A few weeks have passed since we last looked at Massive Open Online Course opportunities, and lots has been happening in the MOOC world since then. Even Thomas Friedman wrote a New York Times op-ed suggesting that MOOCs represented a “budding revolution in global online higher education.” Of course, nearly everything Friedman writes has its vehement critics, and this column was no exception  , but he’s certainly not the only one thinking hard about the impact of MOOCs on society. This week’s World Economic Forum in Davos considered the impact of MOOCs in a Philanthropic Roundtable called “RevolutiOnline.edu: Online Education Changing the World.” A complete video of the panel discussion is available on YouTube, as well as some selected highlights in this Harvard Business Review blog post.
So there’s no better time to jump in yourself and see what all the hype is about. Here are some courses coming up in the biomedical and health sciences and beyond, all starting within the next few weeks:
- Clinical Problem Solving, Catherine R Lucey MD (University of California San Francisco), starts 2/11/2013, lasts 6 weeks [video intro]
- The Challenges of Global Poverty, Esther Duflo PhD & Abhijit Banerjee PhD (MIT), starts 2/12/2013, lasts 13 weeks [video intro]
- Introductory Human Physiology, Emma Jakoi PhD & Jennifer Carbrey PhD (Duke), starts 2/25/2013, lasts 12 seeks [video intro]
- AIDS, Kimberley Sessions Hagen EdD (Emory), starts 2/25/2013, lasts 9 weeks [video intro]
- “Pay Attention!!” ADHD Through the Lifespan, Anthony Rostain MD MA (Penn), starts 3/18/2013, lasts 12 weeks [video intro]
- Medical Neuroscience, Leonard E White PhD (Duke), starts 3/25/2013, lasts 8 weeks [video intro]
- Synapses, Neurons & Brains, Idan Segev PhD (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), March 2013, lasts 9 weeks
- Human Health and Global Environmental Change, Aaron Bernstein MD MPH (Harvard), Spring 2013 (date yet to be announced)
For more, check out the catalogs and upcoming course listings for the Canvas Network, Coursera, and EdX, or check out the very helpful combined listing at Class Central or reviews & ratings at CourseTalk.
Image credit: “THE MOOC! the movie” by Giulia Forsythe CC-BY-NC-SA