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MOOCs at Columbia University


In fall 2013, Columbia University partnered with Coursera to offer Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), with the aim to contribute knowledge to the world, enhance teaching on campus by better leveraging technology and media, and showcase the university’s programs and faculty. In Spring 2013, the University offered its first three MOOCs from The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Following the success of these courses, the University has continued to offer MOOCs taught by world renowned faculty from Arts & Sciences, the Medical School, and university affiliates – Barnard and Teachers College

In March 2014, Columbia University announced its partnership with edX. We will offer courses in fields ranging from the humanities to the sciences. Our first course on edX will be from Eric Foner, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, on the Civil War,” said Provost Coatsworth.  



Data Science and Analytics in Context

​​In partnership with non-profit education provider edX
, a distinguished team of Columbia professors will cover the fundamentals of data science—statistics, machine learning and algorithms—and the technologies it has spawned, from automated translation to recommendation engines to personalized medicine to wirelessly connected devices.

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Statistical Thinking for Data Science and Analytics
Learn how statistics plays a central role in the data science approach.

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Machine Learning for Data Science and Analytics
Learn the principles of machine learning and the importance of algorithms.

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Enabling Technologies for Data Science and Analytics: The Internet of Things
Discover the relationship between Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT).

MicroMasters in Artificial Intelligence

Gain expertise in one of the most fascinating and fastest growing areas of computer science through an innovative online program that covers fascinating and compelling topics in the field of Artificial Intelligence and its applications. The MicroMasters Program will give learners a rigorous, advanced, professional, graduate-level foundation in Artificial Intelligence.


Freedom of Expression in the Age of Globalization
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Adopting a global standpoint, this course will present the international human rights norms and laws that define free speech and the global jurisprudence that has developed to safeguard it. It will explore political expression, press freedom and freedom of expression on the Internet. It will outline the legitimate restrictions to freedom of expression, and discuss its most pressing challenges and violations globally. Taught with the support of journalists, human rights defenders and press freedom activists from around the world, this course is a formidable introduction to a complex fundamental right, at the heart of today’s many global challenges, from the internet to national security, freedom of religion and privacy.

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Eric Foner 
DeWitt Clinton Professor of History
Arts & Sciences
The Civil War and Reconstruction – 1850-1861
Discover how the issue of slavery came to dominate American politics, and how political leaders struggled and failed to resolve the growing crisis in the nation.

The Civil War and Reconstruction – 1861-1865
Learn about the political, social, and economic changes in the Union and the Confederacy and the Civil War’s long-term economic and intellectual impact.

The Civil War and Reconstruction – 1865-1890
Learn about the political, social, and economic changes in the Union and the Confederacy and the Civil War’s long-term economic and intellectual impact.



Construction Project Management and Planning

Construction Management is the planning, coordinating, and building of a project from conception to completion. This four-part specialization is intended for Construction industry professionals, engineers, and architects looking to advance their careers. Students interested in learning about construction project management would also benefit from this specialization.

Real-world projects will be included in each course of the specialization to enforce the skills being taught. The projects will build on information you have learned in the courses and allow you to add your own research. Projects will be peer-reviewed by your classmates, in turn you will peer-review the work of others. Instructions on how to conduct peer-reviews will be included in the course. Upon completing the series, you will be able create a work-breakdown structure, build a project schedule, work on a project plan, create a project budget, identify risk and who is responsible for those risks.


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Innovate on Demand

​Two of the more prolific myths associated with innovation in organizations are that you must “think outside the box,” and that creativity is something you are born with (or not).

This course will debunk these myths, by teaching learners to innovate “INSIDE the box”, leveraging knowledge, resources, and expertise in proven step-by-step processes to quickly and effectively generate and implement truly creative ideas.


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Media Platforms

Media has changed significantly in the past decade. There are new verticals, new platforms, and new content sources. So how do media experts continue to navigate successfully in this ever-changing space? What are the industry dynamics, and how do you stay on top of the competition?

​In Media Platforms, Professor Miklos Sarvary will examine the businesses of the major media game changers – like Google and Facebook – as well as that of traditional media companies who have tried to adapt to the Internet era to learn from their mistakes and successes.


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Jeffrey Sachs
Professor
Director, Earth Institute
Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development
Professor of Health Policy and Management
Introduction to Sustainable Development
This course comprises three modules of Dr. Sachs’ longer course, “The Age of Sustainable Development”, beginning on September 9, which you can enroll in at https://www.coursera.org/course/susdev. The preview course, “Introduction to Sustainable Development” will give you an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development – that is, economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.

