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Learn languages: Learn a foreign language

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Learn a foreign language. Vocabulary. Learn Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish. Free online foreign language lessons. Learn languages
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Nihongo Master

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Online Japanese Learning Lessons, Tools and Community...
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Just learned this resource is going to move to a paid subscription model.
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Free Online Course: Programming for the Web with Ruby

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First of its kind. A free, online course – Programming for the Web with Ruby at RubyLearning.
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French in Action

"This series uses active participation to increase fluency in French, while introducing French culture. Pierre Capretz's proven language-immersion method is presented within a humorous teleplay with native speakers of all ages and backgrounds. The storyline of an American student and a young Frenchwoman's adventures in Paris and the French countryside is reinforced by Dr. Capretz's on-camera instruction. The series is also appropriate for teacher professional development."

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Learning German | Deutsche Welle

Learning German | Deutsche Welle | Free Online Learning Resources | Scoop.it

"With the free German courses from Deutsche Welle, you can choose the learning style that suits you best: e-learning at the computer, with short videos, audio courses or podcasts, or with texts and worksheets you can print out. Select from courses for beginners, intermediate learners, and advanced learners. German language teachers are welcome to use our multimedia material in their lessons. The Course Finder helps you choose the best format for each level."

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Google's Python Class

"Welcome to Google's Python Class -- this is a free class for people with a little bit of programming experience who want to learn Python. The class includes written materials, lecture videos, and lots of code exercises to practice Python coding. These materials are used within Google to introduce Python to people who have just a little programming experience. The first exercises work on basic Python concepts like strings and lists, building up to the later exercises which are full programs dealing with text files, processes, and http connections. The class is geared for people who have a little bit of programming experience in some language, enough to know what a "variable" or "if statement" is. Beyond that, you do not need to be an expert programmer to use this material."

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Technology Entrepreneurship

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A course on technology entrepreneurship from Stanford University.  From the course website:

"How do you create a successful start-up? What is entrepreneurial leadership in a large firm? What are the differences between an idea and true opportunity? How does an entrepreneur form a team and gather the resources necessary to create a great enterprise? This class mixes mentor-guided team projects, in-depth case studies, research on the entrepreneurial process, and the opportunity to network and ask questions of Silicon Valley's top entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. For undergraduates of all majors who seek to understand the formation and growth of high-impact start-ups in areas such as information, green/clean, medical and consumer technologies. No prerequisites are necessary but the course is targeted at Juniors and Seniors."

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Probabilistic Graphical Models

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A course on probabilistic graphical models from Stanford University.  From the course website:

"In this class, you will learn the basics of the PGM representation and how to construct them, using both human knowledge and machine learning techniques; you will also learn algorithms for using a PGM to reach conclusions about the world from limited and noisy evidence, and for making good decisions under uncertainty. The class covers both the theoretical underpinnings of the PGM framework and practical skills needed to apply these techniques to new problems. Topics include: (i) The Bayesian network and Markov network representation, including extensions for reasoning over domains that change over time and over domains with a variable number of entities; (ii) reasoning and inference methods, including exact inference (variable elimination, clique trees) and approximate inference (belief propagation message passing, Markov chain Monte Carlo methods); (iii) learning methods for both parameters and structure in a PGM; (iv) using a PGM for decision making under uncertainty. The course will also draw from numerous case studies and applications, so that you'll also learn how to apply PGM methods to computer vision, text understanding, medical decision making, speech recognition, and many other areas."

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Natural Language Processing

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Natural Language Processing course from Stanford University.  From the course website:

"Natural language processing is the technology for dealing with our most ubiquitous product: human language, as it appears in emails, web pages, tweets, product descriptions, newspaper stories, social media, and scientific articles, in thousands of languages and varieties. In the past decade, successful natural language processing applications have become part of our everyday experience, from spelling and grammar correction in word processors to machine translation on the web, from email spam detection to automatic question answering, from detecting people's opinions about products or services to extracting appointments from your email. In this class, you'll learn the fundamental algorithms and mathematical models for human language processing and how you can use them to solve practical problems in dealing with language data wherever you encounter it."

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Software Engineering for Software as a Service

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Software Engineering course from Stanford University.  From the course website:

"This course teaches the engineering fundamentals for long-lived software using the highly-productive Agile development method for Software as a Service (SaaS) using Ruby on Rails. Agile developers continuously refine and refactor a working but incomplete prototype until the customer is happy with result, with the customer offering continuous feedback. Agile emphasizes user stories to validate customer requirements; test-driven development to reduce mistakes; biweekly iterations of new software releases; and velocity to measure progress. We will introduce all these elements of the Agile development cycle, and go through one iteration by adding features to a simple app and deploying it on the cloud using tools like Github, Cucumber, RSpec, RCov, Pivotal Tracker, and Heroku."

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Cryptography

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Free cryptography course from Stanford Unversity.  From the course website:

"Cryptography is an indispensable tool for protecting information in computer systems. This course explains the inner workings of cryptographic primitives and how to correctly use them. Students will learn how to reason about the security of cryptographic constructions and how to apply this knowledge to real-world applications. The course begins with a detailed discussion of how two parties who have a shared secret key can communicate securely when a powerful adversary eavesdrops and tampers with traffic. We will examine many deployed protocols and analyze mistakes in existing systems. The second half of the course discusses public-key techniques that let two or more parties generate a shared secret key. We will cover the relevant number theory and discuss public-key encryption, digital signatures, and authentication protocols. Towards the end of the course we will cover more advanced topics such as zero-knowledge, distributed protocols such as secure auctions, and a number of privacy mechanisms. Throughout the course students will be exposed to many exciting open problems in the field."

