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Starts : 2017-10-24 in 3 days
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edX Free Closed [?] English Business & Management EdX Engineering Social Sciences WageningenX

Do you want to contribute to a more sustainable society? Tackle the challenges in the transition towards a circular economy? In this course you will analyse what it takes to create a circular economy including sustainable supply chains.

Circular economy challenge

The transition towards a circular economy is one of the biggest challenges in order to create a more sustainable society. This transition requires an interdisciplinary approach, combining socio-technical, managerial, and environmental considerations.

Valuable resources often end up as waste. We challenge you to find and analyse examples of this in your own environment. You could consider possible solutions to reduce or recycle waste, but you soon realise that waste is not the only problem. Precious materials such as copper, gold and phosphorus are gradually disappearing. Water is becoming scarce, pollution of water and air is massive and a lot of food is thrown away.

Right now we design products from cradle to grave: from production to consumption to waste, which is a linear model. But we should design products from cradle to cradle: in a closed loop whereby they don’t become waste, but valuable resources again. And when we start thinking in circles, we might as well try to reinvent not just supply chains, but entire systems.

Because that’s what we have been doing with sustainability: we have been departing from the status quo, while cradle to cradle and circular pushes us to think outside the box.

Conventional understanding of sustainability proposes activities defined in terms of decreasing and reducing, such as ‘zero footprint’, ‘zero waste’, reduction of pollution, reduction of energy consumption. The focus is on reducing negative impacts. We call this eco-efficiency, which is often seen as a goal in itself – we can keep doing what we do, just strive to do it less.

Cradle to Cradle celebrates abundance; it recognises that people, just like ants and trees, are abundant and have a large impact on their environment. The challenge is to make this impact a positive one and we invite you to join this challenge!

Systems approach to circular economy

In this course, we therefore take a systems approach to the circular economy, considering different stakeholder perspectives, their incentive structures, and their impacts on circular alternatives.

The circular solutions will be identified by technological assessment using applied as well as emerging technologies. Since identifying and evaluating potential circular alternatives based on quantitative techniques is key in achieving sustainable solutions, you will also learn how to use life cycle assessment and agent-based modelling to assess the socio-technical and manageable challenges and environmental benefits of alternative solutions.

By integrating all perspectives in a case study, you will learn how to comprehensively and critically assess strategies to transition towards a circular economy.

Starts : 2017-10-26 in 5 days
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edX Free Closed [?] English Business & Management Data Analysis & Statistics EdX IIMBx Social Sciences

Have you ever wondered about the right methods to improve productivity, configure your supply chain or address the demand on hand?

In recent years, businesses have strived to improve productivity and quality, reduce costs and delivery times, and embrace flexibility and innovation. These strategies are part of the Operations Management (OM) activities that service and manufacturing organizations engage in. 

Operations Management helps you to understand the role of OM in a firm and to develop abilities to structure and solve operations related problems. The course will empower you with skills to address important aspects of business operations including capacity, productivity, quality, and supply chain.

You will understand how operations in an organization are configured and factors that can potentially drive the complexity of managing such operations. We will also introduce concepts like estimating capacity, identifying bottlenecks, and de-bottlenecking.

Throughout the course, you will join us in discussions on productivity improvement methods, development of quality assurance systems and configuration of supply chains.

The course will equip you with the right tools, techniques and skills to estimate, compute, analyze and configure key elements of operations management.

Starts : 2017-10-31 in 10 days
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edX Free Closed [?] English EdX Health & Safety MichiganX Social Sciences

Understand social work practice through the critical examination of methods associated with decision-making, critical thinking, and ethical judgment.

The course integrates the core themes related to multiculturalism and diversity; social justice and social change; promotion, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation; and behavioral and social science research.

You will learn how to formulate appropriate research questions and hypotheses, techniques for testing relationships and patterns among variables, methods of data collection, methods to assess and improve the validity and reliability of data and measures, and the ethics of scientific inquiry.

This course will cover:

• quantitative and qualitative research methods

• commonly used statistical procedures

• approaches to the evaluation of practice

Learn how to understand and appreciate a scientific approach to building practice knowledge and for evaluating practice, and to use research to advocate for clients and inform policy. Special emphasis will be placed on increasing one's ability to formulate research questions, apply research methods, conduct statistical analysis, and interpret research reports. The latest statistical, graphical, and display technologies will be used.

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

Starts : 2017-11-06 in 16 days
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edX Free Closed [?] English Business & Management EdX Environmental Studies Social Sciences UQx

The Capstone is the last step to complete the Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters Credential and is designed to test the knowledge gained in the four courses.

