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Upcoming Courses Open for Sign-Up

School of Open, Round 2: Courses open for sign-up:

The School of Open is offering its second round of facilitated courses! Starting today, you can sign up for 7 courses during a two week period; sign-up closes 4 August (Sunday) and courses start on or after 5 August (Monday). All courses are free to take and open to reuse under the CC BY-SA license.

The School of Open is a community of volunteers from around the world passionate about peer learning, openness, and the intersection of the two. These volunteers helped launch the School of Open in March. And now they invite you to join them in the following courses.

To sign up for any of these courses, simply go to the course page and click ‘Start Course’ under its left Navigation column.*

1. Copyright 4 Educators (AUS) (7 weeks) – This course is open to anyone in the world, but will focus on Australian copyright law as pertains to education. This course will equip Australian educators with the copyright knowledge to confidently use copyright material in the classroom. It will also introduce OER and teach you how to find and adapt free, useful resources for your classes. Facilitators: Delia Browne and Jessica Smith

2. Copyright 4 Educators (US) (6 weeks) – This course is open to anyone in the world, but will focus on US copyright law as pertains to education. The course is taught around practical case scenarios faced by teachers when using copyright material in their day-to-day teaching. Facilitator: Laura Quilter

3. Creative Commons for K-12 Educators (7 weeks) – This course will help K-12 educators find and adapt free, useful resources for their classes. It will also help them incorporate activities that teach their students digital world skills — such as finding, remixing, and sharing digital media and materials on the web. Facilitator: Jane Park

4. Designing Collaborative Workshops (4 weeks) – This course brings together case studies of some great collaborative workshops that have been run in the past with an open invitation for you to share your own experiences with either running or participating in a workshop that worked well (or didn’t). Facilitators: Mick Fuzz and Jane Park

5. Writing Wikipedia Articles: The Basics and Beyond (6 weeks) – If you can read Wikipedia, you can learn to build it! In this course, you will learn about the software, the rules, and the cultural values that drive and support this ubiquitous and community-built online encyclopedia. It will focus on articles about openness in education. Facilitators: Pete Forsyth and Sara Frank Bristow *This course runs on Wikipedia; follow instructions to sign up at the course page

6. Open Science: An Introduction (4 weeks) – This course is a collaborative learning environment meant to introduce the idea of Open Science to young scientists, academics, and makers of all kinds. Facilitator: Billy Meinke

7. Why Open? (3 weeks) – This course will facilitate discussion on the different meanings of openness, how openness applies to different domains, as well as participants’ views of what it means to do things openly. Participants will engage in open activities, and examine the benefits and potential issues with openness. Facilitators:Christina HendricksSimeon OrikoJeanette LeePete Forsyth, and Jane Park

Too busy to take a course this time around? Don’t worry, we’re around for a while. Sign up to be notified when we launch our next round of facilitated courses, or take a stand-alone course at your own pace, at anytime.

Don’t see a course you want to take but are full of good ideas? Help us build the courses you want to see with others.Join the School of Open discussion list and introduce yourself and your “open” interest.

Deakin Connect:

Humanitarian Responses To 21st Century Disasters

This 12-week course introduces you to the humanitarian sector and its role in disaster and emergency response. You will learn about the history of the humanitarian field, the principles and practices that inform humanitarian responses and the diverse organisations and individuals that make up the sector. You will be encouraged to explore opportunities to become involved in this rewarding field.

Commencing 29th July 2013

DeakinConnect is Deakin University’s open learning space.
Our first open course is Humanitarian Responses to 21st Century Disasters.

What is Humanitarian Responses to 21st Century Disastersabout?

Earthquake, flood, fire, famine and conflict – we seem to be hearing more about these things everyday, and they affect many communities all around the world. Fortunately, there are many organisations made up of dedicated people who are trained and ready to assist communities affected by disasters. This course explores topics such as history and trends in humanitarian action, key issues in the humanitarian sector and the transition from disaster response to development.

What will I learn in Humanitarian Responses to 21st Century Disasters?

On completion of this course your learning exhibits can demonstrate your achievements in:

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  • Discipline specific global learning objective icon Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities – the history of the humanitarian sector; the principles and practices that inform responses to natural and human induced disasters and emergencies; key humanitarian organisations, individuals and their roles; and the complexities and ethical challenges of disaster and emergency responses.
  • Communication skills global learning objective icon Communication skills – using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.
  • Critical thinking global learning objective icon Critical thinking – evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.
  • Digital literacy global learning objective icon Digital literacy – using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.
  • Global citizenship global learning objective icon Global citizenship – engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

How will this happen in DeakinConnect?

You will be able to:

  • Learn by accessing resources such as expert commentary and interviews, and by testing response strategies in Lolesia, an imaginary country in South East Asia suffering from decades of economic stagnation and oppressive rule.
  • Engage by agreeing, challenging or questioning others’ ideas.
  • Network with humanitarians and peers from across the globe.
  • Evidence your understanding of the field and your capabilities in your online portfolio.
  • Credit – give and receive peer credit and feedback on others’ learning. In addition, up to 100 participants will be able to apply for entry and earn credit towards a Deakin University qualification in this field (fees apply).

Meet Dr Phil Connors, Course Leader

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Dr Phil Connors has a background in community and participatory development and has taught in the Masters of International and Community Development for eight years, the last two as Course Director. Phil has over 20 years of working with communities in development and emergency response contexts. Over the last two years Phil has developed a strong partnership with Save the Children Australia and other partner organisations to develop a Graduate Certificate in Humanitarian Leadership. Phil is also taking a lead role in the development of the Master of Humanitarian Assistance which is proposed to commence at Deakin in November 2013. Phil’s current research focus is on the role of community-based participatory approaches in strengthening resilience of communities to cope with disasters, and to be involved in the transition phase to rebuilding as early as possible.

