, and parents/guardians in the virtual classroom. By the end of this course, we hope that students will have expanded their toolbox of instructional strategies that can be immediately applied in online and blended classrooms.

Recommended Background

The course is primarily for:

Teachers working with children ages 5 - 18
Educators who are already familiar with the basics of virtual education
Faculty working with further education, community college, or vocational students
Continuing education or in-service facilitators supporting teachers and faculty
Educators interested in educational technology and/or online instruction
Please note that although this program is offered to participants from around the world, many of the examples and experiences shared will be based on the education structure and processes of the United States. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their own country-based experiences in the forums.

Verified Certificate: $39

https://www.coursera.org/course/teach4 - Commonwealth Education Trust: Foundations of Teaching for Learning 4: Curriculum

Curriculum is a framework for guiding teaching and learning. This course provides an opportunity for you to consider the relationship between the teacher, the learner and the curriculum.

About the Course

In this course you will learn how to use a curriculum to develop meaningful learning activities for each of your students. It will also help you to make better bridges between learning in and out of school and create more effective approaches to home-based learning activities.

This course is part of the Foundations of Teaching for learning program which is designed to assist people who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education improve their understanding of their role and work as a teacher.  This set of courses will enhance your knowledge and understanding about learning and teaching and what makes a teacher a professional.  

Practical activities are provided to assist you in using what you have learned to improve your teaching practice.  While these are optional, it is strongly recommended that you undertake them if at all possible.

Of particular importance is a guide to the development of a portfolio to help you organize and document your thinking about what you have learned. In addition, you may be able to use the portfolio to access other opportunities in the future.

Recommended Background

This program is for anyone who is teaching, or who would like to teach, in any subject and any context - be it at school, at home or in the workplace. No prior knowledge of teaching is required. However we recommend that you take the introductory course first.  

Verified Certificate: $29

https://www.coursera.org/course/artinquiry - Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies for Your Classroom

Explore how to integrate works of art into your classroom with inquiry-based teaching methods originally developed for in-gallery museum education.

About the Course

Intended for teachers (Grades 4-12) from all disciplines, this course will introduce ways to integrate works of art into your classroom by using inquiry-based teaching methods commonly used in museum settings. This course is designed to give teachers the tools to create meaningful object-based learning activities that can be integrated into a wide variety of curricula. We'll explore strategies that emphasize literacy, critical thinking skills and that connect across disciplines. The strategies and content that you will learn in this course parallels the proficiencies outlined in the Common Core State Standards as they relate to literacy, speaking and listening, critical thinking, analyzing informational text, and citing evidence to support arguments.

Recommended Background

An interest in teaching with objects and discovering effective ways to engage primary and secondary students in inquiry-based learning.

Verified Certificate: $39

https://www.coursera.org/course/teach2 - Commonwealth Education Trust: Foundations of Teaching for Learning 2: Being a Teacher

How we teach has its foundation in how we were taught and how we learned. This course provides an opportunity for you to reflect on your personal and professional development as a teacher. Through reflection and portfolio development you will enhance your knowledge and understanding of how to promote learning.

About the Course

This course is part of the Foundations of Teaching for learning program which is designed to assist people who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education improve their understanding of their role and work as a teacher.  This set of courses will enhance your knowledge and understanding about learning and teaching and what makes a teacher a professional.  In order to receive a certificate indicating that you have completed the whole program, you will need to sign up for the signature track (verified certificate) for this and the next six courses.

Practical activities are provided to assist you in using what you have learned to improve your teaching practice.  While these are optional, it is strongly recommended that you undertake them if at all possible.

Of particular importance is a guide to the development of a portfolio to help you organize and document your thinking about what you have learned. In addition, you may be able to use the portfolio to access other opportunities in the future.

Recommended Background

This program is for anyone who is teaching, or who would like to teach, in any subject and any context - be it at school, at home or in the workplace. No prior knowledge of teaching is required. However we recommend that you take the introductory course first.  

Verified Certificate listed, but course displays message indicating that this option is currently closed for this class.

https://www.coursera.org/course/ccss-math1 - New Teacher Center: Common Core in Action: Math Formative Assessment

This course offers participants an opportunity to engage in a community of learners using an inquiry cycle focusing on math formative assessments as a strategy for implementing CCSS in math. It focuses on the implementation of a Classroom Challenge: a 1 – 2 day lesson developed by the Mathematics Assessment Project (MAP) based on formative assessment and the CCSSM.

About the Course

The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM) offer the opportunity for educators to transform teaching and learning by positioning students in more active roles as learners. In addition to explicit content standards (which describe what students will know), the CCSSM present a broad range of practice standards that describe ways that successful students in math demonstrate proficiency. What do students and teachers need to know to take on these standards? What does it mean, for example, for students to persevere through new and challenging problems, and/or critique the reasoning of other students, and how can their teachers best support them?

In the words of one math teacher, “it’s not the students’ job to figure out what is in our heads; it’s the teacher’s job to figure out what is in theirs.” Such an approach requires far more focus on formative assessment and deliberate strategies for teachers to pre-assess students’ assets, needs, and misconceptions – then move them forward while continually re-assessing.

Recommended Background

Actively teaching or interested in teaching in the 6-12 grades.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

https://www.coursera.org/course/teach5 - Commonwealth Education Trust: Foundations of Teaching for Learning 5: Planning for Teaching and Learning

This course will help you consider how to develop appropriate learning goals for individual and groups of students. You will learn how to plan learning activities to engage your students in ways that will achieve these goals.

About the Course

In this course we will consider features of effective student management and how they support a safe, positive and orderly environment. We will also explore strategies for communicating with   students, colleagues, parents and others. You will be encouraged to reflect on and improve your current practices in planning for teaching and learning.

This course is part of the Foundations of Teaching for learning program which is designed to assist people who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education improve their understanding of their role and work as a teacher.  This set of courses will enhance your knowledge and understanding about learning and teaching and what makes a teacher a professional.  

Practical activities are provided to assist you in using what you have learned to improve your teaching practice.  While these are optional, it is strongly recommended that you undertake them if at all possible.

Of particular importance is a guide to the development of a portfolio to help you organize and document your thinking about what you have learned. In addition, you may be able to use the portfolio to access other opportunities in the future.

Recommended Background

This program is for anyone who is teaching, or who would like to teach, in any subject and any context - be it at school, at home or in the workplace. No prior knowledge of teaching is required. However we recommend that you take the introductory course first.  

