Friday, October 20, 2017

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Forms 'Woz U' to Reprogram Tech Education, Address Skills Gap



SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--()--The man who revolutionized personal computing now wants to help revamp higher education for the tech industry. Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak today announced the formation of Woz U, a world-class digital institute to help fill the employment gap for high-paying technology jobs across the U.S.
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Woz U is designed to get people into the workforce quickly and affordably, creating long-term financial stability for a new generation of tech workers while providing prepared hires and training solutions for businesses. Arizona-based Woz U launched today with programs online, and plans to add ground campuses in more than 30 cities across the country and around the world.
“Our goal is to educate and train people in employable digital skills without putting them into years of debt,” said Wozniak, who co-founded Apple Computer and invented the Apple II computer that launched the personal computing revolution. “People often are afraid to choose a technology-based career because they think they can’t do it. I know they can, and I want to show them how.”
To help, Woz U has created a mobile app to help match people with the technology-based career best suited for them. Current programs will train computer support specialists and software developers; data science, mobile applications and cybersecurity programs are coming soon.
All Woz U programs incorporate the latest technologies and skills in high demand by tech employers, and programs include comprehensive career services.
Woz U will include multiple platforms to teach and train. One will work with tech companies to recruit and train, or even retrain, a workforce through subscription-based curriculum or on-site customized programs. Another will provide school districts with K-12 STEAM programs, exposing digital engineering concepts to students at a younger age to nudge them toward a possible tech-based career. There soon will be an accelerator program to identify and develop elite tech talent.
“My entire life I have worked to build, develop and create a better world through technology and I have always respected education,” Wozniak said. “Now is the time for Woz U, and we are only getting started.”
Learn more at www.woz-u.com.
About Woz U
Woz U launched in October 2017 online and with planned ground campuses in more than 30 cities across the country and around the world. With a corporate headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, Woz U is named after Apple Computer co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak. Woz U is “education reprogrammed,” a new approach to higher education for the tech industry. Woz U offers online curriculum to educate computer support specialists and software developers, with data science, mobile applications and cybersecurity programs coming soon. Woz U has customized curriculum programs for companies, K-12 STEAM programs, and accelerator programs for elite tech talent, among other offerings. Woz U is part of Southern Careers Institute (SCI). Learn more at www.woz-u.com.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

What is Hybrid Tutoring and How does it work?




Assuming you want to learn something, or you want your child to learn something, you have many choices to do so. For instance, attend a physical school (which is probably the most frequently chosen route), or learn by observation and practice, such as in an apprenticeship, or learn through reading books, or (nowadays easily available) go online.

Online, of course, has many advantages, such as doing your studies on your time, from your location, without having to get dressed for the occasion, nor prepared in any other way or form.  Not to mention online education can be low cost or even no cost at all to a student. Yet it is provided by the world’s best teachers with the most up to date resources.

So, assuming you want to do your learning online, but the whole approach and discipline being applied are strange and foreign to you, this maybe something to learn in itself and get used to. If so, maybe start by using a tutor. Yes, an extremely knowledgeable and helpful flesh-and-blood tutor, someone who may not necessarily be someone you are familiar with or who lives next door to you. He/she can easily be available to you online. The best and probably most effective, way to start is via “Hybrid Tutoring.”

The simplest definition of "Hybrid Tutoring" is merely:
in-person tutoring mixed with online tutoring sessions.

Hybrid Tutoring can be an effective tool in the hands of experienced tutors, tutors who know:
which elements of a student's learning process should be carefully guided in-person and which parts can be overseen online
which elements of a subject should be carefully taught in-person and which parts can be taught online
Thus expertly used, the tool can increase both efficiency and effectiveness:
the student can learn more deeply without investing more time
the tutoring can be less expensive without sacrificing the student's learning

In Math & Science, expert use of Hybrid Tutoring is as follows:
Scheduled weekly in-person tutoring sessions are supplemented by unscheduled online mini-sessions. The online mini-sessions are almost immediately (ie, w/i hours) available during the intervening week between sessions.
These online mini-sessions provide the student real-time help as needed while he or she is studying.

SAT/ACT Prep expert use of Hybrid Tutoring is as follows:
Scheduled in-person tutoring sessions for Reading & Science, and scheduled online tutoring sessions for Multiple Choice Writing & Essay Writing.
For Math, whether sessions would be in-person or online, or a mix of the two, depends on the student's proficiency.

