Monday, March 31, 2014

MOOCs in April: So Much to Offer!

TopFreeClasses would like to welcome all of our newest visitors and followers – March has been amazing, and we're looking forward to an equally amazing April!  Our course offerings are growing every week, and the variety is staggering.  It looks like more and more colleges and universities are taking advantage of all that edX, Coursera, and other MOOC platforms have to offer.  Let's take a closer look at a small sampling of what will be available in the next month.

Making a difference in the world is always in fashion, and what better way to maximize your giving potential than by taking a course called Giving with Purpose?  Offered by the Learning by Giving Foundation with support from Northeastern University, Giving with Purpose is a six-session open course designed to help students to become more purposeful and effective charitable donors.  Through this course, students take a closer look at the art of philanthropy and learn to engage more effectively with nonprofit organizations in their communities.  While the material will be challenging, the only prerequisite is "interest in the nonprofit sector and charitable giving."  Instructed/facilitated by Rebecca Riccio, director of the Social Impact Lab at Northeastern University, Giving with Purpose will enable students to tap into Riccio's twenty years of experience in working with a broad range of local, national, and international nonprofit organizations.  More than lectures and discussions, this edX course features interviews with such prominent philanthropists as Warren Buffett, Cal Ripken, Jr., and Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield of Ben and Jerry fame.  Best of all: $100,000 or more will be donated to the organizations ranked highest by students using a peer-review selection process based on concepts presented in the course.  Sounds like a win-win situation for students, givers and recipients alike!

On the less feel-good side of things is the topic of cybercrime, covered in depth by the University of London's open course Malicious Software and its Underground Economy: Two Sides to Every Story.  Taught by Lorenzo Cavallaro at the University, this Coursera MOOC explores the dark side of computing:  the profitable but illegal business that takes place when criminals infiltrate user and enterprise hosts and steal private, financial, and intellectual property data.  In a mere six weeks, students will learn the inner workings of traditional and mobile malware, how they can be analyzed and detected, and what drives the vast underground ecosystem that sustains cybercrime.  Dr. Cavallaro's background in systems dependability and malware analysis will ensure a robust and challenging course; for this reason, it is recommended that prospective students of Malicious Software and its Underground Economy: Two Sides to Every Story have fairly strong prior knowledge in the areas of computing and operating systems.  Interestingly, this thoroughly modern course is brought to us by the University of London International Programmes, an educational system established back in 1858 as the world's oldest provider of flexible learning.

We're really just scratching the surface here, as April will be bringing many new MOOCs to TopFreeClasses.  Whether you want to Start Writing Fiction, Understand the Brain, or try your hand at Kitchen Chemistry, TopFreeClasses will always be on the lookout for the latest and greatest MOOC offerings.  So have a happy April, and hope to see you at!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Marching into Spring with March 2014 MOOCs is always on the outlook to bring the students the absolute best in cutting-edge MOOCs, and our offerings for March 2014 are no exception.  Consider, for example, Stanford' Machine Learning, a 10-week course taught by instructor Andrew Ng.  From data mining to statistical pattern recognition and bias/variance theory, Machine Learning features a variety of the most effective machine learning techniques.  Some programming background will be helpful for this self-contained course, but it is not a requirement and motivated novices can benefit from this MOOC just as much as seasoned students of machine learning techniques.

Applying digital game design techniques to non-game problems is known as gamification, and if you're unfamiliar with this phenomenon then you're in luck because the University of Pennsylvania's Kevin Werbach will be teaching Gamification in March.  Neophytes need not fear this course, as it is designed as an introduction to gamification and no technical knowledge or prior coursework is required.  Ten weeks of instruction will touch upon gamification design frameworks, critiques and risks, gamification psychology and motivation, and much more.

AP Calculus AB Exam coming up in the near future?  Don't sweat it – TopFreeClasses and the University of Houston will help you prepare with an intensive six-week AP Calculus AB Exam course.  With no required readings and weekly review quizzes, this MOOC can make your AP Calculus test prep a little less stressful.  After you (hopefully) pass your exam, you can thank instructors Jeffrey J. Morgan and Rebecca George for making abstruse math concepts such as antiderivatives and curve sketching understandable.

While you're at it, why not check out Music's Big Bang, Causes of War, and the ever popular Social Issues through Comic Books?  There's practically no end to our list of March MOOCs, so get on board before the spring season and these amazing course offerings pass you by.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

List of March 2014 MOOCs

Here is the list of free online courses that start in March 2014 on Coursera, EdX, Udacity, MongoDBCanvas Network, NovoED, FutureLearn, iversity by categories from US and international institutions (Total 126).

