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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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New Provider on Knollop: Lynda!

New Provider on Knollop: Lynda!

Knollop is pleased to announce yet another new provider! Lynda is a California-based provider that brings a whopping 2274 courses! Their stated goal is “to help you learn the skills you need to achieve your full potential,” and they do this by carefully curating the content and finding expert teachers. Their instruction focuses on video and audio production, software applications, computer science, and design, among other things.

Membership is required, starting at a very reasonable $25.00 per month. For that small price you get unlimited access to a vast library of high quality, current, and engaging video tutorials! Every week they add new courses, and these are included in your membership free of charge. Instruction is available at all levels and can be used on a mobile, tablet, or computer, and members can make custom playlists with their materials.

New Provider on Knollop: Lynda!

We’re especially interested in their wealth of courses related to music, including one on website management for bands, and another with Devo’s own Mark Mothersbaugh! Other courses include sessions with illustrator Ed Emberly and designer Nigel French.

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