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Starts : 2017-07-24 in 1 days
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edX Free English Communication EdX Humanities UQx

IELTS is the world's most popular English language test for those wanting to study in higher education in an English-speaking country.

This IELTS course will prepare you to take the IELTS Academic tests with confidence. You will have immediate access to over 80 hours of interactive practice materials covering each of the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

This innovative preparation course has been designed and written by experienced English teaching professionals from The University of Queensland, an IELTS testing centre and one of the world’s leading centres of learning. All of the course writers have extensive experience enabling students to reach their academic IELTS goal of entering a university where English is the primary language.

Each section of this course includes engaging multi-media presentations reviewing key test-taking skills, strategies and techniques. These are accompanied by a wide variety of authentic IELTS-style exercises and interactive activities that provide focused practice of the skills, strategies and techniques that you need to perform at your best.

In the new release of this IELTS preparation course, you will find a number of enhancements to an already-successful formula. The course appears with new videos and improvements to the explanation of answers as well as a number of new and engaging practice activities. Significantly, we have responded to requests from existing users to offer more comprehensive feedback on your writing using several new features.

As the course is self-paced, you can complete all of the course units in sequence, or only select the areas you want to focus on to prepare for the IELTS Academic tests. In completing this course, you will feel fully prepared to complete the IELTS Academic tests.

Students who select Verified enrolment in this course will have access to additional materials provided by the IELTSx course team.

Starts : 2017-07-24 in 1 days
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Determine Your Readiness for Graduate Studies is a course for individuals interested in discovering what it takes to complete a graduate degree.

Starts : 2017-07-24 in 1 days
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edX Free English Computer Science Design EdX RITx

Game designers work with a wide range of asset creators, programmers, producers, and others to bring a video game from concept to product.

In this course, you will learn about the different types of teams a game designer is a member of, both large and small.

You will also learn about the different roles of a development team and how game designers collaborate with others to successfully create and market a final product.

Starts : 2017-07-24 in 1 days
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edX Free English Computer Science EdX Engineering PennX

How do you optimally encode a text file? How do you find shortest paths in a map? How do you design a communication network? How do you route data in a network? What are the limits of efficient computation?

This course, part of the Computer Science Essentials for Software Development Professional Certificate program, is an introduction to design and analysis of algorithms, and answers along the way these and many other interesting computational questions.

You will learn about algorithms that operate on common data structures, for instance sorting and searching; advanced design and analysis techniques such as dynamic programming and greedy algorithms; advanced graph algorithms such as minimum spanning trees and shortest paths; NP-completeness theory; and approximation algorithms.

After completing this course you will be able to design efficient and correct algorithms using sophisticated data structures for complex computational tasks.

Starts : 2017-07-25 in 2 days
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edX Free English Biology & Life Sciences CornellX EdX Environmental Studies UQx

Did you know that you can track some sharks’ movements on Twitter? Or that the scales on their skin have influenced the way humans design boats, planes, and even swim suits? Or that sharks have more senses than humans?

In this biology course, you will learn how scientists study sharks. You will join researchers on location in labs, aquariums, and oceans across the globe to learn about the biodiversity, biology, and conservation of sharks, rays, and chimaeras.

In this activity‑rich course, you’ll track movements of a wild shark, observe shark habitats and behavior, and dig deep into the fossil record. You will also examine topics in the functional anatomy, sensory biology, reproduction, behavior, and ecology of many of the 1,200 living species.

This is an exciting time to be a shark biologist. An explosion of new research methods and technologies are leading to a surprising world of discovery. We’ll introduce new, as well as traditional techniques, for classifying sharks, understanding behavior, and unraveling the mysteries of shark evolution. You’ll be invited to explore global shark populations and consider shark-human interactions and their impacts on history and culture.

You’ll be rewarded by your ability to see virtually any animal with new eyes. Practice thinking like a biologist while honing critical skills that can lead to broader observations about the ongoing history of life on Earth.

Starts : 2017-07-25 in 2 days
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edX Free English EdX Health & Safety MichiganX Social Sciences

In this social science course we will discuss various methods, strategies and skills within macro social work practice, used to help identify and address needs on a larger scale. You will gain knowledge and skills in the areas of community organizing, management, and policy advocacy, and learn about the various roles social workers play within these areas. This course will provide an appreciation of the historical and contemporary importance of these social work methods and the relevance of these methods for diverse populations and identities.

We will focus on:

  • understanding the context of macro practice;
  • identifying community and organizational interventions to address social needs and problems;
  • organizing and building relationships within communities and organizations;
  • organization-based and community-based policy making, planning, and program development.

