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!
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!