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The LMS is now populated with all KTU courses.  To enroll in a course you'll need to have already been admited to the university.  Please visit admissions if you are not admitted yet.



Available courses

For students seeking to complete their degree requirements with a Capstone project, you may enroll in this course.


Capstone is worth 12 hours and should be completed last.  Capstone should cover executing no less than 4 courses offered at KTU.

Activity I - Define the project for approval.

Activity II - Submit completed Capstone for scoring

Activity III - Defend your capstone to a panel of university officials.  The panel will question you on why you choose to do what you did.

*Hint - Explain the rational for the methods you choose and explain why other options were not utilized in Activity II submission to address the points of Activity III before they are made.

This is the KU Orientation Course required of all students and to be completed before any other courses.

Overview

IT Support: Cloud Fundamentals is designed to introduce the core cloud concepts to IT Support learners. This course provides an historical perspective of how IT has evolved to the point where it is now using cloud solutions. The course examines the different types of cloud solutions that are available, as well as the basics of cloud services, cloud usage models, and cloud security. The course concludes with an introduction to Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365.

Taught by

Martin Coetze

https://www.classcentral.com/course/edx-it-support-cloud-fundamentals-9617


  • PROVIDER
  • COSTFree Online Course (Audit)
  • SESSIONSelf Paced
  • LANGUAGEEnglish
  • EFFORT2-3 hours a week

  • DURATION4 weeks long

This course is offered by the University of Michigan through Cousera.com.  Students will complete the course in a third party LMS and report scores into KTU’s LMS.

In this course, you’ll learn how to apply automation to manage fleets of computers. You’ll understand how to automate the process for deploying new computers, keeping those machines updated, managing large-scale changes, and a lot more. We’ll discuss managing both physical machines running in our offices and virtual machines running in the Cloud.

We’ll start by looking into an automation technique called configuration management, which lets you manage the configuration of our computers at scale. Specifically, you’ll learn how to use Puppet, the current industry standard for configuration management. We’ll look at some simple examples, and then see how we can apply the same concepts to more complex cases. You’ll be a Puppet-master in no time! Later on, you’ll expand your automation skills by understanding how to use the Cloud to help scale your infrastructure. You’ll check out some best practices for handling hundreds of virtual machines running in the Cloud and troubleshooting them when things don’t go according to plan.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Understand the benefits of configuration management and infrastructure as code

Manage a fleet of computers using Puppet

Automatically deploy new virtual machines running in the Cloud

Deploy changes in a safe manner

SKILLS YOU WILL GAIN

Automation at ScaleConfiguration ManagementBasic Monitoring & AlertingCloud ComputingUsing Puppet

This course is offered by Cousera.com.  Students will complete the course in a third party LMS and report scores into KTU’s LMS.

This course will introduce you to Amazon Web Services (AWS) core services and infrastructure. Through demonstrations you’ll learn how to use and configure AWS services to deploy and host a cloud-native application.

Early in the course, your AWS instructors will discuss how the AWS cloud infrastructure is built, walk you through Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Lightsail compute services. They’ll also introduce you to networking on AWS, including how to set up Amazon Virtual Public Cloud (VPC) and different cloud storage options, including Amazon Elastic Block Storage (EBS), Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) and Amazon Elastic File Service (EFS). Later in the course you’ll learn about AWS Database services, such as Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) and Amazon DynomoDB. Your instructors will also walk you through how to monitor and scale you application on AWS using Amazon CloudWatch and Amazon EC2 Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) and Auto Scaling. Lastly, you’ll learn about security on AWS, as well as how to manage costs when using the AWS cloud platform. In this course, you won’t be required to complete hands-on exercises, but we strongly suggest you take advantage of the AWS Free Tier to follow along as the instructors demonstrate the AWS services. Class forums will also allow you to ask questions and interact with AWS training instructors. After completing this course, you’ll have the basic fundamentals to get started on AWS. This course has been developed by AWS, and is delivered by AWS technical instructors who teach cloud computing courses around the globe.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Learn AWS fundamental concepts including Regions, Availability Zones, and Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs)

Learn how to use AWS compute, storage, database, and security services via the AWS Console

How to make an applications durable, distributed, and highly available

SKILLS YOU WILL GAIN

Cloud Computing Security

Cloud Storage

Cloud Networking

Cloud Computing


 This course is offered by the University of Michigan through Cousera.com.  Students will complete the course in a third party LMS and report scores into KTU’s LMS.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Add interactivity to web pages with Javascript

Describe the basics of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS3)

Use the Document Object Model (DOM) to modify pages

Apply responsive design to enable page to be viewed by various devices

SKILLS YOU WILL GAIN

Web DevelopmentCascading Style Sheets (CCS)Html5JavaScriptResponsive Web DesignWeb DesignWeb AccessibilityHtmlStyle SheetsDocument Object Model (DOM)Bootstrap (Front-End Framework)

About this Specialization

This Specialization covers how to write syntactically correct HTML5 and CSS3, and how to create interactive web experiences with JavaScript. Mastering this range of technologies will allow you to develop high quality web sites that, work seamlessly on mobile, tablet, and large screen browsers accessible. During the capstone you will develop a professional-quality web portfolio demonstrating your growth as a web developer and your knowledge of accessible web design. This will include your ability to design and implement a responsive site that utilizes tools to create a site that is accessible to a wide audience, including those with visual, audial, physical, and cognitive impairments.

