The best Professors from the world's leading Universities are coming together to teach online FOR FREE!

What is it About?

The Faculty Project brings academia's most outstanding professors to the computers, tablets and smartphones of people all over the world.

All courses will be free with open enrollment for anyone with an Internet connection.

Courses

  • Astronomy - State of the Art

    Professor Chris Impey - University Distinguished Professor, University of Arizona

    This astronomy for beginners course is for anyone who loves astronomy and wants to get up to date on the most recent astronomical discoveries.  Join Professor Chris Impey and our team of instructors from Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona to learn the science behind the latest astronomy news headlines, to enrich your understanding of the universe, and to glimpse the future of this exciting area of research.  Lecture material will be augmented by discussion, live Q&A, and guest lectures. Find us on Facebook, Google+, YouTube, and follow us on Twitter @AstronomySOTA.

    Enroll 15280 Subscribers
  • Entrepreneurship -- From Idea to Launch

    Dr. Jeff Cornwall - Professor of Entrepreneurship and Jack C. Massey Chair at Belmont University

    A Faculty Project Course - Best Professors Teaching the World

    Successful entrepreneurs understand that entrepreneurship is a process that can be learned and improved upon with experience.  This Entrepreneurship course provides a series of lectures that can guide an aspiring entrepreneur through the steps that will greatly increase their chances for successfully turning their idea into a successful business.  The Entrepreneurship Course is designed to be viewed as an overview for those who want to learn what entrepreneurship is really all about.  Or, this course can can be used as a step by step manual to walk an entrepreneur through the process of launching a venture.  Therefore it can be viewed over a few hours, or it can be staggered over time.  So whether you are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, or you are actively trying to launch a new business, this Entrepreneurship course will offer you important information that will bring you a better chance of success.

    Take this ultimate Entrepreneurship Course now and learn how to become a successful entrepreneur.

    Enroll 27033 Subscribers
  • March MATHness

    Tim Chartier - Associate Professor of Mathematics - Davidson College

    A Faculty Project Course - Best Professors Teaching the World

    Every year, people across the United States predict how the field of 65 teams will play in the Division I NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament by filling out a tournament bracket for the postseason play. Not sure who to pick? Let math help you out!


    In this course, you will learn three popular rating methods two of which are also used by the Bowl Championship Series, the organization that determines which college football teams are invited to which bowl games. The first method is simple winning percentage.  The other two methods are the Colley Method and the Massey Method, each of which computes a ranking by solving a system of linear equations. We also learn how to adapt the methods to take late season momentum into account. This allows you to create your very own mathematically-produced brackets for March Madness by writing your own code or using the software provided with this course. 


    From this course, you will learn math driven methods that have led Dr. Chartier and his students to place in the top 97% of 4.6 million brackets submitted to ESPN!  See more:

    Math Improves March Madness Predictions 

    Bracketology 101 


    Enroll 3083 Subscribers
  • Math is Everywhere: Applications of Finite Math

    Tim Chartier - Associate Professor of Mathematics - Davidson College

    A Faculty Project Course - Best Professors Teaching the World

    Computer fonts, Angry Birds, March Madness, and Google — sound like fun?  Indeed, finite math is engaging and influences the world around us.  

    Equations of lines can allow computers to create fonts, store them quite compactly, and render them at essentially any desired resolution.  Plotting the graph of a polynomial can affect how you play Angry Birds as you strive to dislodge the pesky pigs.  Linear systems model the performance of sports teams and influence which college football teams play in the new year bowl games.  You can create your own linear equations to help you create a bracket for March Madness.  Finally, probability and simulation lies at the core of the mathematical algorithm that catapulted Google as a leader in search engines.  

    You benefit from applications of finite math every day.  Through this course, you can better understand how you benefit from applications of finite math in your every day life.  Along the way, you will likely learn new mathematical ideas, too.

    Enroll 15183 Subscribers
  • Modern China

    Pamela Crossley - Professor of History - Dartmouth College

    A Faculty Project Course - Best Professors Teaching the World

    Earlier scholarship on China has left us with a set of assumptions and characterizations that still powerfully affect opinion columns, television commentary, and popular books. In this course, we will rely on recent research and analysis to reach a new understanding of China's recent past, its present and future.

    "2020" (part 1) the latest segment of Lecture Three, has been posted. This begins the last segment of the course.

    Enroll 949 Subscribers
  • Energy Economics and the Environment

    Ben Ho - Assistant Professor of Economics - Vassar College

    A Faculty Project Course - Best Professors Teaching the World

    Energy use and its impact on the environment will be two of the most important issues of the 21st century. The large role of energy in geo-political relationships combined with the fact that most of the greenhouse gas emissions associated with global climate change come from energy production means the energy sector is poised for dramatic change, and thus great opportunity. This course is designed to be a primer for potential entrepreneurs, investors, managers and policy makers on energy and environmental issues.

    Topics will include environmental economics, energy economics, environmental ethics, oil sector, the electricity sector, alternative energy, sustainability, climate change and climate policy.

    Enroll 6915 Subscribers
  • Poetry: What It Is, and How to Understand It

    Margaret Soltan - Associate Professor of English - George Washington University

    A Faculty Project Course - Best Professors Teaching the World

    Why read a poem?  Why write one?  People say modern poetry as an art form is imperiled in our time, yet everywhere in the world cultures and individuals memorize, recite, and value various forms of poetry.  This course will attempt to define this genre of poetry writing, to discuss its particular attributes, to distinguish between good and bad poetry, to explain why so much writing poetry is difficult, and to isolate the sorts of truths modern poetry seems best at conveying.  Our focus will be on modern poetry, in English and in translation.

