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Archive for the ‘MOOC’ Category



With the increasing popularity of online education has come a profusion of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Open Courseware (OCW), Open Educational Resources (OER), and other general educational resources that can be accessed online. MOOCs are usually full courses with actual assignments and a similar structure to a traditional college class, whereas OCW and OER are simply resources, such as textbooks, class rubrics, and other corollary materials that students can use to guide their independent learning. This collection isn’t intended as an ordered ranking comparing the quality of these sites, but a repository of great resources for anyone who wants to learn more about MOOCs and OCW.

MOOC Platforms & Tools

Many companies have set up platforms that anyone can use to create and promote MOOCs, and as the MOOC format gets more popular, there will doubtlessly be heavy competition to create the best course creation and hosting service. This competition will lead to an increase in quality of some MOOCs, but it will be more difficult to sort out which courses offer the best and most relevant content.

  1. Alison


    Alison is a large MOOC platform with over five million different online course offerings that are free and enable students to further their education in a number of fields.

    Deeper LearningThe Benefits of Learning on Alison

  2. Udacity


    Udacity wants to bring engaging and effective education to the masses. They offer interactive, free courses for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced learner.

    Deeper LearningAbout Us

  3. Coursera Blog


    Cousera offers a collection of MOOC courses from across several universities. Classes are available from colleges such as University of Toronto, Berklee College, and Stanford University.

    Deeper LearningDo your homework

  4. edX


    Edx gives students opportunities to pursue their education on their schedule. Their classes extend across many different subjects, and the company has collaborated with educators in both traditional and emerging fields to build and publish course content.

    Deeper LearningWhat we’ve learned from teaching MOOCs

  5. udemy Blog


    udemy Blog is the world’s largest destination for online courses and teaches students how to take a course on just about anything. Free coursework includes information on building a mobile app, Microsoft excel, Photoshop, writing, technology, and more.

    Deeper LearningInnovative Business Ideas, Where Do They Come From?

  6. MOOC Campus


    MOOC Campus is the world’s first residential campus for DIY education and they pull material from some of the best institutions around the country such as the University of Michigan, Yale, Berklee College of Music, and more.

    Deeper LearningPoison Ivy Scholarship

  7. University of London International Programmes


    University of London International Programmes enables students to further their education from anywhere and do so with increased flexibility.

    Deeper LearningCourses

  8. Harvard Open Courses


    Harvard Open Courses more aptly equip students to have the resources to take courses online and have the ability to do so through one of the best universities in the country.

    Deeper LearningCourses

  9. Hibernia College


    Hibernia College outlines the different MOOCs students can take and how to best advance methods for furthering education. The site provides useful tools for learning more about Ireland’s history and culture.

    Deeper LearningThe Gathering

  10. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne MOOC Factory


    This MOOC institution is a great way to learn on a variety of subjects and it includes a common format of seven week courses with two hour lectures. The site provides information for how to produce and submit your own MOOC as well.

    Deeper LearningMore Information

  11. WVNET’s MOOC


    WVNET’s MOOC is part of the West Virginia Network and it provides a fantastic resource for different courses, this particular one focusing on the practical application of software defined networks.

    Deeper LearningEnroll Now

  12. Codecademy


    Codecademy is a MOOC-like online learning program that allows for students of programming to begin learning or enhance their coding language skills. Open courses include coding modules for Ruby, PHP, and Python.

    Deeper LearningWhat language do you need to know ?

  13. Open Learning Design Studio’s MOOC


    This nine week course ran from January thru March 2013, but the materials on the site are still freely available. The curriculum was written for higher education professionals, such as teachers and support staff interested in learning about professional development.

    Deeper LearningSteal this course

  14. ETMOOC


    This site helps run the etMOOC platform for curriculum delivery and student interaction. Any relevant course information, including recommended schedules and topics, are delivered through this site.

    Deeper LearningDigital Citizenships

  15. Synaptic Global Learning


    Synaptic Global Learning helps administer the courses for different MOOCs and has useful resources that enable the education field to be advanced online.

    Deeper LearningAdaptive Learning

  16. MOOC Community


    This blog serves as the homepage for a Learning and Teaching in Higher Education MOOC that ran from May – June 2012. Site held all the course information, as well as all the linked blogs of students.

    Deeper LearningHanging Around with the Creatives

  17. World Education University

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    The World Education University focuses on developing online materials that allow students the fundamental right to an education, regardless of any inhibiting factors.

