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Links to MOOCs

From: Amos O.
Sent on: Saturday, July 19, 2014 3:20 PM
As promised at today's Meetup, some links to MOOCs that you may find interesting. MOOCs are massively open online courses. They are free and generally of good quality.
 
While they are free, some offer verified certificates (that show that it was you who actually took the course and did the quizzes / assignments). Verified certificates cost $50 per course on Coursera, maybe more on edX. A free option is always available.
 
I've taken quite a few courses at Coursera (www.coursera.org), among them a Data Science Specialization offered by three Johns Hopkins School of Public Health professors. It is a sequence of 9 4-week courses and then a capstone project. I have completed 6 (within a week 7) of these courses. I have not completed their Statistical Inference and Regression courses. I will be taking a different statistical inference course on Coursera from Duke university (https://www.coursera.org/course/statistics) which will cover these two topics in a 10 week course. This course has excellent reviews.
 
Also noteworthy is edX (www.edx.org). I've enjoyed a few courses there.
 
There is also Udacity (www.udacity.com). While they push their paid support options, there are (always?) free options. I have not yet take any courses here.
 
There are other free options all over the web, including YouTube,  Khan Academy(www.khanacademy.org/), and others too plentiful to name. Some universities offer course materials directly over the web, including MIT and Stanford.
 
There are many more good affordable options than you will ever have the time to pursue.
 
Happy learning.
 

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