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UX Research & Design MicroMasters: Developing Great User Experiences from Concept to Prototype

This is a guest blog post from Mark Newman, Associate Professor, School of Information, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan (@nooom) and James DeVaney, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation, University of Michigan (@devaneygoblue). Successful products deliver great experiences for their users. Increasingly, businesses across all industries are recognizing that User Experience Research and Design are critical to success, and as a result...

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The Future of Data Science: Q&A with MIT Professional Education’s Devavrat Shah

In this guest blog post, Devavrat Shah, co-director of MIT Professional Education’s new online course, Data Science: Data to Insights, discusses the evolution of new technologies and how data science professionals can ensure their skill set remains comprehensive and able to meet challenges as they arise in the digital marketplace. We are in the midst of a digital revolution. The amount of data being generated...

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How to Write an Effective CV – 5 Steps From the Experts

This guest post was written by Keenan Manning, a Project Associate at the English Language Centre of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Keenan is part of the team in the upcoming English at Work in Asia: Job Applications, CVs and Cover Letters, and English at Work in Asia: Preparing for a Job Interview on edX, starting as self-paced on 12 September 2016. You’ve seen an advertisement for...

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07 Sep 2016
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Environmental Challenges: Why We All Need to Take Action 

This is a guest blog post from Curtin University’s Environmental Studies: A Global Perspective course team. Last year was a major win for environmentalists across the globe, with the Paris Agreement acknowledging that climate change has been influenced by human activity and setting a goal to limit the global average surface temperature increase to 1.5°C above the baseline average. In spite of this step forward, the reality...

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Build a Career in Risk Management

This is a guest blog post from the Banking and Financial Markets: A Risk Management Perspective course team at IIMBx.  Have you ever wondered why an economic and financial crisis in one country affects other parts of the world? In today’s globally interconnected world, banking and financial markets have grown not only in size, but also in complexity and inter-relatedness. Be it a steep decline in...

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Make the Most of your Summer with Courses Starting in July on edX!

Learn something new during the summer of edX! The summer season not only brings us longer days and more sunshine, but gives us the opportunity to accomplish a goal. So, why not make it your goal to learn something new this summer with edX courses? From enhancing your English grammar skills to developing apps, our selection of July courses will not only help you gain new skills and knowledge, but give you...

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06 Jul 2016
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The Science that Sparks your Apps

Have you ever wondered how companies like Netflix or Amazon “know” what movies or products to recommend to you? Or how researchers identify variants in human genomes? Companies and individuals typically derive these insights from data, using tools from data science and machine learning. As data continues to grow in scale and complexity, Apache Spark has emerged as a leading computational platform to tackle these...

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Effective Job Interview Strategies – Asking Yourself the Right Questions

This guest post was written by Adam Forrester, a Lecturer at the English Language Centre of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Adam leads the team in the upcoming English at Work in Asia: Job Applications, CVs and Cover Letters, and English at Work in Asia: Preparing for a Job Interview. You’ve got a job interview! Congratulations! You know you should be preparing, but how will...

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30 May 2016
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7 Tips to Keep Your Brand’s Reputation Afloat in a Crisis

This is a guest blog post from Curtin University’s Reputation Management in a Digital World course team.  When it comes to dealing with social media, even with careful processes and procedures in place, it’s frighteningly easy to become derailed by a perfect storm. We might do our best to monitor and respond to issues before they blow up on Twitter or Facebook, but what about the events...

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From MOOC to bootcamp to MIT

This story originally ran on MIT News. The original post can be found here. Two students with entrepreneurial spirit found their way into the Class of 2020 through MITx. Entrepreneurs share a lot in common: Determination. Passion. Ingenuity. And in the case of two students enrolling at MIT this fall: A path shaped by MITx. While everyone takes a different road to success, MIT’s online...

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20 May 2016