Verified Certificate listed, but course has notice indicating that this option is currently closed for this class.

https://www.coursera.org/course/ccss-literacy1 - New Teacher Center: Common Core in Action: Literacy across Content Areas

Learn how to apply some of the tools from the Literacy Design Collaborative to incorporate Common Core literacy standards into your content area. In this course you will explore Literacy Design Collaborative Resources, create a teaching task, and develop a plan to use the task within classroom instruction.

About the Course

The Common Core State Standards are new and will challenge our students to show evidence of learning in new ways.  Instructional shifts are required, especially for teachers who must now incorporate literacy into content areas. Integrating the literacy standards can be difficult to do well. In this course you will have the support of a community and harness the power of collaboratively exchanging ideas with colleagues, as you design a teaching task (writing prompt) aligned with the Common Core.
 
You will use a template from the Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) to design a task that incorporates literacy into your content area and then create a brief plan for its use. These template tasks are a part of a much more in-depth LDC Module design and will serve to introduce you to the model and process.  

Recommended Background

4-12 grade classroom teachers in the United States interested in implementing strategies aligned to the Common Core State Standards in their content areas.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. Students who successfully complete the class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment signed by the instructor.

https://www.coursera.org/course/scistudentinquiry - Rice University: Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives & Practices 4 - Student-Centered Inquiry

In this course, teachers will develop the skills essential to move from a top-down content delivery model of science instruction to one in which the teacher is a guide, enabling students to create shared meaning of important science concepts.

About the Course

A revolution is underway in science classrooms. The demands of the new workplace and the ready access to information afforded by new technologies have radically changed the way we define a scientifically literate society. 

More than ever teachers need professional development that provides them with the resources they need and empowers them to take the action required to build classrooms where the next generation of scientifically literate students will flourish. 

Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices consists of four courses, each designed to address a different strand in the development of skills teachers need to meet the demands of their career, including the following.

Science Leadership
Techniques for Success
Science Content
Student-Centered Inquiry

In this fourth course we will focus on helping teachers change the nature of their classrooms to promote student engagement and proficiency in inquiry science 

Recommended Background

No previous coursework is recommended, but the course will be most helpful to teachers with 3 or more years of teaching experience who are willing to directly apply experiences in their schools. While the course was designed with the K-8 teacher in mind, the topics covered are appropriate for all teachers, including those teaching in high school.

Verified Certificate: $35

https://www.coursera.org/course/teach3 - Commonwealth Education Trust: Foundations of Teaching for Learning 3: Learners and Learning

The teacher’s work becomes meaningful when it is informed by research and theories of learning, and their relationship to actual practice. This course provides an opportunity for you to identify and understand students’ expectations and prior learning.

About the Course

This course introduces you to important theories about learning, and to conditions which may help or constrain achievement in the students’ learning. 

It is part of the Foundations of Teaching for learning program which is designed to assist people who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education improve their understanding of their role and work as a teacher.  This set of courses will enhance your knowledge and understanding about learning and teaching and what makes a teacher a professional.  

Practical activities are provided to assist you in using what you have learned to improve your teaching practice.  While these are optional, it is strongly recommended that you undertake them if at all possible.

Of particular importance is a guide to the development of a portfolio to help you organize and document your thinking about what you have learned. In addition, you may be able to use the portfolio to access other opportunities in the future.

Recommended Background

This program is for anyone who is teaching, or who would like to teach, in any subject and any context - be it at school, at home or in the workplace. No prior knowledge of teaching is required. However we recommend that you take the introductory course first.  

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/teach6 - Commonwealth Education Trust: Foundations of Teaching for Learning 6: Introduction to Student Assessment

At various points in the education cycle you will need to provide information which can be used to determine the extent to which your teaching is helping or has helped to achieve learning goals. This course prepares you to use assessment as part of the teaching and learning process.

About the Course

You will consider various techniques which help to assess student learning. The course also will help you to acquire the skills to develop and use appropriate assessment procedures. 

This course is part of the Foundations of Teaching for learning program which is designed to assist people who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education improve their understanding of their role and work as a teacher.  This set of courses will enhance your knowledge and understanding about learning and teaching and what makes a teacher a professional.  

Practical activities are provided to assist you in using what you have learned to improve your teaching practice.  While these are optional, it is strongly recommended that you undertake them if at all possible.

Of particular importance is a guide to the development of a portfolio to help you organize and document your thinking about what you have learned. In addition, you may be able to use the portfolio to access other opportunities in the future. 

Recommended Background

This program is for anyone who is teaching, or who would like to teach, in any subject and any context - be it at school, at home or in the workplace. No prior knowledge of teaching is required. However we recommend that you take the introductory course first.  

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/teach7 - Commonwealth Education Trust: Foundations of Teaching for Learning 7: Being a Professional

This course will help you to consider what is expected of you as a member of the teaching profession. You will consider ethical behavior and the need to respect the laws and regulations governing teaching.

About the Course

This course will emphasize what you can do to act professionally. This includes developing your own philosophy of teaching and making sure that you continue to improve your knowledge and skills. It also considers what it means to be part of a community of professionals, working with others to improve what happens in your school, community and profession.

This course is part of the Foundations of Teaching for learning program which is designed to assist people who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education improve their understanding of their role and work as a teacher.  This set of courses will enhance your knowledge and understanding about learning and teaching and what makes a teacher a professional.  

Practical activities are provided to assist you in using what you have learned to improve your teaching practice.  While these are optional, it is strongly recommended that you undertake them if at all possible.

Of particular importance is a guide to the development of a portfolio to help you organize and document your thinking about what you have learned. In addition, you may be able to use the portfolio to access other opportunities in the future.

Recommended Background

This program is for anyone who is teaching, or who would like to teach, in any subject and any context - be it at school, at home or in the workplace. No prior knowledge of teaching is required. However we recommend that you take the introductory course first.  

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/teach8 - Commonwealth Education Trust: Foundations of Teaching for Learning 8: Developing Relationships

As a teacher you will need to establish appropriate relationships with many different groups within the school and the wider community. It is important for you to understand how critical these relationships are to student learning.

About the Course

One focus of the course is to help you develop strong relationships with families to enable them to support children’s learning. Positive relationships with your students enable you not only to teach them but also to get to know them as individuals.  Positive relationships with colleagues and school leaders are necessary to help the school improve.