You will also learn concepts and practice skills involving assessment, problem solving and intervention planning at the macro level, and strategies to work effectively with communities and organizations. Content includes reflective practice and utilizing interpersonal skills in macro practice.

This course is part of the Social Work: Practice, Policy and Research MicroMasters Program offered by MichiganX.

Starts : 2017-07-25 in 2 days
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edX Free English Education & Teacher Training EdX MichiganX

With principles of improvement science as a foundation, new knowledge about the continuous improvement of educational innovations is rapidly emerging among communities of educational professionals and researchers, as they work together in new ways to solve practical problems, improve student performance, and reduce achievement gaps.

Developed in collaboration with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, this course will use case studies to take learners deep into the design, organization, and management of five innovative approaches to large-scale, practice-focused continuous improvement that have currency in the US and abroad:

  • Networked Improvement Communities
  • Design-Based Implementation Research
  • Deliverology
  • Lean/Six Sigma
  • Positive Deviance

For each case, learners will use logics of innovation to analyze the central strategy of each approach, and they will use principles of improvement science to analyze how each uses disciplined methods to address practical problems faced by teachers and leaders.

This course is part of the Leading Educational Innovation and Improvement MicroMasters Program offered by MichiganX.

Starts : 2017-07-25 in 2 days
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edX Free English Computer Science EdX RITx

Cybersecurity risk management guides a growing number of IT decisions. Cybersecurity risks continue to have critical impacts on overall IT risk modeling, assessment and mitigation.

In this course, you will learn about the general information security risk management framework and its practices and how to identify and model information security risks and apply both qualitative and quantitative risk assessment methods. Understanding this framework will enable you to articulate the business consequences of identified information security risks. These skills are essential for any successful information security professional.

The goal of this course is to teach students the risk management framework with both qualitative and quantitative assessment methods that concentrate on the information security (IS) aspect of IT risks. The relationship between the IT risk and business value will be discussed through several industry case studies.

First, you will learn about the principles of risk management and its three key elements: risk analysis, risk assessment and risk mitigation. You will learn to identify information security related threats, vulnerability, determine the risk level, define controls and safeguards, and conduct cost-benefit analysis or business impact analysis.

Second, we will introduce the qualitative and quantitative frameworks and discuss the differences between these two frameworks. You will learn the details of how to apply these frameworks in assessing information security risk.

Third, we will extend the quantitative framework with data mining and machine learning approaches that are applicable for data-driven risk analytics. You will explore the intersection of information security, big data and artificial intelligence.

Finally, you will analyze a series of extended case studies, which will help you to comprehend and generalize the principles, frameworks and analytical methods in actual examples.

This offering is part of the RITx Cybersecurity MicroMasters Program that prepares students to enter and advance in the field of computing security.

Starts : 2017-07-26 in 3 days
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edX Free English Business & Management EdX HKPolyUx

Learn strategies and skills for managing luxury brands within the hotel and tourism industry. You will analyze the essence of a luxury brand and learn marketing techniques and trends to better position your services. You will learn how luxury brands are created and how to properly communicate the value of your brand.

Concepts and applications will be introduced through textbooks, selected journal articles and field visits.

Note that this course is priced at USD $150.

Starts : 2017-07-27 in 4 days
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edX Free English Business & Management EdX UPValenciaX

En este curso conocerás diferentes estilos de liderazgo y las situaciones en las que son más adecuados; reflexionarás sobre las capacidades personales para ejercer un liderazgo eficaz; analizarás tu competencia transversal “liderazgo” y establecerás un plan de trabajo personal para mejorar tus habilidades como líder y convertirte en un líder eficaz.

Para que una organización pueda avanzar en la dirección adecuada son necesarias dos cosas: saber a dónde ir y orientar los esfuerzos de las personas que hacen posible el movimiento.

En todos los grupos (familiares, deportivos, asociaciones...) existen personas que ejercen mayor influencia que otras y a las que se suele denominar líderes.

En las organizaciones los líderes no sólo se encuentran dentro de las estructuras formales de la organización, sino también en los grupos informales de trabajo. Los líderes deberían crear y mantener un ambiente interno en el cual el personal pueda llegar a involucrarse totalmente en el logro de los objetivos de la organización, construyendo un puente entre el entorno externo y el grupo, las tareas que realizan y los procesos internos del grupo que permiten realizarlas. Ayudando así a identificar, interpretar y alinear los requerimientos de los clientes internos y externos.

