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Date [ 2014-06-17, 04:52 ]

Global learners can now take premier engineering courses online.

The KAIST campus.

(Kuala Lumpur=Koreanpress) Liew Lai Keen = Premier engineering courses are being offered by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) through one of the leading online education providers, Coursera.

Founded by two computer science professors at Stanford University in 2012, Coursera offers free online education to anyone interested in learning and equipped with the Internet, including students, professionals, and life-long learners, to empower them with knowledge and skills. As of April 2014, Coursera has 7.1 million users in 641 courses from 108 institutions.

KAIST made a partnership agreement with Coursera in October 2013 to provide free online courses for Korean and global learners. Beginning with three courses, the university plans to increase the number of classes incrementally.

These vast open online courses (MOOCs) now reach millions of students on the Internet. Collaborating with Coursera to provide a MOOC platform, KAIST will extend its excellence in science and engineering to a broader global audience while using technology to enhance the classroom experience for its students on campus.

The three courses offered in the following areas are: sound engineering (as of May 12th 2014); an interdisciplinary approach of physics, life science, and industrial design (towards end of May); and business management (to be launched in June, this month).

Professor Yang-Hann Kim of Mechanical Engineering, an instructor who will teach the “Introduction to Acoustics” course, explained his decision to participate in MOOCs:“I have been teaching acoustics engineering at KAIST over the past 30 years. I wanted to share my knowledge and expertise with researchers and students who are otherwise unable to receive a quality education in a traditional education setting. This is a great opportunity to offer my talent to the global community.”

The Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching at KAIST has worked with professors to design online courses, record video lectures and create student assignments. Students will learn in 10- to 15-minute lesson segments over a ten-week period, with an anticipated workload of 4-6 hours per week, on average.

The first course is called an Introduction to Acoustics. It introduces students to acoustics engineering by using the concept of impedance. Starting with vibrations and waves, this course demonstrates how vibrations can be understood as a kind of wave in the context of mathematics and physics.

The essential measures for acoustic waves, such as dB and the octave scale, as well as acoustic pressure, energy, and intensity are explored. The characteristics of wave propagation, when impedance mismatch occurs in space, are discussed as well. The course is designed for graduate students and advanced undergraduate students in acoustics, audio engineering, and noise control engineering.  Instructor: Yang-Hann Kim, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, KAIST

The second is Supply Chain Management: A Learning Perspective explains the fundamental principles of value creation imbedded in products and services that are used by consumers or distributed on the market. This course will explore questions such as how a product or service is developed; how the value-creating activities or functions are effectively and efficiently coordinated; who should lead the process of value creation; and how a supply chain can influence the creation of values in products or services. As the course title indicates, these topics are discussed from a learning perspective, which is dynamic in nature and emphasizes long-term capability building rather than short-term problem solving. No background knowledge is required. Instructor: Bo-Won Kim, Professor, College of Business, KAIST

The third is an Introduction to Light, Color, and Life is an interdisciplinary course that transcends the boundaries of physics, biology and brain engineering and industrial design. Various topics related to light are studied from different perspectives, e.g., optical physics, physiological optics, and effects of light on cognitive process. Students will learn the physical properties of light, the accommodation of light in biological phenomena and medical applications, and the dynamic ways to experience light through a representation of colors in everyday life. By converging diverse knowledge, participants will be able to address creative research topics.

No background knowledge is needed. Instructors: Yong-Keun Park, Professor of Physics, KAIST; Chul-Hee Choi, Professor of Bio and Brain Engineering, KAIST; and Hyeon-Jeong Suk, Professor of Industrial Design, KAIST

To get more information about KAIST’s MOOC offerings, please visit https://www.coursera.org/kaist.


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