This course is part of the Foundations of Teaching for learning program which is designed to assist people who are currently teaching but have had no formal teacher education improve their understanding of their role and work as a teacher.  This set of courses will enhance your knowledge and understanding about learning and teaching and what makes a teacher a professional.  

Practical activities are provided to assist you in using what you have learned to improve your teaching practice.  While these are optional, it is strongly recommended that you undertake them if at all possible.

Of particular importance is a guide to the development of a portfolio to help you organize and document your thinking about what you have learned. In addition, you may be able to use the portfolio to access other opportunities in the future. 

Recommended Background

This program is for anyone who is teaching, or who would like to teach, in any subject and any context - be it at school, at home or in the workplace. No prior knowledge of teaching is required. However we recommend that you take the introductory course first.  

Verified Certificate listed, but course has note indicating that this option is currently closed.

https://www.coursera.org/course/scileadership - Rice University: Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices 1 - Science Leadership

This is the first in a series of four courses; each addressing a different set of skills science educators need to meet the demands of their career. In this course, teachers will engage in experiences designed to develop the skills needed to be a leader on their campus and to promote and enhance science learning in spheres outside their classroom.

About the Course

A revolution is underway in science classrooms. The demands of the new workplace and the ready access to information afforded by new technologies have radically changed the way we define a scientifically literate society. 

More than ever teachers need professional development that provides them with the resources they need and empowers them to take the action required to build classrooms where the next generation of scientifically literate students will flourish. 

Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices consists of four courses, each designed to address a different strand in the development of skills teachers need to meet the demands of their career, including the following.

Science Leadership
Techniques for Success
Science Content
Student-Centered Inquiry

In this first course we will focus on helping teachers expand their influence outside their classroom to promote scientific literacy throughout their school and into the larger community.

Recommended Background

No previous coursework is recommended, but the course will be most helpful to teachers with 3 or more years of teaching experience who are willing to directly apply experiences in their schools. While the course was designed with the K-8 teacher in mind, the topics covered are appropriate for all teachers, including those teaching in high school.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.coursera.org/course/blendedlearning - New Teacher Center, Silicon Schools, & Clayton Christensen Institute: Blended Learning: Personalizing Education for Students

Blended learning is a new educational model with great potential to increase student outcomes and create exciting new roles for teachers. In this course you will learn about the different types of blended learning and the best practices from real schools using these models. In addition, you will develop the tools you need to build your own blended learning program.

About the Course

Plenty of buzz exists about blended learning and its transformational potential. But what does blended learning really mean? In this course we will explore the different models of blended learning and dive into key issues that impact students, teachers, and schools. Specifically, we will look at these issues through the lens of three high-performing schools that each use a different type of blended learning.  A few of the key topics will include:

The role of the student and how to support students in the transition from traditional to blended learning
Implications for teachers in their day-to-day work and overall role
Impact on the way schools are designed including staffing models, use of time, hardware/software selection, and the use of data
Implementation challenges, potential solutions, and the remaining open questions

We will live by the attributes of blended learning in this course, encouraging students to take quizzes at the beginning of the week to assess their understanding and skip material they already know.  In addition, the course will culminate in participants prototyping their own blended learning model and will have an overall hands-on approach. 

If you are interested in learning more about how to best leverage technology in education and rethink the way we run schools, join this MOOC and encourage your colleagues to do the same.  Become a part of this growing movement and learn first-hand how blended learning can help provide students a more personalized learning experience.  Consider signing up for the signature track so you can have a verified certificate of your completion of this course.

Recommended Background

This course is designed for anyone with a strong interest in blended learning.  We anticipate participation from educators as well as parents and members of the education technology sector, philanthropy, non-profits, etc.  That said, it is ideal to have some access to some form of a classroom (a friend, colleague, after school program, etc.) to take the most advantage of the course because we strongly believe in people being able to try out these ideas.  That said, there are pathways in the course for people who have access to a classroom and those who do not.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.coursera.org/course/inquirytechniques - Rice University: Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices 2 - Techniques for Success

This is the second in a series of four courses; each addressing a different set of skills science educators need to meet the demands of their career. In this course, teachers will engage in experiences designed to develop the skills needed to create a more powerful science learning environment in their classroom.

About the Course

A revolution is underway in science classrooms. The demands of the new workplace and the ready access to information afforded by new technologies have radically changed the way we define a scientifically literate society. 

More than ever teachers need professional development that provides them with the resources they need and empowers them to take the action required to build classrooms where the next generation of scientifically literate students will flourish. 

Inquiry Science Learning: Perspectives and Practices consists of four courses, each designed to address a different strand in the development of skills teachers need to meet the demands of their career, including the following.

Science Leadership
Techniques for Success
Science Content
Student-Centered Inquiry

In this second course we will focus on helping teachers master techniques and strategies that create a learning environment that will empower students and enhance their mastery of science content and skills.

Recommended Background

No previous coursework is recommended, but the course will be most helpful to teachers with 3 or more years of teaching experience who are willing to directly apply experiences in their schools. While the course was designed with the K-8 teacher in mind, the topics covered are appropriate for all teachers, including those teaching in high school.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course

VETERINARY SCIENCES & ZOOLOGY

https://www.coursera.org/course/dino101 - University of Alberta: Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology

Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology is a 12-lesson course teaching a comprehensive overview of non-avian dinosaurs. Topics covered: anatomy, eating, locomotion, growth, environmental and behavioral adaptations, origins and extinction. Lessons are delivered from museums, fossil-preparation labs and dig sites. Estimated workload: 3-5 hrs/wk for non-credit; 7-10 hrs/wk for credit

About the Course

In Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology, students will learn about the many kinds of non-avian dinosaurs that roamed the earth during the Mesozoic Era, from 250 to 65 million years ago. Numerous topics are covered in order to deliver a comprehensive survey of this important group of animals. These include adaptations for attack and defense, anatomy, appearances, behaviors, birth, deep time, evolutionary theory, feeding, fossilization, growth, integumentary structures, locomotion, major groupings, origins, paleogeography, plate tectonics, reproduction, species definition, stratigraphy, and the extinction event that brought their dominance to an end.

