Recommended free courses and other useful information

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Corpus linguistics guru, Mura Nava, recently shared useful links to research he has done and other useful information, such as alternatives to AntConc. I’m sure language lovers will be happy to read about this in the CL community News 6: https://eflnotes.wordpress.com/2016/02/10/corpus-linguistics-community-news-6/

Also check out his Google community group on CL: https://t.co/AepbSUrUhn.

Free online courses

You already probably know that there are not many courses on terminology out there, but we can always look for related topics or general topics that help us become better professionals. So, here are a few that you might want to sign up to (and let me know if you do). Certifications of participation are available to bulk up that resume!

  1. Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance: “Learn mindfulness techniques to reduce stress and improve your wellbeing and work/study performance in this free online course.” This course started this week and you still can sign up. Great to sharpen up those soft skills! Duration: 6 weeks. Monash University (one of Australia’s leading universities ranked in the world’s top 1%). https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/mindfulness-wellbeing-performance
  1. Introduction to Linked Data and the Semantic Web: “Linked Data, a term coined by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, is a way of publishing data online so it can be easily interlinked and managed using semantic queries. This helps the exposure and interlinking of datasets so that data can be exchanged, reused and integrated. On this course you will learn the basics of Linked Data and the Semantic Web – exploring how this new Web of Data isn’t about creating a big collection of standalone datasets, but is instead about using a common format to ensure data is interrelated.” Starts on April 11 for 3 weeks. University of Southampton (England–in the top 1% of universities worldwide) https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/linked-data

By the way, if you missed it, check out my blog post on terminology and linked data.

  1. Learning online: Searching and Researching: “Improve your online research skills and your ability to critically analyse sources of information.” Starts March 7. 2 weeks. University of Leeds (As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.) https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/searching-and-researching

If you want to explore more courses, check out the list of upcoming courses here: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/upcoming.

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4 Comments on “Recommended free courses and other useful information

  1. Thanks for collating this info, Patricia. It’s great to see how many interesting (and free!) online courses are available now – I hadn’t spotted the ones you’ve listed above. I’ve done some great courses through FutureLearn (I particularly loved “The Mind is Flat”), but still haven’t managed to do their Corpus Linguistics course. I hope they run it again this year!

  2. Thanks for the comment, Jane. Glad you found it useful. I will be on the lookout for the next CL and post it in my blog, but I believe they won’t open a new one until the end of the year. I’ll keep you posted!

  3. Thanks for posting the link to the Monash course. I actually went there for my Master’s degree (and work there now part-time as a researcher), and I’m pretty sure the teacher of the mindfulness course is the one that runs sessions on campus for staff and students.

    I had seen the Corpus Linguistics course previously, but I assumed it would just be re-hashing what I learned in my linguistics degree, so I never bothered to sign up. I see it’s running again in September, so I signed up for notifications for the course, but I’m wondering how useful it is to someone who already knows the basics of corpus linguistics and concordancers, etc.?

  4. Hi, Jonathan. Not sure how useful it would be to you. I was new to corpus so it was a great experience for me. If you already know the tools and the theory I might say you’d get bored, but the course is very comprehensive so maybe you might be surprised to learn a thing or two. I especially like the discussions. Last year they had a module on forensic linguistics that was pretty interesting, even if I wouldn’t really be sure that I would apply it in my current job! 🙂 Also, the fact that you know about the topic might allow you to share your knowledge with others and participate in the lively conversations. Hope this was helpful. Take care and thanks for the comment.

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