The Age of Sustainable Development
“The Age of Sustainable Development” gives students an understanding of the key challenges and pathways to sustainable development – that is, economic development that is also socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.


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Garud Iyengar
Professor and Chair, (first photo)
Department of Industrial Engineering & Operations Research
The Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science
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Martin Haugh
Co-Director of the Center for Financial Engineering (second photo)
Department of Industrial Engineering & Operations Research
The Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science 
                                                                                                                                          
Financial Engineering and Risk Management Part 1
Financial Engineering and Risk Management Part 2
Part one provides an introduction to various classes of derivative securities and we will learn how to price them using “risk-neutral pricing”. In the follow-up to this course (FE & RM Part II) we will consider portfolio optimization, risk management and more advanced examples of derivatives pricing including, for example, real options and energy derivatives. 

Part two follows on from FE & RM Part I. We will consider portfolio optimization, risk management and some advanced examples of derivatives pricing that draw from structured credit, real options and energy derivatives. We will also cast a critical eye on how financial models are used in practice. 
 

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Vincent Racaniello
Professor of Microbiology
College of Physicians and SurgeonsVirology I: How Viruses Work
This introductory virology course emphasizes the common reactions that must be completed by all viruses for successful reproduction within a host cell and survival and spread within a host population. The molecular basis of alternative reproductive cycles are presented with examples drawn from a set of representative animal and human viruses, although selected bacterial viruses will be discussed.

Virology: How Viruses Cause Disease
Introductory virology course that covers the interplay between viruses and their host organisms, with with the goal of understanding viral diseases and their prevention.


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Ryan Baker
Associate Professor
Human Development
Teachers College
Big Data in Education
Education is increasingly occurring online or in educational software, resulting in an explosion of data that can be used to improve educational effectiveness and support basic research on learning. In this course, you will learn how and when to use key methods for educational data mining and learning analytics on this data. The emerging research communities in educational data mining and learning analytics are developing methods for mining and modeling the increasing amounts of fine-grained data becoming available about learners. In this class, you will learn about these methods, and their strengths and weaknesses for different applications. 

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Perry G Mehrling
Professor of Economics
Barnard College
Economics of Money and Banking Part 1 2
Part one is an introduction to a “money view” of economic activity for modern times, building on the intellectual traditions of British central banking and American institutionalism. Part One explores the economics of payment systems and money markets. Part Two explores connections with foreign exchange and capital markets. Part two is an introduction to a “money view” of economic activity for modern times, building on the intellectual traditions of British central banking and American institutionalism. Part One explores the economics of payment systems and money markets. Part Two explores connections with foreign exchange and capital markets.

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Yannis Tsividis
Charles Bachelor Professor of Electrical Engineering
The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
MOS Transistors
Learn how MOS transistors work, and how to model them. The understanding provided in this course is essential not only for device modelers, but also for designers of high-performance circuits. The MOS transistor (MOSFET) is the workhorse of the microelectronic revolution. It is estimated that there are currently over 1 billion transistors per human being in the world. 

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Michael Collins
Vikram S. Pandit Professor of Computer Science
The Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science
Natural Language Processing
Have you ever wondered how to build a system that automatically translates between languages? Or a system that can understand natural language instructions from a human? This class will cover the fundamentals of mathematical and computational models of language, and the application of these models to key problems in natural language processing.


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Jason Wingard

Dean and Professor
School of Professional Studies
Global Human Capital Trends
This course probes the workforce upheavals that are forcing organizations to respond quickly and refocus to meet modern challenges. Through practical application of specific trends in human capital management, we will examine design thinking for HR, employee engagement, and the personalization of learning. 

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Sim Segal
Director of the Master of Science in Enterprise Risk Management Program
School of Professional Studies
Five Killer Risks of Enterprise Risk Management 
The risks that most organizations overlook share three characteristics: everyone is aware of them, they are politically difficult to discuss, and they are often leading indicators of high-severity risk events. This course will help identify these killer risks, discuss their root causes and attributes, and suggest how to address their mitigation using advanced techniques in enterprise risk management (ERM). 

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​​Ed Hoffman

Chief Knowledge Officer
NASA
Collaborative Knowledge Services
In this course, you will learn how to collaborate effectively and gain the tools to share knowledge, technology content, and data in a way that will increase the performance and impact of organizations, businesses, and networks. 
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