Jul 14, 2014

Weekly MOOC Buffet 15 – 12 Free University Courses you can start this Week


Budding Musicians and Entrepreneurs rejoice – this week is dedicated to you! You have 3 music courses to choose from including a couple from the prestigious Berklee School of Music which cover Production, Theory and Performance (if you missed our comprehensive list of Music Courses head here. In addition, Stanford brings to you a free course on Tech Entrepreneurship through NovoEd starting today. And lastly, if you are in the mood for some wise words from the folks at Google Ventures, check out their awesome library of online articles, videos and guides to help you build a successful business.

1. Clinical Terminology for International and U.S. Students
Understanding the clinical terms and abbreviations commonly used in U.S. hospitals is challenging. This course helps both groups of students understand many of the terms and abbreviations commonly encountered during the first three months of clinical work on a U.S. general hospital unit.

Provider: Coursera | University: U. of Pittsburgh | Duration: 6 weeks

2. Introduction to Music Production
Today there are endless possiblities and tech tools for music creators – this course from Berklee gives you a primer on all that and more. Learn about the music production process—including recording, editing, and mixing—and the tools available to you to create contemporary music on your computer.

Provider: Coursera | University: Berklee School of Music | Duration: 6 weeks

3. Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative
Focused on Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings Online, this course explores what happens to stories and films when they are turned into online games. The course is designed as a university-level English literature class—a multi-genre, multimedia tour of how literature, film, and games engage in the basic human activity of storytelling.

Provider: Coursera | University: Vanderbilt U. | Duration: 7 weeks

4. Social Psychology
This course offers an introduction to classic and contemporary social psychology, covering topics such as decision making, persuasion, group behavior, personal attraction, and factors that promote health and well-being.

Provider: Coursera | University: Wesleyan University | Duration: 7 weeks

5. Creativity, Innovation, and Change | 创意,创新, 与 变革
Creativity and the process of innovation are essential to the growth and well being of individuals, organizations, and nations. In this course, you will have the opportunity to learn how you can be a strong positive force in your community and how to pass on your knowledge and experience to others, so that everyone will prosper.

Provider: Coursera | University: Penn State U. | Duration: 6 weeks

6. Metadata: Organizing and Discovering Information
Metadata is an unsung hero of the modern world, the plumbing that makes the information age possible. This course describes how Metadata is used as an information tool for the Web, for databases, and for the software and computing applications around us.

Provider: Coursera | University: UNC at Chapel Hill | Duration: 8 weeks

7. Animal Behaviour and Welfare
In this course, you will learn about animal welfare and why it matters, develop an understanding of some of the main welfare issues animals have to cope with as well as gaining an insight into the behavioural needs and the emotions of dogs, cats, farmed animals and captive wildlife.

Provider: Coursera | University: U. of Edinburgh | Duration: 5 weeks

8. Fundamentals of Music Theory
This course will introduce students to the theory of music, providing them with the skills needed to read and write Western music notation, as well as to understand, analyse, and listen informedly. It will cover material such as pitches and scales, intervals, clefs, rhythm, form, meter, phrases and cadences, and basic harmony.

Provider: Coursera | University: U. of Edinburgh | Duration: 5 weeks

9. Emergence of Life
How did life emerge on Earth? How have life and Earth co-evolved through geological time? Is life elsewhere in the universe? Take a look through the 4-billion-year history of life on Earth through the lens of the modern Tree of Life.

Provider: Coursera | University: U. of Illinois | Duration: 8 weeks

10. The American Disease: Drugs and Drug Control in the USA
This online course introduces the history and practice of drug policy. Students will learn about drug laws and their origins, and the complex task of drug policy analysis. The course also tackles contemporary issues in drug control, such as marijuana policy and prescription drug misuse.

Provider: Coursera | University: U. of Florida | Duration: 10 weeks

11. Developing Your Musicianship
If you have a passion for music and are curious about how it works, or if you are a musician who learned to play by ear without formal study, this course will provide you with an engaging introduction to key concepts and approaches needed to understand, create, and perform contemporary music. Taught by Berklee College of Music professor George W. Russell, Jr., the course includes six lessons that delve into harmony and ear training—two areas of intensive focus for every entering Berklee student.

Provider: Coursera | University: Berklee School of Music | Duration: 6 weeks

12. Technology Entrepreneurship
This course introduces the fundamentals of technology entrepreneurship, pioneered in Silicon Valley and now spreading across the world. You will learn the process technology entrepreneurs use to start companies. It involves taking a technology idea and finding a high-potential commercial opportunity, gathering resources such as talent and capital, figuring out how to sell and market the idea, and managing rapid growth.

Provider: NovoEd | University: Stanford U. | Duration: 6 weeks

As always, if you have taken any of these courses before, do give it a review on Springboard!