Spring 2014 MOOC’s

It’s a new year and a new semester, so free online class websites have a whole slew of new classes starting up between now and the next couple of months. As I am wont to do, I signed up for EVERYTHING that sounded even remotely interesting to me. Hell, they’re free, so why not? Last year, I signed up for around 20 courses and actually completed (with a statement of accomplishment) 8 of them. There’s no penalty for dropping them or not completing them. I can always take them again if I want to actually FINISH them. So here’s what’s on my plate so far:


Stanford Open EdX

Introduction to Databases

Introduction to Computer Networking

Your Body in the World: Adapting to Your Next Big Adventure



Harvard’s CS50: Introduction to Computer Science

University of Texas at Austin’s Effective Thinking Through Mathematics

Australian National University’s Greatest Unsolved Mysteries of the Universe



Duke University’s Medical Neuroscience

University of Washington’s Computer Networks

Yale University’s Moralities of Everyday Life

Wesleyan University’s How to Change the World

Ohio State University’s Calculus One

Yale University’s Constitutional Law

Stanford University’s Introduction to Mathematical Thinking

National University of Singapore’s Reason and Persuasion: Thinking Through Three Dialogues by Plato

University of Virginia’s Buddhist Meditation and the Modern World



Lancaster University’s Corpus Linguistics: Method, Analysis, Interpretation

University of Warwick’s The Mind is Flat: The Shocking Shallowness of Human Psychology

University of Birmingham’s Good Brain, Bad Brain: Basics

University of Leeds’ Exploring Anatomy: The Human Abdomen


There’s quite a bit of overlap and OBVIOUSLY I’m not going to actually complete them all, especially since I’m planning on taking an in-person introductory Mandarin course. But it’s great to be able to try stuff out. We’ll see what I actually stick with. Anyone else taking classes (free or otherwise) this semester?


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