    Deeper LearningCatalog

  18. The Academic Financial Trading Platform


    This MOOC course site allows enrollment in business classes taught by professors from top business schools. Completion of these courses earns students a certification as well as a working knowledge of stock market prediction techniques.

    Deeper LearningFAQ

  19. MOOC-Ed


    MOOC-ed provides educators with free professional development opportunities. These courses are flexible, relevant, and innovative so that educators can continue to think about teaching and education.

    Deeper LearningCourses

  20. Health Informatics Forum


    The MOOC available through the Health Informatics Forum is comprised of 16 components, such as The Culture of Healthcare and Terminology of Healthcare. Offering this information for free allows this kind of health information to be readily available and accessible.

    Deeper LearningCommunity college training schemes in Health IT in US, an evaluation of results

  21. Creativity & Multicultural Communication


    CDL offers a free 13 week course that explores global communication. This MOOC focuses on improving creative communication, understanding communicative theories, and working with multicultural communication.

    Deeper LearningAn Insight to the Power of Creative Mind

  22. Open Online Experience


    OOE13 is a yearlong MOOC experience created for instructors of K-16 programs. It deals with the use of technology in teaching and learning and their importance in education, as well as overall development of professional knowledge.

    Deeper LearningLearning Topics

  23. Class Central Blog


    Class Central Blog has a straightforward layout that presents students the different blog posts and the best ways to go about using MOOCs to enhance education.

    Deeper LearningCan a MOOC Change the Environment?

  24. My Education Path


    My Education Path blogs about the advances in educational options for students as more material is made available for free online. The site highlights new features as they’re implemented.

    Deeper LearningCertification Exams directory brings new value to

  25. OpenLearning


    OpenLearning is an initiative focused on providing the best resources for expanding online education to people that may have not previously had access to it. The blog highlights the different ways they’re currently expanding to meet increasing needs.

    Deeper LearningOpenLearning Ranked 2nd on Anthill SMART 100

  26. H817 Open


    This blog is the main course blog for the Open University MOOC course in Openness in Education. This blog acts like a way to link and moderate learner participation.

    Deeper LearningHow Open Online Education Works

  27. OCTEL


    This course introduces teachers to the new technology available for classrooms. It can prepare instructors to introduce new methods and technology into their teaching.

    Deeper LearningAction Plan and Case Study Activities

  28. #OLTAK Online Learning and Teaching, Alaska MOOC


    #OLTAK Online Learning and Teaching, Alaska MOOC aims to help anyone interesting in moving beyond the traditional models for learning that have been the same essentially for hundreds of years.

    Deeper LearningFeatured Speakers

  29. Consumer Behavior MOOC


    Consumer Behavior MOOC from Textbook Videos runs a variety of classes with different content covered each week in 52 professionally-produced videos.

    Deeper LearningProducer Behavior Content

  30. Information Visualization MOOC


    Information Visualization MOOC partners with Indiana University to provide an overview on the state of the art in information visualization. The site breaks down what information is discussed week-to-week as well.

    Deeper LearningList of Clients

  31. Learning From Data


    Learning From Data is a great introductory Machine Learning online course taught by Caltech professor Yaser Abu-Mostafa. The lectures are taught via live broadcast and include a Q&A, homework, and a final exam.

    Deeper LearningTextbook

  32. Games MOOC


    Games MOOC is an interesting concept and it’s an open course designed for educators who want to learn more about games, simulations, and game-like environments for education.

    Deeper LearningGetting Started

  33. MOOC List


    This massive directory offers students a comprehensive listing of MOOC courses from universities and other institutions. It offers easy to use search features, where courses are indexed by topic, school, course length, or other criteria.

    Deeper LearningAcademic Partnerships

  34. DeakinConnect


    DeakinConnect is offering their first MOOC course. Their Humanitarian Response to 21st Century disasters teaches basic emergency response and discussing organizations involved in emergency response.

    Deeper LearningAbout

  35. Stanford Online


    Standard has dozens of free educational resources, courses, and initiatives through its new free online education portal. The same material that Stanford students have access to is available here.

    Deeper LearningAbout

  36. University of the People


    This tuition free university is dedicated to helping all students receive a higher education. Several online degrees are available, including Business Administration and Computer Science.

    Deeper LearningAre MOOCs for everyone?

  37. uneOpen


    UneOpen is Australia’s first open online institution that allows for students to also gain credit towards a university degree.