Course material is delivered in a student-friendly short-form fashion, with numerous formative feedback sections. Many lessons are delivered from actual dinosaur dig sites. Students will gain access to a number of special interactive modules designed specifically for this course. These modules will grant users access to their very own virtual fossil collection, allow them to build dinosaur skeletons and provide them with an interactive visual representation of geologic time. This course's unique lesson delivery, combined with a classic quiz structure, will enable students to quickly gain a solid foundation for understanding dinosaurs, their adaptations and behaviors, and their place in the long history of earth.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

Verified Certificate: $69

https://www.coursera.org/course/equinenutrition - University of Edinburgh: Equine Nutrition

This course will cover many aspects of equine nutrition ranging from anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal tract to dietary management of horses/ponies affected with nutrition-related disorders. This is course is designed for self-directed study with minimal tutor input, and as such emphasis is placed upon peer discussions of the topics presented in each section of the course. This course is not designed to have a large amount of tutor input as this is an open access course that attracts tens of thousands of participants. However, tutors will endeavour to answer the main queries relating to the understanding of the lecture materials and to provide a summary of the key questions raised in each of the weekly topics and clarification of any misunderstandings.

About the Course

This course is designed to provide knowledge of equine digestion and nutrition for those with an interest in this area. The anatomy and physiology of the equine alimentary canal will be studied to provide students with an understanding of the equine digestive system.  Nutrient sources for horses will be discussed, with emphasis placed on the health and welfare issues surrounding the inclusion of various types of feedstuffs in equine diets.  Students will also discuss recommendations on rations for horses and ponies performing various activities and should feel better equipped to make judgements on rations for horses and ponies, in health and disease.

Recommended Background

No background is required in equine nutrition is required

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/animalbehav - University of Melbourne: Animal Behavior

This course will help you understand the remarkable behaviors of wild animals from an evolutionary perspective.  [Image: Peacock spider. Photo by Jürgen Otto, Manakin bird footage (Ex-Riddle of the Sexes) reproduced with permission, courtesy of BBC Worldwide Ltd]

About the Course

Many of us derive inspiration from watching natural history documentaries and their astounding catalogue of wild animal behaviours.  In this course, we will explore how scientists study animal behaviour, and in particular how behaviour is shaped by the evolutionary forces of natural and sexual selection. Topics include resource acquisition; avoiding enemies; mate choice and sexual conflict; cues, signals and communication; parental care and social behaviour; and the role of genes, environments and learning in regulating behavioural diversity.  We draw on examples from across the animal kingdom to illustrate the complex mechanisms underlying adaptations, and complement these with natural history videos that highlight key concepts. We evaluate the scientific rigour of studies used to test theory, and highlight the often ingenious methods adopted by researchers to understand animal behavior.

Recommended Background

Apart from enthusiasm for animal behavior, there is no background required for this course.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing provided. A Statement of Accomplishment will be offered to those students who successfully pass the assessments as laid out in the syllabus. A verified Statement of Accomplishment will be offered to those students who enroll in the course using Signature Track and who successfully pass the assessments.

WORLD TRADE

https://www.coursera.org/course/europe - HEC Paris: Understanding Europe: Why It Matters and What It Can Offer You

Learn about the European Union, how it works, why it matters and what it can offer you. Regardless of where you live, the EU not only affects your life but may also transform it. This course aims at empowering you, your family, business and community in Europe and beyond and will enable you to discover jobs you were not aware of.

About the Course

Regardless of where you live, the European Union has a large, yet often unnoticed, impact on many aspects of your everyday life. Whether you are traveling, eating, working, doing business, shopping, surfing the Internet or breathing, all these activities are largely shaped by the EU.  As a result no global citizen, business leader, lawmaker, lobbyist or student can effectively operate in Europe or in the world without a solid understanding of this unique laboratory of integration. While the EU is often depicted as a monstrous bureaucratic creature, condemned to irrelevance by the emerging economies, it remains the most accomplished experiment of economic, social and political integration in human history. In 50 years the EU accomplished what other countries took centuries to realize.

Given its inherent complexities, Understanding Europe aims at popularizing the intricacies of the European Union system to promote greater awareness of the opportunities it offers you. Ultimately, you will not only better grasp the applicable framework for any European economic or social activity you engage in, but you will also participate on the EU stage. By confronting you with several current EU policy proposals, you will be able to ‘have a say’ in the EU policymaking process. We want to empower you as a citizen and business operator to maximize your rights and opportunities in today’s Europe.

Understanding Europe is structured upon some basic yet critical questions about the EU’s purpose and legitimacy: why does the EU exist? How does it work? What can it offer you? The course then analyzes the European public sphere by focusing on its main actors (the European Parliament, the Commission, the Council, the Court of Justice of the EU) and the role European citizens play in influencing Europe. We then move to the Union’s powers (what can the EU do? How far can it go? Do Members States have some instruments to “block” EU action? Can EU citizens challenge EU action?) by discussing the limits to its action and describing some of its policies. The course then analyzes the role and opportunities citizens and all stakeholders may have in shaping EU policies through public consultation, the European Citizens Initiative and other forms of participatory democracy. In a further step, we will analyze what the EU is doing for you regardless of where you are based in the world. Finally, by taking stock of what you have learned in the previous weeks, we will look at what you can do for and in Europe.

Throughout the whole course, participants will be confronted with real-life examples of EU action. EU affairs professionals will share their personal EU experiences and tell us about their EU jobs. You can interact with the instructor and other participants, share your opinions, question the instructor’s assumptions and hence shape the course’s content. 

Recommended Background

No prior knowledge is required. All are welcome.

Verified Certificate: $49

https://www.coursera.org/course/modernmiddleeast – Tel Aviv University: The Emergence of the Modern Middle East

Learn about the history of the Middle East for a deeper understanding of current regional developments!

About the Course

This course will discuss the emergence of the modern Middle East from the fall of the Ottoman Empire, at the end of the First World War to the present. It will discuss the Ottoman legacy in the region and the Western imperial impact on the creation of the Arab state system. The course will discuss the rise and retreat of Arab nationalism, the problems of internal cohesion of the Arab states, issues of religion and state, and the evolution of Islamist politics. It will also focus on the evolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict and its impact on the region and will conclude with an in depth analysis of the “Arab Spring” by placing these contemporary revolutionary events in their historical context.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

Verified Certificate: $39

https://www.coursera.org/course/latinamericanculture - Tecnologico de Monterrey: Latin American Culture

This course seeks to interest students in the Latin American culture by studying it from multiple perspectives.

About the Course

This course will develop students’ abilities to understand Latin American culture at both the national and regional levels. Students will analyze the social, economic, political, and cultural development of the region by applying modern critical thinking to the understood history of the individual Latin American countries. At the same time, students will study the contributions of different cultural and ethnic groups that exist within these countries, in order to understand fully the social complexity of what we call “Latin America”. Lastly, students will evaluate the developmental needs of Latin American countries and propose possible solutions in which individuals can act as a force for change.

