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.
Twelve 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.
Eleven 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.
Ten 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.
Nine 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.
Eight 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.
Seven 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.
Six 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.)
Five 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.)
Four 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.)
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.
Two 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.
…and a Partridge in a Pear Tree! – First Nights: Handel’s Messiah and Baroque Oratorio
Want even more holiday-themed education? Join in UC Berkeley’s A Christmas Carol course for an in-depth look at the Dickens classic.