Coursera.org About the Course About 2 million years ago our human ancestors were insignificant animals living in a corner of Africa. Their impact on the world was no greater than that of gorillas, zebras, or chickens. This course will explain how we humans have conquered planet Earth, and how we have changed our environment, our societies, and our own bodies and minds. · We rule the world because we are the only animal that can believe in things that exist purely in our own imagination, such as gods, states, money and human rights. · Humans are ecological serial killers – even with stone-age tools, our ancestors wiped out half the planet's large terrestrial mammals well before the advent of agriculture. · The Agricultural Revolution was history’s biggest fraud – wheat domesticated Sapiens rather than the other way around. · Money is the most universal and pluralistic system of mutual trust ever devised. · The treatment of animals in modern agriculture may turn out to be the worst crime in history.
Gamification About the Course Gamification is the application of digital game design techniques to non-game contexts, such as business, education, and social impact challenges. Video games are the dominant entertainment form of modern times because they powerfully motivate behavior. Game mechanics can be applied outside the immersive environments of games themselves, to create engaging experiences as well as assign rewards and recognition. Over the past few years, gamification adoption has skyrocketed. Companies use game thinking for employee motivation in human resources, team building, productivity enhancement, training, health and wellness, sustainability, and innovation. Game thinking means more than dropping in badges and leaderboards to make an activity fun or addicting. Subtitles forall video lectures available in: English, Russian (provided by Digital October), Turkish (Koc University), and Ukrainian (provided by Bionic University) Course Syllabus The course is divided into 12 units. 1. 2. 3.
Game Theory - Stanford University & The University of British Columbia About the Course Popularized by movies such as "A Beautiful Mind", game theory is the mathematical modeling of strategic interaction among rational (and irrational) agents. Beyond what we call 'games' in common language, such as chess, poker, soccer, etc., it includes the modeling of conflict among nations, political campaigns, competition among firms, and trading behavior in markets such as the NYSE. How could you begin to model eBay, Google keyword auctions, and peer to peer file-sharing networks, without accounting for the incentives of the people using them? The course will provide the basics: representing games and strategies, the extensive form (which computer scientists call game trees), Bayesian games (modeling things like auctions), repeated and stochastic games, and more. Course Syllabus Week 1. Week 2. Week 3. Week 4. Week 5. Week 6. Week 7. Recommended Background You must be comfortable with mathematical thinking and rigorous arguments.
Introduction to Public Speaking About the Course The overriding goal of this course is to demystify the process of writing, practicing, and performing a clear and engaging speech. In so doing, I hope this course can help each student improve the quality of their speeches and confidence with which they present them. More specifically, upon successfully completing this course, you should be able to: design and deliver basic presentations concisely; design and deliver informative presentations clearly; design and deliver complex arguments persuasively; speak confidently with appropriate rate, projection, movement, and vocal variety; evaluate and critique speeches insightfully. Course Syllabus Recommended Background If you wish to complete the three speech assignments, you must have access to video recording equipment (e.g., digital camera, cell phone, flip camera, webcam, or video camera) and the ability to share this digital content via YouTube, Vimeo, or Aparat. In-course Textbooks Course Format
Introduction to Art: Concepts & Techniques About the Course Introduction to Art: Concepts & Techniques is an art appreciation course created for individuals without any artistic background. This course introduces you to various art movements, cultural influences, artistic genres, artists, and their artwork. The main emphasis of the course is to teach you hands-on studio arts techniques as you conduct personal research and explore your own creativity. Course Syllabus Week 1: Art Elements & TechniquesWeek 2: Fantasy & YouWeek 3: Correspondence with MemoryWeek 4: Stories Through the LensWeek 5: Inside the SpaceWeek 6: Personal CollectionsWeek 7: The Artist Critique Recommended Background An interest in art is recommended, but no formal art training is required for this course. Suggested Readings Divinsky has authored an optional iBook titled “Art 10: Introduction to Visual Studies” that covers many of the ideas the course will address. Course Format Will I get a Statement of Accomplishment after completing this class?