Throughout the course, students will develop abilities such as: independent thinking and learning, analytical skills, and the ability to synthesize, and evaluate. The final part of the course will help develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. After completing this course, students will gain a better awareness of Latin American reality and needs.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided.

https://www.coursera.org/course/afp21stcentury - Duke University: 21st Century American Foreign Policy

What is American foreign policy? Who makes it? Why is it the way it is? How does it affect the rest of the world? Professor Bruce Jentleson has taught the subject for over 30 years, written one of the leading books on it, and has served in numerous U.S. foreign policy positions.

About the Course

U.S. foreign policy has a huge impact on the world. That impact is widely debated among Americans and by people in many countries. Our goal in this course is to gain more understanding of what U.S. foreign policy is, who makes it, why is it the way it is, and how it affects the rest of the world. Through lectures, readings, and other course elements we build on the information available from the media and other such sources while delving deeper into the issues, their history, their broader context and major debates. We seek to do so as a community of learning committed not only to the curricular objectives for our course, but seeking to demonstrate to the world how to conduct informed and respectful discourse on subjects which have plenty of room for disagreement.

The first week of the course provides an overview and analytic framework, and focuses in on the process and politics by which U.S. foreign policy is made. Each of the next five weeks is geared to U.S. foreign policy in different regions: Asia with a particular focus on U.S.-China relations; the Middle East and such issues as Iran, Arab-Israeli peace, Syria, and the Arab uprisings; relations with Western Europe and Russia; relations in the Western Hemisphere with Latin America and Canada; and key issues in U.S.-Africa relations. While we cannot cover all issues, we do try for a balance of breadth and depth.

Recommended Background

Strong interest in world politics and international affairs is the most important requirement. Prior relevant knowledge from one’s own education and any professional work experience would be great, both for you and for our community of learning.

Verified Certificate listed, but no pricing information provided. This option is currently closed for this course.

https://www.edx.org/course/anux/anux-anu-india1x-engaging-india-1376 -Australian National University (ANU): Engaging India

A course that examines some of the factors that have shaped India and what makes India the country it is today.

About this Course

This course offers an overview of contemporary India and explores its role as one of the dominant economic and military powers of Asia. We begin with a discussion on India as a multilingual society.  The entire course will be available in both English and Hindi.

The central focus of the course is an examination of contemporary issues in India. This includes perspectives on how Indian culture and language are being affected by the boom in technology: sections on politics and nationalism; economics and the implications of recent moves toward liberalisation of the economy; and security, international relations, and regionalism. In addition, we will examine India’s role in South Asian politics and current issues relating to its regional neighbours in Asia. The aim of the course is to provide students with a comprehensive and wide-ranging overview of India in order that they may better understand its role in the world.

Prerequisites

None

Verified Certificate: $50

https://www.coursera.org/course/subsistence - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Subsistence Marketplaces

This course aims to place knowledge about subsistence marketplaces into the hands and minds of those in different parts of the world that can and want to make a difference. The broader aim is for participants to consider the global challenge of poverty and envision a better world by designing solutions based on sound understanding.

About the Course

The foundation for this course lies with unique synergies between pioneering research, teaching, and social initiatives for a decade and a half through theSubsistence Marketplaces Initiative. Unique to this approach is a bottom-up understanding of the intersection of poverty and the marketplace.

Recommended Background

No background is required; all are welcome!

Verified Certificate: $49

 https://www.coursera.org/course/changetheworld - Wesleyan University: How to Change the World

How can we use the things we share in common to address some of the most challenging problems facing the world? This course examines issues concerning poverty, the environment, technology, health care, gender, education and activism to helps us understand better how to initiate positive change.

About the Course

How to Change the World has its origins in the Social Good Summit held at the 92nd Street Y in New York. The summit brought together some of the world's most creative entrepreneurs, writers, academics and political leaders to discuss ways innovative thinking and technology can address pressing global challenges.  Beginning from talks, panels and conversations from the summit, we will add lectures, on-line discussion groups, hangouts and readings to explore the issues in politics, technology and the environment in broader academic and historical contexts. We will then discover together what actions we can take to make a difference.    

Recommended Background

No recommended background is required; all are welcome

Verified Certificate: $49

  
MOOCsNews on MOOCs 2 Degrees, MOOCs 2 Jobs, Assessments, Credits, Certificates, Career Services, MOOC Tutoring/Mentoring, MOOCducation, MOOCthink and other related subjects:
   


"If they only knew about MOOCs: The US MOOCs Market Volume Opportunity" 
http://www.MoocsUniversity.org  
Do USA low income students/families, underserved student populations, unemployed, and the many other segments that would benefit most from MOOCs "Know About MOOCs?" No.
Are they a Volume MOOC market opportunity at home? Yes.





"LinkedIn moves to legitimize Web classes by Coursera, Udacity, others"
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2013/11/14/moocs-and-jobs-linkedin-coursera.html
LinkedIn announced the new "Direct-to-Profile Certifications" pilot program in a blog post today. Organizations participating in the program include: MOOC startups Coursera, Udacity and Udemy; Harvard and MIT-backed nonprofit MOOC provider edX; publishing giant Pearson; e-learning companies Lynda.com and Skillsoft.

The new program will allow users to display online courses they have completed on their LinkedIn profile by clicking a link in an email from the course provider.




"Time for Consolidation in MOOCs World" 
www.Twitter.com/MOOCsNews 
Time for Consolidation In MOOCs: Follow-on Investment rates decline for Social, Gaming & Education. Mobile Cos Rate Up ( http://www.cbinsights.com/blog/trends/industry-follow-on-investment-rate). The level of consolidation in the MOOC sector has already started to ramp up with the recent quiet merger/acquisitions of several start-ups, and start-up assets. Consolidation will further solidify the industry, and will result in significant value-added to the MOOC learners.  New MOOC players resulting from consolidation will be stronger contenders for long term financial success in this high growth global sector. 




"MOOCs Platform for the Arab World. MOOCs in Arabic Language"
http://www.queenrania.jo/media/speeches/her-majesty-queen-rania-al-abdullah-harvard-arab-weekend-boston-usa-thursday-november

By leveraging edX’s technology and tapping the best of our regional talent and Arab diaspora, we’re proud that we will be launching a MOOCS platform for the Arab world - Edrak. Engaging,fresh, relevant and, most important, in Arabic, MOOCS will open up a world of possibility for intellectually hungry Arab youth.



