Make Learning Your New Year's Resolution with edX's New Top 10 MOOCs for 2014

EdX offers a variety of free college courses from the world's leading institutions to help anyone achieve educational, career and personal goals in the New Year

Dec 19, 2013, 13:13 ET from edX

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether you're seeking a new job or a new passion, the New Year provides an opportunity to set and reach goals that will enhance your personal and professional life. Getting a better education is always at the top of America's New Year's Resolutions list, according to the U.S. government. To help you achieve your educational resolutions, edX, the nonprofit online learning initiative founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has issued its list of top 10 courses for 2014, which launch beginning in January.

"In the New Year and throughout the year, we support learners' pursuit of individual enrichment and personal growth," said Matthew Malloy, vice president of marketing at edX. "Whether you're a high school or college student seeking an academic edge or a stay-at-home mom wanting to update her skills, or a millennial looking to make a career change, we now have over 110 high quality courses that will help you achieve your personal goals."

EdX's Top 10 new MOOCs include:

Course Title



Start Date


COMM220UWx: Introduction to Public Speaking


Dr. Matt McGarrity, senior lecturer in


January 7, 2014

You will study the principles of public

speaking, and critically examine your own and

others' speeches through interactive practice.

ColWri2.2x: Principles of Written English

UC BerkeleyX

Dr. Maggie Sokolik, lecturer in writing and technical communication, English Language Specialist for the U.S. Department of State, and a author

January 16,


You will focus on proofreading and self-editing; revision vs. editing; common errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling; understanding tone and diction; vocabulary development.

GSE1x: Unlocking the Immunity to Change


Robert Kegan, the William and Miriam Meehan Professor of Adult Learning and Professional Development and co-author of Immunity to Change, which is now available to 2.2 billion readers


Professor Lisa Lahey, co-director of Minds At Work, faculty member at Harvard's Graduate School of Education and co-author of Immunity to Change

January 20, 2014

Apply new psychological theory about personal change to an improvement goal of your own throughout the entire course. In 2011 Oprah Winfrey listed this Immunity to Change approach as one of the "Top Ten Things You Should Do to Start the New Year Right."

UT.8.01x: Jazz Appreciation


Professor Jeff Hellmer,  director of Jazz Studies and  two-time finalist in the Great American Jazz Piano Competition


Alex Heitlinger, composer and trombonist


Gianni Bianchini, jazz pianist


Daniel Dufour, freelance percussionist


Leslie Hall, project manager at UT's Center for Teaching and Learning

January 21, 2014

You will learn what these artists and many others contributed to America's great original art form revered the world over for its innovation and creativity.

CHEM181x: Food for Thought


Ariel Fenster, lecturer in chemistry and founding member of the Office for Science and Society


David Harpp, Sir William Macdonald Professor of Chemistry


Joe Schwarcz, director of McGill's Office for Science and Society

January 22, 2014

This course offers a scientific framework for you to understand food and its impact on health and society from past to present.

Louv2.01x: International Human Rights


Olivier De Schutter; professor of international human rights and legal theory, and a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food

February 2014

This course will discuss and question the sources of human rights, the rights of individuals and the duties of States, and the mechanisms of protection, focusing on comparative material from different jurisdictions.

ENGRI1280x: Wiretaps to Big Data: Privacy and Surveillance in the Age of Interconnection


Stephen B. Wicker, professor of electrical and computer engineering

March 2, 2014

You will investigate issues in WiFi and Internet surveillance that are at the intersection of networking technology, law, and sociology, appealing to anyone interested in the technical, political, and moral questions inherent in the use of information networks.

Think101x:The Science of Everyday Thinking


Jason Tangen, senior lecturer in cognition


Matthew Thompson, cognitive scientist and Fulbright Scholar

March 3, 2014

Use this course to learn how to think better, argue better, and choose better. In it, you will explore everyday thinking: why people believe weird things, how people form and change opinions, why expectations skew your judgments, and how you can make better decisions.

15.390x: Entrepreneurship 101: Who is your customer?


Bill Aluet, managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship and senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management; author of Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup

March 15, 2014

Say you have an idea for a product. Do you know who will want to buy it? In this course, you will explore how many seemingly great ideas and technologies come to a sudden halt in the face of one simple, inescapable question: "Who is your customer?"

HIST1514x: American Capitalism: A



Edward Baptist, associate professor of history


Louis Hyman, assistant professor in the Department of Labor Relations, Law, and History

March 17,


Examine how economic development fueled the United States' evolution from 13 backwater colonies to a global power. This course will help you to understand how the United States became the world's leading economic power; revealing essential lessons about what has been and what will be possible in capitalism's ongoing revolution. 

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