MOOCs for my own CPD

In the spirit of doing my CPD in public, here are the MOOCs that I’ve signed up to participate in March – June 2015

The Mind is Flat: the Shocking Shallowness of Human Psychology

“Make better personal and professional decisions and consider the psychological dimension to key ethical and political choices.

About the course

What are the forces shaping human behaviour? How do we think and decide? What are the origins of human rationality and irrationality?Our everyday conception of how our minds work is profoundly misleading. We are victims of an ‘illusion of mental depth’ – we imagine that our thoughts and behaviours arise from hidden motives and beliefs and that we can understand ourselves by somehow uncovering these hidden forces, whether through therapy, lab experiments or brain scanning.This course will show you that the very idea of these ‘mental depths’ is an illusion. When this is stripped away, our understanding not only of minds, but also morality, markets and society is transformed.”

University of Warwick
9 March – 19 April 2015

@WarwickUni

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/the-mind-is-flat-4/details


The Enterprise Shed: Making Things Happen

Everyone is a thinker and a doer. Everyone is entrepreneurial. Turn your ideas into action with this free online course.

About the course

“A park bench? A run? A workshop? A shed? We all have places where we do our best thinking and doing. This course aims to recreate that atmosphere, enabling you to unlock and explore your ideas, and make them happen.

Meet other thinkers and doers

On this course, you’ll meet a whole bunch of thinkers and doers; those just starting out, makers, tinkerers and experienced entrepreneurs. Sharing your ideas with them and other learners will encourage you to have more confidence, to think more, and to do more to create change and solve problems in your world.

Together, we’ll explore questions like:

  • Are you passionate about something that you’d like to change?
  • Have you ever wanted to change something, but didn’t know how to make it happen?
  • How can you make change happen?

Develop an entrepreneurial mindset

Over four weeks, in this highly participatory course, you’ll explore entrepreneurial mindsets, consider where ideas come from and take steps to switch on your creativity, enabling you to create, develop and share your ideas.”

Newcastle University
30 March – 26 April 2015

@nclmoocs

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/enterprise-shed/details


Innovation & Enterprise

“Managing the innovation process is neither a scientific process nor a black art. We will explore a model for innovation.

About the course

Introducing something new or innovating is easy in theory but hard in practice. New ideas can be plentiful, but selecting the best ideas and implementing them can be challenging. Managing the innovation process is neither a scientific process nor a black art. In addition to detailed research and planning, its success is influenced by human factors and, of course, luck!

In order to make sense of this complex topic, we have created a model for the innovation process and its management. The course will describe the PROCESS; the way the innovation pathway works from creation of new ideas to their selection and implementation.

We will study four main areas that influence this process:

  • We will study the PERSON/PEOPLE that are involved in the process. This will include the entrepreneur, the inventor and the innovator, for example.
  • By studying the POSSIBILITY of coming up with new ideas and making them happen, we will take a detailed look at creativity and opportunity spotting.
  • We will focus on the PROTECTION of ideas through intellectual property and how this can help/hinder the innovation process.
  • We will look at the PRACTICE of turning an idea into a new product or service.”

Loughborough University
6 April – 24 May 2015

@lborouniversity

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/innovation-and-enterprise


Big Data: Measuring and Predicting Human Behaviour

“Join us to explore how the vast amounts of data generated today can help us understand and even predict how humans behave.

About the course

We increasingly rely on networked computer systems and smart cards to support our everyday activities, and everything we do generates data – whether buying bread at the supermarket, taking a ride on public transport, or calling a friend for a chat.

This data is opening up a new era for our understanding of human behaviour – and also for policy making and business processes which depend upon this understanding. Research has shown how data can give us insight into the risk of an upcoming stock market crash; decrease delays in measuring the spread of illness; or even allow us to predict where crimes might occur.

This course will help you understand and unlock the power of these new datasets. You will gain an overview of the state of the art in big data research across a range of domains, including economics, crime and health.

You will also acquire some basic practical skills for data science using, learning to write basic programs in R, create basic data visualisations and carry out simple analyses. By the end of the course, you will be able to find out and analyse what people have been looking for on Google and Wikipedia.”

University of Warwick
20 April – 28 June 2015

@warwickuni

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/big-data/details


What is a Mind?

“Explore the most pertinent scientific and philosophical concepts for understanding our own minds with this free online course

About the course

This free online course will bring together learners and practitioners interested in how the mind works. It aims to build bridges between traditionally antagonistic approaches to understanding the mind.

What is a mind?

This question has perplexed philosophers, scientists, historians and ordinary people across time and cultures.

While advances in the medical understanding of how the brain functions can shed light on neurological functions and disorders, the essential question of what the mind is speaks to a different problem.

This problem cannot be answered by a purely scientific understanding of the brain, nor by a purely philosophical or psychological approach. Many disciplines have attempted to address the question’, resulting in multiple and sometimes antithetical answers.

New understandings of the mind

On this course, Professor Mark Solms, Chair of Neuropsychology at the University of Cape Town, will adopt a multidisciplinary approach.

He will bring in perspectives from a range of disciplines, to explore four specific aspects of the mind- subjectivity, intentionality, consciousness and agency. Together, these will help us think about the fundamental questions: what it is to be a mind, why we have a mind and what it feels like to have a mind.

University of Cape Town
11 May – 28 June 2015

@UCT
@UCT_News


Learn to speak Dutch

“Learn to speak, write and understand basic Dutch, with this free, three-week, introductory foreign language course.

About the course

Are you planning to visit, or work or study in the Netherlands soon? This free online course is perfect if you have little or no prior knowledge of Dutch, but would like to master the fundamentals in order to survive life in the Low Countries.

Learn basic Dutch

The course will run over three weeks, helping you to:

  • introduce yourself and get to know other learners
  • talk about your family, friends, work and study
  • and experience life in the Netherlands.

Speak, write and understand useful Dutch

During the course, you will learn Dutch phrases, greetings, vocabulary, numbers, spelling and grammar. Being able to understand the language will make everyday activities, such as shopping or going out to a restaurant, much more enjoyable.

By the end of the course, you will be able to recognise familiar words and phrases about yourself and your family. You will be taught to use simple sentences to describe where you live and the people you know.

Finally, you will be able to write short texts such as an email or fill in forms with personal details. The main focus will be on receptive skills such as reading and listening.”

@univgroningen

Groningen University
1 June – 28 June 2015

 

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