    Deeper LearningONE Degree

  38. University of Miami Global Academy


    The University of Miami Global Academy provides free online courses on Calculus AB/BC and details how to use MOOCs for those who never have previously. The site takes full advantage of the burgeoning MOOC movement and enables students to more adequately learn.

    Deeper LearningUM Global Academy

  39. Berklee Online


    Berklee Online is a comprehensive source for gaining a better music education online from one of the best music schools in the country. The site is highly regarded as one of the best online learning tools currently available.

    Deeper LearningOnline Courses



    These free, four week modules are open to anyone who registers. Students can take classes like project management, financial literacy, and more.

    Deeper LearningFree Subjects

  41. MOOC2Degree


    MOOC2Degree helps students who complete MOOC courses earn credit towards a degree with a participating university. Some partnering schools are University of Cincinnati, Cleveland State University, and University of West Florida.

    Deeper LearningAbout Us.

  42. WizIQ Courses


    WizIQ offers a comprehensive collection of free or inexpensive online courses. These courses increase professional skills and offer prep for standardized tests.

    Deeper LearningFeatured courses

  43. NovoEd


    NovoEd equips students with the resources to take higher level courses online, completely free, and promote a stronger educational presence of MOOCs. The goal is to enable a wider range of students to have the educational resources needed to succeed.

    Deeper LearningAdvanced Venture

  44. FutureLearn


    FutureLearn is a beautifully colored site with a minimalistic layout that is catered to individuals looking for new ways to further their education.

    Deeper LearningNews

  45. SyMynd


    SyMynd is a MOOC platform with a wide array of options for classes, but has a strong emphasis on marketing and technology-based coursework. The site aims to better promote online educational resources.

    Deeper LearningDigital Marketing

  46. 10gen Education


    This particular MOOC platform teachers students how to develop and administer MongoDB. Their courses were developed through a collaboration with MIT, Harvard, and Berkeley.

    Deeper LearningCurriculum Development for Online Ed

  47. iversity Blog


    This blog focuses on the creation and collaboration of MOOC programs. The blogger also talks about the different developments in the MOOC field.

    Deeper LearningFrom Good to Great – The Key to MOOC Success

  48. P2PU


    Peer to Peer University is a great resource for gathering more information pertaining to MOOCs and other eLearning materials. The site posts on different developments on MOOCs as well.

    Deeper LearningMechanical MOOC

  49. National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education


    The National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education has shared libraries and shared academics resources which serve students by providing them with new scholarly information. Their model is “inter-intuitional” and collaborative.

    Deeper LearningResources


MOOC Blogs & Info

The MOOC format is still relatively new, and many people involved in the industry are discussing the impact that MOOCs will have on higher education, traditional brick and mortar universities, and eventually employment and hiring practices. These blogs offer info on specific MOOCs, as well as discussion of the broader concepts behind MOOCs and online education in general.

  1. MOOCtalk


    MOOCtalk is run by Dr. Keith Devlin, a mathematician at Stanford University, and he uses the blog to chronicle his experiences as he teaches MOOCs online. His blog highlights the particular setbacks and pitfalls of MOOCs, as they’re currently still in the early stages.

    Deeper LearningThe MOOC will soon die. Long live the MOOR.



    This blog provides a space to host all MOOC related theories and information. News and information about MOOC courses can be found here, as well as links to available courses and student forums where MOOC related discussions take place.

    Deeper LearningMOOCs for Beginners

  3. MOOC News and Reviews


    This blog honestly and candidly reviews currently running MOOC programs. It highlights the potentials and pitfalls of both individual courses as well as entire platforms, and helps students make decisions about their education.

    Deeper LearningEducation for All?

  4. MOOC Research


    This research initiative is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation to explore the effectiveness and potential of MOOCs. Projects submitted here are peer reviewed and will eventually be available through the Evidence Hub.

    Deeper LearningAnnouncing MOOC Research Initiative

  5. Degree of Freedom


    Degree of Freedom bills itself as an adventure in online learning and highlights different initiatives within MOOCs and their increasing prevalence into mainstream culture.

    Deeper LearningInterview with Huntington Lambert, Dean of Continuing Education at Harvard

  6. !12LOL!


    This blog explores the positive and negative aspects of MOOC courses and online learning. Run by a professor, she explores the ideas of lifelong learning, how digital design impacts learning, and learning strategies that help students.

