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Instructional materials from Knight Center MOOCs now available after courses close



The Knight Center is happy to announce that material for Alberto Cairo's course, “Data Visualization for Storytelling and Discovery,” now can be accessed online. Cairo's course had 5,783 participants from 143 countries and was offered thanks to the generous support by Google News Initiative.

From now on, the Knight Center will create a library with materials of all online courses. Former students and anyone interested in the subject will be able to access the materials after courses close.

All modules –including videos, presentations and reading materials– will be available online to consult at any time.

The course instructional materials will be helpful for students who took a course and now need a refresher or ongoing access.

The new library of journalism instructional materials will also be open to the general public and will be an ongoing resource for journalists, professors and students from around the world.

“We are very excited by the great potential of combining the idea of our online courses with the the creation of a sort of library or resource center that will be available for consultation at any time,” said professor Rosental Alves, founder and director of the Knight Center.

“Our courses are events that work like any school class, with start and end dates. We form global learning communities that work with the instructor and the Knight Center team for the duration of each program. Now, members of those learning communities, and the public in general, will have access to the course materials after the course concludes,” Alves said. 

While instructional materials will now be available past the closing date of the course, it is important to note that students will not be able to count on guidance from instructors or teaching assistants, will not have access to quizzes and discussion forums, and cannot earn certificates.

Currently, the Knight Center is offering four online courses.

Portuguese speakers can catch up with our course, How to debunk ‘fake news’ - and never call it by that name again,” which teaches the steps of checking and verification to unmask fabricated news, deceptive memes and manipulated videos.

Data enthusiasts can still take advantage of the MOOC Intro to R for Journalists: How to Find Great Stories in Data,” with instructor Andrew Ba Tran of the Washington Post. In this English-language course, students learn how to use the programming language R to improve data analysis and reporting.

In our newest course in English that began on Aug. 20, five experts in podcasting will teach students how to launch and grow a podcast to sustainability. There’s still time to catch up with “Listen up! How to launch and grow a hit podcast,” so register today and join the 2,300 students already on their way.

And, our next MOOC in English starts on Aug. 27. “Intro to Mapping and GIS for Journalists” will teach students how to create and use maps to reveal and explain trends and patterns. The four-week course will cover how to use free GIS (Geographic Information Systems) software to explore, analyze and visualize data. Sign up now to take advantage of this latest opportunity in data journalism training.

Once these courses end, students and the general public will be able to access the course materials by visiting journalismcourses.org.



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