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New Featured Courses for the New Year

New Featured Courses for the New Year

We change these about every two weeks, and choose them based on a variety of factors. We try to feature a range of providers, fields, and levels of difficulty. We look for vivid course descriptions that promise an enthusiastic and articulate professor. We research the professors to find a mixture of backgrounds and skill sets which we hope will appeal to Knollop students. And we aim for a mix of reviewed and unreviewed courses.

Essentially, we do our best to feature courses which we believe will be good experiences for our members! And here’s what we’ve got for you now:

New Featured Courses for the New Year

From the other side of the world, Knollop and Open2Study bring you a course on Indigenous Studies: Australia and New Zealand. This course focuses on “the distinctive stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia and Māori people in Aotearoa New Zealand.” The four sections of the class will cover a wide range, including Māori migration theories and the seven waka and Māori customary locations and traditional worldviews, and how Australia and Aotearoa were ‘discovered’ ‘renamed’ and ‘claimed’. Your leaders will be two excellent profs from the area: Prof. Maggie Walter, a descendant of the trawlwoolway/prelunnener people from North Eastern Tasmania; and Prof. Huia Tomlins-Jahnke, who is Ngati Kahungunu Ngati Toarangatira, Ngai nTahu and Ngati Hine.

New Featured Courses for the New YearFrom the National University of Singapore’s classrooms comes Valerio Scarani, whose goal (as he says on his excellent blog) is to “share ideas on how to spread the exciting discoveries of quantum physics beyond the academic boundaries.” He teaches Unpredictable? Randomness, Chance, and Free Will, which began this past Monday. Prof. Scarani promises to teach you about “the usefulness of randomness in communication and computation, the intrinsic randomness of quantum phenomena, the unpredictability of the weather, and the implications of the neural activity of the brain on our ‘free will.’”

From the halls of Harvard we bring you an Introduction to Computer Science. Enrollment in this Ivy League entry-level course jumped 590% in 10 years, and you can be part of the trend through EdX! Prof. David J. Malan will teach beginners how to think algorithmically and solve problems efficiently. Through videos, problem sets, quizzes, and a final project, you’ll cover six languages and topics like security and abstraction. The eight problem sets are even inspired by the real-world domains of biology, cryptography, finance, forensics, and gaming.

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Knollop’s New Provider: Complexity Explorer!

Knollop’s New Provider: Complexity Explorer!

Knollop is proud to announce that we have a new provider! It’s called Complexity Explorer, and it’s a project by researchers and educators at the Santa Fe Institute and Portland State University.

We’re especially excited about the wealth of materials they bring: not just online courses, but also an extensive complex systems glossary and easily searchable databases of syllabi, citations, and other resources related to complex systems topics.

Knollop’s New Provider: Complexity Explorer!

They’ve also got a Virtual Laboratory, with open-source simulation programs illustrating complex systems ideas, theories, and tools, along with plenty of support for teachers and independent learners who want to dive in further.

Right now they have two courses up on Knollop.com! Introduction to Complexity is currently in session and requires no prerequisites to introduce students to the tools used by scientists to understand complex systems. Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos looks slightly more advanced and begins on January 6, 2014, so mark your calendars now!

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Knollop’s New Featured Courses

Knollop’s New Featured Courses

Today Knollop rolled out its new set of three featured courses!

We change these about every two weeks, and choose them based on a variety of factors. We try to feature a range of providers, fields, and levels of difficulty. We look for vivid course descriptions that promise an enthusiastic and articulate professor. We research the professors to find a mixture of backgrounds and skill sets which we hope will appeal to Knollop students. And we aim for a mix of reviewed and unreviewed courses.

Essentially, we do our best to feature courses which we believe will be good experiences for our members!

Past featured courses include Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society, The Letters of the Apostle Paul, Data Analysis, China, The Art of Approximation in Science and Engineering, and Model Thinking.

Here’s our new set of courses:

Introduction to Complexity
This course from our new provider, Complexity Explorer, teaches students without a science or math background about the tools used by scientists to understand complex systems. Some topics covered include dynamics, chaos, fractals, information theory, self-organization, agent-based modeling, and networks. Professor Melanie Mitchell is a member of the Santa Fe Institute and her most recent book won the 2010 Phi Beta Kappa Science Book Award. Lead on, Professor Mitchell!

Knollop’s New Featured Courses

The Once and Future City
What is a city? What shapes it? How does its history influence future development? Answer these questions and more in this MIT OCW course taught by Professor Anne Whiston Spirn of MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. Emphasizing twentieth-century American cities, this course will focus on the physical form of cities—from downtown and inner-city to suburb and edge city—and the processes that shape them. If this looks of interest, know that Professor Spirn teaches a variety of urban studies courses available on Knollop!

Poetry in America: Whitman
With Harvard Professor Elisa New, explore the great American poet Walt Whitman, and ask: Who, and what, are poems for? For poets? Readers? To give vent to the soul? To paint or sculpt with words? Alter consciousness? Raise cultural tone? Professor New’s course was recently profiled in the Harvard Gazette, and this module of a larger study of American poetry promises to be intriguing. Class begins on November 13th—get ready!