    Deeper LearningMobile Learning

  7. Alt-Ed


    Alt-Ed documents news and initiatives relating to MOOCs and other alternative education projects. This includes highlighting any significant mention in academy news or other reviews.

    Deeper LearningHow MOOCs are getting money

  8. OpenMooc


    OpenMOOC is the coding language and software that helps build MOOC platforms. Just like MOOCs, it is free and collaborative.

    Deeper LearningTaking a Class in OpenMOOC

  9. Jenny Mackness


    The author of this blog discusses in detail the role of open education and how it may change the entire face of education. She focuses on the creative and social implications of open learning and how and if it affects an individual’s experience.

    Deeper LearningOld Globe MOOC

  10. MoocMoocher


    This blog serves to discuss the interesting and upcoming issues that have arisen in relation to MOOC classes. It tries to answer the question “What makes a successful MOOC?”

    Deeper LearningSynthesizing MOOC completion rates

  11. The Good MOOC


    This blog tracks changes, news, and announcements about MOOC courses and education. The blogger also lists courses that she has taken or is currently completing.

    Deeper LearningThe Power of Data in MOOCs

  12. Experiments In The World Of MOOCery


    The author of this blog used to write online courses. He now writes for distance learning courses and contributes to MOOC courses.

    Deeper LearningMy MOOC experience

  13. MOOCs Provider Directory


    This site directs students to MOOC providers and institutions. It divides the MOOC course providers by K-12, higher education, and “other” for easy searching.

    Deeper LearningOther MOOCs

  14. CourseTalk


    CourseTalk is a useful site that outlines many different courses, including ratings of the classes. They pull content from Coursera, edX, Udacity, and other sites.

    Deeper LearningPopular

  15. iTunesU Wiki


    iTunesU Wiki breaks down every possible source students have through iTunes to further their education and outlines the entire courses available in one place.

    Deeper LearningPages and Files

  16. Mooc Production Fellowship


    MOOC Production Fellowship awards 10 fellowships to enable people to work, create, and distribute MOOCs. The idea is simple and aims to promote further usage of MOOCs.

    Deeper LearningCourses

  17. Synergis Education Academic Operations


    Synergis develops online and hybrid education programs to serve the community of non-traditional and adult learners. Run by higher education professionals, their mission is to raise the standard for 21st century education.

    Deeper LearningWe Need Training

  18. Connectivist MOOCs


    Connectivist MOOCs provides a list of all the current and future connectivist MOOCs that will be available. Viewers can also suggest additions to the list.

    Deeper LearningSuggest an Addition to this List


Open Courseware

Open Courseware is course material on a specific subject that is made freely available by the owner of the material. Large universities and other education providers will often make some of their course materials available as OCW as a supplementary resource for students who are interested in the topic, but may not be able to fit the actual course into their schedule.

  1. National Repository of Online Courses


    The National Repository of Online Courses is a library of high quality, free online courses contributed from instructors and universities around the world. Their large list of classes covers an extensive number of subjects.

    Deeper LearningRepository

  2. Penn State Open Educational Resources


    These Open Courseware classes represent many of the same resources available to students who are registered in Penn State Classes. They are available to those who enroll through this OER site regardless of intention to pursue a degree.

    Deeper LearningContribute

  3. Sofia Project


    The Sofia project allows for faculty from different community-college institutions to contribute and donate their intellectual material for repurposing and free use.

    Deeper LearningCourse Gallery

  4. Connexions


    Both instructors and students can view modules of information here. Authors can create documents or contribute materials, and instructors can build custom collections of material into courses or reports for students to use.

    Deeper LearningAbout Us.

  5. UC Irvine Opencourseware


    UC Irvine Opencourseware blogs about the different ways the face of education is changing and what we can expect to see in the future. The blog highlights courses, materials, lectures, and other ways University of California – Irvine is becoming more involved.

    Deeper LearningCourses

  6. Harvard Medical School Open Courseware Initiative


    Harvard Medical School Open Courseware Initiative allows for students to work online through particular aspects of medical school and the site promotes stronger open courseware work as well.

    Deeper LearningView Course List

  7. HippoCampus


    HippoCampus works with teachers to deliver custom digital and multimedia content to students for free. Through this site, teachers can personalize the learning experience and use up-to-date tools and technology.

    Deeper LearningFAQ

  8. iUniv TV


    iUniv offers over 100,000 of free video courses. These courses are great for self-learners who enjoy social and visual learning.

