A look at some MOOCs, or massive open online courses

June 16, 2013

A few massive open online course (MOOC) learning opportunities while school is out:

How to Learn Math (Stanford University, OpenEdX). For K-12 math teachers, parents and tutors; designed to change students’ relationships with math. (Student version of the course planned for after summer.) Starts July 15, runs 12 weeks. online.stanford.edu/course/how-to-learn-math.

The Science of Gastronomy (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Coursera). Introduces basic scientific principles underpinning cooking, cuisine preparation and the enjoyment of food. Starts July 10, runs six weeks. www.coursera.org/course/scigast.

Online Games: Literature, New Media and Narrative (Vanderbilt University, Coursera). Focused on the online Tolkien and Lord of the Rings games, the course explores what happens to stories and films when they are turned into online games. Starts in July, runs seven weeks. www.coursera.org/course/onlinegames.

Songwriting (Berklee College of Music, Coursera). Learn the tools to write songs that revolve around prosody — the matching of lyrics and music to support an underlying message. Starts July 19, runs six weeks. www.coursera.org/course/songwriting.

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