There are some online platforms offering free assistance. For example, Khan Academy is providing free assistance to those preparing for the SATs. However, to make best use of free online resources, a qualified and experienced tutor will still be required. Such a tutor could help navigate students through the various online resources, and can advise students of a mistake in an online resource. Such mistakes are rare, but they do occur and can be a cause of great frustration to students and their families. Tutors can also lead students to other platforms if one platform has a weakness. Students may not have any way of knowing there is a weakness. e.g., a platform that has excellent coverage of numerous sections of the curriculum but does not make good coverage of the other sections.

Lastly, the in-person tutor needn't be the same person as the online tutor. They need only to coordinate as a team. Thus, only the in-person tutor must be limited by location.


By Daniel Jetter


Sunday, October 1, 2017

A GLOBAL EDUCATIONAL CRISIS: Students in school but learning nothing



THE CRISIS1
·         Previously, a huge issue was how so many children were not attending school. For this reason one of the eight Millennium Development Goals was to achieve universal primary education over the 2000-2015 timeframe.
·         Much was achieved during the 15-year period. The number of  children not in primary schools fell from 100 million (in 2000) to 57 million (in 2015).
·         However, a new issue is emerging: the high number of children that are attendingschool but not learning anything. 2,3

THE DATA2
·         60% of children and teenagers in the world are failing to reach basic levels of proficiency in learning
·         In sub-Sahara Africa: 88% of children and adolescents will enter adulthood without a basic proficiency in reading
·         In central and southern Asia, 81% are not reaching an adequate level in literacy
·         In North America and Europe, only 14% of young people are not reaching an adequate level of literacy
·         Pupils in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Nicaragua spent years in school but are still unable to equate simple mathematical problems or read simple sentences
·         Only 7% of pupils in Mali reach a basic level of proficiency in primary school, while in Japan, the corresponding figure was 99%
·         In Africa’s nearly 128 million school-aged children3
o   17 million will never attend school, and
o   37 million learn so little while in school, they are no different than those children who never attend school
·         In sub-Saharan Africa2, half of the total primary school population ,61 million children will reach adolescence without the basic skills needed to lead successful and productive lives

CAUSES OF THE GLOBAL CRISIS
Three inter-related causes have been identified1
·         First is poverty. In the poorest countries, many pupils arrive to school in no condition to learn
·         Second is malnutrition and ill-health resulting in physical and mental underdevelopment
·         Third is low quality teaching, as too many teachers are not well educated themselves

SOLUTION
In poor communities where students are in school but not learning, charity groups and others could:
·         Address nutritional needs such as providing free lunch, and
·         Address teaching quality issues by providing computers and WiFi. This will enable teachers and students to access MOOCs and other free, online, educational resources (e.g., Khan Academy https://www.khanacademy.org/ ) .  Apart from teachers, parents, older siblings, and others should be encouraged to help facilitate the learning process.   This strategy was mentioned by Mr. Win Straube in his bestselling book, “QCE=A: Quality Generic Education is the Key.”

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Posted by: Dr. Nat Tuivavalagi 




Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Coding: A pathway to a life of fun and prosperity




WHAT IS CODING?
·         Coding makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites.
·         Your browser, your OS, the apps on your phone, Facebook, and this website are all created with code.
·         Here’s a simple example of code, written in the Python language: print 'Hello, world!' Many coding tutorials use this command as their very first example, because it’s one of the simplest examples of code you can have – it ‘prints’ (displays) the text ‘Hello, world!’ onto the screen.

LEARNING CODING EMPOWERS YOU TO:
·         Hand-craft your own websites
·         Become a career coder
·         Start a technology business; and
·         Understand the technology shaping your world.

Create Your Own Website
·         The world has changed so much since 1991, when the World Wide Web first began.
·         The web has taken over our lives and it shows no sign of stopping.
·         A website is a very valuable thing to have these days.  Perhaps in another 10 years every person will have their own website.
·         If you own a business, a web presence is a must.
·         If you don’t own a business, you may want a personal blog or portfolio site to sell your skills to prospective employers.
·         Your ability to create and maintain a website is severely limited unless you learn HTML and CSS code, the code that all websites run on.

Becoming a Career Coder
·         The computer programmer is quite possibly one of the most underrated professions
·         The demand for coders far exceeds the supply, so you’ll have no troubles finding a job. In fact, the coder career is projected to grow at a rate of 30% between 2010 and 2020. That’s twice as fast as most other careers.
·         The world is practically crying out for more coders
·         The pay is quite attractive.  For instance, Google and Facebook employees are paid a base salary of  $125K.