    Deeper LearningHow to Separate Fact and Fiction

  9. East West Coalition OpenCourseWare


    East West Coalition OpenCourseWare aims to shrink the gap, in numerous ways, through the implementation of different OpenCourseWare.

    Deeper LearningActive Collaboration

  10. OpenSeminar


    OpenSeminar is a collaborative platform that allows instructors to meet and work together on different projects concerning eLearning. It’s sponsored by some of the largest science and technology foundations in the country.

    Deeper LearningResearching Ethics

  11. Open Courseware Consortium


    The Open Courseware Consortium is a crucial resource for online learning, and it takes advantage of the rapidly developing technologies to facilitate a wider range of access for people who may have not typically had it. The site provides news, course information, and much more on how to become more involved.

    Deeper LearningCourses

  12. Open Course Library


    Open Course Library allows for a wide array of courses to be taken online. The site breaks down how to use them and also provides ample resources for successfully enrolling and gaining a better education.

    Deeper LearningGet Started


General Open Learning

The Internet has enabled a movement to coalesce around the idea that educational materials should be free and widely distributed for anyone who cares to access them. There are many sites providing access to open education resources, including lecture transcripts and recordings, textbooks, class syllabi, assignment rubrics, and educational material in any format that can be transmitted electronically.

  1. Dr. Geez Blog


    Dr. Geez Blog is a great source for technology, math, and educational resources. Particularly, the way that news is presented and the consistent updates on events pertaining to open courseware are interesting.

    Deeper LearningCourse Syllabi

  2. Learning Emergence


    Learning Emergence helps make online learning more intuitive by highlighting different events, people, projects, publications, and other tools for online learning. The site also keeps others up to date on local activities and events to become involved.

    Deeper LearningLearn

  3. Remaking the University


    Remaking the University is a great tool for looking at all the innovative new ways technology is changing the educational landscape. The site has many different facets to explore that further explain online education to anyone.

    Deeper LearningFaculty and Governance

  4. Inger-Marie C’s Blog


    Inger-Marie C’s Blog talks about different ways technology is changing the face of education and how netbased learning will end up revolutionizing the way people complete school.

    Deeper LearningI am an Open Learner

  5. Open Culture


    Open Culture offers free resources of all kinds including eBooks, films, textbooks, audio books, Harvard classics, and more. They also have a collection of 725 course lecture videos through YouTube and iTunes from universities all over the world.

    Deeper LearningAbout Us.

  6. Open Colleges Blog


    Open Colleges provides advice and insight to job seekers and employees. Through interactive blogs, relevant recommendations, and interesting statistics, their blog attempts to help students find or increase employment after graduation.

    Deeper LearningDoing a course for work? Here’s what you need to know.

  7. Dave’s Educational Blog


    This blog is dedicated to the digital age of learning and education. The author writes about the value of open learning courses, as well as other 21st century educational tools.

    Deeper LearningUsing Moodle with a student centered curriculum

  8. re-mediating assessment


    The authors of this blog are interested in looking at the methods of student assessment across education. They are particularly focused on assessment in the environments of online learning, open courses, and MOOCs.

    Deeper LearningDesign principles for assessing learning with digital badges

  9. EdSurge


    EdSurge is a useful resource for researching and understanding the operations of different educational initiatives around the world. They highlight interesting articles and the best ways to go about optimizing education.

    Deeper LearningWiki

  10. Pontydysgu: Bridge to Learning


    Pontydysgu: Bridge to Learning is an awesome source for online learning, focusing extensively on providing ample resources for open education and e-learning 2.0.

    Deeper LearningMultimedia

  11. Computing Education Blog


    Computing Education Blog regularly posts about different issues in education and how technology in particular is changing the face of the industry. The author of this blog is critical of the way that MOOCs work, especially in cases where pedagogical best practices aren’t or can’t be implemented because of inherent limitations of MOOCs. This writer’s analysis would be great reading for anyone looking to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of MOOCs.

    Deeper LearningMOOC posts

  12. MindShift


    MindShift is working to change how people learn and posts different articles concerning education and its relationship to technology.

    Deeper LearningBig Ideas

  13. OLE


    OLE is the Openb Learning Exchange and posts on developments in online learning and the best ways to implement contemporary developments in education.

    Deeper LearningVideo

  14. Doug Belshaw: Open Educational Thinkering


    Doug Belshaw works for the Mozilla Foundation, specifically with web literacies open badges. He posts different developments concerning the subjects, along with interesting presentations and eBooks.

