Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past decade you’ll already have heard of on-line courses. Probably in the form of spam emails and banner ads. Until recently they’ve been relatively expensive and not very highly regarded.

Unis Are we about to witness the single biggest change in the way we learn since the printing press?Over the last few months a large number of heavyweight universities have entered the playing field in a big way. Stanford, Princeton, Duke, Johns Hopkins, Edinburgh, U.Penn, U. Michigan, U. Virginia, U. Washington, Caltech and a host of other universities have all unveiled completely free offerings using the shared Coursera platform. HarvardMIT and now Berkeley have teamed up to unveil EDx, a suite of completely free top level courses that promise the added bonus of interactivity. The courses will obviously lack important elements for some disciplines such as lab time and one-to-one tuition however if these courses are able to capitalise on their interactive potential they could even prove to be more conducive to learning than traditional methods in many respects.

The giddying introductory video to MIT’s flagship computer science course set for launch in October:

The Edx project trailer (which the title from this piece was pinched from):

Below is a complete compiled course list for both EDx and Coursera. I must admit I’ve got exceedingly button happy myself. It’s going to be an interesting year!

EDx:

Circuits and Electronics
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MIT Sep 05, 2012

 

Introduction to Computer Science and Programming
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MIT Oct 01, 2012

 

Introduction to Computer Science I
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Harvard Oct 15, 2012

 (If you’d like a taster, check out Harvard’s current online comp-science offering here)

Health in Numbers: Quantitative Methods in Clinical & Public Health Research
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HarvardX Oct 15, 2012

 

Coursera:

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Jun 11th 2012
6 weeks long

Algorithms: Design and Analysis, Part 1

Tim Roughgarden, Associate Professor

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Jun 25th 2012
8 weeks long

Vaccines

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Jun 25th 2012
10 weeks long

Fundamentals of Pharmacology

Emma Meagher, MD

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Jun 25th 2012
8 weeks long

Health Policy and the Affordable Care Act

Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD

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Jul 13th 2012
5 weeks long

Software Engineering for SaaS

Armando Fox, David Patterson

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Jul 23rd 2012
7 weeks long

Internet History, Technology, and Security

Charles Severance

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Jul 23rd 2012
10 weeks long

Introduction to Finance

Gautam Kaul

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Jul 23rd 2012
7 weeks long

Listening to World Music

Carol Muller

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Aug 12th 2012
6 weeks long

Algorithms, Part I

Robert Sedgewick, Kevin Wayne

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Aug 20th 2012
10 weeks long

Machine Learning

Andrew Ng, Associate Professor

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Aug 27th 2012
6 weeks long

Cryptography

Dan Boneh, Professor

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Aug 27th 2012
6 weeks long

Gamification

Kevin Werbach

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September 2012
10 weeks long

Networked Life

Michael Kearns

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September 2012
10 weeks long

Model Thinking

Scott E. Page

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September 2012
8 weeks long

Social Network Analysis

Lada Adamic

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September 2012
10 weeks long

