Oct 7, 2014

Weekly MOOC Buffet 27 (6th Oct – 12th Oct, 2014)

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The University of Michigan brings you 11 courses this Week covering Model Thinking, Social Networks, Finance, Physics and Education and much more. If you are into European Literature, check out the course from U. of Copenhagen on Søren Kierkegaard. Also, if you are not a native English speaker, do check out ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Writing in English’ from the University of Reading.


1. Model Thinking
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. This class presents a starter kit of models: starting with models of tipping points. you 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.

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


2. 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.

Provider: Coursera | University: U. of Michigan | Duration: 9 weeks


3. Securing Digital Democracy
This course will provide the technical background and public policy foundation that 21st century citizens need to understand the electronic voting debate. You’ll learn how electronic voting and Internet voting technologies work, why they’re being introduced, and what problems they aim to solve.

Provider: Coursera | University: U. of Michigan | Duration: 7 weeks


4. 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.

Provider: Coursera | University: U. of Michigan | Duration: 15 weeks


5. Internet History, Technology, and Security
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.

Provider: Coursera | University: U. of Michigan | Duration: 11 weeks


6. Foundations of Business Strategy
In this course, you will explore the underlying theory and frameworks that provide the foundations of a successful business strategy. You will develop your ability to think strategically by providing you the tools for conducting a strategic analysis. Strategic analysis is critical for analyzing the competitive context in which an organization operates and for making reasoned and reasonable recommendations for how that organization should position itself and what actions it should take to maximize value creation. Aspiring managers, entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, analysts, and consultants all may find value in mastering these fundamentals.

Provider: Coursera | University: U. of Virginia | Duration: 7 weeks


7. Survey of Music Technology
Learn to make music with digital audio workstation software, understand the theory and history behind music production tools, and write your own computer programs to make new music and sounds.

Provider: Coursera | University: Georgia Tech | Duration: 6 weeks


8. Introduction to Thermodynamics: Transferring Energy from Here to There
In this course, you will learn how to characterize the energy state of a system and the mechanisms for transferring energy from one system to another. These are the tools necessary to understand stationary and transportation power systems from small scale, like batteries, to large scale, like nuclear power plants.

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


9. Measuring Causal Effects in the Social Sciences
How can we know if the differences in wages between men and women are caused by discrimination or differences in background characteristics? In this course we look at causal effects as opposed to spurious relationships. We will discuss how they can be identified in the social sciences using quantitative data, and describe how this can help us understand social mechanisms.

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


10. Søren Kierkegaard – Subjectivity, Irony and the Crisis of Modernity
In this course we will explore how Kierkegaard deals with the problems associated with relativism, the lack of meaning and the undermining of religious faith that are typical of modern life. His penetrating analyses are still highly relevant today and have been seen as insightful for the leading figures of Existentialism, Post-Structuralism and Post-Modernism.

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


11. Understanding Media by Understanding Google
For example, Americans spend more than 3,400 hours per year using consumer media, the field where Google’s impact is most profound, and citizens around the world must understand what the company has wrought not only to control their offline and online environments, but also to interact and engage successfully with anyone in our professional and personal lives.

Provider: Coursera | University: NorthWestern U. | Duration: 6 weeks


12. 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.

Provider: Coursera | University: U. of California, Irvine | Duration: 11 weeks


13. Instructional Methods in Health Professions Education
This course provides those involved in educating members of the health professions an asynchronous, interdisciplinary, and interactive way to obtain, expand, and improve their teaching skills. These skills can then be applied within their own professional context, with a variety of learners, extending across many stages.

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


14. 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.

Provider: Coursera | University: U. of California, Irvine | Duration: 11 weeks


15. 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.

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


16. 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.

Provider: Coursera | University: UNC at Chapel Hill| Duration: 6 weeks


17. Giving 2.0: The MOOC
A philanthropist is anyone who gives anything — time, money, experience, skills, and networks — in any amount, to create a better world. This course will empower you to practice philanthropy more effectively and make your giving more meaningful to both you and those you strive to help.

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


18. Programming for Everybody (Python)
This course aims to teach everyone to learn the basics of programming computers using Python. The course has no pre-requisites and avoids all but the simplest mathematics. Anyone with moderate computer experience should be able to master the materials in this course.

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


19. Questionnaire Design for Social Surveys
This course will cover the basic elements of designing and evaluating questionnaires. We will review the process of responding to questions, challenges and options for asking questions about behavioral frequencies, practical techniques for evaluating questions, mode specific questionnaire characteristics, and review methods of standardized and conversational interviewing.