Art, Design, Music
Introduction to Computational Arts: Visual Arts2014-03-03EnglishCoursera
An introduction to physical actor training2014-03-10EnglishFutureLearn
Exploring Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas2014-03-13EnglishCoursera
Music's Big Bang2014-03-13EnglishCoursera
Fundamentals of Digital Image and Video Processing2014-03-31EnglishCoursera
Biology and Life Sciences
BIOC372.1x: Fundamentals of Immunology Part 12014-03-02EnglishEdX
Bioinformatic Methods II2014-03-03EnglishCoursera
Bioinformatics: Introduction and Methods 生物信息学: 导论与方法2014-03-17ChineseCoursera
Introduction to Systems Biology2014-03-31EnglishCoursera
Dynamical Modeling Methods for Systems Biology2014-03-31EnglishCoursera
Forensic Science and Criminal Justice2014-03-31EnglishFutureLearn
Business and Management
On Strategy : What Managers Can Learn from Great PhilosophersMarch 2014EnglishCoursera
An Introduction to Operations Management2014-03-03EnglishCoursera
Continuidad y desarrollo de la empresa familiar2014-03-03SpanishCoursera
Desarrollo rápido de productos innovadores para mercados emergentes2014-03-03SpanishCoursera
Understanding modern business & organisations2014-03-10EnglishFutureLearn
Grow to Greatness: Smart Growth for Private Businesses, Part II2014-03-17EnglishCoursera
Fundamentals of Global Energy Business2014-03-17EnglishCoursera
Gamification Design2014-03-17Englishiversity
15.390x: Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your customer?2014-03-18EnglishEdX
Organizational Analysis2014-03-31EnglishCoursera
Introduction to Public Speaking2014-03-31EnglishCoursera
BUS5.1x: Innovating in Health Care2014-03-31EnglishEdX
Моделирование биологических молекул на GPU (Biomolecular modeling on GPU)2014-03-14RussianCoursera
College Preparation
Applying to U.S. Universities2014-03-16EnglishCoursera
Preparing for the AP* Calculus AB Exam2014-03-17EnglishCoursera
Preparing for the AP* Statistics Exam2014-03-17EnglishCoursera
Computer Science
SNU446.345.1x: Robot Mechanics, Planning, and Control, Part IMarch 2014EnglishEdX
ENGRI1280x: Wiretaps to Big Data: Privacy and Surveillance in the Age of Interconnection2014-03-02EnglishEdX
Machine Learning2014-03-03EnglishCoursera
VLSI CAD: Logic to Layout2014-03-03EnglishCoursera
Discrete Optimization2014-03-04EnglishCoursera
6.00.2x: Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science2014-03-05EnglishEdX
Web Application Architectures2014-03-17EnglishCoursera
Machine Learning 1—Supervised Learning2014-03-17EnglishUdacity
Algorithms, Part II2014-03-21EnglishCoursera
An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python2014-03-24EnglishCoursera
General Game Playing2014-03-31EnglishCoursera
High Performance Scientific Computing2014-03-31EnglishCoursera
Education and Teaching
Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies For Your Classroom 2014-03-03EnglishCoursera
Constructive Classroom Conversations: Mastering Language for the Common Core State Standards (Elementary)2014-03-06EnglishNovoED
Constructive Classroom Conversations: Mastering Language for the Common Core State Standards (Secondary)2014-03-06EnglishNovoED
Teaching Online: Reflections on
Foundations of Teaching for Learning 2: Being a Teacher2014-03-17EnglishCoursera
Common Core in Action: Math Formative Assessment2014-03-17EnglishCoursera
University Teaching 1012014-03-17EnglishCoursera
Meine Schule transformieren – ein Reiseführer2014-03-22Germaniversity
Globalizing Higher Education and Research for the ‘Knowledge Economy’2014-03-24EnglishCoursera
Foundations of Teaching for Learning 5: Planning for Teaching and Learning2014-03-24EnglishCoursera
Statistics in Education for Mere
Common Core in Action: Literacy Across Content Areas2014-03-31EnglishCoursera
A Look at Nuclear Science and Technology2014-03-03EnglishCoursera
التقانة و المستشعرات النانوية2014-03-03ArabicCoursera
AE1110x: Introduction to Aeronautical Engineering2014-03-03EnglishEdX
16.110x: Flight Vehicle Aerodynamics2014-03-05EnglishEdX
Engineering Systems in Motion: Dynamics of Particles and Bodies in 2D Motion2014-03-10EnglishCoursera
Finance and Economics
Основы микроэкономики (Microeconomics Principles)March 2014RussianCoursera
Экономика труда (Labor economics)March 2014RussianCoursera
