Free MOOC Online Courses

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UC strives to deliver excellent, research-informed education, and creative and innovative research with staff who are empowered to make a real difference to societies here and around the world. UC prepares its graduates to care, think and be future ready.

With the launch of the new UC Strategic Vision in 2020, one of UC’s key objectives is providing accessible, flexible, and future focused learning opportunities for our students. Joining global education provider edX has enabled UC to offer free, short courses in a variety of disciplines to the world.

The UC platform, named UCx, will open enrolments for its Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in October. Typically of short duration, MOOCs are delivered online to thousands and sometimes millions of students, with course content presented through high-quality video segments, and an emphasis on learning, rather than assessment.

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Smart Cities

Smart Cities

Explore how New Zealand is using technology and data to design sustainable smart cities.

Associate Professor Chris Vas
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Wicked dusk volcano

Exploring Volcanoes and Their Hazards: Iceland and New Zealand

Experience the science of volcanology whilst learning the skill set of a volcanologist on a virtual fieldtrip to volcanoes in Iceland and New Zealand.

Associate Professor Ben Kennedy
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Statistical Analysis in R

Learn why a statistical method works, how to implement it using R and when to apply it and where to look if the particular statistical method is not applicable in the specific situation.

Professor Elena Moltchanova
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Text Analytics with Python

Text Analytics with Python

Learn the core techniques of text analytics alongside the cognitive science that makes it all possible.

Dr Jonathan Dunn
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A better start to reading

A Better Start to Reading

Learn how to prevent reading problems in children and how to use the shared book reading context in the most effective way to support children’s early reading development.

Professor Gail Gillon
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Nutrition pill

Mental Health and Nutrition

Learn what foods and nutrients should be consumed to improve mental wellbeing and explore the foundational role that nutrition plays in our mental health.

Professor Julia Rucklidge
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