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technology-day-windows wavePlatforms like Coursera, edX or Udacity open the doors of some free courses and quality of a wide range of topics and subjects. We review some of the most exciting technology courses that are open and our disposal.

The Internet opens the door, every day, to an almost infinite number of resources that we can provide a basis for studying on our own, learn more about a particular subject or consult a specific question about something we have at hand.

Although when it comes to training, you tend to think of diplomas, degrees, and formal training; It has spent years offering Internet content and training programs to learn without schedules and our pace (focusing on the things that interest us).

In fact, with the passage of time, the world seems to have transformed the University and looks Internet with eyes more friendly; classrooms have been opened thanks to projects like Coursera or edX, and one can find on the net training quality programs to study freely and without timetables.

Perhaps it is a cultural heritage that drag of old, but to learn something that excites us or we feel, not always have to be an official diploma through and simply “learn something” is why we decided to dedicate the little free time left, to study or follow a training program.

At our disposal, we can find multiple learning platforms online, but among so much on offer, it can be tricky to decide. Windows Wave looked at the main platforms available on the network to select some training programs on technology that we could take free and also had the added value of providing quality content.

Following this path, we will take another look at the available offer to stay with some courses and training programs on technology worth pursuing if we are passionate about this subject.

Entrepreneurship

modern-technology graphics windows waveThe Art of Undertaking from Latin America is a course online that offers Acamica (one of 9 startups selected to participate in the new program Wayra in Argentina).

This course, which begins next Oct. 1, is tasked show of hands of entrepreneurs in Latin America, investors, accelerating as Wayra or advisors in the region, how to deal with creating a startup and what challenges will find entrepreneurs when starting your project.

Interviews with entrepreneurs is a proposal that we believe in Khan Academy; a series of interviews in which entrepreneurs from the likes of Richard Branson or Elon Musk tell us, personally, tips and lessons learned during his career and projects.

A source of inspiration highly recommended for anyone curious about entrepreneurship and startups. Innovation and Commercialization is a course that can be found on the edX platform and is led by an MIT professor.

In my opinion, this course is absorbing for entrepreneurs because it raises how the R & D work in any company; an iterative process of trial and error to always seek continuous improvement and ensure that our products and our services are the best.

Programming

Web Development is a formative proposal that we find in Udacity hand Steve Huffman (one of the founders of Reddit) and David Evans (professor at the University of Virginia).

The course aims to enter the world of programming websites based on the most fundamental (the operation of a web), through the development of our site and ending at advanced aspects such as the development of solutions scalable and load balancing.

HTML5 Game Development is an exciting course that we find in Udacity which aims to introduce in developing HTML5 based games and, thus, make the most from the “web of the future.”

  • Teachers in charge of this training program are two employees of Google that are precisely working on Google Chrome team and application development on HTML5.
  • Debugging software is perhaps the “least attractive” course that one can find in Udacity; however, I think the issue it addresses is noteworthy (and essential for anyone who is engaged in the development of software ).
  • The course, taught by a professor at Saarland University in Germany, aims to introduce students to the world of debugging software in an optimal way; i.e., automating tasks and applying methodologies that allow us to review code without spending hours on the computer.
  • For C ++ Programmers C is a course at the University of California – Santa Cruz that we find in Coursera and aims to teach programming in C + language.
  • The peculiarity of this course is that, from my point of view, can be fascinating for many engineering students formed learning the C language since the idea of this course is to teach C ++ based we know to program in C.

Handheld Programming Systems with Android is a training program that we find in Coursera, and that comes from the hand of the University of Maryland. In this course, the student will receive basics to get into the development of applications for mobile devices based on Android and, considering that is the mobile platform with greater market share, is a course that is worth taking into account of Windows Wave.

Security of the Information

modern technology windows waveManagement systems information safety is a training program that INTECO (National Institute of Communication Technologies), an agency under the Ministry of Industry of Spain offers reference and is information security and web accessibility.

This course is kind of interesting because it is an excellent introduction to systems security management based on the UNE ISO 27001 (on which many companies are certified).

Introduction to information security is a free course that we find in Acamica and with which we can immerse ourselves in the world of information security and make the first contact with this exciting topic. The course is run by Federico Pacheco, a professor at the Chair of Information Security at the National Technological University (NTU) of Buenos Aires.

Applied Cryptography is a course taught by professors from the University of Virginia (which we find in Udacity) which aims to introduce students to the cryptography and encryption of data. The course did not become an “NSA agents” but we will provide a basis to add encryption algorithms and how some mechanisms secure information exchange work.

Electronics and Robotics

Digital Electronics is a formative proposal of Carlos III of Spain University framed within the program OpenCourseWare (in which the University shares materials and content of some of the subjects taught in different degrees that are part of the program of classroom studies).

In this case, we have an excellent material introduction to the world of digital electronics and design of digital electronic devices; basic foundations that allow us to make our first designs of digital systems.

MOS Transistors is an exciting course that we find in Coursera and which originated at the University of Columbia. Thanks to this course, we can enter the world of MOSFET transistors that, today, are the basis on which the electronic devices we use every day are supported.

A7 processors like the iPhone 5S have inside these transistors billion, a figure that helps us get an idea of the importance of this component.

innovation-technology-windows wavePerception Systems is another training program offered by the OpenCourseWare initiative of the Carlos III University. In this case, the material finds focus on sensing and pattern recognition, for example, are used in industry for automata can recognize pieces in a production line or detect a defect in a manufactured part (by a system of artificial vision).

Nanotechnology: The Basics is a course taught by professors from Rice University, and we can find in Coursera, which aims to enter the world of nanotechnology. Nanotechnology is an absorbing discipline that serves as a meeting point for electronic engineering, chemical engineering or materials and, with this course, we can begin to know.

Computer Science

Introduction to Computer Science is an absorbing proposal that we find in Udacity, a training program that will serve as the introduction and first contact with computer science. If you have technical training in the field, this course may remember concepts and, if this is your first foray into the matter, can be the basis on which to base your training.

The course is conducted by a professor at the University of Virginia. Biological computing is an absorbing subject offered by the Carlos III University and serves as an introduction to the genetic algorithms used in optimization problems.

Such algorithms have based some mechanisms of natural evolution on applying to the world of computer science and operations research. Social Network Analysis is a course at the University of Michigan that we find in Coursera that aims to approach the social networks from a different point of view which we are accustomed.

The objective is to introduce social networks as a system in which individuals interact, form structures or exchange information and analyze such behavior from a very technically.

Securing Digital Democracy is another proposal Coursera that comes from the hand of the University of Michigan. The goal is to bring the student to the future and introduce it into the paradigm of electronic voting and the challenges involved from safety (recount, risks voting systems online, etc.).

Software as a Service is an interesting course that we find on the edX platform and whose theme is cloud computing. Specifically, the course comes from the hand of teachers from the University of California – Berkeley and revolves around the Software as a Service (SaaS) with the idea of showing the students how to develop applications swiftly concerning this paradigm and, moreover, relying on Ruby on Rails.

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