История экономической мысли (History of Economic Thought)March 2014RussianCoursera
Networks: Friends, Money, and Bytes2014-03-01EnglishCoursera
INFO2040x: Networks, Crowds and Markets2014-03-02EnglishEdX
80512073x: Financial Analysis and Decision Making2014-03-03ChineseEdX
Evaluation financière de l'entreprise2014-03-04FrenchCoursera
A Beginner's Guide to Irrational Behavior2014-03-11EnglishCoursera
Understanding economic policymaking2014-03-24EnglishCoursera
Globalization and You2014-03-31EnglishCoursera
Health and Medicine
Discover dentistry2014-03-03EnglishFutureLearn
My Big Fat Gut Reaction: Ethical Decision-Making for Health Care
001x: Medicinal Chemistry: The Molecular Basis of Drug Discovery2014-03-10EnglishEdX
The Science of Gastronomy2014-03-14EnglishCoursera
Diabetes - a Global Challenge2014-03-24EnglishCoursera
Saving Lives Millions at a Time: Global Disease Control Policies & Programs2014-03-24EnglishCoursera
Innovators of American Cuisine: A History of the Culinary Arts in the
Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA)2014-03-31EnglishCoursera
Poisonings in the Home and Community: Assessment and Emergency Response2014-03-31EnglishCoursera
Humanities and Social Studies
SNU216B.226.1x: International Politics in the Korean Peninsula, Part 1March 2014KoreanEdX
Introduction to International Criminal Law2014-03-01EnglishCoursera
Practical Ethics2014-03-01EnglishCoursera
Think101x: The Science of Everyday Thinking2014-03-02EnglishEdX
Tecnologías de información y comunicación en la educación2014-03-03SpanishCoursera
Shakespeare and his world2014-03-03EnglishFutureLearn
活用希臘哲學 (Understanding the Greek Philosophy)2014-03-05ChineseCoursera
史記 (Shi-Ji)2014-03-06ChineseCoursera
Investigative Concepts: FBI Major Case #203 "Pizza Bomber"
Social Issues Through Comic
Muslims in Britain: changes and challenges2014-03-10EnglishFutureLearn
GSE1x: Unlocking the Immunity to Change: A New Approach to Personal Improvement2014-03-11EnglishEdX
Les problèmes métaphysiques à l’épreuve de la politique, 1943-19682014-03-17FrenchCoursera
Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World2014-03-17EnglishCoursera
HIST1514x: American Capitalism: A History2014-03-17EnglishEdX
How to read... a mind2014-03-17EnglishFutureLearn
The Emergence of the Modern Middle East2014-03-18EnglishCoursera
Buddhism and Modern Psychology 2014-03-20EnglishCoursera
SW12.4x: China (Part 4): A New National Culture2014-03-20EnglishEdX
Causes of war2014-03-24EnglishFutureLearn
The mind is flat: the shocking shallowness of human psychology2014-03-24EnglishFutureLearn
唐诗宋词人文解读 Appreciation of Tang and Song Poetry2014-03-25ChineseCoursera
媒介批评:理论与方法 Media Criticism: Theory and Method2014-03-25ChineseCoursera
International Human Rights Law: Prospects and Challenges2014-03-31EnglishCoursera
Identity, conflict and public space: contest and transformation2014-03-31EnglishFutureLearn
Task-based Language Teaching with Digital
Calculus Two: Sequences and Series2014-03-01EnglishCoursera
Logic: Language and Information 12014-03-10EnglishCoursera
Massively Multivariable Open Online Calculus Course2014-03-14EnglishCoursera
Linear and Discrete Optimization2014-03-17EnglishCoursera
Analytic Combinatorics2014-03-28EnglishCoursera
Physics and Earth Studies
The diversity of exoplanetsMarch 2014EnglishCoursera
SNU034.005.1x: Introductory Physics — Part 1: Mechanics and WavesMarch 2014EnglishEdX
MF201x: Mecanique des Fluides2014-03-03FrenchEdX
Make an impact: sustainability for professionals2014-03-17EnglishFutureLearn
Introduction to Education for
ANU-ASTRO1x: Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe2014-03-25EnglishEdX
Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast2014-03-31EnglishCoursera
The Science of the Solar System2014-03-31EnglishCoursera
Fairness and nature: when worlds collide2014-03-31EnglishFutureLearn
Professional Development
M101J: MongoDB for Java Developers2014-03-17English10gen
M101JS: MongoDB for Node.js Developers2014-03-24English10gen
Statistics and Data Analysis
Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp2014-03-03EnglishCoursera
Data Mining with Weka2014-03-03Englishwaikato
15.071x: The Analytics Edge2014-03-04EnglishEdX
Exploratory Data Analysis2014-03-12EnglishUdacity

Happy Learning!