 


This course is offered by Cousera.com.  Students will complete the course in a third party LMS and report scores into KTU’s LMS.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Install Python and write your first program

Describe the basics of the Python programming language

Use variables to store, retrieve and calculate information

Utilize core programming tools such as functions and loop

SKILLS YOU WILL GAIN

JsonXmlPython ProgrammingDatabase (DBMS)Python Syntax And SemanticsBasic Programming LanguageComputer ProgrammingData StructureTupleWeb ScrapingSqliteSQL

About this Specialization

This Specialization builds on the success of the Python for Everybody course and will introduce fundamental programming concepts including data structures, networked application program interfaces, and databases, using the Python programming language. In the Capstone Project, you’ll use the technologies learned throughout the Specialization to design and create your own applications for data retrieval, processing, and visualization.


CompTIA Server+ certified candidates can work in any environment because it is the only vendor-neutral certification covering the major server platforms. It is the only industry certification that covers the latest server technologies including virtualization, security and network-attached storage.

CompTIA Server+ certification validates the skills necessary to be a server administrator. Successful candidates will have mastered the following concepts:

●      Virtualization

●      Storage

●      Security

●      Troubleshooting

 


CompTIA Cloud+ (CV0-002) reflects an emphasis on incorporating and managing cloud technologies as part of broader systems operations. It assumes a candidate will weave together solutions that meet specific business needs and work in a variety of different industries.

It includes new technologies to support the changing cloud market as more organizations depend on cloud-based technologies to run mission critical systems, now that hybrid and multi-cloud have become the norm.

CompTIA Cloud+ is now compliant with ISO 17024 standards and approved by the US DoD to meet directive 8570.01-M requirements.


The new CompTIA Linux+ is for the IT pro who will use Linux to manage everything from cars and smartphones to servers and supercomputers, as a vast number of enterprises use Linux in cloud, cybersecurity, mobile and web administration applications.

In the new CompTIA Linux+, candidates are only required to pass one exam for certification. However, the new certification is no longer eligible for the LPI 2-for-1 offer.

●      CompTIA Linux+ is the only job-focused Linux certification covering the latest foundational skills demanded by hiring managers.

●      Unlike other certifications, the new exam includes performance-based and multiple-choice questions to identify the employees who can do the job.

●      The exam covers tasks associated with all major distributions of Linux, setting the foundation for advanced vendor/distro-specific knowledge.

CompTIA Linux+ covers common tasks in major distributions of Linux, including the Linux command line, basic maintenance, installing and configuring workstations, and networking.


Overview

This course is a follow up to IT Support Fundamentals and delves deeper into the entire case management process, guiding you through each stage of the process. You will examine best practices on how to become a more efficient and effective troubleshooter, including training how to manage customer expectations and handle customer objections. 

The course begins with a basic review of the steps involved in troubleshooting a customer support case, from case assignment and scoping, to solution development, validation, and case closure. To support the troubleshooting process, the course provides tips and tricks on developing analytical solutions, troubleshooting best practices, and managing customer expectations. The course concludes with a look at how to handle customer objections to proposed solutions.

This course is not a technical troubleshooting course that focuses on troubleshooting specific product issues; rather, it provides introductory-level soft skills training on how to efficiently and effectively troubleshoot any support case, regardless of the product. At the completion of the course, the student will have gained an in-depth knowledge of the steps involved in troubleshooting a customer issue throughout its life cycle.

This is the third in a series of four courses that are targeted to individuals who are considering a move into IT Support.

  • PROVIDER
  • COSTFree Online Course (Audit)
  • SESSIONSelf Paced
  • LANGUAGEEnglish
  • EFFORT3-4 hours a week
  • DURATION5 weeks long
https://www.classcentral.com/course/edx-it-support-troubleshooting-9838


Overview

This course starts from the beginning, covering the basics of how a computer interprets lines of code; how to write programs, evaluate their output, and revise the code itself; how to work with variables and their changing values; and how to use mathematical, boolean, and relational operators. 

By the end of this course, you'll be able to write small programs in Python that use variables, mathematical operators, and logical operators. For example, you could write programs that carry out complex mathematical operations, like calculating the interest rate necessary to reach a savings goal, recommending apparel options based on weather patterns, or calculating a grade based on multiple percentages. 

Structurally, the course is comprised of several parts. Instruction is delivered via a series of short (2-3 minute) videos. In between those videos, you'll complete both multiple choice questions and coding problems to demonstrate your knowledge of the material that was just covered.

Syllabus

Chapter 1: Computing. The fundamentals of how computers work, what program code is, and how to get setup for the rest of the course. 

Chapter 2: Programming. The basic principles of computer programming: writing and running code, evaluating results, and compiling vs. executing. 

Chapter 3: Debugging. The common results of running program code, and how to use those results to inform revision of your code. 

Chapter 4: Procedural Programming. The fundamental approach to program code: writing sequences of lines of code that run in order to accomplish an objective. 

Chapter 5: Variables. Creating and modifying variables, tracing how their values may change as a program runs, and understanding the role of data types. 

Chapter 6: Logical Operators. Working with relational (greater than, less than, equal to) and logical (and, or, not) operators to make decisions in code. 

Chapter 7: Mathematical Operators. Adding addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, modulus, and exponents to your code, and seeing how they work with unexpected data types.