Computer Architecture

David Wentzlaff

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Sep 3rd 2012
6 weeks long

Statistics One

Andrew Conway

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Sep 3rd 2012
5 weeks long

Securing Digital Democracy

J. Alex Halderman

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Sep 10th 2012
10 weeks long

Modern & Contemporary American Poetry

Al Filreis

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Sep 17th 2012
12 weeks long

A History of the World since 1300

Jeremy Adelman

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Sep 17th 2012
8 weeks long

Neural Networks for Machine Learning

Geoffrey Hinton

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Sep 17th 2012
7 weeks long

Introduction to Mathematical Thinking

Keith Devlin

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Sep 17th 2012
10 weeks long

Networks: Friends, Money, and Bytes

Mung Chiang

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Sep 24th 2012
11 weeks long

Probabilistic Graphical Models

Daphne Koller, Professor

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Sep 24th 2012
5 weeks long

Human-Computer Interaction

Scott Klemmer, Associate Professor

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Sep 24th 2012

Computer Vision: From 3D Reconstruction to Visual Recognition

Silvio Savarese, Assistant Professor
Fei-Fei Li, Assistant Professor

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Sep 24th 2012
6 weeks long

An Introduction to Operations Management

Christian Terwiesch

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Sep 24th 2012
4 weeks long

Computing for Data Analysis

Roger D. Peng

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Sep 24th 2012
7 weeks long

Learn to Program: The Fundamentals

Jennifer Campbell, Paul Gries

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Sep 24th 2012
10 weeks long

Greek and Roman Mythology

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Sep 24th 2012
7 weeks long

Mathematical Biostatistics Boot Camp

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Sep 24th 2012
7 weeks long

Introduction to Logic

Michael Genesereth, Associate Professor

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Sep 24th 2012
8 weeks long

Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach

Roger Coke Barr

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Sep 24th 2012
12 weeks long

Calculus: Single Variable

Robert Ghrist

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October 2012
5 weeks long

Community Change in Public Health

William Brieger

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October 2012
6 weeks long

Vaccine Trials: Methods and Best Practices

Karen R. Charron, Amber Bickford Cox

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October 2012
4 weeks long

Principles of Obesity Economics

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October 2012
6 weeks long

Algorithms: Design and Analysis, Part 2

Tim Roughgarden, Associate Professor

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Oct 15th 2012
8 weeks long

An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python

Joe Warren, Scott Rixner, John Greiner, Stephen Wong

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Oct 22nd 2012
8 weeks long

Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society

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November 2012
5 weeks long

Drugs and the Brain

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November 2012
6 weeks long

Algorithms, Part II

Robert Sedgewick, Kevin Wayne

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Nov 26th 2012
12 weeks long

Think Again: How to Reason and Argue

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Ram Neta

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Nov 27th 2012
9 weeks long

Introduction to Astronomy

Ronen Plesser

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January 2013
10 weeks long

Computational Neuroscience

Rajesh Rao, Adrienne Fairhall

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January 2013
5 weeks long

E-learning and Digital Cultures

Jeremy Knox, Sian Bayne, Hamish Macleod, Jen Ross, Christine Sinclair

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January 2013
5 weeks long

Contraception: Choices, Culture and Consequences

Jerusalem Makonnen, RN, MSN, FNP

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January 2013
4 weeks long

Health for All Through Primary Care

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January 2013

The Hardware/Software Interface

Gaetano Borriello, Luis Ceze

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January 2013

Neuroethics

Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D.

 

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January 2013
10 weeks long

Chemistry: Concept Development and Application

John Steven Hutchinson

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Jan 7th 2013
9 weeks long

Galaxies and Cosmology

S. George Djorgovski

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Jan 21st 2013
6 weeks long

Cryptography II

Dan Boneh, Professor

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Jan 22nd 2013
8 weeks long

Data Analysis

Jeff Leek

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Jan 23rd 2013
12 weeks long

Introductory Human Physiology

Emma Jakoi, Jennifer Carbrey

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Jan 28th 2013
7 weeks long

Introduction to Philosophy

Dave Ward, Duncan Pritchard, Michela Massimi, Suilin Lavelle, Matthew Chrisman, Allan Hazlett, Alasdair Richmond

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Jan 28th 2013
6 weeks long

Clinical Problem Solving

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Jan 28th 2013
5 weeks long

Critical Thinking in Global Challenges

Celine Caquineau, Mayank Dutia

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Jan 28th 2013
10 weeks long

Introduction to Computer Networks

Arvind Krishnamurthy, David Wetherall, John Zahorjan

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Jan 28th 2013
5 weeks long

Artificial Intelligence Planning

Gerhard Wickler, Austin Tate

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February 2013
7 weeks long

Introduction to Sociology

Mitchell Duneier

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February 2013
8 weeks long

Digital Signal Processing

Paolo Prandoni and Martin Vetterli

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February 2013
5 weeks long

Analytic Combinatorics, Part I

Robert Sedgewick

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Feb 25th 2013
4 weeks long

Aboriginal Worldviews and Education

Jean-Paul Restoule

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March 2013
5 weeks long

Analytic Combinatorics, Part II

Robert Sedgewick

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Mar 25th 2013
8 weeks long

Medical Neuroscience

Leonard E. White

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Mar 25th 2013
6 weeks long

A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior

Dan Ariely

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TBA
5 weeks long

Learn to Program: Crafting Quality Code

Jennifer Campbell, Paul Gries

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TBA
6 weeks long

Computer Science 101

Nick Parlante

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TBA
4 – 5 weeks long

Basic Behavioral Neurology

Roy Hamilton, MD

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TBA

Introduction to Genome Science

John Hogenesch, John Isaac Murray

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TBA
6-8 weeks long

Microeconomics Principles

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TBA
6 weeks long

Automata

Jeffrey Ullman, Professor

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TBA
8 weeks long

Natural Language Processing

Dan Jurafsky, Professor. Christopher Manning, Associate Professor

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TBA
10 weeks long

Compilers

Alex Aiken, Professor

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TBA
10 weeks long

Analytical Chemistry

Vicki Colvin

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TBA

How Things Work 1

Louis A. Bloomfield

 

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TBA
6 weeks long

Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Bob Barnes, Marilyn M. Lombardi

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TBA
8 weeks long

Control of Mobile Robots

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TBA
8 weeks long

Rationing and Allocating Scarce Medical Resources

Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D.

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TBA
7 weeks long

Game Theory

Matthew O. Jackson, Professor
Yoav Shoham, Professor

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Sera communiqué ultérieurement
8 semaines/weeks long

Introduction à la Programmation Objet (in French)

Enseignant: Sera communiqué ultérieurement

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TBA
14 weeks long

Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering

Don H. Johnson

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TBA
5 weeks long

Equine Nutrition

Jo-Anne Murray

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TBA
9 weeks long

Energy 101

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TBA

Nanotechnology: The Basics

Vicki Colvin, Daniel Mittleman

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Billy-Lee-Kidd/1590131333 Billy Lee Kidd

    The cyber learning ship has already taken flight and has effectively changed university education. Telecommunication university courses have been shown to capture student interest, increase student-professor interaction, and speed up the learning process (the lecture notes for the entire course are generally posted the first week of class). This does not work well, however, for students who only learn well through hearing and physically interacting with a group. In other words, telecommunication education is a geek’s paridise.

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