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August 14, 2013

Back to School for Grown-Ups

MOOCs are everywhere! Even at your library

edXMassive Open Online Courses are free and readily available through edX, Coursera, and other web based education sites.

Interested in trying one out? Our computer center staff can help you get registered and help you navigate the course structure and resources.

Want to add that face-to-face experience to your online learning? We will select a class or two and host weekly gatherings to give you a chance to do just that.

We are considering the following courses for the fall:

 IIdeas of the Twentieth Century Ideas of the Twentieth Century
Learn how philosophy, art, literature, and history shaped the last century and the world today. UTAustinX. Begins Sep 15, 13 weeks

 Science & CookingScience & Cooking: From Haute Cuisine to Soft Matter Science
Top chefs and Harvard researchers explore how everyday cooking and haute cuisine can illuminate basic principles in physics and engineering, and vice versa. HarvardX. October (exact day not yet listed)

 Introduction to Human EvolutionIntroduction to Human Evolution
An overview of human evolutionary history viewed through the human fossil, archaeological and genetic records. WellesleyX. Begins September 25, 13 weeks

 Comic Books and Graphic NovelsComic Books and Graphic Novels
A survey of the comic book canon and of the major graphic novels in circulation today. The governing question is simple: by what terms can we discuss comic books as literary art? In pursuit of that question it develops a theory of literary reading and time itself. University of Colorado at Boulder. Begins Sep 23, 7 weeks

 Fantasy and Science FictionFantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World
We understand the world and our selves through stories. Then some of those hopes and fears become the world. University of Michigan. Begins October 7th, 11 weeks

Interested in one or more of these courses? Let us know!
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Not sure? Try the edX demo, 15 to 20 minutes, just to see how the classes work.

Last spring we did the HarvardX class Ancient Greek Hero and now talk knowingly of sema and psukhe, of kleos and nostos. And we look expectantly at construction pits.

Posted by library at August 14, 2013 06:56 AM