Overview

This is CS50x, Harvard University's introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming for majors and non-majors alike, with or without prior programming experience. An entry-level course taught by David J. Malan, CS50x teaches students how to think algorithmically and solve problems efficiently. Topics include abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development. Languages include C, Python, SQL, and JavaScript plus CSS and HTML. Problem sets inspired by real-world domains of biology, cryptography, finance, forensics, and gaming. The on-campus version of CS50x, CS50, is Harvard's largest course.

Students who earn a satisfactory score on 9 problem sets (i.e., programming assignments) and a final project are eligible for a certificate. This is a self-paced course–you may take CS50xon your own schedule.

HarvardX requires individuals who enroll in its courses on edX to abide by the terms of the edX honor code. HarvardX will take appropriate corrective action in response to violations of the edX honor code, which may include dismissal from the HarvardX course; revocation of any certificates received for the HarvardX course; or other remedies as circumstances warrant. No refunds will be issued in the case of corrective action for such violations. Enrollees who are taking HarvardX courses as part of another program will also be governed by the academic policies of those programs.

HarvardX pursues the science of learning. By registering as an online learner in an HX course, you will also participate in research about learning. Read our research statement to learn more.

Harvard University and HarvardX are committed to maintaining a safe and healthy educational and work environment in which no member of the community is excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or subjected to discrimination or harassment in our program. All members of the HarvardX community are expected to abide by Harvard policies on nondiscrimination, including sexual harassment, and the edX Terms of Service. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact harvardx@harvard.edu and/or report your experience through the edX contact form.


This course is worth 1 credit hour

Overview

In this self-paced course, you will learn fundamental cloud computing and AWS security concepts, including AWS access control and management, governance, logging, and encryption methods. We will address security-related compliance protocols, risk management strategies, and procedures related to auditing your AWS security infrastructure.

Intended Audience

This course is intended for:

  • IT business-level users and professionals interested in cloud security practices
  • IT auditors, analysts, and regulators
  • Security professionals with minimal working knowledge of AWS

Course Objectives

In this course, you will learn how to:

  • Identify the security and compliance benefits of using the AWS Cloud
  • Describe the access control and access management features of AWS and data encryption methods to secure sensitive data
  • Use AWS services for security logging and monitoring, and determine which can be used for network security
  • Ensure strong governance of your AWS resources and identify the services used to maintain governance of control environments
  • Use the AWS audit feature, audit an AWS environment, and determine whether AWS audits and attestations that validate security controls are implemented and operating effectively
  • Explain AWS compliance and assurance programs

 

Syllabus

  1. Introduction
  2. Access control and management
  3. Governance, logging, and encryption
  4. Compliance and risk management

Overview

Interested in gaining the basic skills needed to use Windows Server technology to power the next generation of optimized networks, applications, and web services?

This self-paced course is an introduction to Windows Server where you’ll have an opportunity to learn the basics of installing and administering the Windows Server 2012 server operating system.

This fundamentals course will prepare you for more advanced courses in Windows Server administration. The course content will also help you prepare for the Windows Server 2012 Microsoft Certified Solution Architect (MCSA) examinations.

Taught by

Rob Linsky


Note: This course is worth 1 credit hour


Overview

We have built this course for beginners who have no experience with the Linux system and the command-line interface.

In this course, you'll learn the basics of the command line interface of a Linux server: the terminal and shell (GNU Bash). This course includes an introduction to files and directories in the Linux filesystem.



Why Take This Course?

Most servers on the Internet today run on Linux or other Unix-like systems. Installing, configuring, and troubleshooting often relies on the command line interface. This, accordingly, is foundational web knowledge, and in fact many of our intermediate and advanced courses rely on a familiarity with the command-line interface to run servers, work with version control systems and more.

Syllabus

Lesson 1: Get Into the Shell

In this lesson, you'll learn about the terminal user interface and how you can interact with a Linux server using shell commands.

Lesson 2: Shell Commands

There are different kinds of shell commands that work with the terminal in different ways. This lesson also covers the use of the Linux manual (manpages) to expand your knowledge of shell commands.

Lesson 3: The Linux Filesystem

Working with files and directories is a big part of using the shell. In this lesson you'll learn basic commands for interacting with the filesystem.

Taught by

Karl Krueger

CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ is the only internationally recognized, vendor-neutral certification utilizing key business principles and fundamental cloud concepts that validate data-driven cloud recommendations. It stands alone in this field by demonstrating that all necessary staff members – not just the IT specialists – understand how to increase efficiency, manage costs, and reduce security risks for organizations whenever tasked with making current cloud technology decisions.

Business analysts and IT pros alike are consistently called upon to assist their organization in determining which cloud service provider(s) to use, what to migrate to the cloud, and when to implement. Collecting and analyzing cloud products and services information is essential when making operational cloud business decisions. The financial and operational impacts covered by Cloud Essentials+ ensure an ability to develop and implement solid cloud strategies. CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ will show that successful candidates:

 

●       Have the knowledge and understanding of the foundational business and technical components included in a cloud assessment

●       Understand specific security concerns and measures

●       Comprehend new technology concepts, solutions, and benefits to an organization


Earning the CTT+ certification designates you as an exceptional trainer in your field. As an instructor, you not only have to plan engaging classroom lectures, practice tasks and exams, but you must also be a knowledgeable and effective communicator. CTT+ certification provides comprehensive training standards to validate your skills in a traditional or virtual classroom environment, and ensures that you can teach effectively and step up to the front of the class with confidence.

