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MIT Debuts Online Big Data Course for Tech Pros

 Network World (01/09/14) Ann Bednarz

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will offer an online big data course for technology professionals as part of its new lineup of Online X professional programs.  The course, “Tackling the Challenges of Big Data,” will run from March 4 to April 1, and will cover data collection from smartphones, sensors, and the Web.  The course also will address data storage and processing, including scalable relational databases, Hadoop, and Spark; analytics such as machine learning, data compression, and efficient algorithms; visualization, and a range of applications.  MIT will use the Open edX platform to deliver the course, which will include learning assessments, case studies, discussion forums, and a community wiki as part of the experience.  Faculty members from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory will teach the course.  Participants will receive an MIT Professional Education certificate for successfully completing the course, and will gain access to the group’s professional alumni network.

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