"Mooc rival OERu puts accreditation on menu. MOOCs coursework to be assessed for academic credit by member institutions. Approx. $200 per module"

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/mooc-rival-oeru-puts-accreditation-on-menu/2008571.article

OERu will allow students to study courses from 31 institutions around the world for free online is to launch this week – and is billed as a more attractive option than massive open online courses. 

Students who complete an Open Educational Resources University course will be able to pay a fee to have their work assessed for academic credit, which would then be recognized by all the universities participating in the OERu.

In theory, the students could approach any of the partner institutions with evidence of the credits they have amassed and apply for degrees. Open Educational Resources Foundation, the New Zealand-based organization is coordinating the development of OERu. 

University of Southern Queensland has said that the cost to OERu users wishing to gain academic credit for a module on international relations would be A$200 (£120).




"European MOOC platforms could be offering a LARGE RANGE OF FOR-CREDIT COURSES WITHIN TWO YEARS.  Europe has a big advantage over the U.S. because in the U.S., credit transfer is a nuisance" 
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/10/17/european-educators-consider-how-their-moocs-could-compete-those-us#.Ul_mI54-qUQ.email
The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) provides a legal basis for the creation of an online marketplace for academic credit that could be exploited by massive open online course providers, conference speakers have argued. Hannes Klöpper, managing director of the new German MOOC platform Iversity, unveiled a plan that he believed could lead to European platforms offering a large range of for-credit courses within two years. 

As part of a pilot, Germany's University of Osnabrück and the Lübeck University of Applied Sciences have already agreed to offer ECTS points for their iversity MOOCs, provided that students can pass an "on-campus exam."  Under Klöpper's plan, a corporate partner -- such as iversity -- would organize the teaching and assessment of MOOCs and would award ECTS points on behalf of partner universities.




"MOOCs and Public Libraries' Powerful Connection: Essential that digital libraries maintain a prominent public space for Local Collaboration.
http://www.policymic.com/articles/67457/surprise-it-s-the-golden-age-of-libraries
The libraries of tomorrow might be digital, but too often going digital, like going green, simply means reducing costs and cutting public services. With more and more millennials enrolled in on-line courses, MOOCS, distance degree programs, and other higher education opportunities not tied to a university campus, the public library is a central site of learning and innovation. As the books slowly disappear, and the university campus becomes virtual, it is essential that digital libraries maintain a prominent public space for local collaboration.


"FUN: France Universite Numerique. France's National MOOC Platform"
http://www.gouvernement.fr/gouvernement/france-universite-numerique-la-premiere-plateforme-d-enseignements-en-ligne-est-lancee - A travers le projet France Université Numérique, c'est l'université de demain qui se dessine et l'influence de la France et de la francophonie qui se jouent. Etape importante : la première plateforme nationale de cours de fac gratuits en ligne est désormais opérationnelle.


"UK's University of Central Lancashire is to begin offering academic credit for MOOCs, regardless of which university developed course"
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/uclan-to-offer-credit-for-moocs/2008086.article 
"UK's Edge Hill University to offer academic credit for Vampire Fiction MOOC"
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/spooky-mooc-will-offer-degree-credits/2003651.article  Those successfully completing the Mooc will be eligible for credit from the university, which will count towards the value of a degree if they decide to enroll at the institution. It is thought to be the first UK university to offer such credit for Mooc students, although universities in other countries, such as Germany’s Leuphana University of Lüneburg, have done so previously.




"Will MOOCs help you open career doors? Human Resources executives & Recruiters see it as a commitment to upgrading skills/knowledge" 
http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2013/10/05/will-mooc-help-you-open-career-doors/pmjHbLCghsH0lEbulWC9VL/story.html 
Some people who have completed MOOCs say they’re including them on resumes and LinkedIn profiles.Human resources executives and recruiters tell me they aren’t seeing significant numbers of candidates touting the MOOCs they’ve completed. But those who have seen mentions of MOOCs say it’s an indication of commitment to upgrading skills and knowledge.



"JOB MARKET EMBRACES Massive Online Courses (MOOCs). Seeking Better-Trained Workers, AT&T, Google and Other Firms Help Design and Even Fund Web-Based College Classes"

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324807704579087840126695698.html

Big employers such as AT&T Inc. T -0.73%and Google Inc. GOOG -0.20%are helping to design and fund the latest round of low-cost online courses, a development that providers say will open the door for students to earn inexpensive credentials with real value in the job market.

New niche certifications being offered by providers of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, are aimed at satisfying employers' specific needs. Available at a fraction of the cost of a four-year degree, they represent the latest crack in the monopoly traditional universities have in credentialing higher education.




"Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing’s (JHUSON) is offering Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credits, at only a small cost, for those enrolled in its newest MOOCs"
http://nursing.jhu.edu/news-events/news/news/Hopkins_MOOCs_One_of_First_to_Offer_CNE#.UkQ6VXTD-P8
One of the first Universities to do so, the JHUSON is offering Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credits, at only a small cost, for those enrolled in its newest Coursera MOOCs, “Global Tuberculosis (TB) Clinical Management and Research” and “Care of Elders with Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Major Neurocognitive Disorders.” CNE, through which nurses enhance their practice, education, and research, provides an opportunity for not only lifelong learning, but also professional development in pursuit of career goals.  

It takes only a few quick steps to sign up for the CNE. While registering for the MOOC on TB, beginning September 30, or the MOOC on dementia, October 14, participants choose “Enroll in Signature Track.” At the cost of $39, participants receive an electronic “Verified Certificate” linking their name to their work and allowing them to share their success with educational institutions, employers, and such. Once enrolled in the Signature Track, students then have the option of registering for CNE contact hours at an additional $60 cost. The total cost - $99.


  

"MIT to offer Foundations of Computer Science Series in 7 MOOCs with Certificate for $700 on EdX"
http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/mit-will-offer-mooc-curricula-not-just-single-courses-on-edx/46715 - MITx, which offers its MOOCs on the EdX platform, will soon offer special certificates to students who completed a prescribed sequence of massive open online courses from MIT. The sequences will be called XSeries. MIT plans to offer its first XSeries sequence, Foundations of Computer Science, beginning this fall. The computer-science series will consist of seven courses that together “will cover content equivalent to two to four traditional residential courses and take between six months and two years to complete,”. The fee for a proctored final examination is roughly $100 per course, meaning students who aim to earn XSeries Certificates can expect to pay about $700 each. An XSeries certificate in computer science...should imply a broader understanding than a single MOOC certificate currently does.




