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From computer science to positive psychology... new edX courses in early 2015

December 31 2014:   From edX is the online learning initiative from Harvard and MIT : A breadth of new courses with world renowned professors   which will soon become available in 2015. These new courses will help students:
Learn to code and programe through an introduction to computer science and the art of programming.
HarvardX: Introduction to Computer Science
CS50x is Harvard College's introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming for majors and non-majors alike, with or without prior programming experience. An entry-level course taught by David J. Malan, CS50x teaches students how to think algorithmically and solve problems efficiently.  Students who earn a satisfactory score on 9 problem sets (i.e., programming assignments) and a final project will receive a certificate from HarvardX. This is a self-paced course - you may take CS50x on your schedule. You can take this course anytime!
MITx: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python  
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his 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. This course starts January 7th, 2015
Electronic Interfaces: Bridging the Physical and Digital World 
This course teaches the fundamentals for engineering electronic interfaces between the physical world and digital devices. Students can expect to cover the material of a traditional first circuits course with a project-based approach.  This course starts 20 January 2015!
Live a healthier life by learning the fundamentals of nutrition and the benefits of physical activity.
UC BerkeleyX: The Science of Happiness
The first MOOC to teach positive psychology. We all want to be happy, and there are countless ideas about what happiness is and how we can get some. But not many of those ideas are based on science. That’s where this course comes in. “The Science of Happiness” is the first MOOC to teach the ground-breaking science of positive psychology, which explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life. Students will engage with some of the most provocative and practical lessons from this science, discovering how cutting-edge research can be applied to their own lives. This course can be taken anytime!
WageningenX: Introduction to Nutrition – Food for Health  
Scientific studies indicate that what we eat has a profound impact on our current and future health. Many people want to eat a healthier diet but are torn between the numerous conflicting and very confusing messages thrown at us by healthcare professionals, self-professed nutrition consultants, journalists, and even academic scientists. Most people lack a basic understanding of nutritional science to judge whether these messages carry any credibility. Under the mantra “you are what you eat” this course will teach you the basics of human nutrition and provide you with a solid background to understand and appreciate the importance of nutrition for human health. This course starts January 12, 2015.
McGillX: The Body Matters
This course examines the benefits of physical activity, how to prevent injuries, and what to do when injuries occur. The course will include content from leading international experts in multiple fields related to the science of exercise. This course starts February 25, 2015.

Launch the startups of their dreams by learning how to take a product from concept to market
MITx: Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your customer? 
In this course, you will learn, through the stories of MIT entrepreneurs, how to go from idea or technology to the necessary understanding of who and why will they want to buy your product.  Specifically, you will learn how to identify prospective customer, interview them and finally, select the right customers for your business.  This course starts January 9, 2015.

 

 




    


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