Dentro de un contexto de organizaciones “planas” con pocos niveles de mando, los líderes deben asumir las responsabilidades que tradicionalmente estaban repartidas entre las jerarquías de dirección. Lo cierto es que los miembros del grupo necesitan un apoyo activo por parte del líder para poder cumplir sus responsabilidades con justicia y honestidad. Por ello, el papel del líder debe cambiar, pasando de ser un planificador o alguien que toma decisiones, a ser un entrenador, orientador, emprendedor y facilitador que anima y asegura una planificación eficaz y una toma de decisiones distribuida. Un error muy común en este proceso de cambio es que los líderes pasan de un extremo al otro, esto es, de un estilo "ordeno y mando" a la abdicación. Sin embargo, lo que se precisa de ellos es un papel situado en algún punto intermedio entre ambos extremos. En este curso te enseñaremos a encontrar este punto adecuado que te convertirá en un líder eficaz.

Este curso forma parte del MicroMasters Program de UPValenciaX “Liderazgo y trabajo en equipo en grupos de mejora continua”, diseñado para prepararte como líder y gestor de equipos de mejora continua en entornos de lean manufacturing y 6-sigma.

Starts : 2017-07-29 in 6 days
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edX Free English Computer Science EdX Microsoft

Want to learn how to serve data to your client applications using Web API? Perhaps you are considering creating applications for mobile devices but your data needs will exceed the storage capacity of the device. Perhaps you want tighter control over the data and wish to provide options for devices with limited or not always-on connectivity.

This course offers insight into the use of Web APIs using ASP.NET and C#. You’ll start with a review of client/server architectures and learn about data serialization and deserialization with JSON as the data format.

You will then be introduced to REST and RESTful concepts with discussions on synchronous and asynchronous programming.

The third module introduces you to ASP.NET Core and using Entity Framework for data access.

Finally, you will learn how to use Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) with your services and how to secure your Web APIs

Starts : 2017-07-31 in 8 days
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edX Free English CurtinX EdX Humanities Social Sciences

In this course you will explore the role of social movements, advocacy groups and different forms of activism in bringing about change. It covers a range of social movement theories and concepts and explores specific movements and campaigns to illustrate the diversity of movement philosophies, methods and outcomes.

In all societies, advocates and activists play an important role in ensuring that human rights are respected, protected and promoted.

This course is part of the Human Rights MicroMasters program.

If you take the verified certificate pathway for the three human rights courses you will qualify for the MicroMasters credential.

The MicroMasters credential is an achievement in itself, but if you want to study further, you can use it towards studying a Master of Human Rights at Curtin.

Starts : 2017-07-31 in 8 days
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edX Free English Business & Management BUx Computer Science EdX Engineering

Want to be the “CEO” of the digital product, but unsure which types of skillsets you may need? This course is for you.

Product management drives the implementation of business models in startups and digital enterprises. Learn about the key decisions, underlying tradeoffs, and implementation decisions needed for each phase of the product life and master business and organizational logic to ensure product success in the marketplace.

In this course, part of the Digital Product Management MicroMasters program, you will be introduced to frameworks for decision-making based on both economic and organizational considerations. These frameworks inform a rising product manager on how to:

(i)  understand customer co-creation, needs and become “a champion” for user centric development in the digital technologies.

(ii)  set up and manage specific work flows (e.g. either lean, agile or stage gate development tasks) that result in timely launch and upgrades of products.

(iii)  take a data and metrics driven approach to make product life cycle decisions including pricing, versioning, maintenance, helpdesks and end of life.

(iv)  shape the direction of the product based on experimentation and system design  thinking by learning from product roadmaps, competitive considerations, and allied evolution of demand in digital markets.

Caveat: This is not a course on software development or architecture or on product marketing. The role of a product manager is to work with these functions effectively, such that the interests of a product (e.g. its profitability) and its customers are best served. Thus, the perspectives and skills covered in this course are integrative, and allied with decision-making, in their orientation.  

Starts : 2017-07-31 in 8 days
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edX Free English Business & Management Computer Science EdX UWashingtonX

What is a PMO, and how does it work?

This course focuses on the Project Management Office (PMO) and the governance techniques used to monitor and control the delivery of projects and programs.

You’ll learn all about Portfolio management and the different kinds of PMOs in use today. You’ll also explore various approaches for building, maintaining and closing a PMO, as well as monitoring techniques to ensure that projects are completed successfully.

Starts : 2017-08-01 in 9 days
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edX Free English BUx EdX Math

Phenomena as diverse as the motion of the planets, the spread of a disease, and the oscillations of a suspension bridge are governed by differential equations. This course is an introduction to the mathematical theory of ordinary differential equations and follows a modern dynamical systems approach. In particular, equations are analyzed using qualitative, numerical, and if possible, symbolic techniques.