"European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System(ECTS) credits for two ECTS-certified Iversity MOOCS..more to come"
https://iversity.org/blog/ects-credits-moocs-iversity/ - MOOC students on iversity: From now on, participants can obtain ECTS credits in two of Iversity courses, and more will follow. If you’re enrolled and pass the exam at the end of the course, the professors will issue a certificate that your home university will recognize all over Europe. In mid-October 2013, Prof. Marc Opresnik, from Lübeck University of Applied Sciences (FH Lübeck), will launch his course “Fundamentals of Marketing”. Prof. Oliver Vornberger, an e-learning and computer science expert at the University of Osnabrück, will be giving a lecture on “Algorithms and Data Structures” in the summer term 2014




Vertical MOOCs - The Vertical Segmentation Phase
www.moocs.co - While the major MOOC providers will continue to grow their inventory of MOOC courses, a new breed of MOOC provider/aggregator is starting to rise.  Providers, for-profit & non-profit, that are rapidly moving to strategically grab the global online destination for specific vertical MOOC market segments.  Whether segmenting by gender; age; geography; industry/subject (engineering; computer science; business; health,  etc) and others, these new providers, will add significant "value-added" services, reviews, information and networking opportunities to their targeted audience segments (individuals/businesses/governments), but one critical long term global success factor in this space will be first-mover advantage. Aside from new startups, Vertical MOOCs providers/aggregators will include higher education institutions(non-profit & for-profit); corporations; non-profit global organizations, & others.



Rubber Hits The Road: Transfer Credits for MOOCs 
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/08/08/researchers-wait-see-if-students-want-transfer-credits-moocs  
More than a half-dozen institutions have made clear they will grant transfer credits to students who successfully complete certain MOOCs from low-cost online providers, mainly Coursera and Udacity..for the first time, the idea of saving money through a MOOC isn't theoretical, as some colleges have started to announce policies on awarding credit and charging tuition. In theory, any institution that grants transfer credit can be granting transfer credit for MOOCs, but it's not clear yet how many are.  




University of Maryland University College (UMUC) creates pathway for students to earn academic credit thru MOOCs
http://www.abc27.com/story/22980631/umuc-creates-pathway-to-earn-credit-through-moocs 
The university announced that it will award credit for demonstrated learning from six MOOCs offered by Coursera and Udacity that cover introductory math and science. Students will have to demonstrate their competency of material through standardized exams taken in a test center. MOOCs are online courses that started becoming popular more than a year ago to allow more students to sample elite college courses. Public higher education systems have been incorporating them into their systems. UMUC has an enrollment of 93,000. It is 1 of the nation's largest public providers of online higher education. 




Degreed - Scoring your MOOCs Skills & lifelong education
http://www.alleywatch.com/2013/07/degreed-the-hottest-edtech-startup-in-nyc-today/ - San Francisco-based Degreed wants to rethink what it means to earn credit. It is a free service that scores your lifelong education from both accredited and non-accredited sources. Degreed allows users to track inputs such as degrees, courses, MOOCs, events, books, articles, and videos in a fun and informative way.  They are currently working on helping users to know what they need to learn next to acquire skills, formal degrees, or non-accredited degree equivalents. More information on their site Degreed.com.



Two Australian Universities Offer MOOCs for Credit for a Fee
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2013/06/19/australian-universities-offer-fee-based-credit-moocs
Two Australian universities announced this week that they would offer assessment and credit of specific otherwise free, open online courses for a fee: $495 - 816. Deakin University(Humanitarian Emergencies MOOC) and La Trobe University (Ancient Rome MOOC).




EDsourcing(tm) & EDUsourcing(tm)
www.MOOCs.co - The "Outsourcing" of public Online Education thru public-private partneships, MOOCs, foreign corporations/service houses, and other providers. From content creation to funding/investments to faculty/TAs to marketing to enrollment to student services, etc. 




GEORGIA TECH ANNOUNCES MASSIVE ONLINE (MOOC) MASTER'S DEGREE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE  
http://www.cnbc.com/id/100737365

The Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing announced today that it will offer the first professional Online Master of Science degree in computer science (OMS CS) that can be earned completely through the "massive online" format. The degree will be provided in collaboration with online education leader Udacity Inc. and AT&T.

All OMS CS course content will be delivered via the massive open online course (MOOC) format, with enhanced support services for students enrolled in the degree program. Those students also will pay a fraction of the cost of traditional on-campus master's programs; total tuition for the program is initially expected to be below $7,000. A pilot program, partly supported by a generous gift from AT&T, will begin in the next academic year. Initial enrollment will be limited to a few hundred students recruited from AT&T and Georgia Tech corporate affiliates. Enrollment is expected to expand gradually over the next three years.

While courses related to the OMS CS will be available free of charge on the Udacity site, only those students granted admission to Georgia Tech will receive credit. Degree-seeking students will pay tuition based either on individual courses or the entire degree program. Georgia Tech and Udacity also will develop a separate credential for those students who successfully complete courses but do not qualify for full graduate standing. 

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities, the Institute enrolls 21,500 students within its six colleges. Georgia Tech College of Computing - graduate program ranked 10th nationally by U.S. News and World Report.  http://http://www.cc.gatech.edu/.




MICROSOFT RESEARCH INDIA's MOOC-Like Experiment to Offer Internships to Top 10 Students
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-05-14/education/39255221_1_anisha-ghosh-raj-chakrabarti-moocs

Microsoft Research India hs rolled out a pilot project with Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) for a MOOC-like experiment blending online education with classroom learning. As part of its Massively Empowered Classroom project, Microsoft Research is offering free online certification on algorithm, design and analysis (ADA) for engineering students

Top ten students will get an opportunity to intern at Microsoft Research besides getting a certification from them.




College Degree, No Class Time Required. University of Wisconsin to Offer a Bachelor's to Students Who Take Online Competency Tests About What They Knowhttp://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323301104578255992379228564.html?mod=ITP_pageone_1
Wisconsin officials tout the UW Flexible Option as the first to offer multiple, competency-based bachelor's degrees from a public university system. Officials encourage students to complete their education independently through online courses - MOOCs. No classroom time is required under the Wisconsin program except for clinical or practicum work for certain degrees.