Start a Business
·         Want to create the next Facebook but are a bit short on cash?  No problem!  Learn to code and build the product yourself
·         Many entrepreneurs are choosing this path. They’ve started off with virtually no coding knowledge and have gone on to build their own small software businesses. For example, Nick D’Aloisio famously sold his iPhone app, Summly, to Yahoo! for $30m.
·         Some of these types of businesses can be started:
o   selling software; 
o   selling mobile apps;
o   e-commerce;
o   selling your coding time.

·         Do You have a product idea? Learn code! You’ll not only be able to develop your product, but also know the source code of your software inside out.

Understand How Computers Work
·         This is probably the biggest benefit of all,
·         Have you been using the Internet, mobile phones, computers and software in your daily life? Learn code and fully understand how these technologies work.

WHAT NEXT?
·          Try out Treehouse; please click here.  (At Treehouse you learn web design, coding & much more. You can try it for free for 7 days, then pay $25/month thereafter. Treehouse's mission is to bring technology education to those who can't get it, and is committed to helping its students find jobs).
·          Learn to code interactively for free at codecademy; please click here.
·          Watch a video (4 min, 40 secs) of how a 12 year old taught himself how to build iphone apps; please click here.


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Posted by: Dr. Nat Tuivavalagi







Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Dave Cormier’s Way: More Tips on How to be Successful in a MOOC






INTRODUCTION
·         MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) includes being “open;”
·         This should also involve being “open” to different ways of success.

WHO IS DAVE CORMIER(1)
Dave Cormier:
·         Coined the term “MOOC” in 2008(2);
·         Is an educational activist;
·         Is a Researcher;
·         Is an online community advocate, and;
·         The Project Lead for Student Relations Management at the University of Prince Edward Island.

DAVE CORMIER’S WAY(3)
·          How do you move forward after registering for an MOOC (e.g. “Thingamajigits”)
·         Cormier’s way of success involves five steps: 1) Orient 2) Declare 3) Network 4) Cluster and 5) Focus.

(1)    Orient Yourself
·         Find location of course materials. Gather them or bookmark them:
o   Where are the course materials?
o   Where are the links that you will need every week?
o   What  times are the live sessions?
·         You don’t have to cover every piece of course material but the more you cover, the more you can be involved in course discussion, and other course activities.

(2)    Declare Yourself
·         You will need to have a place to gather and declare your thoughts and reflections.
·         For this, you may start a blog or use the discussion forum that is part of the course.

(3)    Network
·         Identify people with similar interests and people to discuss your course work with;
·         Develop your network by exchanging information with people in your blog or forum;
·         Make online connections with these people by posting your comments on  your course material.

(4)    Cluster (Needed After a Few Weeks of Networking)
·         You don’t need to connect with everyone;
·         Find yourself a cluster of people with similar interests and passions;
·         Consider forming a community for continued networking – even after the course has been completed.

(5)    Focus
·         Half-way through your course, your mind may start to wander;
·         Ask yourself again for the real reason you are taking the course;
·         Draw on your Cluster to help you focus on achieving what you need to get out of your course.

CONCLUSION
Dave Cormier’s way of success requires more than just studying the course materials.  It involves being on top of the course components, and identifying and networking with other students who have a similar passion for your chosen course. Continued focus is also a large requirement.

WHAT NEXT
·         To find your first (or next) MOOC, please click here.
·         To access Dave Cormier’s video (4 min 17 sec duration) where he explains his five steps for success, please click here.


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Posted by Dr. Nat Tuivavalagi

Monday, September 4, 2017

Some Useful Tips to Ensure Greater Success For MOOC Students:




INTRODUCTION

Potential employees can get their dream job through MOOCs(1) :
·         Employers are looking for the skills in an employee that are taught by MOOCs;
·         If you can demonstrate some skills (in business, finance, statistics, computer science – e.g., ability to use certain software, etc.), some employers will be happy to hire you and don’t care where you learned the skills or whether you received a piece of paper for learning these skills; and
·         MOOCs are being taught by professors from high quality institutions (e.g., Stanford, and Princeton), so there should be no doubt that MOOCs are receiving high quality instruction.