CTT+ is trusted by leading organizations

Corporations such as Dell, Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, IBM and Ricoh accept CompTIA CTT+ as proof that an instructor is qualified to teach their programs.

CTT+ lets you teach with confidence

CompTIA CTT+ validates that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to prepare, present, facilitate and evaluate a training session. By requiring a video submission of the training session instruction as part of the certification, CTT+ ensures candidates have effective teaching skills.

CTT+ verifies essential teaching modalities

In a survey conducted by the Training Associates, 87% of respondents use instructor led training (ILT) as a primary learning modality. Moreover, 74% of organizations take a blended approach to learning, augmenting ILT delivery with either a mobile, video, or social component. Earning a CTT+ certification can validate your skills as a top trainer in a virtual or physical classroom.


Social Media Strategist is the third course in the CIW Web And Mobile Design series. This course focuses on the use of social media in business. The course teaches individuals how to create a social media campaign, and how to analyze and present data in order to address organizational issues and make appropriate business decisions.

The CIW Social Media Strategist course prepares candidates to take the CIW Social Media Strategist exam, which, if passed, earns the individual the CIW Social Media Strategist certification.

Target Audience

■      Web designers

■      Internet consultants

■      IT professionals

■      Marketing professionals

■      Web and graphic artists

■      Business professionals


Course worth 1 credit hour

In this project, you will learn how to connect your website to Google Analytics. You will be able to use Google Analytics to understand how your website is performing. You will become familiar with the Google Analytics interface and the standard reports to better understand your website audience. You will learn how to interpret this data to improve your website performance and effectiveness.

Note: This course works best for learners who are based in the North America region. We’re currently working on providing the same experience in other regions.

Taught by

Carma Baughman

Course worth 1 credit hour

Social media connects us across space and time, allowing us to find like-minded communities and participate creatively in public life as never before. We may often use social media without thinking much about the possible consequences. But there is a shadow side associated with social media use, which takes the form of hate speech, increased surveillance, lack of anonymity and questionable use of our data. What do we need to know to use social media spaces effectively, in a way that is safe and productive for all?

This course will guide you into a deeper exploration of online identity, social media communities and their users. You will examine the ways that social media is being used by public institutions such as government to build participation and conversation with audiences. You will encounter the most common ethical debates in social media.  

You will also have the opportunity to build your practical skills by developing your professional social media profile, defining your audience, building your social media influence and understanding how to interpret data analytics to "listen" and communicate well.

Syllabus

Social Media Concepts
-In the introductory module, we will examine the concepts of being social, of self-representation, online identity and publishing. We will also look at how the social media technologies intersect with public and private spheres as networked communication develops. 

Collaborative Practices of Social Media Users
-We examine who the users of social media are, how they use it and their motivations. We will also look at the difference between networks and communities. Through the lens of 'produsage' we will explore participatory culture and understand the motivations behind users contributing to cultural production.

Participatory Culture and Media Organisations
-Organisations are often accused of exploiting their users and online community members when they participate in collaborative cultural production activities. Similarly, participants are also accused of ignoring reciprocal efforts in collective online arrangements for personal gain, or what has recently been described as 'hope labour' (Kuehn & Corrigan, 2013). In this module, we will explore the tensions that surround precarious labour models for the productuon and consumption of social media content. In particular we will look at the concepts of cultural production, institutions, cultural intermediation, creativity and art.

Social Media Data Analytics
-Communication across social media platforms produces an enormous amount of data that can describe content, location, users, purchases, events and emotions, along with larger scale areas such as reactions to news and politics, integration with sporting events or information and knowledge exchange, Each of these instances provides an opportunity to understand both general patterns of large-scale communication alog with nuanced individual and niche communication spaces. This module provides the opportunity to identify this sort of data, how to access and collect it and interpret and display it to strategically target larger users and networks.

Ethics in Social Media
-Just because we can access social media doesn't mean that we should. In this module, you are asked to critically examine the use of social media and think about how you can manipulate the data in meaningful and beneficial ways compared with typical neo-liberal approaches. You are also encouraged to think about some of the not so obvious areas of social media data analytics, for example reconstructing potentially sensitive material, uncovering a dangerous conversation in social media, or exposjng users that may wish to remain incognito. Using social media data is tremendously rewarding, yet presents ethical challenges that many scholars are still grappling with.

This course focuses on technical, mobile and social strategies for increasing site traffic. Learn how to build SEO for international audiences through content localization, global team alignment and optimizing for local search engines. Discover techniques to optimize mobile-friendly websites, get mobile apps discovered, and leverage social media to drive organic SEO traffic. You will also learn how to identify key SEO metrics and collect, interpret, validate, and report success to your clients and stakeholders.

Syllabus

Introduction
-Welcome to this first module where you will discover how technical search engine optimization (SEO) can improve your website. You will discuss and use web metrics as you compare performance analysis tools and plug-ins. You will be able to find and fix problems, heighten visibility, improve site architecture, and accelerate page load speed for your own website. You will be able to take the steps necessary to conduct a website audit and finally, you’ll discover strategies to achieve positive change by working well with teams and stakeholders.

Take Your Website Global
-In this module, you will examine what you need to take your website global. You will prepare for global expansion and grasp tremendous opportunities to reach the world. You will be introduced to tested principles and best practices to optimize your website for global expansion. You will align your site with international audiences following guidance from search engines. You will explore how to structure URLs and employ localization to serve global customers, as well as develop engaging strategies to launch a global web marketing campaign. You will work with a budget for external or in-house localization teams and empower stakeholders to fulfill their roles in a global marketplace. 

