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Top ten MOOC picks for October 2016


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Every month we scour the MOOC platforms to hand pick a collection of great free online courses for you to consider. Find courses in computer science, business, arts & humanities, sciences and more.

Get Started with Online Learning
By The Open University via FutureLearn
Starts October 3rd

This free online course will explain how you can study online without putting the rest of your life on hold.

English Composition: Research and Writing
By Arizona State University via edX
Starts October 10th

Learn how to design, develop, research, and execute a writing project from inception to completion in this credit-eligible course.

Problem Solving with Excel
By PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP via Coursera
Starts October 28th

This course explores Excel as a tool for solving business problems. In this course you will learn the basic functions of excel through guided demonstration. Each week you will build on your excel skills and be provided an opportunity to practice what you’ve learned. Finally, you will have a chance to put your knowledge to work in a final project.

Introduction to Microsoft Azure
By Microsoft via edX

Learn the fundamentals of working in a Microsoft Azure environment to help improve your business.

Learn to Program: The Fundamentals
By University of Toronto via Coursera
Starts September 26th

Behind every mouse click and touch-screen tap, there is a computer program that makes things happen. This course introduces the fundamental building blocks of programming and teaches you how to write fun and useful programs using the Python language.

Food for Thought
By McGill via edX
Starts September 28th

A course that offers a scientific framework for understanding food and its impact on health and society from past to present.

Antibiotic Resistance: the Silent Tsunami
By Uppsala University via FutureLearn
Starts October 3rd

Understand antibiotic resistance and what actions are needed to address this increasingly serious global health threat

The Power of Colour
By KLC School of Design via FutureLearn
Starts October 17th

Learn about the impact of colour in the world: from colour theory and colour in art and design, to the colours of 2016.

The Bible's Prehistory, Purpose, and Political Future
By Emory University via Coursera
Starts October 3rd

Working through colorful biblical and ancient Near Eastern texts, and drawing on an array of comparative examples, the course illustrates the thoroughgoing manner with which biblical authors responded to defeat by advancing a demotic agenda that places the community at the center.

Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology
By University of Alberta via Coursera
Starts October 1st

Dino 101: Dinosaur Paleobiology is a 12-lesson course teaching a comprehensive overview of non-avian dinosaurs. Topics covered: anatomy, eating, locomotion, growth, environmental and behavioral adaptations, origins and extinction. Lessons are delivered from museums, fossil-preparation labs and dig sites.