The previous posting identified some MOOC websites and courses that will serve the need of various interest groups.  Nevertheless, MOOC students face some special challenges.  This post aims to provide some tips to help MOOC students successfully complete their courses. This post will  address the issue of a low successful completion rate by MOOC students, which has been generally regarded as being about only 4-6%.

MOOC students can implement tips below if they are ready to implement them, and then use the others tips when ready to do so.  Nevertheless, students should try and implement foundational tips as early as possible.  Please click on the corresponding reference if you need more details on any of the given tips.

TIPS FOR MOOC STUDENTS

A: Five (5) Study Tips for MOOC Students(2)
1.       Schedule time for your MOOCs;
2.       Participate in the Learning Community;
3.       Practice your computer literacy;
4.       Study at a desk or table, rather than in bed; and
5.       Don’t take more courses than you can manage.

B: Six (6) Tips for Managing a Full MOOC Course-Load(3)
1.       Tell others (colleagues, fellow students, friends, teachers and parents) what you are learning.  Most people do not know what a MOOC is and might wonder what you are  doing;
2.       Get a buddy for each course.  Knowing someone else studying the same course can motivate you;
3.       Play videos 1.25x to 2.00x to save you time viewing lectures;
4.       Balance your course load with your other activities;
5.       Put the skills you learned (instead of your individual courses) on your resume; and
6.       Keep all assignments you submitted  on your local computer.  After submitting, make a copy in a text file or any other format.  This allows you to develop a portfolio which you can use later to show off your work.

C: Twenty-five (25) Tips for a Better MOOC Experience(4)
1.       Get connected.  (Find at least one other person to keep you connected to the course);
2.       Introduce yourself and share ways to connect. (Be sure that you are easy to find if your fellow student would like to connect with you.  Share your social media information, and a friendly image so  your peers know how to find you);
3.       Start your own discussion.  (Post a thoughtful reply to a discussion or create your own discussion. You’ll find much more value in the course if you participate with others);
4.       Complete major projects. (Take part in all of the major projects along with the class);
5.       Offer assistance to others. (As you help your peers, you are likely to learn something yourself);
6.       Don’t get overwhelmed. (There will be lots of posts to your course groups, however, you don’t have to read every single thing. Get a daily digest of posts and scan through it for interesting conversations that you’d like to take part in);
7.       Don’t be overwhelming. (Be concise in your discussions, questions, and answers);
8.       Use descriptive titles. (This is a great way to quickly enable others to understand what you are getting at);                                                                                                                                                              
9.       Create your own content. (Share videos, concept maps, etc. with classmates. This is possible when you understand course content and have reflections of your own);
10.   Ask questions. (Speak up if you have a question or a comment to spark discussion);
11.   Join sub-groups. (Especially sub-groups where you can share aspects of the course that are really important to you);
12.   Set up your own blog. (A blog is a great place to collect and share your own thoughts on a course);
13.   Get on twitter. (Chances are good that plenty of MOOC discussions will be happening on Twitter. Be sure to create an account and find out what the course hashtag is);
14.   Create your own archive. (With tools like “Scoop,” you can create an archive of all the great resources you’ve found in your MOOC);
15.   Designate an email address. (Create a dedicated email address that you use only for MOOC learning or set up filters to keep posts out of your inbox. Otherwise, you can  get overwhelmed quickly );
16.   Set up a Yahoo! Pipe. (This is a great way to stay on top of MOOC post aggregation. You can bring in RSS, Google Groups, even Twitter and Flickr);
17.   Plan what you want to receive out of the MOOC. (Have a clear idea of what you want to receive out of your MOOC before you begin. Do you want to just follow along?  Get credit? Or …?);
18.   Get oriented early. (As early as possible, determine where and when everything is, so you don’t get left behind. Find everything important for the course,such as: a) course materials, b) important links, c)  sessions times , etc …);
19.   Stay On Schedule. (Decide what courses you would like to participate in and then schedule a time to do just that);
20.   Make a commitment to yourself. (Then stay committed, and stay active in order to avoid letting things slip away);
21.   Get a certificate. (If you are going to do the work, why not get credit for it?);
22.   Find a job. (Star  MOOCs performers could be snapped up by dot-coms in need of star talent);
23.   Use your MOOC experience to get college credits. (You can use MOOC in your prior learning portfolio to get actual college credits);
24.   Be persistent. (MOOCs are an educational marathon.  Don’t give up before you have crossed the finish line); and
25.   Don’t be afraid to take time off.  (If you need a break, take a little time off to relax and then begin again).