Coursera.org In this class, we will ask and answer a series of questions about the role and practice of archaeology in the world today. If archaeologists are trained to investigate the past, what is left for us to study? Who gets to be an archaeologist? How and why do archaeologists hunt for “treasures”, and what do we do once we’ve discovered them? Archaeology famously involves getting dirty in the line of duty. Unit #1: Just what are these secrets anyway? Unit #2: What has survived for us to find? Unit #3: So how do you find things? Unit #4: How do you get a date? Unit #5: What do you do with what you find? Unit #6: What is involved in the archaeology of people? Unit #7: Where does archaeology happen? Unit #8: Who owns the past? As a student enrolled in this course, you will have free access to selected chapters and content for the duration of the course. While there will be a small number of required readings for each unit, all of these will be available on line without charge.
E-learning, le nouvel eldorado 4.200 milliards de dollars soit 3.200 milliards d'euros, c'est ce que pèse dans le monde, l’éducation et la formation. Un poids économique supérieur au marché mondial du pétrole! Et ce "mammouth" s’apprête à connaître une fantastique révolution en entrant dans l’ère numérique. Voilà du moins la conclusion de l’étude que vient de publier IBIS Capital et Edxus Group. Aujourd’hui l’éducation en ligne est balbutiante. Le rapport lui prédit une croissance absolument fantastique: 1.500% en dix ans! Ce pronostic est-il réaliste? "L’éducation et l’industrie des médias suivent des voies parallèles, précise Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet, directeur général de Edxus Group. Quel crédit accorder à cette étude? Les groupes anglophones avantagés L’éducation et la formation en ligne pourrait donc devenir un enjeu économique majeur dans les prochaines années.
Understanding Video Games - University of Alberta About the Course Video games are a globally entrenched entertainment medium that entertains, informs and challenges us. These games are defined by, and define our modern culture. In this course, students will learn how to study games and engage in informed discussions about them. Understanding Video Games was created with the help of world renowned video game developer, BioWare Corp, located in Edmonton, Alberta. The three main parts of the course are: 1) developing the terminology that enables us to talk about video games; 2) exploring how these terms are used in theoretical frameworks to interpret games, and; 3) turning these theories toward cultural aspects of games in order to understand how the medium has impacted society. Course material is delivered in a student-friendly short-form fashion, with numerous formative feedback sections. Course Syllabus Lesson 1: Introduction Lesson 2: Play and Games Here, students will gain an appreciation for the differences between play and games. 1. 2.
Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Module 1: Introduction to Nutrition Science If you are what you eat, you should probably know something about how to eat! In this introductory module, you will learn about the field of nutrition science, the basics of nutrition research and some important terms that will set the stage for the remainder of the class. This module ends with a global look at meal planning guides and tools and provides you with an opportunity to determine your own individual nutrient needs. Module 2: Heart Disease Heart disease is the number one cause of death around the world. Module 3: Diabetes Globally, it is estimated that 438 million people – or roughly 8% of the world’s population – will have diabetes by 2030. Module 4: Cancer Diet and cancer are certainly linked; but the degree to which food intake impacts the development and progression of cancer is still not entirely understood. Module 5: Obesity and Weight Management Global statistics for obesity did not exist 50 years ago. Yes. Yes.
Critical Thinking in Global Challenges About the Course Critical thinking is the ability to gather and assess information and evidence in a balanced and reflective way to reach conclusions that are justified by reasoned argument based on the available evidence. Critical thinking is a key skill in the information age, valuable in all disciplines and professions. This introductory course will give you the opportunity to better understand what critical thinking is, and to practice and enhance your critical thinking skills. To do so, we will use the context of some important global challenges that affect us all, and to which we have no clear “correct” solutions: for example, the risk and spread of serious infectious diseases in epidemics in modern societies, the implications of increasing human population on global resources, energy, environment and climate, and the challenges of human health and wellbeing in the modern world. Subtitles for all video lectures available: Portuguese (provided by the Lemann Foundation), English