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Introduction to Research and Statistics

This on-line course consists of a set of self-paced resources supplemented with an on-line discussion space. The course provides a simple introduction to the nature of natural (i.e., anything NOT made by humans) and synthetic (i.e., anything created by humans) knowledge and how we learn about each. Then, the modules discuss how logic, the scientific method, and statistics mesh to provide us with fairly powerful "ways of knowing and learning" about both natural and synthetic knowledge systems.

Finally, folks will be introduced to a rubric for critically analyzing any research report or topic of their choice. This can be used for academic purposes (i.e., help you in school - any level of school) or for simply personal reasons.

Each of the three modules that will be ready for use, consists of audio-annotated slide shows, links to videos or other web resources, and on-line self-tests. In addition, a google group discussion space will provide a platform for module-specific threaded discussion space. A rough draft of the modules we will cover in this course (i.e., modules 1, 2, 3) are located at http://esdi.us/stats

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

on-line MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
Richard has taught F2F and on-line courses in research design and statistics. He has taught both undergrad and graduate students. He continues research in the arena of human problem-solving and scenario-based simulations.
Class minimum size: 
2
Class maximum size: 
20
Time/Location
Class times: 
Mon, 09/09/2013 (All day) - Mon, 12/30/2013 (All day)
Additional class time information: 
This is an on-line self-paced course supplemented with on-line discussion space.
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
on-line MN
United States
Additional class location information: 
This is an on-line self-paced course supplemented with on-line discussion space.
This on-line course provides an introduction to the nature of knowledge, research, and statistics.
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Time Management 101

This on-line course will introduce folks to one method of taking most any project or idea and turning it into a set of tasks and timelines, putting these on a calendar and, then, monitoring progress until the project or activity or goal has been accomplished.

The course will be self-paced but each topic/module will include an on-line discussion space for us to discuss issues we are having, and give or get advice (or just chat).

This is one of two courses designed to be self-instuctional but include discussions space that is regularly erased and re-started on a regular schedule (every three months).

Projects or ideas can be of a personal nature (e.g., lose weight) or professional (e.g., update my resume). If you have something you want to accomplish, time management is an essential tool.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

on-line MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
Richard has taught this topic before and run this course once (and has revised it, having learned some about what worked well and what didn't).
Class minimum size: 
2
Class maximum size: 
20
Time/Location
Class times: 
Mon, 09/09/2013 (All day) - Mon, 12/30/2013 (All day)
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
on-line MN
United States
Additional class location information: 
This is a self-paced on-line course. Come and go (to the URL and discussion space) as you like.
Time Management 101 - Essential steps for accomplishing most any project or task - personal or professional. This is a self-paced on-line course.
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IMMIGRATION REFORM: CHANGING U.S. LAWS

IMMIGRATION REFORM:
CHANGING U.S. LAWS

The United States of America has serious problems related to immigration.
This Facebook Seminar will acknowledge all of these problems,
but it will not dwell on what is wrong with the present laws and practices,
since the problems are all well known
to anyone who is paying enough attention to join this seminar.

Less well discussed are the various ways to solve the problems of immigration,
without doing serious harm to any of the human beings involved
and without unintentionally creating new problems
by means of the new laws and regulations
that were supposed to solve the original problems.

This seminar-at-home takes place by means of a Facebook Group,
which has the same name: IMMIGRATION REFORM: CHANGING U.S. LAWS.
Each week a new theme is introduced by the facilitator.
Then all of the others in the FB Group are invited to respond
with questions, comments, & further thoughts on the same theme.

The major advantage of having a Facebook Group
over having an e-mailing list is that the participants
can get to know one another better,
since many do use their real faces on Facebook.
Even if they use some other picture or icon,
each member of this seminar has a different visual symbol.

When a member of the Facebook Group writes something,
it is sent to all of the other members by e-mail.

And because most comments are in response to a specific discussion-starter,
they appear in the Facebook display
under the posting to which the member is responding.

Group members may also start new lines of discussion if that appeals to them.
And the responses to those new ideas will also appear under the original posting.

Thus, it will be possible for someone
who has been out of touch with the group for a week or so
to catch up with the discussion by posting responses to each of the essays

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]
Facilitator's experience: 
James Leonard Park is the author of the book around which this seminar is organized.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
612-871-7275
Class minimum size: 
100
Class maximum size: 
no maximum size
Time/Location
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Additional class location information: 
Participants may sit at their computers anywhere on Earth.
A Facebook Group with members from anywhere on Earth
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Creative Writing for the Non-Creative

Always want to be a poet, but can't quite set the words to paper?  Write that Great American Novel?  Your memoirs?  This class will help you get started.  We'll use some unique techniques and prompts to generate material and get you writing--whether you are creative or not.  You'll be amazed at what you -- yes, YOU! -- will come up with.  There's no painful dredging of memories here or journaling. (Unless you want to.  But it's not required for the class).   We'll be creating actual poems and short pieces based on observation, word play, etc.    Did I mention that you'll actually have FUN writing? 