D: Addressing Procrastination
·         Procrastination can be a major issue with MOOC students because they don’t have in-person professors to continually encourage and guide them;
·         To avoid procrastination, students should develop a study plan and stick with their plan;
·         However, recent research(5) indicate that procrastination could be a form of self-defeating behavior. This happens when the students are trying to protect themselves from the negative emotions they  feel if they fail at an academic task. In this situation, students need to realize that:
o   They (students) have far greater control over their academic success than they think; and
o   They can confront their own fears, and need to practice having a growth mindset (which believes that skill and academic strength can be developed through effort and practice).

CONCLUSION
·         There are certainly a lot of useful tips out there that MOOC students could use to guide them in their study.

WHAT NEXT
·         To identify your first (or next) MOOC, please click here.

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Posted by: Dr. Nat Tuivavalagi 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Some direction on interesting MOOC Websites and Courses for various interest groups




INTRODUCTION

MOOCs: Some Descriptions1
·         An MOOC (massive, open, online, courses)  is similar to a course given at a prestigious university. The similarities include lectures, a syllabus, assignments, exams and a start and end date. The difference is the student can learn from their own home at no cost;
·         MOOCs are revolutionary because they are often taught by renowned professors from famous universities such as, Yale and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and they're provided at no cost;
·         With MOOCs, students pay no tuition to take classes that would normally cost thousands of dollars;
·         A MOOC is:
o   Massive: Large amounts of information are being shared with a large number of people;
o   Open: The information is available to anyone;
o   Online: The course is accessible via the Internet; and
o   Course: It is a class on a specific topic taught by a professor, complete with a syllabus and lesson plans.

Objectives: The objectives of this posting are:
·         To define/describe MOOCs for those newly joining us, and;
·         To provide some guidance on MOOC websites and courses that will serve the need of various interest groups.

If you find something interesting in this posting, note the Reference Number (in superscript). Then click on the corresponding link under REFERENCES below to obtain more details. This posting concludes with a hint of what to expect in the next posting.

                                                                                                                                        
SOME RECOMMENDED MOOC WEBSITES

For High-School Students2
·         The best MOOC for high school students is KhanAcademy 
·         KhanAcademy has hundreds of short, easy-to-understand lessons at the high school level. Some of the many subjects covered include math, physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, economics, history, civics and test prep for the SAT, GMAT and California Standards Test.

For Rigorous College-Level Courses2
·         Not all MOOCs are designed to simulate real college courses with homework, exams and timetables for completion;
·         The MOOCs at Coursera are taught by renowned professors at world-famous universities.  These courses are made to be as difficult as a real college course;
·         Courses are usually offered at no cost, but they have an enrollment date, a recommended workload  to fill a certain number of hours per week, and a series of exams and assignments to complete. There are no grades, but students who successfully finish the course receive a certificate from the instructor.

For People on the Go (i.e. People who Travel a Lot) 2
·         Don’t be tied down by your computer or your classroom. With iTunes U, you can find lectures and lessons from hundreds of colleges and universities and then download them straight to an iPhone, iPod or iPad with the iTunes U app;
·         Best of all, it’s completely native to iTunes. If you have an iTunes account then you have all you need to get started.

For People Interested in the Humanities2
·         There isn’t a specific MOOC website for students interested in the Humanities, but there are lots of options. Coursera has a wide selection of choices on several topics;
·         For students who just want to expand their minds by watching lectures without submitting to the rigors of a real college class, Open Yale Courses is an excellent resource of classes that cover many subjects.  Open Yale Courses was selected as one of Time Magazine’s Top 50 Websites of 2011.

For People Interested in Computer Science2
·         Without question, the best MOOC for students interested in computer science is Udacity. Udacity has courses for every level of student.  They also allow you to take those courses at your leisure and they are completely dedicated to computer science;
·         If you’ve exhausted your resources over at Udacity, be sure to check out EdX.org or the computer science section at Coursera.

For People Interested in Hobbies2
·         Do you want to learn how to knit socks, practice yoga and play the electric guitar? Udemy is the MOOC website for you;
·         Udemy’s format is a little different than all the other MOOCs out there. Anyone can create his or her own course on any topic for the whole world to study.

