3 MOOCS You Can’t Miss (Massive Online Open Courses)


A massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. These are three MOOCs that you can’t miss :


1) CS50x on Edx :

if(you want to learn programming)


This is the most fun way to do it ;


From Awesome Class illustrations by the course instructor David J. Malan, CS50, is arguably the most taken MOOC (massive online open course) heretofore.

One of the first courses from Harvardx, it introduces the art of programming with as fun as Scratch, the click and do programming environment for programmin newbs, developed at MIT. The course offers students how to think algorithmically and solve problems efficiently. Topics covered include abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development. Languages include C, PHP, and JavaScript plus SQL, CSS, and HTML. Problems defined and driven by real world problems in biology, cryptography, finance, forensics, and gaming are given.

The Course offers very friendly video lecture structure. Initially it was a deadline course, meaning you had to complete weekly assignments in order to get credits, but no more. Because of it’s popularity and regular observation that people really wanted to but couldn’t complete the course due to geographical time differences and busy schedules, this is now a self paced course. You can start anytime but complete till the end of this year’s December. Don’t dare miss it.

2) Game Theory Offered by Stanford on Coursera :

If you were moved and intrigued by the wonders of John Nash in A Beautiful Mind , this is the course for you.

From Nash’s equilibrium, to modeling Ebay, to google  keyword auctions,  to conflict resolutions, to peer to peer file sharing networks (torrents), you find all reasons for their existence.

The course will provide the basics of representing games and strategies, the extensive form (which computer scientists call game trees), Bayesian games (modeling things like auctions), repeated and stochastic games, and more.

This introduction to the course is an incentive already :

If your hunger for these kinda games is still not quenched Game Theory 2 is the way out and in.

3) Electricity and Magnetism from MITx :

There are high stakes that you would have heard of this crazy physics teacher, named Prof. Walter Lewin who even keeps his life at risk for demonstrating physics experiments in his lectures. He goes by the line : ‘Even if you wouldn’t like it, I will make you love physics‘.

I stumbled upon him, when I needed assistance in learning basic concepts of rotational mechanics and electricity and mechanism on MIT Opencourseware

Before I knew I found this book to be one of my best in my popular science collection, among others. After that physics was like breathing air.



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