If you’re not already a connoisseur of online learning, make it a goal for 2015! You’ll be joining the ranks of millions of lifelong learners the world over who have discovered the joy of learning through online courses. Expand your horizons, sharpen your skills, improve your résumé—there’s something for everyone who explores the world of MOOCs, or massive open online courses.
MOOCs are free for everyone and offered by top-tier colleges as well as by industry experts. Check out these 9 new online courses starting in January 2105, then come to LearningAdvisor to search for more!
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1. “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Twain: BerkeleyX Book Club, Starts Jan.2
“This course will explore in depth Mark Twain’s 1884 novel, Huckleberry Finn, which has an important place in American literature and history.” It is the second offering from the new BerkleyX Book Club which will explore one classic each month through April 2015.
2. Introduction to Genetics and Evolution: Duke University, Starts Jan.2
“We often hear about new “genome sequences,” commercial kits that can tell you about your ancestry (including pre-human) from your DNA or disease predispositions, debates about the truth of evolution, why animals behave the way they do, and how people found “genetic evidence for natural selection.” This course provides the basic biology you need to understand all of these issues better, and tries to clarify some misconceptions.”
3. Developing a Personal Financial Plan: Kaplan University, Self-paced
Start the year off right by learning how to use the right decision-making tools and techniques to organize your finances for the future!
4. Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python: MITx, Starts Jan. 7
“This course is the first of a two-course sequence: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python, and Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science. Together, they are designed to help people with no prior exposure to computer science or programming learn to think computationally and write programs to tackle useful problems. Some of the people taking the two courses will use them as a stepping stone to more advanced computer science courses, but for many it will be their first and last computer science courses.”
5. Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses, Part II: University of Virginia, Starts Jan. 12
“Most entrepreneurship courses focus on how to start a business. Few focus on the next big entrepreneurial inflection point: how do you successfully grow an existing private business? This is the focus of this Course.”
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6. Introduction to Nutrition – Food for Health: WageningenX, Starts Jan. 12
“In this course Professor Sander Kersten will teach you what is in our foods, what happens to these components once you consume them, and how these components may impact your health. The course will help you become more critical and provide you with the necessary tools to better weigh and interpret the information overload about nutrition and health.”
7. Critical Thinking in Global Challenges: University of Edinborough, Starts Jan. 19
Sharpen your critical thinking skills within the context of important global challenges including, “the risk and spread of serious infectious diseases in epidemics in modern societies, the implications of increasing human population on global resources, energy, environment and climate, and the challenges of human health and well being in the modern world.”
8. Jazz Appreciation: UTAustinX, Starts Jan. 20
“Much more than a lecture series, Jazz Appreciation weaves in musical performances and examples that will deepen your understanding of the musical process and develop your ability to identify and analyze different jazz eras and great jazz soloists.”
9. Career Journey: Kaplan University, self-paced
“Kaplan brings you this free course, powered by your LinkedIn profile and network, where you’ll learn to use the power of social media to implement practical strategies for career advancement, professional development and personal innovation.”