About the class:

This class will be offered online.  Student will be expected to read and comment upon one another's writing each week of the class and to participate in discussion.  Given the techniques we are using, there wont' be any "critique" per se.  We'll talk about the process of writing  and what further ideas for poems and stories these prompts generate. 

There will be one to two writing prompts for you to respond to each week and it's based on about two - three hours per week (the same that you'd spend in class).  You certainly can write and contribute more if you like.  If there is sufficient interest, we'll schedule live chat times. Otherwise, the class will be generated through a bulletin board for posting. 

There will be no texts for this class beyond the prompts.  However, students may share information about books and articles of use and interest to them

About the instructor:

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

online - MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
Laura Winton has written poetry, plays, and short stories for 25 years which have been published throughout the US and around the world. She has also been a spoken word and performance artist for over 15 years. She has taught other EXCO classes including Culture Jamming, Acting, and Exploring the City Situationist Style and has taught English composition for Illinois State University and various theatre courses at the University of Minnesota.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
651-276-4758
Class minimum size: 
5
Time/Location
Class times: 
Mon, 06/21/2010 (All day)
Mon, 06/28/2010 (All day)
Mon, 07/05/2010 (All day)
Mon, 07/12/2010 (All day)
Mon, 07/19/2010 (All day)
Mon, 07/26/2010 (All day)
Address: 
online - MN
United States
Additional class location information: 
was told maybe you could set up a moodle site? Otherwise I can use Yahoo groups
Use various techniques and prompts to generate creative works. No pre-existing ideas necessary!
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Loneliness, Depression, Anxiety, and Death: Our Existential Predicament

LONELINESS, DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, AND DEATH:

OUR EXISTENTIAL PREDICAMENT

Have you noticed a loneliness that cannot be solved by love?
Are you sometimes aware of a depression not caused by circumstances?
Do you have free-floating existential anxiety?
Is your 'fear of death' out of proportion to the actual threat?
These 4 and 7 other similar phenomena will be explored in this electronic group.
Our method of exploration is looking deeply into ourselves.

This cyber-seminar will take place by means of an already-established Yahoo Group
called The Existential Freedom Group.
Each month, beginning as soon as 10 people have the book and are ready to discuss it,
we will read and discuss one chapter from a book called:
Our Existential Predicament:
Loneliness, Depression, Anxiety, and Death
.

Over 50 pages from this book can be read on the Internet.
Just click the title above.
Students and faculty at the University of Minnesota
will find this book in Wilson Library.
And the publisher—Existential Booksoffers to donate this book
to any public or academic library that will agree to put it on the shelves.
(Here are the details about this offer of free books for libraries.)

Readers who would prefer to own a copy
should buy it directly from the publisher.

A comprehensive course description will appear if you click those words.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Locations

Class location: anywhere in the world Minneapolis, MN
United States
Class location: anywhere in the world Minneapolis, MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
James Park is the author of the book used in this cyber-seminar. Our Existential Predicament was developed and revised over several years of such seminars. Most of these took place in the Minnesota Free University: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/JP-AL-ED.html. Much more can be learned about James Park by visiting his website: An Existential Philosopher's Museum: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/ which now has more than 1,000 'rooms'.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
(612) 871-7275
Class minimum size: 
10
Class maximum size: 
no maximum
Time/Location
Additional class time information: 
Class time: anytime
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
Class location: anywhere in the world Minneapolis, MN
United States
44° 58' 47.874" N, 93° 15' 49.8096" W
Psychology
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Safeguards for Life-Ending Decisions

   This is a now-forming Facebook Seminar called:

Safeguards for Life-Ending Decisions:

http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/groups/107513822718270/?fref=ts

There are now 70 people in this Facebook Group.  

Once we reach critical mass of 100 people from all over the Earth,

we will begin our organized discussions.

You can go directly to our Facebook Group and request to join.

(Registration by means of EXCO is not required.) 

Each week a new subject will be introduced,

which will include about 10 pages of reading.

We will discuss one chapter or one safeguard from the following book: 

How to Die: Safeguards for Life-Ending Decisions:

http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/HTD.html

All points of view are welcome.