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Knollop’s New Provider: Open2Study

Knollop’s New Provider: Open2Study

Knollop is pleased to announce the fourth of our new providers in November! We’ve now got 39 courses up from the Australian provider Open2Study.

Open2Study is backed by Open Universities Australia (OUA), an Australian leader in accredited online education. Their courses are free—completely free! There are no fees or admin charges, no textbooks or materials to buy and absolutely no hidden costs. These courses are available to everyone, for those simply curious about online study, looking to boost professional skills, returning to study or just hoping to learn something new for fun. Open2Study wants you to be able to sample a high-quality education, free of charge.

Knollop’s New Provider: Open2Study

They’ve also got two types of forums—the community forum, and individual classroom discussion boards. Just remember that all dates and times on the website and in their emails refer to Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT +10)!

We at Knollop are especially psyched about the great range of courses from Open2Study, including some more typical (Financial Planning, Chemistry) some quite creative (The Human Body as a Machine, Water in a Thirsty World) and some entirely unique for Knollop (Midwifery! Indigenous Studies: Australia and New Zealand!).

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Knollop has run its course

Knollop has run its course

Over the last few years, the amount of interactive online courseware has exploded. Our goal was to help learners navigate this vast abundance of education with a website that indexed resources, reviews, and insights across providers. The act of building Knollop and reading thousands of reviews and comments about learning materials gave us new insights into the Internet as a tool for life long learning and teaching. We started exploring new projects and ultimately decided that our interest and passions lied with a new sort of learning concept.

The Knollop team is now building Learnstream. This website allows you to gather materials from around the web and organize them in a variety of ways. You can keep them completely private and use Learnstream as a personal bookmarking and file organization tool. Or, if you like, you can use your online resources to author guides. Many people have already published in-depth and general guides on a wide variety of subjects. For example, a guide on The Business of Freelance Iillustration or an Introduction to Chess or an Introduction to Practical Haskell. There’s many more, from the subjects of fashion to computer programming to physics and beyond!

Knollop has run its course

While Knollop is no longer around, Learnstream is already building an amazing, diverse community.

If you’re still looking for an online web course review site, I suggest checking out Class Central or Coursetalk. Or if you’d like to take in-person classes, check out our friends at Course Horse.

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An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python

An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python

Course Characteristics

  • Video Lectures
  • Written Material
  • Syllabus
  • Homework and/or Tests
  • Instructor Interaction
  • Provides Certification
Level:     Undergraduate
Session Info:     Starting soon!
Session Dates:     07 July to 12 Sept.

An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python

What you will learn

This course is designed to help students with very little or no computing background learn the basics of building simple interactive applications. Our language of choice, Python, is an easy-to learn, high-level computer language that is used in many of the computational courses offered on Coursera. To make learning Python easy, we have developed a new browser-based programming environment that makes developing interactive applications in Python simple. These applications will involve windows whose contents are graphical and respond to buttons, …

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Calculus One

Calculus One

Course Characteristics

  • Video Lectures
  • Written Material
  • Syllabus
  • Homework and/or Tests
  • Instructor Interaction
  • Provides Certification
Level:     Undergraduate
Session Dates:     TBD

Calculus One

What you will learn

Calculus is about the very large, the very small, and how things change. The surprise is that something seemingly so abstract ends up explaining the real world. Calculus plays a starring role in the biological, physical, and social sciences. By focusing outside of the classroom, we will see examples of calculus appearing in daily life.

This course is a first and friendly introduction to calculus, suitable for someone who has never seen the subject before, or for someone who has seen …

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Animal Behaviour

Animal Behaviour

Course Characteristics

  • guided
  • videos
  • syllabus
  • written materials
  • certification
  • benchmarks
Level:     Undergraduate
Session Info:     In session!
Session Dates:     August 19 to October 14 

Animal Behaviour

What you will learn

Many of us derive inspiration from watching natural history documentaries and their astounding catalogue of wild animal behaviours.  In this course, we will explore how scientists study animal behaviour, and in particular how behaviour is shaped by the evolutionary forces of natural and sexual selection. Topics include resource acquisition; avoiding enemies; mate choice and sexual conflict; cues, signals and communication; parental care and social behaviour; and the role of genes, environments and learning in regulating behavioural diversity.  We draw on examples from across the animal kingdom to illustrate the complex mechanisms underlying adaptations, and complement these with natural history videos that highlight key concepts. We evaluate the scientific rigour of studies used to test theory, and highlight the often ingenious methods adopted by researchers to understand animal behaviour.

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Exercise Physiology: Understanding the Athlete Within

Exercise Physiology: Understanding the Athlete Within

Course Characteristics

  • guided
  • videos
  • syllabus
  • written materials
  • certification
  • benchmarks

Level               :    Undergraduate

Session Info   :    Past session!

Session Dates:    July 22 to September 2

Exercise Physiology: Understanding the Athlete Within

What you will learn

This course examines the physiological responses to acute and chronic exercise, with a focus on skeletal muscle, energy metabolism, the oxygen transport system and temperature and fluid balance.  The factors that limit exercise performance will be reviewed and the role of genes in determining athletic performance will be considered.  At the end of this course, you should have a better understanding of the athlete within!

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