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Learn more about Massive Open Online Courses

Learn more about Massive Open Online Courses

Fulfill requirements with a different style of course

With enrollment for the 2018-19 academic year now open, students face the dilemma of fulfilling all the requirements for their core, major, minor, and certificates while selecting courses that fit within a schedule.

There are roadblocks like conflicting class times, courses being unavailable depending on the year, and courses that require special permissions; these add another level of stress and dismay to students wanting to graduate within four years. For those who only require elusive senior science credit without taking another 100-level course, there is a solution.

The University of Alberta offers several Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that give you direct credit without the hassle of transferring. MOOCs can be taken for free by anyone who has Internet internet access or by students for university credit either online or in-class. Augustana students are required to write their exams at north campus, however, other than that they can go through to course at any pace.

The following is a list of MOOCs available through the U of A:

NS 201 – Indigenous Canada: Looking Forward/Looking Back (3 credits, Fall 2018)

EAS 215 – Introduction to the Arctic: Climate (1 credit, Fall 2018)

STS 351 – Understanding Video Games (3 credits, Fall 2018)

PALEO 200 – Dino 101 (3 credits, Fall 2018)

PALEO 202 – Paleontology: Early Vertebrate Evolution (1 credit, Winter 2019)

PALEO 203 – Paleontology: Ancient Marine Reptiles (1 credit, Winter 2019)

PALEO 204 – Paleontology: Theropod Dinosaurs and the Origin of Birds (1 credit, Winter 2019)

INT D 280 – Mountains 101 (3 credits, Winter 2019)

To access these courses, enroll on Beartracks and create an account on the hosting site, Coursera ( At this point, you will have access to all the materials from the courses by enrolling in the free versions. To get credit for the course, you must pay tuition and ensure you are enrolled on Beartracks. If you’re not interested in course credit and just want to take them for fun, you can still get access to all the materials through the free versions of the courses.

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