Each of us will have to meet death one way or another.

This book aims to help all of us do a better job of dying.

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

world-wide anywhere, MN
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
James Park has long been an advocate of the right-to-die with very careful safeguards to prevent abuses and mistakes. He is the webmaster of a website on Safeguards called Safeguards for Life-Ending Decisions: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/SG.html. Here you will find a full explanation of his 26 recommended safeguards.
Facilitator phone number(s): 
612-871-7275
Class minimum size: 
100
Class maximum size: 
no maximum
Time/Location
Class times: 
Fri, 08/01/2014 - 12:00 - Mon, 02/01/2016 - 00:00
Fri, 08/08/2014 - 12:00 - Mon, 02/08/2016 - 00:00
Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:00 - Mon, 02/15/2016 - 00:00
Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:00 - Mon, 02/22/2016 - 00:00
Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:00 - Mon, 02/29/2016 - 00:00
Fri, 09/05/2014 - 12:00 - Mon, 03/07/2016 - 00:00
Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:00 - Mon, 03/14/2016 - 01:00
Fri, 09/19/2014 - 12:00 - Mon, 03/21/2016 - 01:00
Fri, 09/26/2014 - 12:00 - Mon, 03/28/2016 - 01:00
Fri, 10/03/2014 - 12:00 - Mon, 04/04/2016 - 01:00
Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:00 - Mon, 04/11/2016 - 01:00
Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:00 - Mon, 04/18/2016 - 01:00
Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:00 - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 01:00
Fri, 10/31/2014 - 12:00 - Mon, 05/02/2016 - 01:00
Fri, 11/07/2014 - 12:00 - Mon, 05/09/2016 - 02:00
Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:00 - Mon, 05/16/2016 - 02:00
Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:00 - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 02:00
Fri, 11/28/2014 - 12:00 - Mon, 05/30/2016 - 02:00
Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:00 - Mon, 06/06/2016 - 02:00
Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:00 - Mon, 06/13/2016 - 02:00
Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:00 - Mon, 06/20/2016 - 02:00
Fri, 12/26/2014 - 12:00 - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 02:00
Fri, 01/02/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 07/04/2016 - 02:00
Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 07/11/2016 - 02:00
Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 02:00
Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 07/25/2016 - 02:00
Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 08/01/2016 - 02:00
Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 08/08/2016 - 02:00
Fri, 02/13/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 02:00
Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 02:00
Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 08/29/2016 - 02:00
Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 09/05/2016 - 02:00
Fri, 03/13/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 09/12/2016 - 01:00
Fri, 03/20/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 01:00
Fri, 03/27/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 09/26/2016 - 01:00
Fri, 04/03/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 10/03/2016 - 01:00
Fri, 04/10/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 01:00
Fri, 04/17/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 01:00
Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 01:00
Fri, 05/01/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 10/31/2016 - 01:00
Fri, 05/08/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 11/07/2016 - 00:00
Fri, 05/15/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 11/14/2016 - 00:00
Fri, 05/22/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 11/21/2016 - 00:00
Fri, 05/29/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 00:00
Fri, 06/05/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 12/05/2016 - 00:00
Fri, 06/12/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 00:00
Fri, 06/19/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 12/19/2016 - 00:00
Fri, 06/26/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 12/26/2016 - 00:00
Fri, 07/03/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 01/02/2017 - 00:00
Fri, 07/10/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 01/09/2017 - 00:00
Fri, 07/17/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 00:00
Fri, 07/24/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 00:00
Fri, 07/31/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 01/30/2017 - 00:00
Fri, 08/07/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 00:00
Fri, 08/14/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 02/13/2017 - 00:00
Fri, 08/21/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 00:00
Fri, 08/28/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 00:00
Fri, 09/04/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 00:00
Fri, 09/11/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 01:00
Fri, 09/18/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 01:00
Fri, 09/25/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 03/27/2017 - 01:00
Fri, 10/02/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 04/03/2017 - 01:00
Fri, 10/09/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 01:00
Fri, 10/16/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 01:00
Fri, 10/23/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 01:00
Fri, 10/30/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 01:00
Fri, 11/06/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 05/08/2017 - 02:00
Fri, 11/13/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 02:00
Fri, 11/20/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 02:00
Fri, 11/27/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 02:00
Fri, 12/04/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 02:00
Fri, 12/11/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 02:00
Fri, 12/18/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 02:00
Fri, 12/25/2015 - 12:00 - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 02:00
Fri, 01/01/2016 - 12:00 - Mon, 07/03/2017 - 02:00
Fri, 01/08/2016 - 12:00 - Mon, 07/10/2017 - 02:00
Fri, 01/15/2016 - 12:00 - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 02:00
Fri, 01/22/2016 - 12:00 - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 02:00
Fri, 01/29/2016 - 12:00 - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 02:00
Additional class time information: 
Participants may join the discussion at any time of the day or night.
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
world-wide anywhere, MN
United States
Additional class location information: 
Partricipants take part of the discussions by means of their fingers on the keyboards of their computers
a world-wide electronic discussion group
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Planning for Death: Creating Your Own Advance Directive for Medical Care

