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College Writing 2.2x continues the introduction to academic and business writing for English Language Learners. In this part of the course, students focus on understanding the demands of different styles of writing, and continue to improve grammatical correctness, vocabulary development, and revision and editing skills. The five-week course includes material on vocabulary, tone, diction, and editing, all in the areas of academic and business writing. Students will have the opportunity to write on a number of different topics and ideas, always centered on areas of interest to them. The course materials will be offered via readings and videos. Assignments include short writing assignments, quizzes, journal entries, and longer pieces.
In partnership with the U.S. Department of State
UC Berkeley is partnering with the U.S. Department of State to extend the reach of College Writing 2X. Participating U.S. Embassies will host in-person, facilitated discussions sessions around the course content in order to maximize the learning experience. The State Department-supported EducationUSA network will also offer facilitated discussions in some locations for students interested in pursuing higher education in the United States. This partnership is part of the English Education Alliance (E2A), a global effort of the U.S. Department of State to address the global demand for 21st century English language skills.
Being a leader in development means working in complex and challenging contexts. Projects rarely run as planned, and managers need to be flexible and adaptive in their approach.
This course will teach you the skills to tackle complex problems in developing - and developed - countries. You will learn how problems in development contexts are always complex - no matter how simple they may appear at first. You will learn strategies for how to dig deeper into the problem and come up with solutions that address the real issues. You will learn techniques and practical tools for understanding local context, and ways to lead effectively.
This course will also expose you to the disconnect between policy and practice.
Uncertainty is a way of life in development, and leaders need the skills to adapt and excel in this space. Join us to learn effective strategies for being an adaptive leader in development.
This course is part of the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters Program. In order to get the most out of this course, we recommend that you have experience working in the development sector or a strong interest in this area. We also recommend that you complete the following courses prior to commencing or in parallel with these courses: Leaders in Global Development and The Science and Practice of Sustainable Development.
In a biorefinery a complex biobased feedstock is separated and processed in such a way that sustainability and application opportunities are maximized. In this course we will focus on tools and techniques to efficiently disentangle, separate and convert different biomass based feedstocks into simpler (functional) components.
First we will discuss available techniques and processes for biomass activation/disentanglement and separation.
Next we explore how to design a biorefinery taking into account feedstock and sustainable energy use. Therefore we will dive into:
- mass and energy balances;
- design of biorefinery process units to obtain multiple products from one type of biomass;
- how to recover energy and resources in the biorefinery system;
- evaluation of the designed system with respect to sustainability and economic criteria;
- evaluation of criteria for successful implementation (operational and investment costs).
How can you reduce the energy loss of your home? What is the underlying science of energy loss in pipes? Which heat and mass transfer problems do we have to tackle to make consumer products?
In this engineering course, you will learn about the engineering principles that play an important role in all of these and more phenomena. You will learn about microbalances, radiation, convection, diffusion and more and their applications in everyday life.
This advanced course is for engineers who want to refresh their knowledge, engineering students who are eager to learn more about heat/mass transport and for all who have fun in explaining the science of phenomena in nature.
The course materials of this course are Copyright Delft University of Technology and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC-BY-NC-SA) 4.0 International License.
As a consumer, you know the price of the food that you consume daily. However, do you know why your food costs this amount and why it is different from the price it’s sold for in other countries? Well, agricultural public policies determine, among other things, the price you have to pay for your food. In fact, did you know that these policies also impact food security and climate change?
Do not miss this chance to compare agricultural policies in Latin America and the Caribbean, and to describe their influence in food security, climate change and regional competitiveness. For you to achieve this, we will introduce you to ‘AGRIMONITOR’, a database created by IDB that contains information about 23 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. AGRIMONITOR will be your ‘right-hand tool’ in the analysis of all these relevant topics.
In addition to the use of AGRIMONITOR, in the course you will find content videos in which specialists from several organizations (IDB, FAO and OECD) will share their knowledge about the topics covered in the course, readings, IDB case studies in which we promote public policy analysis, suggested readings, practical activities that allow you to apply the content you have learnt, and discussion forums where you and your classmates will discuss several topics starting with guiding questions.
Furthermore, if you obtain 90 points out of 100 in the course, you will have the chance to participate in the “Researching with AGRIMONITOR” competition. The winner (or winners) will work on a research project for the IDB Environment, Rural Development and Disaster Risk Management Division, under the conditions stipulated by the Bank. US$10,000 will be available to finance research projects related to MOOC topics.