MATH226 is essentially the edX equivalent of MA226; a one-semester course in ordinary differential equations taken by more than 500 students per year at Boston University. It is divided into three parts. MATH226.2x is the second part.

For additional information on obtaining credit through the ACE Alternative Credit Project, please visit here.

Starts : 2017-08-01 in 9 days
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edX Free English Data Analysis & Statistics Economics & Finance EdX MITx Social Sciences

Este curso introduce las evaluaciones de impacto aleatorizadas (o experimentales) como una herramienta para probar y mejorar la eficacia de programas y políticas sociales.

El curso te entregará los conceptos fundamentales para entender en qué consisten las evaluaciones de impacto aleatorizadas, por qué son importantes, cómo se diseñan e implementan, y cómo usar sus resultados.

Combinando clases teóricas y casos de estudio basados en evaluaciones reales, el curso presta atención a aspectos como las virtudes de la metodología experimental, los distintos diseños de aleatorización posibles y qué situaciones pueden poner en riesgo la validez interna de un experimento.

Asimismo, enfatiza otros temas que son relevantes para cualquier tipo de evaluación de programas, tales como medir adecuadamente los resultados de interés, asegurar la calidad de los datos y usar los resultados en el diseño de programas y políticas nuevas.

El curso de Evaluación de Impacto de Programas Sociales está diseñado para múltiples tipos de audiencias: funcionarios de instituciones gubernamentales, ONGs, fundaciones y otras organizaciones que diseñan, implementan o financian programas sociales; así como investigadores, académicos y estudiantes en busca de nuevas herramientas de análisis.

Starts : 2017-08-01 in 9 days
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edX Free English Computer Science EdX Math UTAustinX

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.

MATLAB licenses will be made available to the participants free of charge for the duration of the course.

We invite you to LAFF with us!

Starts : 2017-08-02 in 10 days
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edX Free English EdX Humanities Literature UC BerkeleyX

This course prepares you to read more deeply and write more clearly about works of literature. Through an engaging collection of videos, authentic readings, and support material from a variety of sources, you will learn to appreciate literature from different genres. This course will focus on reading, interpreting and writing about fiction and gothic literature.

You will broaden your vocabulary while you sharpen your academic and creative writing skills. Interaction with other students will help you to refine your thinking about the reading and writing as well. You will learn to write under time pressure, and have the opportunity to complete practice assignments that are similar to those you will find on the AP examination.

There are no prerequisites; you don’t have to take the AP exam to join the course. If you want to learn about literature and writing, this course is for you.

Starts : 2017-08-02 in 10 days
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edX Free English EdX JaverianaX Social Sciences

MOOC ¿Quieres aprender cómo desde la Gestión Territorial, la Gobernabilidad para el Turismo, puedes adquirir herramientas para afrontar con éxito los retos de cara a un posconflicto?

Este curso fue diseñado por el Ministerio de Comercio, Industria y Turismo con el apoyo de FONTUR, constituye un instrumento que permitirá fortalecer las habilidades de los Gestores Regionales del Turismo, sus socios naturales y estratégicos, aprehender herramientas de gestión de lo público desde la óptica del sector, potenciarlo a través de la relación y gestión en clave de desarrollo integral del entorno para fortalecer el enfoque productivo en entornos de paz.

Starts : 2017-08-03 in 11 days
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edX Free English Business & Management EdX IDBx

¿Qué se entiende por gestión para resultados en el desarrollo?

¿Cuáles son los componentes del ciclo de gestión pública que aborda la gestión para resultados en el desarrollo?

¿Cuáles son los principales desafíos en América Latina y el Caribe para la implementación de la gestión para resultados en el desarrollo?

¿Cuál es el rol de los funcionarios públicos y cuál es el rol de la ciudadanía en la gestión para resultados?

Este curso da respuesta a las anteriores preguntas y, a modo de introducción, brinda el marco conceptual de la gestión para resultados en el desarrollo en los gobiernos subnacionales.

Los países de América Latina y el Caribe enfrentan considerables desafíos de la gestión pública, tales como el diseño de políticas públicas que tengan en consideración los puntos de vista de los diferentes actores; las demandas ciudadanas y los escasos recursos disponibles; la asignación de los recursos financieros; la calidad de los servicios públicos o el seguimiento y la evaluación de la gestión, entre otros.

La gestión para resultados en el desarrollo y su enfoque de gerencia contribuyen al abordaje de estos desafíos mediante el tratamiento integral de las distintas etapas del ciclo de la gestión pública, el uso de la información para la toma de decisiones y el empleo de múltiples instrumentos y metodologías.