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    edX - Stats

    I know someone had previously posted the link to the fall programming courses, but I noticed the new spring selection this afternoon and 1 course in particular caught my eye:

    https://www.edx.org/courses/Berkeley...3_Spring/about

    Although only an introductory course, I'd suggest that this might be a nice opportunity for any goblin looking to add another level to their craft.
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    That's awesome thanks for the heads up.

    How about we create a little post on how the free courses work (i.e. how to signup, how long they run, what kind of time one should expect to put into them, etc) and publish it on the front page? We could possibly get a bit of virility going on in the gold blogging community with it, might be very helpful to many.

    cc @Sterling @calianna what do you guys think too?
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    I think this is really cool actually. Having a solid understanding of how statistics work can be a huge advantage, not just in WoW, but in life as well. I do think there needs to be a disclaimer, however. Something like:

    Increasing your understanding of statistics will increase the likelihood that you will do or say something you will regret if you continue to watch mainstream media.

    I speak from experience here. Just hearing phrases like, "A recent poll indicates..." or "A scientific study shows..." make me twitch. For anyone wanting a less mathematical primer, I would highly recommend A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper. I haven't read his other book, called Innumeracy, but I have heard it's very good.
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    Bunch of more course listings at http://lifehacker.com/5974371/plan-y...-semester-2013

    One of them being: TED - Statistics: Visualizing Data (iTunes U)
    This podcast series features a number of TED talks from people like Hans Roy, Nic Marks, and Nathalie Miebach, all explaining how statistics—a concept so often used as a means to an end—is visible everywhere in the world, from storms to art to information design and more. By the end of this series, you'll have a new appreciation for statistics and data collection, and you'll be able to understand how those numbers are gathered, processed, and presented in the best possible way.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/course/v...ta/id510187558

    Course Description
    TED speakers shake up statistics with elegant, dynamic representations that make mountains of data comprehensible—and even exciting. Learn how to visualize data and present complicated statistics in elegant and captivating ways
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    Extra Credit: How To Find Your Own Online Classes
    The cirriculum at Lifehacker U is rich and deep, but it may not reflect all of your areas of interests or expertise. If you're looking for more or more varied course material, here are some resources to help you find great, university-level online classes that you can take from the comfort of your desk, at any time of day.

    • Academic Earth curates an amazing list of video seminars and classes from some of the world's smartest minds, innovators, and leaders on a variety of topics including science, mathematics, politics, public policy, art, history, and more.
    • TED talks are well known for being thought provoking, interesting, intelligent, and in many cases, inspiring and informative. We've featured TED talks at Lifehacker before, and if you're looking for seminars on the web worth watching, TED is worth perusing.
    • edX is a collection of free courses from leading Universities like the University of California, Berkeley, MIT, and Harvard. There aren't many, but the ones offered are free, open to the public, and they rotate often.
    • Coursera has a broad selection of courses in-session or beginning shortly that you can take for academic credit (if you're enrolled) or just a certificate of completion that shows you've learned a new skill. Topics range from science and technology to social science and humanities, and they're all free.
    • Udacity offers a slimmer selection of courses, but the ones offered are not only often for-credit, but they're instructor led and geared towards specific goals, with skilled and talented instructors walking you through everything from building a startup to programming a robotic car.
    • The Saylor Foundation offers a wide array of courses and entire course programs on topics from economics to political science and professional development. Interested in a crash course in mechanical engineering? The Saylor Foundation can help you with that.
    • Education-Portal.com has a list of universities offering free and for-credit online classes to students and the public at large.
    • Open Culture's list of free online courses is broken down by subject matter and includes classes available on YouTube, iTunes U, and direct from the University or School's website.
    • The Open Courseware Consortium is a collection of colleges and universities that have all agreed to use a similar platform to offer seminars and full classes—complete with notes, memos, examinations, and other documentation free on the web. They also maintain a great list of member schools around the world, so you can visit universities anywhere in the world and take the online classes they make available.
    • The Khan Academy offers free YouTube-based video classes in math, science, technology, the humanities, and test preparation and study skills. If you're looking to augment your education or just take a couple video classes in your spare time, it's a great place to start and has a lot of interesting topics to offer.
    • The University of Reddit is a crowd-built set of classes and seminars by Reddit users who have expertise to share. Topics range from computer science and programming to paleontology, narrative poetry, and Latin. Individuals interested in teaching classes regularly post to the University of Reddit subthread to gauge interest in future couses and announce when new modules are available.
    • The Lifehacker Night School is our own set of tutorials and classes that help you out with deep and intricate subjects like becoming a better photographer, building your own computer, or getting to know your network, among others.
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