Since September 2012, U of T has offered nine MOOCs in topics ranging from computer programming to statistics and psychology. Three more are currently in development and will be offered between now and next May. Anyone can sign up for these courses for free at coursera.org or edx.org.
BioInformatic Methods I and II (Coursera), January 2014
Professor Nicholas Provart, Department of Cell Systems and Biology
This course focuses on employing existing bioinformatic resources – web-based programs and databases – to answer questions relevant to the average biologist.
Death 101: Measuring Global Causes of Death (EdX), May 2014
Dr. Prabhat Jha, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Students will learn how to investigate health problems affecting large populations. By tracking mortality around the world we can direct public health policy more effectively to help the living.
Library Advocacy Un-Shushed: Values, Evidence, and Action (EdX), date TBD
Professor Wendy Newman, iSchool
This course takes a strategic, evidence-based approach to advocacy for the future of libraries and librarianship in strengthening communities.
A U of T lab is working with actors, writers and directors on how they could harness AI and other emerging technologies to generate new ideas and – just maybe – reinvent theatre