COULD GLOBAL CORPORATIONS W/LARGE EMPLOYEE EDUCATION PROGRAMS SPEED UP MOOCS' COLLEGE CREDIT APPROVALS, AND JOB PLACEMENTS? (www.AboutEdu.org) 
Companies like United Technologies - Under its Employee Scholar Program, UTC pays the cost of tuition and books for college courses for any employee of the corporation worldwide. Employees who graduate receive a stock award. Under the new extension, laid off UTC employees will be eligible to participate in the program and enjoy the benefits for one year after leaving the company.  UTC currently has more than 12,000 employees pursuing continuing education through the Employee Scholar Program. Any of UTC's 145,000 full- and part- time employees worldwide may participate. UTC pays tuition, fees and books for employees who attend accredited learning institutions. UTC also gives employees paid time off, up to three hours a week, to attend class or study. Employees can take any course and pursue any degree, regardless of whether it is directly related to their jobs. UTC also rewards employees who obtain degrees through the program. UTC's U.S. workers who participate in the program and who are awarded a bachelor's degree or higher currently receive 200 shares of UTC common stock. Program participants who obtain an associate's degree receive 100 shares of stock, and an additional 100 shares if they subsequently proceed to obtain their bachelor's degree. International employees receive a proportional stock award based on their pay. Benefits will be extended for one year after the last day of employment at UTC. Employees who are awarded degrees under the extension will also be eligible for the graduation award.


LARGEST MOOCS PROVIDER LAUNCHES CAREER SERVICES FOR ITS STUDENTS 
http://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2012/12/05/coursera-creates-service-help-its-many-students-find-jobs

Coursera, the largest platform for massive open online courses (MOOCs), on Tuesday announced Coursera Career Services, a match-making tool aimed at connecting its most talented students to companies that are looking to hire. The company will offer its students the chance to opt in to a database that employers can then browse in search of job candidates.



EdX MOOCS TO COMMUNITY COLLEGES 
https://www.edx.org/press/gates-foundation-announcement

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – November 19, 2012 –edX, founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), today announced an innovative blended massive open online course (MOOC) offering at Bunker Hill and MassBay Community Colleges, the first community colleges to work with edX to bring a new teaching model to the classroom. Through this public/private initiative, community colleges will benefit from edX’s platform, connecting students with leading MOOC professors from around the world.



COLLEGE CREDIT EYED FOR MOOCS by the American Council on Education 
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/14/education/moocs-to-be-evaluated-for-possible-college-credit.html

The American Council on Education, the leading umbrella group for higher education, andCoursera, a Silicon Valley MOOC provider, announced a pilot project to determine whether some free online courses are similar enough to traditional college courses that they should be eligible for credit.  The council’s credit evaluation process will begin early next year, using faculty teams to begin to assess how much students who successfully complete Coursera MOOCs have learned.


MOOC-ing the College Cartel
http://communitycollegespotlight.org/tags/moocs/

11/30/2012 - The American Council on Education will review some free online courses offered by elite universities through Coursera and may recommend that other colleges accept credit for them.

In addition, Southern New Hampshire University’s accreditor has approved its new competency-based associate degree, which is based on students’ knowledge rather thantime in class. Students will pay no more than $2,500 a year.  Northern Arizona University and the University of Wisconsin system also are developing competency-based degrees.

UW’s Flexible Option will let adult students “earn college credit by demonstrating knowledge they have acquired through coursework, military training, on-the-job training, and other learning experiences.”



THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM PLANS TO OFFER DEGREE CREDITS FOR MOOCS 
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=421577&c=1

The University of Texas system plans to offer degree credits for courses completed through the edX online-learning platform and charge for such courses - offering a potential new direction in the delivery of massive open online courses (Moocs).

The move would make the confederation of nine universities and six health institutions the first to charge for courses delivered through the edX platform.



Antioch University(Non-Profit) to Offer Credit for MOOC Learning Through Coursera http://www.antioch.edu/antioch-announcement/antioch-university-becomes-first-us-institution-to-offer-credit-for-mooc-learning-through-coursera/



COLLEGE MAY NEVER BE THE SAME - UC Berkeley considering MOOCs transfer credits for community college students 
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012/09/12/college-may-never-be-the-same/57752972/1- 
Some schools are looking for ways to integrate MOOCs into their existing programs. The University of California-Berkeley, which this summer joined edX, is considering a plan by which state community college students who enroll in its MOOCs might earn transfer credits, Chancellor Robert Birgeneau said.




COLORADO STATE TO OFFER CREDITS FOR MOOCS 
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/09/07/education/colorado-state-to-offer-credits-for-online-class.xml

Colorado State University's Global Campus, an independent campus that is part of the Colorado State University system, said it would give three transfer credits to students who complete Introduction to Computer Science: Building a Search Engine, a free course offered by Udacity, and take a proctored test. While the Global Campus is apparently the first American institution to offer credit for a Udacity MOOC, several European universities have already done so.
Colorado State University's Global Campus, an independent campus that is part of the Colorado State University system, said it would give three transfer credits to students who complete Introduction to Computer Science: Building a Search Engine, a free course offered by Udacity, and take a proctored test. While the Global Campus is apparently the first American institution to offer credit for a Udacity MOOC, several European universities have already done so.Also on Thursday, edX, the Harvard-M.I.T. online collaboration, announced that students in its MOOCs would be able to take proctored final exams at Pearson VUE's brick-and-mortar testing centers around the world, where their identity can be verified. 



CREDITWORTHY IN THE KEYSTONE STATE - PENNSYLVANIA 
http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/08/23/pas-public-universities-open-doors-prior-learning-credits Credits for MOOCS? The system (Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education) held lengthy discussions about whether it should grant credit for MOOCs, according to Cavanaugh. CAEL has predicted that many students will seek credit for MOOCs, and the council plans to include those courses in credit recommendations if students can demonstrate that they have received college-level learning. Eventually the system decided it was on board, as long as MOOC credit submissions receive the Learning Counts stamp. “We fully expect to see people putting them in the portfolios,” says Cavanaugh. 



MAKING IT COUNT - A potential existing credit pathway for MOOCshttp://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/06/15/earning-college-credit-moocs-through-prior-learning-assessment  Massively open online courses, or MOOCs, are not credit-bearing. But a pathway to college credit for the courses already exists -- one that experts say many students may soon take.

That scenario combines the courses with prior learning assessment -- a less-hyped potential “disruption” to traditional higher education -- which is the granting of credit for college-level learning gained outside the traditional academic setting.




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