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Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computation

CS-191x: Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computation
Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computation

A simple conceptual introduction to quantum mechanics and quantum computation.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Quantum computation is a remarkable subject building on the great computational discovery that computers based on quantum mechanics are exponentially powerful. This course aims to make this cutting-edge material broadly accessible to undergraduate students, including computer science majors who do not have any prior exposure to quantum mechanics. The course starts with a simple introduction to the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics using the concepts of qubits (or quantum bits) and quantum gates. This treatment emphasizes the paradoxical nature of the subject, including entanglement, non-local correlations, the no-cloning theorem and quantum teleportation. The course covers the fundamentals of quantum algorithms, including the quantum fourier transform, period finding, Shor’s quantum algorithm for factoring integers, as well as the prospects for quantum algorithms for NP-complete problems. It also discusses the basic ideas behind the experimental realization of quantum computers, including the prospects for adiabatic quantum optimization and the D-Wave controversy.

How can you take this edX Course?

COURSE STAFF

Umesh V. Vazirani
Umesh V. Vazirani

Umesh Vazirani is the Strauch Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley, and is the director of the Berkeley Quantum Information and Computation Center. Professor Vazirani has done foundational work on the computational foundations of randomness, algorithms and novel models of computation. His 1993 paper with Ethan Bernstein helped launch the field of quantum complexity theory. In 2007-08, he was appointed Keenan Visiting Professor for distinguished teaching at Princeton University. He is the author of two books An Introduction to Computational Learning Theory with Michael Kearns (MIT Press) and Algorithms with Sanjoy Dasgupta and Christos Papadimitriou (McGraw Hill).

FAQS

Do I need a textbook for this class?

No. Notes will be posted each week. If you wish to consult other references, a list of related textbooks and online resources will be provided.

What is the estimated effort for course?

About 5-12 hrs/week.

Why is the work load range so wide?

How long you spend on the course depends upon your background and on the depth to which you wish to understand the material. The topics in this course are quite open ended, and will be presented so you can understand them at a high level or can try to follow it at a sophisticated level with the help of the posted notes.

How much does it cost to take the course?

Nothing! The course is free.

Will the text of the lectures be available?

Yes. All of our lectures will have transcripts synced to the videos.

Do I need to watch the lectures live?

No. You can watch the lectures at your leisure.

PREREQUISITES:

A strong background in basic linear algebra, including vectors, matrices, complex numbers, inner products, eigenvalues and eigenvectors (a simple diagnostic quiz will help you assess your background). Mathematical maturity and familiarity with ideas of computer science such as big-Oh notation, algorithms and how to bound the running time of an elementary algorithm.

Once you have registered, you can access our simple optional diagnostic quiz and based on your answers you will be pointed to online resources that you can use to brush up on your background knowledge.

Massive open online course (MOOC) for Degree : A Virtual Reality

Free, Open Online Courses As A First Step Toward A Degree: A MOOC2Degree initiative

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MOOC2Degree can help you achieve your academic goals, giving you the opportunity to try online learning for free. Academic Partnerships is collaborating with many of its 40 public university partners to launch the MOOC2Degree initiative which provides you with free, open online courses that lead to academic credit as a first step toward your degree.
The following universities are some of the early participants in Academic Partnerships’ MOOC2Degree initiative. Students who successfully complete a MOOC2Degree course earn academic credits toward a degree, based upon criteria established by participating universities. Additional university partners are joining the initiative in the months ahead as they work through the processes of providing MOOCs. Specific MOOC course listings will be coming soon.

Cleveland State University
Now you can discover a university that’s different, that’s all about you. Now you can shape your future with CSU’s engaged learning, which directly connects you with your professors, with real-world career opportunities, with future employers and with a rewarding life. Now is the time to explore CSU: We’re young, agile, smart, and on the rise, JUST LIKE YOU.

Lamar University
For over 90 years, Lamar University has focused on providing students with opportunities to grow their career through high-quality education. Named after Mirabeau B. Lamar, the founder of public education in Texas, Lamar remains deeply committed to providing undergraduate and graduate students with an outstanding education. At our university, your education is our commitment.

University of Arkansas System
Embracing and expanding the historic trust inherent in the land-grant philosophy, the University of Arkansas System provides communities in Arkansas with access to academic and professional opportunities, develops intellectual growth and cultural awareness in its students, and applies knowledge and research skills to an ever-changing human condition.

University of Cincinnati
Since its founding in 1819, the University of Cincinnati has been the source of many discoveries creating positive change for society. Today, UC is classified as a Research University (Very High Research Activity) by the Carnegie Commission, and is ranked as one of America’s top 25 public research universities by the National Science Foundation. U.S. News has ranked UC in the Top Tier of America’s Best Colleges.

University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing
A leader in distance education, UT Arlington College of Nursing has received national recognition for its online course offerings. Within an environment of collegiality, faculty have embraced new technologies to enhance classroom and clinical teaching. We are committed to excellence in teaching, research, clinical practice, community service, collaboration and leadership.

University of West Florida
The University of West Florida has a central mission: empower each individual with the opportunity to responsibly and creatively contribute to a complex world. Founded in 1967, UWF is recognized for a commitment to academic success. Our students receive individualized assistance from a world-class faculty and our learning environment fosters creativity and empowerment.

Utah State University
No other place provides the complete package quite like USU: top-notch academics, nationally recognized research, Division I athletics, and more than 200 student clubs and organizations, all on the oldest residential campus in the state. In fact, USU is the #1 public university in the West (and top five in the nation) for lowest tuition on Forbes‘ list of America’s Best College Buys (2011).

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