PLANNING FOR DEATH:

CREATING YOUR OWN ADVANCE DIRECTIVE FOR MEDICAL CARE

Facilitator:

James Park, existential philosopher

E-mail:
[email protected]

Phone:

612-871-7275

Course description:

In preparing for our own deaths,
we should to ask 24 basic Questions,
discuss them with our loved ones,
put our decisions into writing,
and appoint proxies.
This workshop will be an opportunity
to meet with others who are asking the same Questions,
deciding their own medical ethics,
and how they want to be treated at the end life.

"http:www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/Q-L-WILL.html"

Here are the 24 basic Questions on the Internet.
Each week we will discuss about 4 Questions.
The printed resource for this workshop is:"http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/AD-OUT-NET.html"

Your Last Year:
Creating Your Own Advance Directive for Medical Care
About 100 pages of this 250-page book
are offered free of charge on the Internet.
This book will be available in class for $35.
But you can return it for $30 at the end of class." http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/LWW-EXCO.html">
See your options for owning or re-selling the book.
See a" http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/D-LWW.html"
comprehensive course description.

At the end of this workshop, participants will have
written, signed, and witnessed
Advance Directives for Medical Care.
You are encouraged to attend with your proxy

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

Phone: 912-871-7275
Facilitator's experience: 
James Park is the author of the text to be used for this seminar: Your Last Year: Creating Your Own Advance Directive for Medical Care
Facilitator phone number(s): 
612-871-7275
Class minimum size: 
10
Class maximum size: 
30
Time/Location
Location Accessibility: 
Yes
Address: 
Phone: 912-871-7275
Participants will write their own Advance Directives for Medical Care
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PEACE ON EARTH: ESTABLISH A WORLD PEACE FORCE, THEN DISARM ALL NATIONS

PEACE ON EARTH:
ESTABLISH A WORLD PEACE FORCE, THEN DISARM ALL NATIONS

NAME OF FACILITATOR:

James Park

E-MAIL ADDRESS:

[email protected]

PHONE:

612-871-7275

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Even a movement requiring 100 years for completion
must begin with year one.
How many of the 7 billion people living on the Earth
would favor giving up their national armed forces
if there were a World Peace Force
to maintain world law-and-order?
Today probably less than 5% would agree to disarm.
But if each year this percentage
could be increased by 1 percentage point,
then about 100 years from now,
the World Peace Force would be fully operational.

Local police forces would still be required
to enforce all local, state, and national laws.
But the World Peace Force would prevent genocide
and keep all conflicts between nations non-violent.

This seminar will take place by means of a Facebook Group
of the same name: PEACE ON EARTH:
ESTABLISH A WORLD PEACE FORCE, THEN DISARM ALL NATIONS:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/199878276819122/?fref=ts
We will present and discuss one theme per week.

When enough people have joined the Facebook Group,
the list of themes will be published here.

What might emerge from this EXCO group?
Do you want to discover others who dream of making peace on Earth?
While we work to end particular wars,
can we imagine ways in which such wars could have been prevented?
Spread the word among all your friends committed to peace.

A complete course description appears here:

http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/ED-WPF.html

FACILITATOR:

James Park is an independent
existential philosopher and advocate of world peace.
He is the author of the Internet essays
that will be discussed in this seminar.
As a result of comments from the members of this EXCO seminar,

Facilitator email(s): 
[email protected]

Location

world-wide electronic discussion group
United States
Facilitator's experience: 
James Park is an existential philosopher and author on the on-line essays which are the basic resource for this class. This class will help to shape these essays into chapters to form the book: World Peace Force: Disarming the Planet Earth: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~parkx032/WPF.html.
Class minimum size: 
100
Class maximum size: 
1,000
Time/Location
Location Accessibility: 
Location not set.
Address: 
world-wide electronic discussion group
United States
Additional class location information: 
anywhere on Earth, using Facebook Group PEACE ON EARTH: ESTABLISH A WORLD PEACE FORCE, THEN DISARM ALL NATIONS
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