Summer is the best time for self-education. And the free educational portal Coursera is the best assistant for those who like to gain new knowledge. Find out which courses you can take in August.

Bibliologist Nikolai Rubakin said: “All real education is obtained only through self-education.” The portal Coursera is once again ready to give you a free opportunity to get a “real education”. In August, you are waiting for courses in physics, history, finance and other disciplines. Read below for details.

Learn to learn: powerful mental tools to help you master complex objects.

Course Start: August 1, 2014
Course duration: 4 weeks
Organizer: University of California, San Diego
Tongue: English

Why one study is easy, and the other does not help even a bastard? It turns out that in order to study well, you must first learn to learn (sorry for tautology.) From this course you will learn how different types of thinking affect the process of learning new knowledge, what is the fundamental difference between working memory and long-term. In addition, you will get acquainted with various learning models and be able to find one that will be effective for you. After such training, you can master even the most difficult disciplines on the Coursera (and not only …).

The camera never lies

Course Start: August 4, 2014
Course duration: 6 weeks
Organizer: University of London
Tongue: English

It would be a common course of history, if not for the fact that instead of textbooks, which, as we know, are subjective, here film and photo chronicle is used as the primary source. The camera is an objective witness of the dramatic events of the twentieth century. The course will cover issues of falsification and “retouching” of history through documentary photo and film testimonies, as well as the role of photojournalism in covering epochal events.

Managing your time, money and career: analytical conclusions on the MBA program for students

Course Start: August 4, 2014
Course duration: 5 weeks
Organizer: University of California, Irvine
Tongue: English

Do you want to manage your life as effectively as a businessman with an MBA degree? Then sign up for this course. You will learn how to create a personal budget, save and invest money in promising projects. In addition, you will know the price of time (the main resource of a business person) and will be able to manage them more rationally. It is noteworthy that this 5-week course does not require advance preparation and is suitable even for schoolchildren and applicants.

Interactive Computer Graphics

Course Start: August 5, 2014
Course duration: 7 weeks
Organizer: Tokyo University
Tongue: English

Interactive computer graphics is one of the rapidly developing areas of information technology. Takeo Igarashi, a professor at Tokyo University, will introduce you to two-dimensional and three-dimensional graphics, animation, as well as computer-aided design. The theoretical part of the course is designed for seven weeks (five 10 – 15-minute lectures per week), but it can be considered completed only after you have written your program that implements one of the studied interactive systems.

Brief history of mankind

Course Start: August 10, 2014
Course duration: 20 weeks
Organizer: Hebrew University in Jerusalem
Tongue: English

2 million years ago, humanoid creatures occupied an insignificant territory, and their influence on the world was no more than that of gorillas or, for example, zebras. Today, man is the crown of evolution. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the world belongs to people – the future of the entire planet depends on our behavior. From this course you will learn how people conquered the Earth, changed it and their appearance. But most importantly, together with other students, you will try to find an answer to the question: why, having achieved such technological and industrial progress, we are not much happier than our ancestors?

How the world works

Course Start: August 11, 2014
Course duration: 6 weeks
Organizer: University of Virginia
Tongue: English

If physics at school seemed to you an incredibly boring and useless subject, then try to complete this course. He explains the basic physical laws in such a clear and accessible manner that even a 7-year-old child will understand. The peculiarity of this course is that it is flexible: you can study materials at your own pace (at least three days, at least three months; the usual workload is six weeks). In addition, the description says that part of the training materials is supported by subtitles in 13 languages, including Russian.

Alcohol, drugs and children born in the baby boom period: are you ready?

Course Start: August 18, 2014
Course duration: 5 weeks
Organizer: Johns Hopkins University
Tongue: English

Baby boomer generations are people born in the 1940s and 1960s. This time is characterized by a surge in fertility (hence the name). The baby boomers made the world as we know it: they brought freedom to Western culture, including in relation to alcohol, drugs and sex. But the problem is that the baby boomers have grown old (they are now under an average of 60), and the consequences of their alcohol and drug use are becoming a public health problem. What to do in this situation, tell this course.

Personal and family financial planning

Course Start: August 20, 2014
Course duration: 8 weeks
Organizer: University of Florida
Tongue: English

How much is the money? Why do I need a budget? What you need to know about loans and insurance? Why is it important to make a financial plan? You will get answers to these and other questions if you take a course at the University of Florida on personal and family financial planning. Perhaps this will help you solve your monetary problems and gain greater financial independence.

We think again: how to reason and argue

Course Start: August 25, 2014
Course duration: 12 weeks
Organizer: Duke University
Tongue: English

Love to argue? Then this course is for you, because it will teach you how to do it right. How to analyze and evaluate the arguments of opponents? How to push your own? What communication skills will be helpful in leading the discussion? Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Professor of Practical Ethics and Ram Neta, Professor of Philosophy, will help you find answers to these questions.

Mechanics: movement, forces, energy and gravity from particles to planets

Course Start: August 25, 2014
Course duration: 8 weeks
Organizer: State University of Australia (University of New South Wales)
Tongue: English

Mechanics – the study of the movement and interaction of physical bodies. It is an important component of physics and other technical sciences. The study of mechanics allows you to better understand the physical phenomena of both domestic and planetary scale (celestial mechanics). Education involves watching videos with experiments, exciting lectures and students’ own experimental research.

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