A Free Online Course Helps Us Identify Hoaxes, Rumors & Misinformation in the News

In early February, we highlighted for you A Field Guide to Fake News and Other Information Disorders, a free manual published by First Draft, a non-profit based at Harvard's Shorenstein Center that supports truth and trust in news.

This month, First Draft has followed up with Verification Training, a free online course designed to help "teachers, journalists and the general public [learn] how to verify online media, so that they don't fall for hoaxes, rumors and misinformation." The handy and timely course was developed by Claire Wardle, First Draft's executive director. You can sign up here.

Verification Training will be added to our meta collection, 1,300 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.

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Coursera Now Offering Complete Bachelor’s and Master’s Programs–With Tuition Reduced by 70%

As we observed last October, Coursera has been undergoing an evolution of sorts. When the ed tech company started out, it offered an array of individual courses to students worldwide. A little of this. And a little of that. Now, they're increasingly moving towards courses that work together in sequences. First came "course specializations"--collections of courses that allow students to gain a mastery of specialized topics like Deep Learning, Data Science (Johns Hopkins), Business Fundamentals (Wharton), Digital Marketing (University of Illinois), and Big Data (UC San Diego). Next it was just a logical jump to offering full-blown Bachelor's and Master's programs at a discounted price (roughly 1/3 the usual cost.) As of this month, Coursera offers one Bachelor's program (Computer Science from the University of London), one MBA, and eight Master's programs. The full list of degree programs appears below:

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Jane Goodall Now Teaching a Free Online Course on Developing Compassionate Leaders: Enroll and Start Today

FYI: Starting today, you can enroll in Jane Goodall's course on cultivating compassionate leaders. Offered through the University of Colorado-Boulder, the free MOOC will help participants "mentor young people to lead change in their communities using community mapping, collaborating with stakeholders, and designing practical solutions in the form of campaigns." Although mainly designed for "K-12 formal and informal educators in the United States," the course nonetheless welcomes anyone interested in compassion and leadership. Find more information about the class at this UC-Boulder page.

Separately, Goodall has also recently developed a course on conserving the environment. It's available through Masterclass. We have a few more details here.

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IDEO.org’s Free Design Course on Prototyping Starts Today

A quick fyi: IDEO.org, the non-profit arm of the famous California design firm IDEO, is launching a free 4-week course on Prototyping.

As you might recall, we featured several months back A Crash Course in Design Thinking from Stanford’s Design School. If that piqued your interest in design and design thinking, then IDEO.org's course might hold appeal.

Design Kit: Prototyping will help you learn how to build prototypes in "a low-cost and risk-averse way to get your ideas into the hands of the people you're trying to change." Running from March 12 through April 17, the course will teach you best practices for prototyping products, services, interactions, and environments.

More free courses can be found in our collection, 1,300 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.

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1000+ MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) Getting Started in March: Enroll Today

FYI: 1,000+ MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are getting underway this month, giving you the chance to take free courses from top flight universities. With the help of Class Central, we've pulled together a complete list of March MOOCS. And below we've highlighted several courses that piqued our interest. The trailer above comes from the Introduction to Philosophy, a course created by the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

Some courses officially got started a couple of days ago (circa March 5). But the train hasn't left the station. You can still jump on.

Here's one tip to keep in mind: If you want to take a course for free, select the "Full Course, No Certificate" or "Audit" option when you enroll. If you would like an official certificate documenting that you have successfully completed the course, you will need to pay a fee.

You can browse through the complete list of March MOOCs here.

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Oxford’s Free Introduction to Philosophy: Stream 41 Lectures

You don't need to go to Oxford to study philosophy. Not when it will come to you. Above, find a playlist that features 41 lectures from Oxford's course called General Philosophy. Here's what it has to offer:

A series of lectures delivered by Peter Millican to first-year philosophy students at the University of Oxford. The lectures comprise of the 8-week General Philosophy course, delivered to first year undergraduates. These lectures aim to provide a thorough introduction to many philosophical topics and to get students and others interested in thinking about key areas of philosophy. Taking a chronological view of the history of philosophy, each lecture is split into 3 or 4 sections which outline a particular philosophical problem and how different philosophers have attempted to resolve the issue. Individuals interested in the 'big' questions about life such as how we perceive the world, who we are in the world and whether we are free to act will find this series informative, comprehensive and accessible.

Philosophers covered in the course include Aristotle, Descartes, Hobbes, Locke, Berkeley and Hume.

The lectures can be accessed on YouTube, iTunes or the Web. General Philosophy will be added to our list of 150+ Free Online Philosophy Courses, a subset of our collection, 1,300 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.

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Google Launches a Free Course on Artificial Intelligence: Sign Up for Its New “Machine Learning Crash Course”

As part of an effort to make Artificial Intelligence more comprehensible to the broader public, Google has created an educational website Learn with Google AI, which includes, among other things, a new online course called Machine Learning Crash Course. The course provides "exercises, interactive visualizations, and instructional videos that anyone can use to learn and practice [Machine Learning] concepts." To date, more than 18,000 Googlers have enrolled in the course. And now it's available for everyone, everywhere. You can supplement it with other AI courses found in the Relateds below.

Machine Learning Crash Course will be added to our list of Free Online Computer Science Courses, a subset of our collection, 1,300 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.

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