The University of Kent is a member of the FutureLearn partnership, which includes many leading UK and international universities and specialist organisations with a huge archive of cultural and educational materials.
We first investigated MOOCs (massive open online courses) with a successful pilot in Erlang programming, as part of the K-MOOCs ‘Beacon Project’ celebrating the University of Kent’s 50th anniversary. We’re now delighted to bring this improved course to a wider audience and to develop further online courses to strengthen public engagement with scholarship and research at Kent. In addition to the Erlang programming courses, we are also developing courses in Understanding Autism and in The Science of Endurance Sports Training and Performance.
Functional Programming in Erlang
Our first course “Functional Programming in Erlang” is the first MOOC (massive open online course) dedicated to Erlang and has just opened for enrolment.
Functional programming has become increasingly important in providing global-scale applications on the internet. For example, the language is the basis of the WhatsApp messaging system, which now has over a billion users. This first course is designed to teach the principles of functional programming and combines treatment of the theory of functional programming, and the practice of how that works in Erlang and is reinforced through practical exercises as well as more substantial suggested practical projects.
The course will begin on 20th February 2017 and learners can enroll now here.
The course is suitable for learners who have some prior experience of programming but functional programming experience in particular is not required. The course will be relevant to computing practitioners who want to gain an understanding and experience of this technology, students of computer science, or self-taught programmers who want to take their knowledge to the next level.
Learners can sign up and attend the course online for free while Certificates of Achievement and Statements of Participation for the Functional Programming in Erlang course will be available at the cost of £59 and £39 respectively.
Concurrent Programming in Erlang
“Concurrent Programming in Erlang” is designed to teach the principles of concurrent programming to people who are already familiar with the basic concepts of functional programming, for example as taught in our “Functional Programming with Erlang” course. The course combines treatment of the theory of concurrent programming, and the practice of how that works in Erlang. You'll learn how to develop concurrent programs in Erlang using processes and message-passing communication between them, how to design and implement robust systems in Erlang, and find out about the design prinicples underlying the Open Telecom Platform (OTP).
The course will begin on 3rd April 2017 and runs for three weeks. Learners can enroll now here.
This course is designed for anyone with prior experience of functional programming and the Erlang language, who wants to learn more about concurrent programming. This course is ideal if you are a developer or computing professional seeking to understand and gain experience with this technology; a computer science undergraduate studying functional programming as part of your degree; or a self-taught programmer looking to take your knowledge to the next level.
Learners can sign up and attend the course online for free, for five weeks from the course start date or from the joining date (whichever is later). Or, for £59 learners can upgrade and access the course for as long as it is available, as well as earn a Certificate of Achievement.
The Science of Endurance Training and Performance
"The Science of Endurance Training and Performance" will explore the science behind effective training methods, effective nutritional and psychological preparation to support training/competition, and maintainance of a healthy and injury free experience. The popularity of endurance sports such as cycling, marathons and triathlons has increased significantly in recent years. Endurance events attract everyone from elite athletes, striving for small performance improvements in every competition, to sedentary individuals, taking up endurance training to improve their health and well-being. No matter where on this spectrum you sit, this free online course will help you train for and improve your performance in endurance sports.
The course will begin on 24th April 2017, and runs for six weeks. Learners can enroll now here.
This course is designed for anyone with an interest in taking up an endurance sport or who is training for an endurance challenge ahead. It will also be relevant to athletes, coaches and sport scientists, as well as prospective sports science students. No previous experience is necessary.
Learners can sign up and attend the course online for free, for eight weeks from the course start date or from the joining date (whichever is later). Or, for £59 learners can upgrade and access the course for as long as it is available, as well as earn a Certificate of Achievement.
Does autism exist? This is the big question we'll be exploring on "Understanding Autism". Autism was first identified over 70 years ago yet many myths exist about its causes and there are plenty of ‘armchair’ theories. Autism spectrum conditions have long fascinated the public, with films like ‘Rain Man’ and literature such as Mark Haddon’s ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ adding to this interest.
According to the National Autistic Society (NAS) autism is “…a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people on the autism spectrum share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.”
The course will begin on 1st May 2017, and runs for four weeks. Learners can enroll now here.
You don’t need any prior experience or qualifications to do this course. It will be of particular interest to practitioners in the field of autism, healthcare workers, people on the autism spectrum, and parents or carers.
Learners can sign up and attend the course online for free, for six weeks from the course start date or from the joining date (whichever is later). Or, for £49 learners can upgrade and access the course for as long as it is available, as well as earn a Certificate of Achievement.
The image for this course is "Colours" by Connor Sparrowhawk.We are grateful to Connor's mother Sara who has kindly agreed for the image to be used. Find out more about Connor's story at http://justiceforlb.org/ #JusticeforLB