Make the Most of Mobile and App SEO
-This module will provide you knowledge necessary to take advantage of innovations and future trends in the mobile marketplace. You will be able to use a clear process to make your mobile apps easier to find. Identify Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) needed for successful App Store Optimization (ASO) and receive a checklist of best practices. You will use tools that provide insightful data to evaluate and beat your competition. Become mobile-friendly by examining the factors that improve app rankings in Apple iTunes or Google Play app stores, and optimize for social search engines. Gain insight into using and interpreting app data to competitive benefit. You’ll also review case studies illustrating how to generate business results, employ real-world experience, and take advantage of unparalleled opportunities with Mobile and Apps. 

Identify Metrics to Drive Performance
-Welcome to the final module in this course. In this module, you will discuss the concepts to measure key metrics and conduct data analysis to bring value to stakeholders. You will recognize and use practical tips to quantify success, overcome common mistakes, and resolve data analysis errors. You will explore various tools and analytic packages, then use these to measure what matters. You will begin to use advanced analytics to drive business, and be shown how to analyze data reports to increase revenue. You will also discover enterprise-level platforms that enhance performance. All of this comes together to help you make sense of today’s data to provide future insights for yourself and your stakeholders. 

https://www.classcentral.com/course/advanced-seo-strategies-5608

Course worth 6 credit hours


Overview

India has witnessed an exponential growth in the internet and mobile phones users during the recent decade. It has opened a wide range of communication tools for the individuals and organizations. Today, the communication through online platforms has become a key element of Integrated Marketing Communication strategy and changed the way how organizations communicate with their stakeholders. Organizations have started using internet and digital devices in their main marketing strategy in the form of digital marketing. Digital marketing is rapidly growing force in the present marketing domain and is set be the future of marketing. It has resulted in numerous opportunities and avenues for advertising and marketing both in domestic and international business environment.Therefore, there is a need to understand the fundamentals of Digital Marketing and to inculcate the skills of digital marketing among students. In this background, a course on Digital Marketing has been designed which aims to build conceptual foundation of digital marketing and to develop the students’ skills to plan, implement and monitor digital marketing campaigns in globalized environment. The target audience of this course is primarily students pursing MBA and other management related courses. However, anyone who wants to leverage the power of digital marketing in his business or profession may join this course.Prerequisites of the course are ; Basic Knowledge of internet and internet browsing Experimental and Analytical mindset , No Hardcore technical knowledge required to pursue this course.

Discover the content marketing and social media ecosystems and how these interconnected channels drive search results to a website. Leverage content marketing and social media as part of your SEO strategy, and how to use influence marketing to establish a website’s authority.

Syllabus

Introduction
-Welcome to Week 1! This week we will explore the content marketing ecosystem. We will begin by recapping some basics of SEO to recall how on-page and off-page SEO work together. By the end of this module, you will be able to identify and demonstrate the "do’s and don’ts" of obtaining links, and build your own optimized links. You will build your reputation and visibility online by developing a content marketing campaign as well as build your own audience. I’m excited about this topic, so let’s dive in!

Social Media Marketing
-This week we will discuss in-depth how social media supports the development of a company’s online reputation and visibility, which ultimately helps with SEO. By the end of this module you will practice tips on building relationships with social media influences, which can help build your audience. You will analyze your audience demographics and choose the appropriate social media platforms for your intended audience. And finally, you will use successful social media strategies to build your audience and create audience engagement.

Influence Marketing
-Influencer marketing is the focus of this week’s topic. At the end of this module, you will be able to define what influencer marketing is and the role it plays in driving reputation and visibility. You will examine what influencers can do for you and the best approaches in building a relationship with an influencer, hint it’s not about manipulation, but building a strong positive relationship! 

Creating World Class Content
-This week’s topic focuses on why world class content is a must! At the end of this module, you will be able to identify great content, analyze which content gets the most shares, and create world class content of your own. You will also create successful partnerships that can help develop your content and ultimately drive your content marketing efforts. Did we mention that content is KING?!?

https://www.classcentral.com/course/seo-tactics-5535

Search Engine Optimization Fundamentals

Gain an understanding of search engine algorithms and how they affect organic search results and websites. Building on this knowledge, you’ll learn the key elements for creating an effective SEO strategy, including how to select keywords and perform keyword research; consumer psychology and search behavior; and how to conduct on-page SEO analysis to identify opportunities to improve a website’s search optimization.

Syllabus

Getting Started and Introduction to On-page SEO
-Welcome to Week 1. This module will introduce you to On-page SEO. The lessons will start with introducing you to key areas of SEO so you’ll have a strong understanding of the differences amongst the strategies. Then we’ll dive into using On-page SEO techniques so that you’ll know how to optimize keywords in meta data as well as perform competitive analysis on a web page. By the end of this module, you’ll know how to identify meta-tags and use these to make recommendations for On-page SEO.  

Introduction to Off-page SEO
-Welcome to Week 2. This module will introduce you to Off-page SEO. While these strategies are more indirect than On-page SEO, they’re still important to maximize page authority. This module will clarify what Off-page SEO is as well as help you understand building links to your site and understanding brand recognition through social media. Once you complete this module, you’ll be able to understand link analysis as well as how social media can help improve your page authority. 

https://www.classcentral.com/course/seo-fundamentals-5484

Ever wonder how major search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo rank your website within their searches? Or how content such as videos or local listings are shown and ranked based on what the search engine considers most relevant to users? Welcome to the world of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). This course is the first within the SEO Specialization and it is intended to give you a taste of SEO. 

