Безплатни курсове през интернет

Безплатни курсове през интернет за повишаване на квалификацията

В тази секция ще опиша възможностите за безплатни онлайн курсове за повишаване на квалификацията и ще се опитам да ви мотивирам да поучите и вие – все пак народът е казал “Човек се учи, докъто е жив!”. Курсовете се водят от професори от реномирани универсети от цял свят. Насочеността на курсовете е най-различна и включва цялата гама от науки – формални, приложни, природни, хуманитарни и социални.

Продължителността на курсовете обикновено е между 7 и 11 седмици при натовареност между 3 и 12 часа на седмица (за някои курсове натовареността може да е и по-голяма). Най-често всички материали са на английски език, но някои курсове предлагат и субтитри на различни езици или се водят изцяло на друг език. Курсовете включват ежеседмично гледане на видео лекции и решаване на тестове, а голяма част от тях включват и допълнителни задачи, интерактивни упражнения, домашни, задания и материали. Голямата част от курсовете не изискват специфични предварителни познания в областта, в която са или в друга свързана област, но има и немалко курсове, които изискват задълбочена предварителна подготовка и/или познания в специфични области.

Критериите за оценяване за различните курсове се различават, но винаги са известни предварително.  Курсовете са безплатни и се преподават изцяло през интернет, а когато завършите даден курс успешно получавате сертификат (Statement of Accomplishment), а ако завършите курса с много висока оценка голяма част от предлаганите курсове ви изпращат отличителен сертификат (Statement of Accomplishment with Distinction). Можете да видите някои от моите сертификати в секцията “За мен” под заглавието “Сертификати” .

Голяма част от курсовете насърчават създаването на работни групи от участниците, за което ви предоставят необходимата онлайн среда – форуми, чат стаи и други. Част от курсовете ви предоставят и часове за консултации, в които можете да зададете въпроси директно на професорите и/или на тяхни асистенти. Поради невъзможността самоличността ви да бъде установена еднозначно (нама как да знаят кой седи пред компютъра и решава тестовете и задачите, необходими за успешното завършване на курса), повечето от сертификатите, които получавате не са официален документ и на тях пише името, което давате при първоначалната регистрация за курса. Въпреки че сертификатите не са официален документ, повечето работодатели – както тези, които ви наемат локално на трудов или граждански договор, така и тези, които ви наемат на дистанционна работа през интернет, обръщат внимание на сертификата и това може да се окаже конкурентното ви предимство пред другите кандидати за конкретната работа. Напоследък някои от курсовете предлагат и сертификати с потвърдена самоличност, но за тях се изисква да имате или телефон (смартфон) с вградени функции за установяване на самоличността (пръстов отпечатък, разпознаване на снимката на собственика и т.н.) или изпращане на сканирани документи за самоличност и наличието на уеб камера.

Ще продължа да разширявам тази статия и ще опиша повече доказали се сайтове за курсове онлайн, както и личният ми сблъсък с някои от курсовете.

Coursera.org – В този сайт има стотици курсове и много от тях си заслужават

Stanford University – Сайтът за безплатни курсове през университета Станфорд в Калифорния

Изберете от стотиците курсове, които предлага Coursera:

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Princeton University
Begins June 2015

University of Washington
Begins December 9, 2014

Vanderbilt University
Begins October 27, 2014

Stanford University
Begins October 13, 2014

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Begins January 5, 2015

The University of Edinburgh
Begins January 12, 2015

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Begins March 2, 2015

University of Colorado Boulder
Begins October 20, 2014

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Begins January 12, 2015

Princeton University
Begins October 31, 2014

University of California, San Diego
Begins October 20, 2014

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*Започват септември 2014г. и октомври 2014г. Продължителност между 7 и 12 седмици. Курсовете са безплатни и се водят изцяло през интернет на английски език.