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


20. Introduction to Cataract Surgery
This comprehensive course will give you the fundamental knowledge needed to begin performing cataract surgery by phacoemulsification and extracapsular removal. Each step from preoperative evaluation to postoperative care will be covered to help prepare you for the operating room.

Provider: Coursera | University: U. of Michigan | Duration: 4 weeks


21. Managing Your Time, Money, and Career: MBA Insights for Undergraduates
This course provides an introduction to the concepts of time and money management along with career and life planning. This course is specifically aimed at new and incoming college students. This is not an MBA prep course.

Provider: Coursera | University: UCIrvine | Duration: 5 weeks


22. Gut Check: Exploring Your Microbiome
Imagine if there were an organ in your body that weighed as much as your brain, that affected your health, your weight, and even your behavior. Wouldn’t you want to know more about it? There is such an organ — the collection of microbes in and on your body, your human microbiome.

Provider: Coursera | University: U. of Colorado Boulder | Duration: 6 weeks


23. Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills
This course provides you with a practical, holistic introduction to the strategies and skills that can lead to successful negotiations in your personal life and in business transactions. The course covers the four key stages of negotiation: planning, negotiation, creating a contract, and performance of the contract.

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


24. Latino Popular Culture for the Clueless
This course is a seven-session class about the everyday lives, unique traditions, and media depictions of various Latino ethnic groups residing in the United States. Sharpen your critical thinking about the challenges and the prospects reflected by Latino popular culture. The skills this class hones will ultimately help you to become a more accountable actor, rather than merely a spectator, in the hemispheric American condition.

Provider: Coursera | University: Ohio State U. | Duration: 7 weeks


25. 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.

Provider: Coursera | University: Yale U. | Duration: 6 weeks


26. Wind, Waves and Tides: Alternative Energy Systems
Learn how energy is extracted from three naturally occurring fluid flows: wind, waves and tides. Strengths and weaknesses of the various technologies will be discussed and illustrated through case studies of specific installations.

Provider: Coursera | University: U. of Toronto | Duration: 7 weeks


27. Power Onboarding
In an engaging six-session format, Power Onboarding will provide practical, easy-to-use tools to guide an individual who is transitioning to a new job. Students will prepare a custom, actionable personal onboarding plan that will set them up for success in their new role.

Provider: Coursera | University: McGill U. | Duration: 11 weeks


28. Foundations of Computer Graphics
CS184.1x teaches the Foundations of Computer Graphics. Students will be able to make images of 3D scenes in both real-time, and with offline raytracing.

Provider: edX | University: UC Berkeley | Duration: 6 weeks


29. Waves & Optics
This course covers the physics of waves on strings, electromagnetic waves, geometrical optics, interference, diffraction, and image formation.

Provider: edX | University: Rice U. | Duration: 11 weeks


30. Behavioural Economics in Action
Learn to use principles and methods of behavioural economics to change behaviours, improve welfare and make better products and policy.

Provider: edX | University: U. of Toronto | Duration: 6 weeks


31. Globalization’s Winners and Losers: Challenges for Developed and Developing Countries
This course will examine how the spread of trade, investment, and technology across borders affects firms, workers, and communities in developed and developing countries. It investigates who gains from globalization and who is hurt or disadvantaged by globalization..

Provider: edX | University: Georgetown U. | Duration: 7 weeks


32. China (Part 8): Creating Modern China: The Birth of a Nation
China’s past, present, and future: through history, geography, philosophies, literature, politics, economy, art, and ecology.

Provider: edX | University: Harvard U. | Duration: 5 weeks


33. Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds: Maritime Archaeology
Learn how maritime archaeology investigates our changing relationship with the world’s oceans and seas, from 2.5 million years ago until today.

Provider: Futurelearn | University: U. of Southampton | Duration: 4 weeks


34. Web Science: How the Web is Changing the World
By following this course, you will have a greater understanding of the Web and begin to develop skills for the digital era – skills that are useful for everyday life and widely sought by the technology driven employers of today.

Provider: Futurelearn | University: U. of Southampton | Duration: 6 weeks


35. A Beginner’s Guide to Writing in English for University Study
Learn how to use English for study at university or college and develop your writing skills, vocabulary and grammar.

Provider: Futurelearn | University: U. of Reading | Duration: 5 weeks

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