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Gifts that keep on giving: Free edX courses

With the holidays well underway, we are glad to offer a MOOC perspective on the popular carol, The 12 Days of Christmas. While this blog post may be tongue in cheek, the courses featured are rigorous, quality education from the world’s top institutions. So, register now and enjoy an in-depth look at drumming, dancing and other carol-related activities.

630x355-2Twelve Drummers Drumming – Jazz: The Music, The Stories, The Players

Jazz drumming is structured yet creative, freeing yet complex and nuanced. Study history’s jazz musicians in Hamilton’s Jazz: The Music, The Stories, The Players starting February 2.


christmascards_11Eleven Pipers Piping – Introduction to Music Theory

Gain the knowledge and skills you need to understand basic music theory with Introduction to Music Theory from Berklee College of Music starting January 25.


630x355Ten Lords a-Leaping – Inclusive Leadership Training

Whether your title is honorary or carries with it professional responsibility, leadership skills will help you achieve your goals. Register now for Inclusive Leadership Training: Becoming a Successful Leader, which starts January 19 from Catalyst.


ladies-dancing4Nine Ladies Dancing – The Body Matters

Planning to ring in the new year whilst cutting a rug? Dance can be a strenuous activity – learn to prevent or care for an injury, and more principles of body movement with The Body Matters: Why Exercise Makes You Healthy and How to Stay Uninjured from McGill, starting February 10.


8-maids-a-milkingEight Maids a-Milking – Introduction to Health and Wellness

How does dairy fit into our daily nutritional needs? Introduction to Health and Wellness from ASU will cover a world of information including diet, addiction, stress, and optimizing your psychological, spiritual, and emotional health. This course starts January 11 and is credit eligible through the Global Freshman Academy.


card-seven-swans-a-swimmingSeven Swans a-Swimming – Water Management

All living things require quality surface water free of sewage and pollutants to survive, not just to swim. The second course of Delft’s Water Management XSeries starts January 12 – enroll now.


6a00d83451a6c969e201b8d17e2840970c-200piSix Geese a-Laying

For the purpose of this blog post, we’ll assume that the carol refers to Canadian Geese. We’re happy to report that we have dozens of courses from our Canadian edX members UBC, McGill and the University of Toronto – find your course and enroll today. (See all edX partners.)


G6168rFive Golden Rings – Contract Law: From Trust to Promise to Contract

When someone entrusts you with one golden ring, that can have a certain significance – but five? Learn the implications of this hypothetical responsibility with Harvard’s ContractX course, starting January 7, 2016.

(Want to learn more about gold itself? Take Curtin University’s self-paced The Business of Mining course.)


birdsFour Calling Birds – Wiretaps to Big Data: Privacy and Surveillance in the Age of Interconnection

How secure are your calls? Who is able to access the information you share? Learn more about cellular and WiFi networks, privacy rights, and surveillance ethics with Wiretaps for Big Data from Cornell. (This course is archived, but you can still enroll and access course lectures and material.)


3_french_hens_by_doxycide255b1255dThree French Hens

EdX now has two dozen courses available from Louvain, EPFL, and the Sorbonne. From Algèbre Linéaire to Découvrir le marketing for fluent French speakers, to an On-Ramp to French Language and Culture for beginners, we’re sure you’ll find a MOOC magnifique.


day_2_of_christmasTwo Turtle Doves – Birds 101: Introduction to Pet Birds

European turtle doves are emblems of devoted love. Make sure you’re showing your household pet bird the best care by taking Birds 101x from the University of Tennessee.


twelve-days-of-christmas-a-partridge-in-pear-tree-341362-1…and a Partridge in a Pear Tree! – First Nights: Handel’s Messiah and Baroque Oratorio

If this post put you in a musical state of mind, try Harvard’s First Nights course on for size. This self-paced course will continue with Beethoven’s 9th in January 2016.

Want even more holiday-themed education? Join in UC Berkeley’s A Christmas Carol course for an in-depth look at the Dickens classic.


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