You will be introduced to the foundational elements of how search engines work, how the SEO landscape has changed and what you can expect in the future. You discuss core SEO strategies and tactics used to drive more organic search results to a specific website or set of websites, as well as tactics to avoid to prevent penalization from search engines. You will also discover how to position yourself for a successful career in SEO should this subject prove interesting to you. We hope this taste of SEO, will entice you to continue through the Specialization.

Syllabus

Getting Started & Introduction to SEO
-Welcome to the first week of the course! In the lessons that follow, you will discuss and define the foundational overview of SEO and explore types of careers and salary expectations within SEO industry. By the end of this module, you should be able to define Search Engine Optimization and explain the basics of SEO as a business (as well as how SEO shapes the Internet itself.) You'll also be able to explain the differences between three main SEO job types, and be prepared to choose a career that best suits your current goals. 

Evolution of SEO
-Welcome to Module 2! We hope you're enjoying the course so far, and are ready to learn more about the evolution of SEO! By the end of this module, you should be able to at least summarize the timeline of search engine development, as well as demonstrate an understanding of key time periods and individuals who changed the way search worked and the way humans interact with the Web.

Students may take as many of these short courses as desired by generally 2 are required for the course credit.

●       WordPress Success Course

●       Make a website in WordPress

●       Design layouts faster

●       Build you first online shop

●       Google Analytics for Beginners

●       Search Engine Optimization

●       Authority Traffic

●       Be Heard Content Creation

●       High Converting Email Writing Masterclass


Overview

Want to learn about circuits and electronics, but unsure where to begin? Wondering how to make computers run faster or your mobile phone battery last longer? This free circuits course taught by edX CEO and MIT Professor Anant Agarwal and colleagues is for you. 

This is the first of three online Circuits & Electronics courses offered by Professor Anant Agarwal and colleagues at MIT, and is taken by all MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) majors. 

Topics covered include: resistive elements and networks; circuit analysis methods including KVL, KCL and the node method; independent and dependent sources; linearity, superposition, Thevenin & Norton methods; digital abstraction, combinational gates; and MOSFET switches and small signal analysis. Design and lab exercises are also significant components of the course. 

Weekly coursework includes interactive video sequences, readings from the textbook, homework, online laboratories, and optional tutorials. The course will also have a final exam. 

This is a self-paced course, so there are no weekly deadlines. However, all assignments are due when the course ends.

Syllabus

Week 1: From physics to electrical engineering; lumped abstraction, KVL, KCL, intuitive simplification techniques, nodal analysis 

Week 2: Linearity, superposition, Thevenin & Norton methods, digital abstraction, digital logic, combinational gates 

Week 3: MOSFET switch, MOSFET switch models, nonlinear resistors, nonlinear networks 

Week 4: Small signal analysis, small signal circuit model, dependent sources

Taught by

Anant Agarwal, Gerald Sussman, Piotr Mitros, Chris Terman and Khurram Afridi

Class Central Charts


Overview

This is an introductory astronomy survey class that covers our understanding of the physical universe and its major constituents, including planetary systems, stars, galaxies, black holes, quasars, larger structures, and the universe as a whole. We will learn how modern astronomical observations and applications of physics we know from the planet Earth reveal the nature of these objects and explain their observed properties, and tell us how they form and evolve. We will also examine various cosmic phenomena, from variable or exploding stars to the expansion of the universe and the evidence for dark matter, dark energy, and the big bang. The universe as a whole and all of its major constituents are evolving, and we now have a fairly complete and consistent picture of these processes that is based on the objective evidence from observations and the laws of physics. The goal of this class is both to learn about the fascinating objects and phenomena that populate the universe, and to understand how we know all that.

Taught by

S. George Djorgovski

Online Business Communication is a practical course that examines principles of communication in the workplace. It introduces you to common formats, such as the memo, letter, and report. It helps you review your writing skills to gain greater mastery of grammar, mechanics, and style.

More importantly, it introduces you to the strategies successful business professionals employ for a variety of situations. You are exposed to techniques for writing informational, persuasive, sales, employment, good news, and bad news communications. You gain information on internal and external communication situations, with practice in audience analysis.

You also gain information on the technological tools available to business communicators today. You are introduced to the exciting communication possibilities offered by personal computers, cell phones, videoconferencing, desktop publishing, and other cutting edge technology.

In essence, it provides you with an introduction to the communication skills needed to enter and advance successfully in your business career.

This course includes a second course which is a required lab.  This course bundle is worth 6 credit hours.

Introduction to Biology is an introductory course in the biological sciences. Topics included are biological macromolecules, cell biology and metabolism, DNA structure and genetics, plant biology, evolution, an overview of the anatomy and physiology of the major organ systems, ecology, and behavior.


“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union…” These are the first words of the United States Constitution, the country’s most important government document. What did the framers of this document envision as a “more perfect union?” In this course, you will explore the result of their vision—the American government. You will discover how the founders created a democracy based upon the ideals of liberty, equality, and self-government. You will explore how the government is structured and how it operates, and you will examine the three branches of government—legislative, executive, and judicial—that make up the system of checks and balances. You will find that although the Constitution in principle grants certain rights and liberties to the people, many groups have not been allowed those rights in practice and have had to fight for them. But as you will discover, the very nature of the United States government means that the people have a voice, and that the Constitution is a living document, because it can be adapted and amended to change with the times.