    Deeper LearningStart Here

  15. OER Commons


    OER commons is a very user friendly site that allows for browsing of open education materials. The network makes extensive curriculum, training, and tools available for teachers and learners.

    Deeper LearningOpen Educational Quality Initiative

  16. eLearning Papers


    eLearning Papers focuses on expanding the exchange of information concerning eLearning in Europe by focusing on stimulating research.

    Deeper LearningeLearning Europa

  17. The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning


    The Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-based Learning is an organization with an intent focus on propagating effective learning methods globally.

    Deeper LearningThe AAEEBL 2013 Annual ePortfolio Conference

  18. Teach the Web


    Teach the Web focuses on providing the resources necessary to successfully implement web-learning and MOOCs globally. Each week, they cover another facet of open learning.

    Deeper LearningGet Started

  19. OER Africa


    OER Africa is a leading resource for promoting better educational resources for Africans through different open educational resources.

    Deeper LearningOER In Action

  20. COERLL Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning University of Texas at Austin


    The Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning is one of 15 National Foreign Language Resource Centers founded by the US Department of Education. COERLL is responsible for producing and distributing OER language resources for the public.



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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

Phot of Dr Phil Connors

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.


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.


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?


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).


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.


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.

Education Technology MOOC: A New Learning Dynamic

A massive open online course (MOOC) is a model for delivering learning content online to any person who wants to take a course, with no limit on attendance. There are many platform available, which are offering free MOOC courses from world class universities and institutes. A MOOC throws open the doors of a course and invites anyone to enter, resulting in a new learning dynamic, one that offers remarkable collaborative and conversational opportunities for students to gather and discuss the course content.For the independent, lifelong learner, the MOOC presents a new opportunity to be part of a learning community, often led by key voices in education.

Following are the upcoming  MOOC courses that every faculty should enroll and learn.

(1)Instructional Design for Mobile Learning:

Full course description

This course introduces participants to instructional design principles for teaching with mobile technology. Mobile technology is a growing and powerful trend; people now spend more time on mobile apps than they do on the Web. What opportunities does this powerful trend present to those who design online learning? How can we leverage mobile technology in ways that make sense for our teaching methods and student learning?

To answer these questions, participants will explore principles for designing mobile learning; pedagogies for teaching with mobile technology; and tools for creating mobile instruction. Participants will also have the opportunity to attend webinars facilitated by mobile learning experts Dr. Jackie Gerstein, Dr. David Metcalf, and Michelle Pacansky-Brock. By the end of the course, participants should be able to determine how to leverage and integrate mobile technology in their own online courses.

(2)Learning Analytics and Knowledge:

Full course description

This course will provide a generally non-technical introduction to learning analytics and how they are being deployed in various contexts in the education field. Additionally, the tools and methods, ethics and privacy, and systemic impact of analytics will be explored, presenting a broad overview of the current state and possible future directions of the field.

Capturing and analyzing data has changed how decisions are made and resources are allocated in the fields of business, journalism, government, military, and intelligence. Through better use of data, leaders are able to plan and enact strategies with greater clarity and confidence. Data is a value point that drives increased organizational efficiency and a competitive advantage. Analytics provide new insight and actionable intelligence. Companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Google, and Amazon are investing heavily in technologies and techniques to help individuals and organizations make sense of and unlock the value within big data.

In education, the use of data and analytics to improve learning is referred to as learning analytics. Software companies, researchers, educators, and university leaders are starting to recognize the value of data in improving not only teaching and learning, but the entire education industry. The growth of online learning and open online courses generates new sources of data for researchers and educators to better understand the learning experience.

(3)Academia and the MOOC:

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The New York Times said 2012 was “the year of the MOOC” and EDUCAUSE said MOOCs have “the potential to alter the relationship between learner and instructor and between academe and the wider community.” Many elite universities are offering Massive Open Online Courses, but most colleges and educators are unsure about what MOOCs are and if they are worthwhile.

Can an “open” course offered at no cost to a very large number of participants who receive no institutional credit be a worthwhile venture for a college? And can a course be effective if participants and course materials are distributed across the Web?

In this class, we will briefly cover the history and development of MOOCs. Participants will engage in discussions about why institutions offer these courses, and the possible benefits to both schools and students. This four-week course will examine MOOCs from four perspectives: as a designer building a course, as an instructor, as a student, and as an institution offering and supporting a course.