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Reading old documents | The National Archives

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This site from the National Archives of the United Kingdom will teach you Latin and Palaeography, which is how to read old handwriting, all for free.

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Duolingo | Learn English, Spanish and German for free

Duolingo | Learn English, Spanish and German for free | Free Online Learning Resources | Scoop.it

"With Duolingo you learn a language for free, and simultaneously translate the Web."

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Class Central

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Summary of Standford's free online courses belonging to the following fields of study: Civil Engineering, Complex Systems, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Medicine...
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Destinos

"Travel the world with lawyer Raquel Rodríguez as she solves a mystery for a dying man. Watch the complete Destinos series, practice your Spanish, and find new resources for learning and teaching Spanish."

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Louise Quo Vadis's curator insight, June 17, 2013 1:08 AM

This is a great site if you are interested in learning spanish. They make it quite interesting to learn a language here. I would give this site a look. It has a lot to offer. Not boring at all.

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Practise German online - Adventure German - Goethe-Institut 

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"Having an exciting adventure, solving a puzzling mystery, and learning German all at once: “Adventure German - The Mystery of Nebra” offers all this. Players set off with art expert Vincent Mirano on an exciting trip through Germany. They wish to find out whether the 4000-year old Nebra Sky Disc has been stolen. Might even a forgery of the oldest-known depiction of the heavens in the world be on display in the museum? And if so, where is the original?"

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Anatomy

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Stanford University Online Education is now offering an Anatomy class starting March 5th 2012.

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Duolingo Teaches You A Language While Helping Translate The Web (And Could Be Google’s Next Purchase)

Duolingo Teaches You A Language While Helping Translate The Web (And Could Be Google’s Next Purchase) | Free Online Learning Resources | Scoop.it

"Duolingo [is a] 100% free language learning site in which people learn by helping to translate the Web, and companies can get quality translations for less."

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MentorMob

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"MentorMob allows Internet surfers to organize any type of online content into an easy to follow, step-by-step Learning Playlist. Once completed, the Learning Playlist accomplishes learning a skill, task, hobby or future obsession."

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The Lean Launchpad

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An entrepreneurship course from Stanford University.  From the course website:

"In this class you'll learn how to turn a great idea into a great company.

We now know that startups are not smaller versions of large companies. Large companies execute known business models. They use big company tools - business plans, income statements, revenue models, etc. to help organized their execution. In contrast startups search for a business model. And all the big company tools are irrelevant in the early days of a startup. This class is not about how to write a business plan. It's not an exercise on how smart you are in a classroom, or how well you use the research library. The end result is not a PowerPoint slide deck for a VC presentation. Instead you will be getting your hands dirty talking to customers, partners, competitors, as you encounter the chaos and uncertainty of how a startup actually works.

You'll learn how to use a business model canvas to brainstorm each part of a company and customer development to get out of the classroom to see whether anyone other than you would want/use your product. Finally, you'll see how agile development can help you rapidly iterate your product to build something customers will use and buy. Each week will be a new adventure as you test each part of your business model."

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Game Theory

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Game Theory course from Stanford University.  From the course website:

"Popularized by movies such as "A Beautiful Mind", game theory is the mathematical modeling of strategic interaction among rational (and irrational) agents. Beyond what we call 'games' in common language, such as chess, poker, soccer, etc., it includes the modeling of conflict among nations, political campaigns, competition among firms, and trading behavior in markets such as the NYSE. How could you begin to model eBay, Google keyword auctions, and peer to peer file-sharing networks, without accounting for the incentives of the people using them? The course will provide the basics: representing games and strategies, the extensive form (which computer scientists call game trees), Bayesian games (modeling things like auctions), repeated and stochastic games, and more. We'll include a variety of examples including classic games and a few applications."

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Human-Computer Interaction

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Human-Computer Interaction course from Stanford University.  From the course website:

"In this course, you will learn how to design technologies that bring people joy, rather than frustration. You'll learn several technique for rapidly prototyping and evaluating multiple interface alternatives — and why rapid prototyping and comparative evaluation are essential to excellent interaction design. You'll learn how to conduct fieldwork with people to help you get design ideas. How to make paper prototypes and low-fidelity mock-ups that are interactive -- and how to use these designs to get feedback from other stakeholders like your teammates, clients, and users. You'll learn principles of visual design so that you can effectively organize and present information with your interfaces. You'll learn principles of perception and cognition that inform effective interaction design. And you'll learn how to perform and analyze controlled experiments online. In many cases, we'll use Web design as the anchoring domain. A lot of the examples will come from the Web, and we'll talk just a bit about Web technologies in particular. When we do so, it will be to support the main goal of this course, which is helping you build human-centered design skills, so that you have the principles and methods to create excellent interfaces with any technology."

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Machine Learning

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Machine Learning from Stanford University.  From the course website:

"This course provides a broad introduction to machine learning, datamining, and statistical pattern recognition. Topics include: (i) Supervised learning (parametric/non-parametric algorithms, support vector machines, kernels, neural networks). (ii) Unsupervised learning (clustering, dimensionality reduction, recommender systems, deep learning). (iii) Best practices in machine learning (bias/variance theory; innovation process in machine learning and AI). The course will also draw from numerous case studies and applications, so that you'll also learn how to apply learning algorithms to building smart robots (perception, control), text understanding (web search, anti-spam), computer vision, medical informatics, audio, database mining, and other areas."

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