Join the course and examine which are the best agricultural public policies in your country.
AGRIMONITOR is waiting for you!
*The AGRIMONITOR course is also available in Spanish. To access the Spanish version, click here.
NOTE: We consider the English version and Spanish version of the course to be different courses. Subscription to the Spanish course does not mean that you will also have access to the English version. If you want access to both versions, you will have to subscribe to both versions. The same rule applies to obtain the course certificate. If you obtain the certificate in the Spanish version of the course, it does not mean that you will also obtain the certificate for the English version of the course.
Como consumidor, seguro conoces muy bien el costo de todos los alimentos que ingieres a diario. Pero, ¿sabes por qué tus alimentos tienen ese precio y por qué éste es diferente al de otros países? Pues son las políticas públicas agropecuarias, entre otros factores, los que los determinan. ¿Y sabías, además, que estas políticas también inciden de manera muy importante en la seguridad alimentaria y el cambio climático?
No te pierdas la oportunidad de comparar las políticas agropecuarias de los países de América Latina y el Caribe y describir la influencia de estas políticas en la seguridad alimentaria, el cambio climático y la competitividad regional. Para ello te acercaremos a “AGRIMONITOR”: una base de datos creada por el BID, que contiene información de 23 países de América Latina y el Caribe, y que será tu mano derecha en el análisis de todos estos importantes temas.
Además de trabajar con AGRIMONITOR, en el curso encontrarás videos, en los que especialistas de diversas organizaciones (BID, FAO, OCDE, entre otras) exponen su conocimiento sobre los temas tratados en el curso; lecturas teóricas; casos reales del BID donde se promueve el análisis de las políticas agropecuarias; recomendaciones de bibliografía de consulta; actividades prácticas para ir aprendiendo a utilizar AGRIMONITOR y foros de discusión, donde se abren espacios para el aprendizaje grupal alrededor de una pregunta orientadora.
Además, si obtienes 90 puntos sobre 100 posibles durante el curso… ¡tendrás la oportunidad de participar en el concurso “Investiga con AGRIMONITOR”! El(los) ganador(es) trabajará(n) desarrollando investigación(es) para la División de Medio Ambiente, Desarrollo Rural y Administración de Riesgos por Desastres del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo. Un monto de 10,000 dólares estará disponible para financiar proyectos de investigación sobre temas relacionados al MOOC.
*NOTA: para participar en el concurso, se requiere dominar idiomas español e inglés.
Ya lo sabes: súmate al curso y analiza cuáles son las mejores políticas públicas agropecuarias para tu país en el futuro.
¡AGRIMONITOR te está esperando!
*La preparación de este curso fue financiada por fondos de la iniciativa BID AGRIMONITOR y fondos del Programa Especial para el Desarrollo Institucional (SPID) del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (para mayor información, consulte la página web SPID).
*También contamos con una versión este curso en inglés. Para ingresar a la versión inglés, hacer clic en este enlace.
NOTA: el curso en español se considera como un curso diferente al inglés. El acceso a la versión en español no garantiza acceso a la versión en inglés. Si deseas acceso al curso en los dos idiomas, debes suscribirte en ambos por separado. La misma regla aplica para la obtención de certificados verificados. La obtención de un certificado verificado en idioma español no significa que podrás obtener el certificado en idioma inglés.
This course is designed to provide future STEM faculty, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows with an introduction to effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them.
The goal of the eight-week course is to equip the next generation of STEM faculty to be effective teachers, thus improving the learning experience for the thousands of students they will teach.
The course draws on the expertise of experienced STEM faculty, educational researchers, and staff from university teaching centers, many of them affiliated with the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a network of research universities collaborating in the preparation of STEM graduate students and post-docs as future faculty members.
Este curso trata la Teoría de Grafos desde el punto de vista de la modelización, lo que nos permitirá con posterioridad resolver muchos problemas de diversa índole. Presentaremos ejemplos de los distintos problemas en un contexto real, analizaremos la representación de éstos mediante grafos y veremos los algoritmos necesarios para resolverlos.
Resolveremos problemas que aparecen en la logística, la robótica, la genética, la sociología, el diseño de redes y el cálculo de rutas óptimas, mediante el uso de la Teoría de Grafos. Nuestro objetivo será presentar tanto los contenidos de la misma como la modelización de los casos planteados.