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Giving 2.0
Giving 2.0: The MOOC
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This six-week course will teach you how to assess nonprofits, create a high-impact philanthropic strategy, volunteer more effectively, use existing, free technology for good, and more.
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Organizational Analysis
Organizational Analysis
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How do we make sense of organizations and the challenges they face, let alone develop means of managing them in desired directions? Take this self-paced course at your leisure. You will learn multiple theories of organizational behavior and apply them to actual cases of organizational change.
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Supporting English Language Learners

Supporting English Language Learners under the New Standards

Opened on October 1
In this seven-week course, you will use a range of practical tools for gathering and analyzing language samples that show how English language learners currently construct claims supported by evidence and/or reasoning.
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Audio Signal Processing for Music Applications

Opened on October 1
Audio signal processing is an engineering field that focuses on the computational methods for intentionally altering soundsmethods that are used in many musical applications. In this ten-week course, you will gain basic theoretical and practical knowledge with which to analyze, synthesize, transform and describe audio signals in the context of music applications.
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Compilers
Compilers
Opened on October 5
Discuss ideas about the implimentation of compliers. Learn how a program for humans is translated into a program more suited to machines. Topics include: how programming languages are designed; programming language semantics; and why there are so many different kinds of programming languages.
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Introduction to Haptics
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This self-paced course provides you with the opportunity to interact with course materials at your own speed. Paticipants will learn how to build, program, and control haptic devices, which are mechatronic devices that allow users to feel virtual or remote environments. Topics include an introduction to haptic technology and human haptics, how to program virtual environments, mechanical characterization and simulation, and how to assemble mechanical systems, make circuits, and program Arduino-based micro-controllers.
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Surveillance Law
Surveillance Law
Opened on October 14
This six-week course explores how American law facilitates electronic surveillance – but also substantially constrains it. Topics include the basics of surveillance law, applying surveillance law to information technology, compelled assistance to law enforcement, the structure of foreign intelligence surveillance law, and controversial NSA programs.
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Medical Education in the New Millennium
Medical Education in the New Millennium
Opened on September 23
This eleven-week interdisciplinary course focuses on the future of medical education, featuring talks from thought leaders and innovators from medical education, instructional design, cognitive science, online learning, and emerging technology. Joining the conversation will be experts from all health care and education stakeholder domains, including patients, and students from nursing, medicine and engineering sciences.

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Statistics in Medicine (CME)
Statistics in Medicine (CME)
Opened on September 23
Statistics in Medicine (CME) is designed to meet the educational needs of an international audience of physicians, residents and medical researchers in all specialties. This course seeks to fulfill the need in the clinical community to better understand medical statistics as it pertains to practicing evidence based medicine, communicating treatment outcome probability to patients and interpreting the results of studies and scientific papers, and in turn improving quality of patient care. (CME Processing Fee)
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Introduction to the Natural Capital Project Approach

Introduction to the Natural Capital Project Approach

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This course provides you with the opportunity to interact with course materials at your own pace. Discover how to integrate nature’s value into decisions affecting the environment and human well-being. Topics include an introduction to the concepts of natural capital and ecosystem services; an overview of InVest, a software tool for mapping, modeling, and valuing ecosystem services; how to effectively summarize and communicate model outputs to stakeholders and other audiences; and more.

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The Big Picture: Understanding Global Environmental Change. We are entering a new geologic age—the Anthropocene—in which human activity is reshaping the planet and its inhabitants. How will climate change drive environmental shifts in the years ahead? And how can we better understand environmental risks and resilience in order to plan and act? (Fees apply.)

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Genomics and the Other Omics: The Comprehensive Essentials
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Genetics and genomics are undergoing an unparalleled revolution. A better understanding of biology and human health can create breakthroughs in disease treatment and introduces the prospect of personalized medicine. This course will begin with an introduction and review of the general principles of genomics and molecular biology. You will then explore in detail the key genomic technologies and computational approaches that are driving advances in prognostics, diagnostics, and treatment. (Fees apply.)
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Innovation at Work
Stanford Innovation at Work
Opened on October 23
This dynamic program offers your team a unique opportunity to master the art—and science—of design thinking and use it to address challenges specific to your work. In these workshops, Stanford’s d.school’s Perry Klebahn and Jeremy Utley will lead your team through a series of exercises and activities that will get you out of your chairs and working together to apply design thinking to real projects and do it now. Participants are encouraged to get out of their chairs and on their feet—take risks, try new behaviors—and work together to generate creative solutions. (Fees apply.)
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We live in an age of rising inequality, dazzling technological innovation, economic volatility, geopolitical uncertainty, and the accumulating impact of climate change. These conditions confront our political leaders and us as citizens of a democracy plagued by dysfunction. What are the implications for the body politic? State of the Union 2014  examines major themes that contribute to the health, or disease, of the U.S. body politic.
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