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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

• New course on edX: CSS Introduction

• Why We Post: the Anthropology of Social Media

• EE261 - The Fourier Transform and its Applications

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New course on edX: CSS Introduction

Learn, from Microsoft and W3C experts, how to take your Web pages from bland to bold with the power of CSS styling. 

Have you just begun your journey into Web development? This course will introduce you to the basics of Web design and teach you how to style your Web site for a professional look and feel.

The Microsoft team and experts from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) will guide you step-by-step in using the latest Web standards to structure your content and presentation like a professional. In this course, you will explore numerous CSS features to help you control the look and feel of your site such as colors, fonts and layout. By the end of the course, you should understand all the fundamental elements of CSS and how to use them effectively.

 

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  • Basic selection of CSS properties
  • Fundamental CSS selectors
  • Designing page layout through relative positioning with CSS
  • Best practices in Web design

CSS Introduction is 5 weeks long, starting November 7, 2016. It is recommended that you are at least a little familiar with HTML before taking this course, but we will be providing you with the HTML code when necessary.

Why We Post: the Anthropology of Social Media

Discover the varying uses of social media around the world and its consequences for politics, relationships and everyday life with a 4-week course on the Future Learn Platform. The course asks about the consequences of social media and takes a comparative and anthropological approach to social media. It is taught by and based on the work of nine anthropologists who each spent 15 months in fieldsites in Brazil, Chile, industrial and rural China, England, India, Italy, Trinidad and Turkey.

 

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The course offers a new definition of social media which concentrates on the content posted, not just the capabilities of platforms. It examines the increasing importance of images in communication and the reasons why people post memes, selfies and photographs.

Over five weeks you will explore the impact of social media on a wide range of topics including politics, education, gender, commerce, privacy and equality. You will come to understand how the consequences of social media vary from region to region.

 

EE261 - The Fourier Transform and its Applications

This is an MIT course with all materials and videos but not a MOOC. Instead you can sit in virtually on thirty live lectures, each around 50 minutes. There are nine problem sets and three exams (practice midterm, midterm and final) with questions and solutions. Join 

The goals for the course are to gain a facility with using the Fourier transform, both specific techniques and general principles, and learning to recognize when, why, and how it is used. Together with a great variety, the subject also has a great coherence, and the hope is students come to appreciate both. 

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Topics include: The Fourier transform as a tool for solving physical problems. Fourier series, the Fourier transform of continuous and discrete signals and its properties. The Dirac delta, distributions, and generalized transforms. Convolutions and correlations and applications; probability distributions, sampling theory, filters, and analysis of linear systems. The discrete Fourier transform and the FFT algorithm. Multidimensional Fourier transform and use in imaging. Further applications to optics, crystallography. Emphasis is on relating the theoretical principles to solving practical engineering and science problems.

 

 

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