MOOCs For Engineering Students

Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering3
·         Anyone interested in exploring technology will fit right into this course offered by Rice University through Coursera.org. The course discusses “the creation, manipulation, transmission, and reception of information by electronic means.”  Furthermore, this course includes topics on both analog and digital signals and how we extract and change the information encoded in these signals;
·         The professor recommends knowledge of both differential and integral calculus as a prerequisite to the course.

Introduction to Engineering3
·         Due to the nature of engineering’s many applications, there aren’t many courses that act as a survey of the entire field. If you wanted to take a basic engineering class at a college or university, you typically had to pick an intro course to a specific discipline;
·         To fix this, Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering created this course as “a broad overview of what is going on in the school.” Now you don’t have to chose between chemical, mechanical, biomedical or nuclear engineering. You can learn a little bit about all of them and decide which you are most interested in pursuing.

Introduction to Chemical Engineering3
·         If you’re just getting started in college and think chemical engineering might be right for you, consider trying this introductory course taught by a professor from Stanford University;
·         In addition to engineering topics, the course also discusses applications for chemical engineering, which can be just as important in the oil industry as it is in diagnosing disease and innovating in organ donation.

Civil and Environmental Engineering3
·         This iTunesU course from the University of California, Berkeley, deals with civil engineering;
·         Civil engineering focuses on the design and construction of roads, buildings, bridges and other manmade physical structures.

Introduction to MEMS Design3
·         This MOOC, also taught through UC Berkeley, introduces a specialized topic pertaining to both electrical and mechanical engineering called MEMS (Microelectromechanical systems);
·         MEMS are the technology behind devices that generally range from the incredibly small size of 20 micrometers to one millimeter. Printers, microphones, gyroscopes, accelerometers and pressure sensors are all devices built or improved upon by MEMS.

Engineering Statics3
·         Statics refers to “the study of methods for quantifying the forces between bodies;”
·         Students who aren’t quite ready to tackle tough engineering courses, but aspire to become an engineer in the future can benefit from Carnegie Mellon’s MOOC on statics;
·         Statics is an important prerequisite for branches of engineering like mechanical, civil and bioengineering that  can be taken before getting into more specific engineering topics. It does not require any calculus and only basic physics courses are recommended as prerequisites.

MOOCs For Students Who Like Science

Introduction to Solid State Chemistry4
·         This is a first-year level course taught by a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
·         In this course, the student will learn about the real world applications of how chemical bonding and electronic structure relates to the field of engineering;
·         According to the professor, understanding the connection between chemistry and its applications is “the most important tool…to come up with new inventions.”

Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computation4
·         The University of California, Berkeley, teaches this MOOC through Coursera.org.  The course requires no previous experience with quantum mechanics but still maintains a rigorous level of work;
·         Quantum mechanics is one of those courses that sounds intimidating, students either love it or cringe at it;
·         Topics covered in this course include the fundamentals of quantum algorithms and the building blocks of quantum computers.  This is a cross-disciplinary class that students from math, physics and computer science will find engaging and challenging.

The Atmosphere, the Ocean, and Environmental Change4
·         For those interested in environmental science, Open Yale Courses from Yale University has a course on the processes that control the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and climates;
·         The course topics include: storms, ocean currents, seasons, atmospheric conditions and global warming;
·         The course discusses “the physics in how the atmosphere and the oceans move.”

Autism and Related Disorders4
·         For any science major interested in learning more about the autism spectrum and related disorders that affect human socialization this course is for you. This MOOC is taught through iTunes U with Yale University  and is a seminar course that covers diagnosis, assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with autism;
·         Each lecture is given by a different medical professional, so students are open to a variety of opinions and research.

Exploring Black Holes: General Relativity & Astrophysics4
·         MIT’s OpenCourseWare has selected lectures and course materials and uses the study of black holes and how they affect the physical world around them to teach concepts in general relativity, astrophysics and cosmology;
·         This class discusses well-known physics concepts, but gets into very theoretical territory. The professor even suggests, “You might be able to use certain black holes to travel to another universe.”

CONCLUSION
This posting has presented a summary of what's available in the MOOC world to generate awareness and interest regarding MOOCs.   What has not been mentioned, is how MOOC students need a higher level of self-motivation compared to "regular" campus-students, in order to succeed in their study. For this reason, the next posting will focus on tips and advice to assist MOOC students in successfully completing their courses.

WHAT NEXT?
To search for your first or next MOOC from a list of over 7,600 courses arranged under 13 subject areas, please click here.

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Posted by Dr. Nat Tuivavalagi