En cada tema comenzaremos presentando el problema a resolver. Posteriormente introduciremos la teoría y los algoritmos correspondientes, modelizaremos el problema propuesto y finalmente hallaremos su solución. En general explicaremos en qué consiste y cómo se deduce cada algoritmo, haciendo para ello una traza a modo de ejemplo.
¿Sabe usted qué riesgo representan para su salud los problemas de sueño?
En este curso usted aprenderá cómo se manifiestan algunos de los problemas del sueño en niños y adultos, qué consecuencias pueden generar en su salud física y mental, cómo tener una adecuada higiene de sueño, por qué ocurren algunos de estos trastornos y cuáles son algunas de las formas para diagnosticarlos.
Teniendo en cuenta que el ser humano pasa casi 8500 días durmiendo, es fundamental y apasionante comprender algunos puntos claves de la evolución del conocimiento acerca del sueño, sus alteraciones, implicaciones e impacto en calidad de vida, economía mundial, algunas herramientas diagnósticas, nuevas investigaciones y muchas cosas más.
Es importante aclarar que simplemente se trata de un curso introductorio para generar inquietudes y preguntas en ustedes.
Este MOOC fue desarrollado en colaboración con las Doctoras Patricia Hidalgo M. y Patricia Panqueva C. de la Clínica de sueño del HUSI.
In this physics course you will learn about ultracold bosons and fermions, and you will hear from Prof. Ketterle about Bose-Einstein condensation (BEC). Prof. Ketterle was among the first to achive BEC in the lab and was awarded the Nobel prize in 2001 for his work along with Eric Cornell and Carl Wieman. You will also learn about weakly interacting Bose gases, as well as superfluid to Mott insulator transition, BEC-BCS crossover, trapped ions and quantum gates with ions.
This course is a part of a series of courses to introduce concepts and current frontiers of atomic physics, and to prepare you for cutting-edge research:
- 8.422.1x: Quantum states and dynamics of photons
- 8.422.2x: Atom-photon interactions
- 8.422.3x: Optical Bloch equations and open system dynamics
- 8.422.4x: Light forces and laser cooling
- 8.422.5x: Ultracold atoms and ions for many-body physics and quantum information science
At MIT, the content of the five courses makes the second of a two-semester sequence (8.421 and 8.422) for graduate students interested in Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics. This sequence is required for Ph.D. students doing research in this field.
Completing the series allows you to pursue advanced study and research in cold atoms, as well as specialized topics in condensed matter physics. In these five courses you will learn about the following topics:
- quantum states and dynamics of photons
- photon-atom interactions: basics and semiclassical approximations
- open system dynamics
- optical Bloch equations
- applications and limits of the optical Bloch equations
- dressed atoms
- light force
- laser cooling
- cold atoms
- evaporative cooling
- Bose-Einstein condensation
- quantum algorithms and protocols
- ion traps and magnetic traps.
Robots are rapidly evolving from factory workhorses, which are physically bound to their work-cells, to increasingly complex machines capable of performing challenging tasks in our daily environment. The objective of this course is to provide the basic concepts and algorithms required to develop mobile robots that act autonomously in complex environments. The main emphasis is put on mobile robot locomotion and kinematics, environment perception, probabilistic map based localization and mapping, and motion planning. The lectures and exercises of this course introduce several types of robots such as wheeled robots, legged robots and drones.
This lecture closely follows the textbook Introduction to Autonomous Mobile Robots by Roland Siegwart, Illah Nourbakhsh, Davide Scaramuzza, The MIT Press, second edition 2011.
¡Bienvenidos y bienvenidas! (Welcome!) In this Spanish course, you will learn basic vocabulary to talk about yourself and your everyday life, in the present and in the past, in simple and brief communication situations, as well as about plans for an immediate future. At the end of the course you will be able to communicate in everyday situations according to the A1 proficiency level as described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL, Council of Europe).
The course, which is designed for English speakers, offers a variety of exercises after going through the stages of content presentation, comprehension and production. You have videos, small texts and audios to improve your pronunciation, glossaries, activities for oral practice with other course students, quizzes, grammar cards and recommendations on external Internet resources to continue learning more and more Spanish.
The topics on which the activities revolve are work life, family life, city life and outdoor life. As you can see, a bit of everything to be able talk about yourself and to engage in everyday communication.
We hope you like our menu. ¡Buen provecho! (Bon appétit!)
Curious about entrepreneurship, but not sure where to start? Learn from MIT’s premier program for aspiring entrepreneurs, MIT Launch.