Your body is not only made up of human cells, but also by trillions of bacteria, fungi and viruses. Together they make up the human microbiome and have a tremendous impact on your health. For example, what you eat and drink impacts the gut microbes of the human gut microbiome. 

In this course, you will learn how the human microbiome plays an important role in maintaining normal gut function, digesting certain nutrients, early life development, behavior and disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), obesity and diabetes. You will learn how to distinguish fact from fiction about the role of the gut microbiota in health and disease. 

Today, important research topics focused on nutrition, health and ageing lay within the study of microbiota composition, function and applicability. This course will help health care professionals gain a basic academic understanding of the human microbiome and the impact on human health. You'll discover the latest academic insights about food fibers, added bacteria, probiotics and microbiology. This knowledge can be applied by health care professionals in their daily practice because gut health is a hot topic, not only among researchers, but especially for health care professionals and consumers alike. Many patients with allergic issues struggle with gut health. Emerging research is connecting an imbalance of the microbiota in the gut microbiome to multiple disease states, including allergies. When finishing this course, you will know about the latest acdemic insights and how to apply them in your daily work.


This is the third course in the Academic English: Writing specialization. By raising your level of academic writing, this course helps prepare you for college-level work.

After completing this course, you will be able to: 
- plan and write a more sophisticated argument essay
- identify plagiarism and explain how to prevent it
- read and analyze several articles to form your own opinion on a topic
- make connections between several articles
- form thesis statements from your readings
- use sources effectively when writing an essay

Please note that the free version of this class gives you access to all of the instructional videos and handouts. The peer feedback and quizzes are only available in the paid version.

Syllabus

Course Introduction
-This is the third course in the Academic English: Writing specialization, and it is a more advanced writing course. It will help you raise the level of your writing and make you more aware of the type of writing you can expect in college. You’ll learn what plagiarism is and how to avoid it using correct MLA citations. Also, you'll learn to write a synthesis essay, which will help develop your critical thinking skills. Finally, you’ll write a documented essay, which will help further enhance your skill of using outside sources in your writing.

Advanced Argument Essays
-In the previous class, you learned about writing argument essays. Here you're going to learn how to make your essays more academic by writing more body paragraphs and adding support from outside sources. You will write a new argument essay, and since you already know how to write an argument, this will be a good way to practice using sources. You will also start learning about MLA format.

You will gain a foundation for college-level writing valuable for nearly any field. Students will learn how to read carefully, write effective arguments, understand the writing process, engage with others' ideas, cite accurately, and craft powerful prose. 

Course Learning Objectives
• Summarize, analyze, question, and evaluate written and visual texts
• Argue and support a position
• Recognize audience and disciplinary expectations
• Identify and use the stages of the writing process
• Identify characteristics of effective prose
• Apply proper citation practices
• Discuss applying your writing knowledge to other writing occasions

Syllabus

The Writing Process
-To start our course, we will examine your own writing process and what it means to respond to the writing of others. We will also think about what academic writing means.

Critical Reading
-This week will concentrate on the skill of reading critically. Additionally, we will learn about the conventions of academic writing, including integrating evidence and schools of citation. Finally, you are encouraged to write your own critical review of "The Sweet Spot." This is an optional writing assignment, but it is a requirement to receive a honor's certificate.

Project 1: Visual Analysis
-This week, the central topic is visual images in academic writing. The goal is to practice interpreting and writing about images convincingly. Plus, Dr. Comer will help you think about what area of inquiry you would like to focus on in this course and what it means to write a draft. Finally, you will write your visual analysis and learn how to give meaningful feedback

https://www.classcentral.com/course/edx-introduction-to-algebra-2526

Overview

We live in a world of numbers. You see them every day: on clocks, in the stock market, in sports, and all over the news. Algebra is all about figuring out the numbers you don't see. You might know how fast you can throw a ball, but can you use this number to determine how faryou can throw it? You might keep track of stock prices, but how can you figure out how much money you've made (or lost) in the market? And you may already know how to tell time, but can you calculate at what times a clock's hour and minute hands are exactly aligned? With algebra, you can answer all of these questions, using the numbers you already know to solve for the unknown. Algebra is an essential tool for all of high school and college-level math, science, and engineering. So if you're starting out in one of these fields and you haven't yet mastered algebra, then this is the course for you! 

In this course, you'll be able to choose your own path within each lesson, and you can jump between lessons to quickly review earlier material. AlgebraX covers a standard curriculum in high school Algebra I, and CCSS (common core) alignment is indicated where applicable.

Learn more about our High School and AP* Exam Preparation Courses

Taught by

Zach Wissner-Gross


CompTIA Security+ Certification

Why is it different?

No other certification that assesses baseline cybersecurity skills has performance-based questions on the exam. Security+ emphasizes hands-on practical skills, ensuring the security professional is better prepared to problem solve a wider variety of issues.

More choose Security+ for DoD 8570 compliance than any other certification.

Security+ focuses on the latest trends and techniques in risk management, risk mitigation, threat management and intrusion detection.

