Interested in learning how mobile smartphones and tablets convert digital information to and from electromagnetic signals in the radio frequency (RF) spectrum? Debating whether television (TV) band spectrum or cellular spectrum is more valuable to society? Want to build a radio transmitter and receiver, or develop a business plan for a wireless network deployment in your hometown? What problem could you solve using wireless technology?
Explore the topics above and more in Understanding Wireless: Technology, Economics and Policy, a MOOC from The University of Notre Dame launching on Monday, May 18th.
Unlike other MOOCs, Understanding Wireless offers learners* an exciting opportunity to receive $5,000 USD to implement their project plan based on their learnings from the course. Participants will devise a project plan to use wireless technology to improve their local community (town, school, local government, etc), applying the knowledge and experience gained in the course. Submissions will be judged according to their potential impact, feasibility, and creativity. Students interested in partaking in this competition must enroll in the Verified Certificate. Three finalists will be chosen, and flown to the Notre Dame campus in September where one selected winner will receive the $5,000 prize. During the visit a winner will be chosen by leading experts in the corporate wireless industry.
Please note, this competition is sponsored and organized solely by Notre Dame University. While the course is offered on the edX platform, edX is not involved in sponsoring or administering any aspect of the competition
More information about the course: Understanding Wireless is a survey style course which offers an opportunity to gain understanding of the technical, regulatory, and economic aspects of the mobile wireless revolution and its impact on society. The course will be taught by an interdisciplinary team of Notre Dame professors. This not-for credit course is intended for a broad audience, from engineers to business majors to aspiring lawyers, but students will be most comfortable if they are not intimidated by early-college mathematics. The course is entirely free and open to everyone. Enroll here.