Make Tech Easier: 4 of the Best MOOC Platforms for Online Learning and Getting a Degree

Make Tech Easier: 4 of the Best MOOC Platforms for Online Learning and Getting a Degree. “Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, have become massively popular since they started taking off in 2012. The explosion in the number of courses, platforms, certificates, and degrees is great for people who love to learn, but they can get a bit overwhelming. They’re mostly free to audit with options to upgrade to some kind of certification, but each platform varies in its format, focus, and pricing, so it can be helpful to get an idea of what each one has to offer.”

Lifehacker: Learn Web Development for Free With App Academy

Lifehacker: Learn Web Development for Free With App Academy. “Coding school App Academy has opened a free online interactive version of its 12-week curriculum. That’s a pretty good deal, since the Academy’s in-person classes in San Francisco and New York can cost as much as a semester in college. The online version involves less direct human interaction, but it includes online mentors and access to a community Slack chat.”

Google Blog: A new course to teach people about fairness in machine learning

Google Blog: A new course to teach people about fairness in machine learning. “As [machine learning] practitioners build, evaluate, and deploy machine learning models, they should keep fairness considerations (such as how different demographics of people will be affected by a model’s predictions) in the forefront of their minds. Additionally, they should proactively develop strategies to identify and ameliorate the effects of algorithmic bias. To help practitioners achieve these goals, Google’s engineering education and ML fairness teams developed a 60-minute self-study training module on fairness, which is now available publicly as part of our popular Machine Learning Crash Course (MLCC).”

Genealogy’s Star: First Ever Virtual Online International Genealogy Conference

Genealogy’s Star: First Ever Virtual Online International Genealogy Conference. “Family History Expos’ Pirates of the Pedigree is the first virtual, online, international genealogy conference and it can be watched and enjoyed from home for free. If you have been to a local genealogy conference recently, you may have had a few vendor companies attending your event. The Family History Expos event has over 70 vendors from around the world including many genealogy societies and major online genealogy companies such as MyHeritage.com. You can visit all these vendors and save your back and feet. You can chat directly with many of the vendors and connect with the rest through email.”

Wolfram Blog: Prepare for AP Calculus and More with Wolfram U

Wolfram Blog: Prepare for AP Calculus and More with Wolfram U. “Today I am proud to announce a free interactive course, Introduction to Calculus, hosted on Wolfram’s learning hub, Wolfram U! The course is designed to give a comprehensive introduction to fundamental concepts in calculus such as limits, derivatives and integrals. It includes 38 video lessons along with interactive notebooks that offer examples in the Wolfram Cloud—all for free. This is the second of Wolfram U’s fully interactive free online courses, powered by our cloud and notebook technology.”

Arizona State University: ASU Online biology course is first to offer virtual-reality lab in Google partnership

Arizona State University: ASU Online biology course is first to offer virtual-reality lab in Google partnership. “Students in general biology classes usually don’t get to take blood samples from people, but an online class at Arizona State University not only lets students draw blood, they also can manipulate DNA — all in virtual reality. Thirty students in the general biology course under way now are using virtual-reality headsets to complete their lab requirement as part of a new partnership among ASU Online, Google and Labster. In total, 140 pairs of headsets will be available for students to borrow for the next round of classes starting in October.”

Edscoop: Gen Z strongly favors learning through YouTube and video, report says

Edscoop: Gen Z strongly favors learning through YouTube and video, report says . “Generation Z is significantly more interested in learning through YouTube and videos than the millennial generation that preceded it, according to research released Wednesday. In a new report entitled ‘Beyond Millennials: The Next Generation of Learners,’ digital education company Pearson trains its sights on the educational perspectives of people born after 1995.”