More courses can be found at ”

(4)Creativity, Innovation, and Change:

About the Course

This course empowers learners to develop their creative human potential to improve, enhance, and transform  their businesses, communities, and personal lives. Processes like Intelligent Fast Failure will teach you rapid prototyping skills, while the Adaption-Innovation creative style spectrum will help you understand how and why your ideas are unique – and how you can work better with others to solve complex problems.Personal reflection tools like CENTER add a character development dimension to the course that is an important first step towards unlocking your creative potential. Along the way, you will engage with a rich set of tools, exercises, and metrics in order to understand these concepts and how they impact the development of your creative life and career.

(5)Globalizing Higher Education and Research for the ‘Knowledge Economy’:

About the Course

Universities, and higher education systems worldwide, are being transformed by new or changing practices, programs, policies, and agendas. From notions of ‘global competency’ and the ‘global engineer,’ through to ever more common perceptions that international collaborative research is a desirable objective, through to the phenomena of bibliometrics, rankings and benchmarking that work at a global scale, contexts are changing.

This course is designed to help students better understand the complex and rapidly changing nature of higher education and research in a globalizing era. A complementary objective is to experiment with the MOOC platform and assess how well it works to support international collaborative teaching and service. We decided to participate in this initiative to engage in some ‘learning while doing’ that will build on our experiences in international collaborative research, advising, and teaching, as well as Kris’ experience at UW-Madison with a relative new online course (Geography 340 – World Regions in Global Context).

Professors Olds and Robertson began collaborating via a Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) exchange scheme in the mid-2000s. The University of Bristol and University of Wisconsin-Madison are both members of the WUN. We very much look forward to engaging with you about this topic.

(6)Fundamentals of Online Education: Planning and Application:

About the Course

In this course you will learn about the fundamentals of online education. The emphasis will be on planning and application. In the planning phase, you will explore online learning pedagogy, online course design,privacy and copyright issues, online assessments, managing an online class, web tools and Learning Management Systems. In the application phase, you will create online learning materials. The final project for the course will consist of you building an online course based on everything that you learned and created in the course.

(7)E-learning and Digital Cultures:

E-learning and Digital Cultures is aimed at teachers, learning technologists, and people with a general interest in education who want to deepen their understanding of what it means to teach and learn in the digital age. The course is about how digital cultures intersect with learning cultures online, and how our ideas about online education are shaped through “narratives”, or big stories, about the relationship between people and technology. We’ll explore some of the most engaging perspectives on digital culture in its popular and academic forms, and we’ll consider how our practices as teachers and learners are informed by the difference of the digital. We’ll look at how learning and literacy is represented in popular digital-, (or cyber-) culture, and explore how that connects with the visions and initiatives we are seeing unfold in our approaches to digital education.

This course will not be taught via a series of video lectures. Rather, a selection of rich resources will be provided through which you can begin to engage with the themes of the course. While the teachers will be present in the discussion forums and in various other media environments, there will be an emphasis on learner-led group formation, and the use of social media to build personal learning networks and communities of peers. On this course, you will be invited to think critically and creatively about e-learning both as a process and as a topic of study; you will be able to try out new ideas in a supportive environment, and gain fresh perspectives on your own experiences of teaching and learning.  This course is also intended to be an exploration  of the MOOC format itself.  Rather than approaching this course with the expectation of exacting teaching methods or precise learning routines, we invite all participants to collectively experiment with what the MOOC experience might be.

The course assessment will involve you creating your own digital artefact: something that is designed to be experienced digitally, on the web. It will be likely to contain a mixture of text, image, sound, video, links, and can be created in the environment of your choice. The artefact will be a representation of any of the themes encountered during the course, and you‘ll have the opportunity to use digital spaces in new ways to present this work. Our definition of ‘digital artefact’ is intentionally imprecise to invite experimentation and creativity: it will be evaluated via guided peer-assessment.

This course has been developed collaboratively by a team of experienced teachers and researchers in online education, who run the international MSc in Digital Education distance programme at the University of Edinburgh.

(8)Writing for the Web (WriteWeb):

Capture the attention of online readers by learning how writing style, web design and structure can keep them engaged.Understanding the difference between writing for print versus writing for the web starts with learning about how readers behave differently online. This subject brings to light how to accommodate the needs of online readers through web design, writing style, structure and search engine optimisation.

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

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

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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