February 21, 2013
The University of Rochester continues its exploration of online education with the announcement of a new partnership with the well-known provider Coursera. Along with 28 other universities, Rochester is joining the 33 schools already associated with Coursera by making a commitment to provide three or more massive open online courses (MOOCs).
The University will offer the following courses through Coursera:
taught by John Covach (Department of Music and the Eastman School of Music)
Learn about the early days of rock music, from the pre-rock years of the post World War II era through the birth of rock in the mid 1950s to the psychedelic era of the late 1960s.
taught by Adam Frank (Department of Physics and Astronomy)
An introduction to the most modern astronomy's most important questions. The four sections of the course are Planets and Life in The Universe; The Life of Stars; Galaxies and Their Environments; The History of The Universe.
taught by Dean Rob Clark (Hajim School of Engineering) and Mark Bocko (director of the recently established Audio and Music Engineering program)
In this course students learn the basic concepts of acoustics and electronics and how they can applied to understand musical sound and make music with electronic instruments. Topics include: sound waves, musical sound, basic electronics, and applications of these basic principles in amplifiers and speaker design.