Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)


The University of Alberta has partnered with Coursera to develop highly-engaging and rigorous versions of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to the general public as well as for-credit for UAlberta students and potentially for other students in other institutions.  

Astro 101: Black Holes

Astro 101: Black Holes

Astro 101: Black Holes is a 10-lesson course exploring the basic scientific concepts behind black holes.

Using the theme of black holes, you will learn the basic ideas of astronomy, relativity, and quantum physics.

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Dino 101 MOOC

Dino 101

Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology is a 12-lesson course teaching a comprehensive overview of non-avian dinosaurs.

This course will explore everything from origins to extinction.

Students can expect to engage with the scientific method through learning about the world of dinosaurs.

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Indigenous Canada

Indigenous Canada is a 12-lesson course explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.

From an Indigenous perspective, this course explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.

Available for credit as NS 201 in Fall 2017.

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Introduction to the Arctic: Climate

Introduction to the Arctic: Climate is a 4-lesson course created through an international collaboration.

Students explore the regional geography, climate, and ecosystems and this region’s connection to the rest of our planet.

Winter '17: Available for credit as EAS 215

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Mountains 101 MOOC

Mountains 101

Mountains 101 is a 12-lesson course teaching a comprehensive overview of mountains and their environmental and human impact.

This course is an introduction to mountain environments, peoples and contemporary issues through interdisciplinary study.

Winter '17: Available for credit as INTD 280

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Paleontology: Ancient Marine Reptiles

Paleontology: Ancient Marine Reptiles is a 4-lesson course exploring evolutionary changes occurring when air-breathing terrestrial animals return to water.

This course examines the diversity, adaptations, convergence, and phylogenetic relationships of extinct marine reptiles. 

Winter '17: Available for credit as PALEO 203

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Palaeontology Ancient Marine MOOC

Paleontology: Early Vertebrate Evolution

Paleontology: Early Vertebrate Evolution is a 4-lesson course teaching a comprehensive overview of the origin of vertebrates. 

This course examines the evolution of major vertebrate novelties including the origin of fins, jaws, and tetrapod limbs. Students also explore key Canadian fossil localities.

Winter '17: Available for credit as PALEO 202

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Theropod Dinosaurs and the Origin of Birds

Paleontology: Theropod Dinosaurs and the Origin of Birds

Paleontology: Theropod Dinosaurs and the Origin of Birds is a 5-lesson course teaching a comprehensive overview of the origins of birds.

This course examines the anatomy, diversity, and evolution of theropod dinosaurs in relation to the origin of birds.

Winter '17: Available for credit as PALEO 204

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Problem Solving, Programming, and Video Games

Problem Solving, Programming, and Video Games

Problem Solving, Programming, and Video Games is a 12-lesson introduction to computer science and programming in Python.

This course explores key computer science concepts such as problem solving (computational thinking), problem decomposition, algorithms, abstraction, and software quality.

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Software Design & Architecture

Software Design and Architecture Specialization is a 4-lesson course designed for students and professionals alike. 

Think like an expert architect and create quality software using design patterns and principles. Learn how to apply design principles, patterns, and architectures to create reusable, flexible and maintainable applications, as well as the expression and documentation of systems using a visual notation.

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Software Product Managment MOOC

Software Product Management - Specialization

Software Product Management (SPM) is a 6-course specialization in mastering Agile software development practices to confidently interact with clients and work with a development team.

The focus for the specialization is to meet client needs by examining scenarios inspired by real-world industry challenges, aligning learning with practice.

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Understanding Video Games MOOC

Understanding Video Games

Understanding Video Games is an 11-lesson course teaching a comprehensive overview of analytical theory pertaining to video game media.

In this course, students will learn how to study games and engage in informed discussions about them. Ultimately, this course is about understanding the literacy of video games.

Fall '17 Available for credit as STS 351.

 

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