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Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby AlexPKeaton on Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:37 am

I saw this NYT article yesterday, and I signed up for like 4 of them on Coursera. Unlike the youtube lectures/iTunes U you may be familiar with, they are starting to get these organized into fully interactive classes, with quizzes, tests, homeworks, and a grade. Some of the classes offer certificates of completion signed by the professor.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/17/educa ... .html?_r=3

I signed up for like 4 of these last night, the first one starts in a couple of weeks so I'll give a better impression. However, I have learned iPhone programming solely from the Stanford lectures, and have watched many other lectures in different subjects for enjoyment. This seems to be promising a more formal experience which if it lives up to it, would be amazing.

It looks like a lot of the classes on Coursera are focused on Computer Science, but UPenn has a bunch of health topics, there are some finance classes, at least one history class, a poetry class, and a math class here and there.

https://www.coursera.org/courses

There are some intro to computer science/programming which would be good for people wanting to learn to program, and an intro to mathematical thought which is a transition class from high school to college mathematics which looks amazing for anyone with teenage relatives.
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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby Spangler on Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:50 pm

I'm tempted to sign up for a class, but I don't know if I can bring myself to take a class that has no repercussions for failing to completing them.
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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby Sarcastic on Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:59 pm

That's really cool. I think if you have time this summer, do it, even if you just wanted to learn about something. I see some will even be credited. I just got back from Germany for a previous engagament I can't miss and am going back to Europe in two days and am not sure when I'll be home for good, BUT........ I would sign up for something if I were here. :)
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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby thepittman on Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:23 pm

Spangler wrote:I'm tempted to sign up for a class, but I don't know if I can bring myself to take a class that has no repercussions for failing to completing them.

Do something you are interested in. If that doesn't work, mcdonalds.
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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby Kraftster on Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:27 pm

Neuroethics, genetics and evolution, game theory.
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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby columbia on Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:31 pm

Kraftster wrote:Neuroethics, genetics and evolution, game theory.


The latter will be helpful, should you ever choose to return to Warz. :pop:
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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby shafnutz05 on Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:36 pm

Wow, this is really cool.
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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby Sarcastic on Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:37 pm

Is there a sex education course there Rylan can sign up for?
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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby thehockeyguru on Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:48 pm

Real cool. Signed up for "Modern & Contemporary American Poetry". Looking forward to this.
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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby Troy Loney on Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:58 pm

thehockeyguru wrote:Real cool. Signed up for "Modern & Contemporary American Poetry". Looking forward to this.



I was eyeballing that one as well.
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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby shafnutz05 on Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:59 pm

i ended up signing up for History since 1300 for the fall and the astrophysics one for the spring. Might change my fall selection since my history knowledge is already pretty extensive.
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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby Troy Loney on Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:05 pm

Lol, Shad's got 1300 - Present covered, no reason to take that class. Honestly dude there are infinite ways to teach history so it really depends on the professor. If you aren't into it off the bat I would quit, but I certainly wouldn't shy away from a history class for the reason you stated.
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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby shafnutz05 on Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:06 pm

Troy Loney wrote:Lol, Shad's got 1300 - Present covered, no reason to take that class. Honestly dude there are infinite ways to teach history so it really depends on the professor. If you aren't into it off the bat I would quit, but I certainly wouldn't shy away from a history class for the reason you stated.


haha, well said. I don't know a lot about the Middle Ages actually, so I'm looking forward to it.
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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby Troy Loney on Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:08 pm

I also think you'd get a lot more out of these classes where you have familiarity as opposed to ones where you don't. I'd defintely learn a lot more in that history class than I would in Analytical Physics or something like that where the majority of the class would be over my head.
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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby columbia on Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:09 pm

I don't have high speed access at home these days.
If I did, I would take The Modern World: Global History since 1760.
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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby Letang Is The Truth on Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:11 pm

are there like tests and stuff?
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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby Rylan on Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:14 pm

Sarcastic wrote:Is there a sex education course there Rylan can sign up for?


:lol:... oh wait...

:twisted:
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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby steelhammer on Mon Aug 06, 2012 2:23 pm

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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby AlexPKeaton on Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:19 pm

Kraftster wrote:Neuroethics, genetics and evolution, game theory.


When I saw that I almost threw up in my mouth. I took a graduate course in Optimization and the math was more hardcore than anything I have ever had, and a very brief introduction to Game Theory was included as a bonus lecture at the end lol. However I just looked at the description of that class and it looks like they are taking all of the math out of it and gearing it towards undergrads. An actual mathematical Game Theory class would be a graduate level pure math class. If you have seen Beautiful Mind, that is the mathematician who invented it.
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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby AlexPKeaton on Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:20 pm

Letang Is The Truth wrote:are there like tests and stuff?


Yes. But you obviously don't have to take them if you want want the certificate.
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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby CBear3 on Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:34 pm

Was looking to refresh my engineering skills (vehicle dynamics please) but it'll be hard to resist:

Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computation

Edit: Then watched the video, and about fell asleep. How can you make Quantum Machanics boring?
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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby AlexPKeaton on Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:35 pm

CBear3 wrote:Was looking to refresh my engineering skills (vehicle dynamics please) but it'll be hard to resist:

Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computation


Yeah it already started but I signed up anyway just to listen to the lectures while I'm testing at work haha.
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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby steelhammer on Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:42 pm

AlexPKeaton wrote:
Kraftster wrote:Neuroethics, genetics and evolution, game theory.


When I saw that I almost threw up in my mouth. I took a graduate course in Optimization and the math was more hardcore than anything I have ever had, and a very brief introduction to Game Theory was included as a bonus lecture at the end lol. However I just looked at the description of that class and it looks like they are taking all of the math out of it and gearing it towards undergrads. An actual mathematical Game Theory class would be a graduate level pure math class. If you have seen Beautiful Mind, that is the mathematician who invented it.


Apparently my previous message wasn't clear enough:

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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby AlexPKeaton on Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:54 pm

steelhammer wrote:
AlexPKeaton wrote:
Kraftster wrote:Neuroethics, genetics and evolution, game theory.


When I saw that I almost threw up in my mouth. I took a graduate course in Optimization and the math was more hardcore than anything I have ever had, and a very brief introduction to Game Theory was included as a bonus lecture at the end lol. However I just looked at the description of that class and it looks like they are taking all of the math out of it and gearing it towards undergrads. An actual mathematical Game Theory class would be a graduate level pure math class. If you have seen Beautiful Mind, that is the mathematician who invented it.


Apparently my previous message wasn't clear enough:



Anyone who fully understands the mathematics behind Game Theory is probably living large from making millions on the stock market haha.
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Re: Free online classes from Ivy league schools

Postby columbia on Mon Aug 06, 2012 3:56 pm

Game Theory is studied in many disciplines, minus the math.
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