Spend Your Summer Learning: Upcoming MOOCs

It's almost time for summer vacation but you can still be learning with ongoing and upcoming MOOCs. Here are a few we've found particularly worth looking into:

The meteoric rise of technologies used in our everyday life for profit, power, or improvement of an individual's life can, on occasion, cause cultural stress as well as ethical challenges. In this course, we will explore how these multifaceted impacts might be understood, controlled and mitigated. Started 19 May – you can still join!


Few people who “just Google it” to find an answer to their every question understand just what the company does (and why). Through this course, you'll join the minority that really gets it. Started 26 May – you can still join!

For anyone who would like to apply their technical skills to creative work ranging from video games to art installations to interactive music, and also for artists who would like to use programming in their artistic practice. Starting in June.

What is the Internet? How was it created? How does it work? How do we secure communications on the Internet? Starts June 2.

Get an overview of the data, questions, and tools that data analysts and data scientists work with. This is the first course in the Johns Hopkins Data Science Specialization. Starts June 2. 

This course introduces computer programming as a creative discipline to generate sounds, images, animation and more. Starts June 2.

Learn how to use Adobe’s® powerful Creative Cloud applications with this series of hands-on, interactive courses, dedicating an entire day to each of the major Adobe apps — Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere, Dreamweaver, and After Effects. 

And to watch for this fall:

Explore how the web has changed our world in the past 25 years and what might happen next. Starts 6 October.

This course will use social network analysis, both its theory and computational tools, to make sense of the social and information networks that have been fueled and rendered accessible by the internet. Starting October 9th.


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