Are you ready to take on Big Data?

The MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and MIT Professional Education are offering professional courses on big data and the issues that arise in this tech area. Here is more information about their online program.

Tackling the Challenges of Big Data

Tackling the Challenges of Big Data

Approximately 7,000 professionals from over 100 countries and over 3,000 organizations worldwide have attended Tackling the Challenges of Big Data, the 6-week course developed and delivered by world-renowned faculty of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) in collaboration with MIT Professional Education.Don’t miss this opportunity to join professionals from all around the world as we tackle the challenges of big data together.

Courses are starting on May 5th, with registration closing May 12, and July 7th, with registration closing July 14.

This course is designed for engineers, technical managers, and entrepreneurs looking to understand new Big Data technologies and concepts to apply in their work, and to gain perspective on current trends and future capabilities. Topics covered will be:

  • Data collection (smartphones, sensors, the Web)
  • Data storage and processing (scalable relational databases, Hadoop, Spark, etc.)
  • Extracting structured data from unstructured data
  • Systems issues (exploiting multicore, security)
  • Analytics (machine learning, data compression, efficient algorithms)
  • Visualization and a range of applications

Participants who successfully complete all course requirements are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion and 2.0 CEUs from MIT Professional Education.

Learn more and register today >>

OCW is always open, here when you need it most.

OCW launches our Spring Fundraising Campaign today.  Here’s why you should support it.

Dear Friend of OCW,

OCW is always open. Here when you need it most. Please support OCW.OCW is Always Open

Whether you are refreshing your memory on quantum mechanics or you finally have the time to immerse yourself in learning a new language (like German or computer programming) – OCW always has these resources available to you. We’re serving up quality open learning from a menu of 2,200 courses, available day or night, 365 days a year.

But we need your help to continue to serve as a key resource when you need it most.

Your Support Makes a Difference

Continually improving MIT OpenCourseWare offerings, expanding access, and creating innovations like OCW Educator is part of our plan to provide motivated people everywhere the tools to improve their lives and change the world.

With your support in the past, we’ve demonstrated not only that OCW is a unique resource, but that it can be a sustainable one.  MIT continues to pay for half of OCW’s $4 million annual budget directly, but we rely on sponsors and users like you for the rest.

As we approach the end of our fiscal year, we need your help to keep OCW fully funded for today and for the future. If you can afford to contribute to OCW, then please donate today and help us ensure that OCW continues to be here whenever you need us.


Cecilia d’Oliveira
Executive Director
MIT OpenCourseWare

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Starting today: free open content licensing course for educators organized by the OER university

This OCL4Ed micro Open Online Course (mOOC) will be facilitated by the UNESCO OER Chair network in support of capability development for the UNESCO 2012 Paris OER Declaration (See video on course site from Abel Caine, Programme Specialist for OER at UNESCO.). The OCL4Ed 14.02 course is sponsored by the OER Foundation, the Commonwealth of Learning and College of Liberal Arts, University of Mississippi.

Otago Polytechnic will provide optional credentialing services for this mOOC which will carry credit towards the Open Education Practice elective of the Graduate Diploma in Tertiary Education.

(Via @Ignatia Webs)

MIT Professional Education offers first online course

Big-Data-OCWMIT will offer its first online professional course, Tackling the Challenges of Big Data, to a global audience beginning March 4. The four-week online course, aimed at technical professionals and executives, will tackle state-of-the-art topics in big data ranging from data collection, storage, and processing to analytics and visualization, as well as address a range of real-world applications.

Teaching the course will be 12 faculty experts from the world-renowned MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the School of Engineering.

The course will be offered through MIT Professional Education, the arm of MIT that provides professional education and training for science, engineering, and technology professionals. It will be the first of a new line of professional programs to be delivered globally using the open-source online education platform edX.

The course will provide companies and organizations the ability to offer training and education to their employees on big data – a topic that confronts most industries today. Upon completion, participants will receive an MIT Professional Education certificate of completion and access to MIT Professional Education’s expansive professional alumni network. The cost is just $495.

Learn more and register today >>