The Capstone will consist of two tasks comprising:

  • A timed multiple choice online exam; and
  • A proposal and presentation to a funding provider, that tackles a development challenge.

To enrol in the Capstone, learners must complete a Verified Certificate in these four courses:

  • LGDM1x Leaders in Global Development
  • LGDM2x The Science & Practice of Sustainable Development
  • LGDM3x Adaptive Leadership in Development
  • LGDM4x Critical Development Perspectives

This assessment is one of the eligibility criteria for admission to the on-campus Master of Leadership in Global Development program at the University of Queensland.

On successful completion of the 4 courses and the Capstone you will be awarded the MicroMasters credential.

Starts : 2017-11-07 in 17 days
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edX Free Closed [?] English Biology & Life Sciences EdX Health & Safety Social Sciences UAMx

¿Qué es envejecer? ¿Qué es más importante a la hora de envejecer, la herencia o el ambiente? ¿Podemos actuar sobre nuestro propio envejecimiento? ¿Qué tendríamos que hacer para envejecer bien?

Estas y otras muchas preguntas serán respondidas a los largo de este MOOC en el que se pretende transmitir conocimientos actualizados y científicos sobre cómo llegar a una longevidad positiva y saludable a la vez que se pretende motivar a los participantes en la puesta en práctica de una serie de comportamientos que conforman lo que llamamos estilos de vida activos y saludables. Así pues, esos conocimientos no serán suficientes para el cambio hacia un envejecimiento activo; ello dependerá de que cada uno de los participantes incorpore, como hábitos, esos comportamientos que sabemos influyen en un envejecimiento óptimo, lo cual requerirá de una actitud positiva y de la determinación, el querer realizar algunos cambios.

Partimos de la consideración de que el envejecimiento no tiene un claro inicio sino que “vivir es envejecer y envejecer es vivir” y consideramos que a todo lo largo de la vida hay crecimiento, estabilidad y declive. Desde luego, huimos de una visión simplista, exclusivamente positiva, del envejecimiento y dado que la edad está asociada a la enfermedad, la discapacidad y a otros problemas, tratamos de promover ciertas “soluciones” que llevan consigo lo siguiente: optimizar las capacidades físicas, mentales, afectivas y sociales; prevenir potenciales enfermedades y problemas y, en su caso, compensar o paliar existentes déficits.

Esas estrategias, soluciones comportamentales y estilos de vida protectores o combativos de factores de riesgo pertenecen a cuatro dominios esenciales: la mejora de la salud y la funcionalidad; promover el ejercicio físico y cognitivo regular; el mantenimiento y la optimización del afecto positivo y el control y, finalmente, la implicación familiar y social.

Este curso está dirigido a personas de cualquier edad que estén interesadas en envejecer bien. Va a requerir no solo el aprendizaje de conocimientos científicos sino una implicación personal de los participantes puesto que pretendemos, también, la introducción de cambios en la forma de percibir la vejez y en la incorporación de hábitos saludables que lleven consigo, a largo plazo, el desarrollo personal y la satisfacción con la vida.

Starts : 2018-01-30 in 101 days
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edX Free Closed [?] English EdX Health & Safety MichiganX Social Sciences

Explore current social welfare issues in the context of their history and the underlying rationale and values that support different approaches. Emphasis is placed on major fields of social work service such as:

  • income maintenance
  • health care
  • mental health
  • child welfare
  • corrections
  • elderly services

You will learn about analytic frameworks with regard to social welfare policies and services. These frameworks identify strengths and weaknesses in the current social welfare system with respect to:

  • multiculturalism and diversity
  • social justice and social change
  • behavioral and social science theory and research
  • relevant social work promotion, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation programs

There are four main content areas for the course.

  1. The philosophic and practical basis for social welfare provisions.
  2. The history of the social work profession and the emergence of specific policies and programs within their historical, social and political contexts.
  3. A critical analysis of current social welfare policies in the U.S. and cross-nationally, and programs, nationally and cross-nationally with attention to the evolving policies.
  4. An understanding of theory/research, debates, and trends in social welfare provision and patterns of service delivery.

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

Starts : 2018-12-31 in 436 days
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Coursera Free Closed [?] Foreign Languages English Education Humanities Social Sciences

By the end of this course you will have developed a spoken and written profile in German that reflects your backgrounds, customs and the cities you live in. Through the medium of a foreign language, we will learn about each other and exchange our reactions to contemporary German life and lifestyles.

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