Open Online Course

          My entry last week on online learning was interesting, because I basically did a bit of work for this weeks blog entry… oops. Oh well, so there’s a thing called MOOC, which stands for Massive Open Online Course; and it’s essentially what I showed last week. My opinion on the matter still stands, it’s a pretty awesome thing, I mean like I said last week, my teacher is Stan Lee! I reckon that’s pretty rad. MOOCs are recent things that started gaining popularity in 2012.

          Copyright for Educators and Librarians is an online course through Class Central and Duke University; it’s self pacing so there’s no start or end date, with the recommended time spending on it is 2-3 hours. The course is about copyright, and how many librarians and educators have difficulty in understanding copyright, and it’s pretty important to understand copyright and rights f the users of the original copy. They have three instructors who began as librarians and went to law school for schools, colleges and libraries to better understand copyright. It’s around four weeks of the course and it’ll introduce specific examples of copyright questions and introduce a framework for analysing copyright questions  and working through real life examples. I chose it because since doing both library courses I’ve come to understand copyright and it’s role with librarians so this might be a good refresher course and/or to learn some more.

          Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age is a ‘webinar’ which isn’t as much as an online course but an online seminar that starts at 5 AM (aest) on August 19th, 2015. Author Jason Boog will give interactive reading techniques that can help a caregiver/parent or even library staff in having children read in our digital age; learning over 10 new skills on how we get new readers both in the library and at home. I chose it because it’s good to know about young people / children and how to get them to come to a library and enjoy it as much as anyone else might have at the library. It also teaches them to read everyday whether it’s a book or an ebook.

          Now, trying to find courses librarians can use that aren’t IT related are difficult, for me anyways, a lot of the English related ones are quite specific in that they’re only related to English or Literature but I cannot find any other courses that have some form of relationship with libraries, and that’s kinda sucky one way or another that we aren’t teaching library skills to people who may or may not know that you can be taught to become a librarian or work in a library.

          Learn HTML5 is a course from edX by W3C, its starting date is October 15th, 2015 and it will teach you about HTML5, like simplified tags, audio and visual tags, how essential HTML5 is for new websites and the like. I chose it because HTML5 is the core makeup of the Internet, it was released only last year, October 28th. The last one HTML 4 was standardised in 1997 and a lot of the websites were running on HTML 4 or XHTML (created in 2000), of course they all had updates to coincide with the new generation of websites and social media but nothing new and amazing happened. I chose it because it’s a good thing to learn and to learn what your site is using to build itself up.

          Introduction to jQuery is another course from edX by Microsoft. The course starts on the 15th of September, 2015. The course teaches jQuery, which is a popular library for Javascript and with this course it’ll teach how to use jQuery and how easy it is for Javascript. The expert users at Microsoft will teach you how to use jQuery and how it can add additional interactivity to your websites. I chose this course because that last fact alone, with adding jQuery it’ll add so much more to your website then something basic and essentially boring.

          Managing Identities and Services with Office 365 is a course offered by both Microsoft and edX. It started on August 10th, 2015; however, it’s a self pacing course. It provides an in-depth look at how to manage services in Office 365, it starts off with simple configuration topics then moves onto more complex areas. I chose the course because of how interesting it sounds and the use of Microsoft in a library workspace.

         Introduction to Java Programing (Part 1) is from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology with edX. The course is self-paced and teaches you how to understand basic Java programming elements and data abstraction. This again with the other coding courses I chose because of the use of making your own websites and understanding on how to make a website with the codes you have entered.

          Introduction to Bootstrap is another course offered by Microsoft and edX, also self-pacing. Bootstrap itself is an open source project that was created by Twitter to create responsive mobile web pages. Bootstrap has a set of classes that allow developers to quickly create applications for devices of all sizes. It’s now become a de facto in web design. I chose the site because again, understanding coding and websites, but also with the fact that it helps create mobile friendly sites and because majority of people now have smart phones, we’re going to want to use websites that have a good and aesthetically pleasing look.

          So my last blog post featured courses I was interested in, I found the Superheroes and their influence on Pop Culture, Adventures in Writing, and Introduction to Ancient Greek History. But here are a few that seem interesting and that I might actually participate in given how much free time I have on my hands.

          Introduction to Journalism is a course offered by Future Learn and the University of Strathclyde located in Glasgow, Scotland. It starts on the 7th of September and offers students who are curious about journalism and/or looking to gain a better understanding of journalism itself. It contains six topics, what makes a good news story, writing news, writing features, opinion writing, politics and journalism and investigative journalism. I chose this course because I want to become a political journalist one day.

          Journalism Skills for Engaged Citizens is offered by Coursera and the University of Melbourne. It starts on the 17th of August. Again it’s like the Introduction to Journalism, where it offers the most basic of journalism skills to people who are interested in journalism and for people who are using new media to report. I chose this course because again, I wish to become a political journalist, but also because of their incorporation of new media.

          Start Writing Fiction starts on the 12th of October, and is offered by Future Learn and Open University (UK), and it teaches students to focus on creating characters, as well as developing ideas and writing and editing as a skill. I chose this because I want to write, I want to become a writer and doing this would contribute to my understanding of writing as a whole.

           The Ancient Greeks doesn’t seem to have a start date but is offered by Coursera and Wesleyan University in Connecticut, America. It teaches ancient Greek History from the Bronze Age to death of Socrates in 399 BCE. They study important events and personalities around the time, as well as political and cultural values. I love ancient Greece, so choosing this course is a no brainer.

            Propaganda and Ideology in Everyday Life is a course offered by Future Learn, The University of Nottingham and British Library, there’s no date available at the moment. The course explores the blocks of our political views, like freedom, community, place, justice and choice. They will teach how and why words change over time and mean different things, as well as how individuals respond to the political propaganda who are exposed to and how political ideas can impact society. I chose this course because I love learning about specifically during wars how propaganda affects the society of that country to change and have a hate for a certain crowd and how they themselves grow and learn still with the same ideas that were implemented into them after the war.

          Learning different skills online can be worth a lot, and it can contribute to any other skills you may have or may gain further along as you learn and educate yourself.



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