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20 Most Popular Online Courses Starting in August

The twenty most popular free online university courses and MOOCS starting in August.

Here are the twenty most popular new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) starting in August, based on Class Central learners’ activity.

You can find the entire catalog of  15,000 free online courses offered by ~1000 universities around the world, on Class Central’s subject page.

Data Science and Agile Systems Engineering
University of Maryland, University System of Maryland via edX
Deliver faster, higher quality, and fault-tolerant products regardless of industry using the latest in Agile, DevOps, and Data Science.

Energy Supply Systems for Buildings
Delft University of Technology via edX
Discover how to convert natural resources into heat, cold and electricity, what the capabilities of renewable systems are, how to match energy supply with buildings’ energy demand, and what that means for energy efficiency and carbon emissions.

Be Your Best Creative Self
University of Colorado Boulder via Coursera
This course is for creative professionals who want to work more efficiently and at higher levels of both job satisfaction and success. As much as anything, this is a survival-skills class designed to help creative professionals take control of their careers.

Let’s Get Started: Building Self-Awareness
University of Maryland, University System of Maryland via edX
Effective leaders know themselves well. They capitalize on their strengths and manage their weaknesses using self-awareness.Learn how self-aware you are and how you can use self-awareness to intentionally develop your management and leadership skills.

Removing Barriers to Change
University of Pennsylvania via Coursera
What does it mean to truly change something? How does one persuade others to change? How do we reduce roadblocks to change? In this course, you’ll learn about the barriers to change and how to become more effective in inspiring change within others and your organization.

Excel Fundamentals for Data Analysis
Macquarie University via Coursera
When you have completed the course, you will be able to use a range of Excel tools and functions to clean and prepare data for analysis; automate data analysis with the help of Named Ranges and Tables; and use logical and lookup functions to transform, link and categorise data.

Data Science Project: MATLAB for the Real World
MathWorks via Coursera
Like most subjects, practice makes perfect in Data Science. In the capstone project, you will apply the skills learned across courses in the Practical Data Science with MATLAB specialization to explore, process, analyze, and model data. You will choose your own pathway to answer key questions with the provided data.

Cyber Threat Intelligence
IBM via Coursera
You will understand network defensive tactics, define network access control and use network monitoring tools. You will understand data protection risks and explore mobile endpoint protection. Finally you will recognize various scanning technologies, application security vulnerabilities and threat intelligence platforms.

Computer Graphics
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati via Swayam
Computer graphics’ primary role is to render the digital content (0’s and 1’s) in a human-comprehensible form on the computer screen. The rendering follows a series of stages, collectively known as the graphics pipeline. In this course, we will introduce the pipeline and its stages.

Gender and literature
Indian Institute of Technology Madras via Swayam
Gender and Literature is an examination of selected literary texts and cultural conditions from the standpoint of gender theory. It will draw on established scholarship on gender studies and take the student through the various configurations and reconfiguration that determine gendered classifications such as masculinity and femininity.

High Stakes Leadership: Leading in Times of Crisis
University of Michigan via Coursera
This course has been designed to help leaders, like you, learn how to effectively navigate the challenges of significant organizational disruptions. As a participant in this course, you’ll discover why an understanding of various stakeholder perspectives can inform and dramatically improve a leader’s response to events that threaten an organization’s very survival.

Entrepreneurship and IP strategy
Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur via Swayam
The objectives of the course are to discuss intellectual property strategy to protect inventions and innovations of new ventures.

Visual Perception and Visual Illusions
Saint Petersburg State University via Coursera
This course is aimed at everyone who is interested in perceptual psychology, in particular, psychology of visual perception. The course discusses different theoretical approaches to studying vision, introduces the most important concepts and experimental results.

Technology Leadership and Entrepreneurship
St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University via Coursera
The Technology Entrepreneurship course will help students understand what Technology Entrepreneurship is and what its features are. Based on the best competencies of the course partners from Germany, Russia and Korea, the student will not only be able to go through all stages of technology entrepreneurship development on their own but will also feel the peculiarities of the global project development in accordance with national approaches.

Advanced Machining Processes
Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati via Swayam
This course aims at bringing the students up-to-date with the latest technological developments and research trends in the field of unconventional / nontraditional / modern machining processes.

Managing Supply Chain Disruption During COVID-19
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera
In this course, you will learn about why and how supply chains become susceptible to a disruption. We will examine this by discussing supply side and demand side issues, primary supply chain flows, complexity, risk management and a combination of solid theoretical supply chain perspectives and current real-world stories.

Good with Words: Writing and Editing
University of Michigan via Coursera
Perhaps the most important thing students and professionals of all kinds can do to improve their effectiveness is embrace the following advice: become good with words. This series of courses targets the writing side of that recommendation. The skills it focuses on include everything from how to arrange a complex set of information in a reader-friendly way, to how to give and receive high-quality feedback, to how to consistently hit deadlines.

Design Thinking and Global Startup
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology via Coursera
This course offers a systematic engineering design methodology: Stanford Design Thinking for preparing global startup. The course empathizes the whole Stanford design thinking process, “Empathy-Define-Ideation-Prototype-Test,” for building a startup with a business model that has a “customer truly need” component.

Tackling Environmental Challenges for a Sustainable Future
University of York via FutureLearn
Discover how environmental research can inform how we respond to and solve the major global environmental issues of today.

Digital Skills: Embracing Digital Technology
King’s College London via FutureLearn
Improve your digital skills for study, life and work, and learn how to navigate the web effectively and safely.

Principles of Microeconomics: Competitive Markets
University of Queensland via edX
Become immersed in economic concepts including elasticity of demand, market pricing, explicit and implicit costs and economic profit maximisation. Learn about monopolistic markets and market structure impacts on production and profit.

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Dhawal is the CEO of Class Central, the most popular search engine and review site for online courses and MOOCs. He has completed over a dozen MOOCs and has written over 200 articles about the MOOC space, including contributions to TechCrunch, EdSurge, Quartz, and VentureBeat.

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