University of Michigan is offering an online course called "Model Thinking". This 10-week-long course will begin in the 3rd week of February, 2014. You can earn a verified certificate at the end of this course.
About the course:
In this class, you will learn how to think with models and use them to make sense of the complex world around us.
We live in a complex world with diverse people, firms, and governments whose behaviors aggregate to produce novel, unexpected phenomena. We see political uprisings, market crashes, and a never ending array of social trends. How do we make sense of it? Models. Evidence shows that people who think with models consistently outperform those who don't. And, moreover people who think with lots of models outperform people who use only one. Why do models make us better thinkers? Models help us to better organize information - to make sense of that fire hose or hairball of data (choose your metaphor) available on the Internet. Models improve our abilities to make accurate forecasts. They help us make better decisions and adopt more effective strategies. They even can improve our ability to design institutions and procedures.
Scott E. Page will be the course instructor.
The course will have workload of 4-8 hours of work/week.
It will be taught in English. Subtitles will be available in English, Ukrainian and Chinese.
For further details and to register click here