The new Security+ certification covers the Junior IT Auditor/Penetration Tester job role, in addition to the previous job roles for Systems Administrator, Network Administrator, and Security Administrator.

About the exam

CompTIA Security+ is the first security certification IT professionals should earn. It establishes the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role and provides a springboard to intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs. Security+ incorporates best practices in hands-on trouble-shooting to ensure security professionals have practical security problem-solving skills. Cybersecurity professionals with Security+ know how to address security incidents – not just identify them.

Security+ is compliant with ISO 17024 standards and approved by the US DoD to meet directive 8140/8570.01-M requirements. Regulators and governments rely on ANSI accreditation, because it provides confidence and trust in the outputs of an accredited program. Over 2.3 million CompTIA ISO/ANSI-accredited exams have been delivered since January 1, 2011.

Provided By CompTIA


This course provides students with a CompTIA certification path designed to help them prepare for and pass the CompTIA A+ 220-1001 and 220-1002 exams to receive CompTIA A+ certification. It is recommended, but not required, that students have at least 9 to 12 months of hands-on experience in a lab or in an IT field before attempting their CompTIA A+ certification.


This course provides students with a CompTIA certification path designed to help them prepare for and pass the CompTIA A+ 220-1001 and 220-1002 exams to receive CompTIA A+ certification. It is recommended, but not required, that students have at least 9 to 12 months of hands-on experience in a lab or in an IT field before attempting their CompTIA A+ certification.

Provided By Straighterline.com


CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+)

Why is it different?

CompTIA ITF+ helps professionals to decide if a career in IT is right for them or to develop a broader understanding of IT.

ITF+ is the only pre-career certification that helps students or career changers determine if they have a competency for information technology and if it is the right career path for them.

ITF+ is the only single certification that covers all areas of IT foundations, creating a broader understanding of IT making it ideal for non-technical professionals.

ITF+ establishes an IT education framework for students in middle school and high school.

About the exam

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals exam focuses on the essential IT skills and knowledge needed to perform tasks commonly performed by advanced end-users and entry-level IT professionals alike, including:

Using features and functions of common operating systems and establishing network connectivity

Identifying common software applications and their purpose

Using security and web browsing best practices

This exam is intended for candidates who are advanced end users and/or are considering a career in IT. The exam is also a good fit for individuals interested in pursuing professional-level certifications, such as A+.


The CIW Database Design Specialist course prepares candidates to take the CIW Database Design Specialist exam, which if passed earns the individual the Database Design Specialist certification.

Candidates who also have the CIW JavaScript Specialist certification and the CIW Perl Specialist certification earn the advanced CIW Web Development Professional certification in addition.

Target Audience

IT managers/directors

Application developers

Web development professionals

Software programmers

Enterprise developers

Skills Taught (Refer to CIW site for more details)

Relational database fundamentals

Database planning

Database design methodology, including logical and physical database design

Optimization and normalization

Structured Query Language (SQL)

Relational algebra

Transactions and database security


The CIW JavaScript Specialist course prepares candidates to take the CIW JavaScript Specialist exam, which if passed earns the individual the CIW JavaScript Specialist certification.

Candidates who also have the CIW Perl Specialist certification and the CIW Database Design Specialist certification earn the advanced CIW Web Development Professional certification in addition.

Target Audience

Web developers

Software developers

Application programmers

Full-stack developers

Web Designers

UI/UX Designers

Skills Taught (Refer to course description for more details)

JavaScript language essentials, including program flow control, form validation, event handling, debugging scripts and cookie creation

JavaScript code development, including writing programs and writing scripts for the JavaScript object model and the creating custom objects

Web site implementation, including authoring and scripting, Web content creation, Web APIs, and JavaScript libraries and frameworks


The CIW User Interface Designer course prepares candidates to take the CIW User Interface Designer exam, which, if passed, earns the individual the CIW User Interface Designer certification.

Target Audience

Web designers

Internet consultants

IT professionals

Marketing professionals

Web and graphic artists

Business professionals

Skills Taught

Obtain information from the client, including obtaining detailed information from relevant parties (e.g., sales and marketing).

Create a wireframe.

Deploy appropriate color schemes and tones.

Describe and use current typical design templates.

Summarize proper use of formatting and typography.

Recognize user analysis techniques.

Apply essential usability concepts, including clarity, ease of use, simplicity, detectability and typography.

Describe usability testing procedures, including the importance of testing.

Design for multiple platforms (e.g., mobile phone, tablet, traditional desktop).

Identify elements that make a compelling visual experience.

Discuss branding considerations in relation to user interface design.

Implement responsive design (e.g., progressive enhancement, feature detection).

Design pages for a cloud-based storefront.


The CIW Advanced HTML5 and CSS3 Specialist course prepares candidates to take the CIW Advanced HTML5 and CSS3 Specialist exam, which, if passed, earns the individual the CIW Advanced HTML5 and CSS3 Specialist certification.

Target Audience

Web designers

Internet consultants

IT professionals

Marketing professionals

Web and graphic artists

Business professionals

Skills Taught (Refer to CIW site for more details)

Demonstrate advanced uses of the canvas element.

Implement JavaScript to create interactive pages.

Validate HTML5 code.

Identify ways to determine browser compatibility for a page or device.

Implement HTML5 forms.

Use CSS3 to shape content on the page.

Design for mobile devices.

Implement HTML5 APIs.

Identify program flow issues in relation to JavaScript-based applications.

Design pages for a cloud-based storefront.

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