Becoming an Entrepreneur is an innovation and business course designed for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to explore an entrepreneurial path and overcome some of the initial challenges in taking those first steps.
From developing new business ideas and doing market research to entrepreneurial strategy and pitching, this course follows MIT’s successful approach to entrepreneurship. There will be a combination of short videos, thought-provoking case studies, and activities that will challenge you to get you away from your computer screen and into the community to make a real impact.
No previous business or entrepreneurship experience needed. Join us to embark on your entrepreneurial journey.
Project management plays a key role in supporting a business’s success. In this project management course, you will learn what’s required from an organization for projects to excel.
You will learn how to turn project management principles and theory into practice. The course will cover:
- project management methods and best practices
- project portfolio management
- the project management office
- Six Sigma
- corporate culture and organizational behavior
- project management leadership
The course will utilize case studies and examples from companies to help students sharpen their project management skills to recognize and implement an environment that supports success.
First, we will cover the basic organizational and leadership elements required to provide a successful environment for all projects to succeed.
Second, we will cover the necessary organizational support structures and methods that enable project management and project managers to deliver results to the business and to the customers they serve.
Finally, we will explore the challenges of specific types of projects such as projects in crisis, global projects and managing a portfolio.
This course is part of the RIT Project Management MicroMasters Program that is designed to teach the importance of the organizational and leadership characteristics for the success of projects. In order to qualify for the MicroMasters Credential, you will need to earn a verified certificate in each of the three courses as well as pass a capstone exam.
Online and software-based learning tools have been used increasingly in education. This movement has resulted in an explosion of data, which can now be used to improve educational effectiveness and support basic research on learning.
In this course, you will learn how and when to use key methods for educational data mining and learning analytics on this data. You will examine the methods being developed by researchers in the educational data mining, learning analytics, learning-at-scale, student modeling, and artificial intelligence communities. You’ll also gain experience with standard data mining methods frequently applied to educational data. You will learn how to apply these methods and when to apply them, as well as their strengths and weaknesses for different applications.
The course will discuss how to use each method to answer education research questions, and to drive intervention and improvement in educational software and systems. Methods will be covered at a theoretical level, and in terms of learning how to apply them using software tools like RapidMiner. We will also discuss validity and generalizability; establishing how trustworthy and applicable the analysis results.
The success of your research depends on the quality of the biospecimens you use. This biology and life sciences course will provide you with the essential knowledge you need for collecting, storing, identifying, and using high quality human biospecimens in your research program. You’ll improve the quality of your research, and increase your chances of being published in high impact journals. Get ahead of the competition and open doors to opportunities in leading biomedical research laboratories or biobanks.
Over 6 weeks professionals with extensive experience in biobanking, from the University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Cancer Agency, will teach you the international best practices for biobanking and research involving human biospecimens based on National Cancer Institute (NCI) and International Society of Biological Environmental Repositories (ISBER) standards.
How does the final velocity on a zip line change when the starting point is raised or lowered by a matter of centimeters? What is the accuracy of a GPS position measurement? How fast should an airplane travel to minimize fuel consumption? The answers to all of these questions involve the derivative.
But what is the derivative? You will learn its mathematical notation, physical meaning, geometric interpretation, and be able to move fluently between these representations of the derivative. You will discover how to differentiate any function you can think up, and develop a powerful intuition to be able to sketch the graph of many functions. You will make linear and quadratic approximations of functions to simplify computations and gain intuition for system behavior. You will learn to maximize and minimize functions to optimize properties like cost, efficiency, energy, and power.
This course was funded in part by the Wertheimer Fund.
*Advanced Placement and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of, and does not endorse, these offerings.
This 4-session survey course covers the main designers in Parisian Fashion from the 1950s to the 1990s, focusing closely on one iconic creative individual for each decade. Their work is discussed in light of the cultural and political context of the time, which students learn about through video lectures, assigned readings and discussions. In addition to learning about specific designers and key sartorial techniques and trends, students learn about the main phenomena in the fashion business for each decade.
The first session will be devoted to the 1950s and the beginning of post-war changes in dress codes for both men and women. Pierre Cardin is the featured designer. The second session will be devoted to the 1960s and the culture of youth that it brought about. Yves Saint Laurent is the featured designer. The third session is devoted to the 1970s, with Kenzo and Sonia Rykiel in the limelight. The fourth session covers the 1980s culture of power, money, and excess with Jean Charles de Castelbajac, Rei Kawakubo and Yoshi Yamamoto as the highlighted designers.