Rodneys MOOC Recommendations
Massive Open Online Courses - Recommendations
Welcome to the wonderful world of online courseware.
With more time on our hands at the moment, why not take the opportunity to learn something new using distance learning techniques, and, indeed, learn it at your own pace!
PR and Communications Coordinator Rodney Fox points out that, if you have a computer with an internet connection, you can use your new spare time to learn from a choice of hundreds of subjects by using free MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). For example, if you have an interest in either of the below MOOC courses, contact Rodney via the 'Click to send a message!' above to help you enrol for that course.
A good definition of a MOOC is “An opportunity to learn about a subject from an expert in the company of other interested learners”
Now for some new MOOC courses.
Pyramids of Giza: Ancient Egyptian Art and Archaeology
Where is Giza? How were the Pyramids built? How did the cemeteries and hundreds of decorated tombs around them develop? What was Giza’s contribution to this first great age of ancient Egyptian civilization, the Old Kingdom?
Here is a self-paced introductory course with 18 hours of material, click here to participate. Pyramids of Giza
18th Century Opera: Handel and Mozart
In this breathtaking course, you'll get to know the music of two beautiful operas — both in their spellbindingartistry and colorful histories.First, you'll travel to London in 1724, where George Frideric Handel premiered his most famous opera, Giulio Cesare. Meet the performers and experience what it was like to attend the first production, all while gaining an appreciation for the typical characteristics of Italian opera represented in this popular Baroque opera seria.Then fast-forward 63 years to the Estates Theatre in Prague for the premiere of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s enduring classic, Don Giovanni. Learn about the challenges Mozart faced during the rehearsal process and the revolutionary relationship he created between music and drama in this opera.
This is a self-paced introductory course with 15 hours of material, access here: 18th Century Opera
Arabic Islamic History: From Tribes to Empires
This course is in two parts. The first presents the main political events that set the chronological framework for the course, namely 6th century to the arrival of the Ottomans in the Middle East in the beginning of the 16th century. The second part delves into social and cultural realities of the medieval Middle East.
This is a self-paced course with 24 hours of material, find it here: Arabic Islamic History
The Conquest of Space: Space Exploration and Rocket Science
Space exploration plays a major role in the history of humankind. The cultural, political and sociological repercussions are extraordinary, and the amount of resources dedicated to space exploration is enormous. This aerospace course is a first step for those interested in learning more about the history of the space and the impact of space exploration on our daily lives.
This is a self-paced course with 21 hours of material, here it is: The Conquest of Space
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Studying a MOOC
Remember, these MOOC courses are normally free unless you sign up to receive a certificate.