For some MOOCs, the schedule is dead, but we say long live the schedule. Knowing when you’re going to study is as important as what you’re study, but the sites are not often organized by start time (Coursera’s category listing is, however). EdX sent
out an email today announcing the start date of five courses, which we’ll loosely call their Spring Semester. Two are humanities courses, which so far have been the red-headed step child of MOOCs — but admittedly, humanities’ subject matter isn’t ideal for discussing topics with fellow students synchronously. The second half of Software as a Service is also starting.
You can also still hustle to get into a number of courses which just started, such as Quantum Mechanics and Quantum Computation by Umesh V. Vazirani, which started February 11. I’ve enjoyed the first two weeks of the EdX version of Introduction to Computer Science and Programming, which started February 4.
February 15: Software as a Service by Armando Fox and David Patterson. 12 hours/week for six weeks (the second half of CS 169.1x, which has concluded).
March 5: Introduction to Biology – The Secret of Life taught by Eric Lander. 6-8 hours a week for 12 weeks. No prerequisites.
March 12: Justice by Michael Sandel. No prerequisites or set hours per week. (Sandel is one of the more famed political philosophers who was the editor of books I remember from poli-sci courses two decades ago.)
March 13: The Ancient Greek Hero by Gregory Nagy. 2-3 hours for each of the 24 hours of lectures, instead of being parsed by weeks. No prerequisites except for maybe some megathumos.
May 15: Human Health and Global Environmental Change by Aaron Bernstein and Jack Spengler. No prerequisites, time commitment not estimated.
Anyone who wishes to review these courses for Technapex after completion please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Enjoy!