    See Prof. Soltan in The Chronicle of Higher Education

    Enroll 6935 Subscribers
  • Ancient Greek Religion

    Robert Garland - Professor of the Classics - Colgate University

    A Faculty Project Course - Best Professors Teaching the World

    This course offers an introduction to all the main features of ancient Greek religion. It introduces students to its principal gods and heroes, and details how to contact them and gain their goodwill. It explains how to avoid offending the gods, how the gods intervene in human life, how to consult the gods about the future, how to enlist the services of the divine healer, and how to look after one's dead so that they will be able to enter Hades, what to expect in the afterlife, and much more besides. Start learning this exciting ancient Greek religion course.

    Enroll 7146 Subscribers
  • Classics of American Literature: T. S. Eliot

    Victor Strandberg - Professor of English - Duke University

    A Faculty Project Course - Best Professors Teaching the World

    The central purpose of this course is to facilitate a better understanding of poems by T. S. Eliot.  We will focus mainly on classic works such as The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, and The Hollow Men, but we may also take up some less prominent poems as well.  Toward this end we shall also consider some aspects of Eliot's biography, his literary criticism, and the cultural backdrop of his times.  Our final objective will be to clarify not only Eliot's poems but the revolution in twentieth century poetry largely attributed to Eliot and his cohort Ezra Pound.

    See Prof. Strandberg on NBC17

    Enroll 4127 Subscribers
  • Is American Democracy Broken? Perspectives and Debates

    Jeb Barnes - Associate Professor of Political Science - University of Southern California

    A Faculty Project Course - Best Professors Teaching the World

    American democracy seems in crisis, as we face legislative gridlock, soaring deficits, negative campaigns awash in donations from anonymous sources, growing public distrust of government, and protest movements on the right and left on the political spectrum. This class provides an overview of competing views on contemporary American democracy and a fresh look at some key issues facing our polity, including campaign finance, the War powers, the politics of deficit spending, and the proper policy-making role of the courts.

    Enroll 3162 Subscribers
  • Russian Literature and Music

    Professor Irwin Weil - Professor of Russian Literature and Music - Northwestern University

    A Faculty Project Course - Best Professors Teaching the World

    During the previous two centuries, Russian speaking writers and composers have made extraordinary contributions to Russian literature and to the culture of the world. They have also presented a truly remarkable understanding of the human soul. The objective of this Russian Literature course is to provide an opening into this colorful, absorbing, and deeply sensitive universe of written images and pulsating sounds

    Enroll 3448 Subscribers
  • Foundations of Business Strategy

    Michael Lenox - Slover Professor of Business - University of Virginia

    A Faculty Project Course - Best Professors Teaching the World

    Strategic analysis is critical for analyzing the competitive context in which an organization operates and for making reasoned and reasonable recommendations for how that organization should position itself and what actions it should take to maximize value creation. In this course, we will explore the underlying theory and frameworks that provide the foundations of a successful business strategy. Managers, entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, analysts, and consultants all may find value in mastering these fundamentals.

    Enroll 28813 Subscribers
  • The US Constitution: A Biography

    Robert J. Allison - Professor and Chair of the History Department - Suffolk University

    A Faculty Project Course - Best Professors Teaching the World

    Since its adoption in 1788, the United States Constitution has provided a stable framework of government for a dynamic and growing society.  How was this framework created?  Why was the constitution written?  What are its underlying principles?  In this Constitution class, we will discuss the Constitution's origins in a century of political turmoil, and come to understand how it was intended to work and what problems it was meant to resolve. 

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    Enroll 5586 Subscribers
  • Brazil for Beginners

    Marshall C. Eakin - Professor of History - Vanderbilt University

    A Faculty Project Course - Best Professors Teaching the World

    Long described as the "country of the future", Brazil has arrived. The fifth largest country in the world in land mass and population, the third largest democracy, and the sixth economy on the planet, Brazil has emerged as a power in the early twenty-first century. This course offers a concise overview of intersting facts about Brazil history and culture from the 15th century to the present. It concludes with a look at the dynamic nation that has taken shape in the last generation.

    Enroll 4956 Subscribers
  • Operations Management

    Professor Gad Allon - Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

    A Faculty Project Course - Best Professors Teaching the World

    This course provides a general introduction to operations management. This course aims to (1) familiarize you with the major operational problems and issues that confront managers, and (2) provide you with language, concepts, insights and tools to deal with these issues in order to gain competitive advantage through operations.

    This course should be of particular interest to people aspiring a career in designing and managing business processes, either directly (V.P. of Ops, COO) or indirectly (e.g. management consulting). The course should also be of interest to people who manage interfaces between operations and other business functions such as finance, marketing, managerial accounting and human resources. Finally, a working knowledge of operations, which typically employs the greatest number of employees and requires the largest investment in assets, is indispensable for general managers and entrepreneurs.

    We will see how different business strategies require different business processes, and vice versa, how different operational capabilities allow and support different strategies to gain competitive advantage. A process view of operations will be used to analyze different key operational dimensions such as capacity management, flow time management, supply chain management, and quality management. We will also discuss developments such as lean operations, just-in-time operations, and time-based competition.

    Class is now in session! Enroll now and join in on a discussion with Prof. Allon.

    Enroll 30064 Subscribers
  • Elixir: A History of Water and Humans

    Brian Fagan - Retired Professor of Anthropology

    A Faculty Project Course - Best Professors Teaching the World

    Water. It caresses and comforts us, provides sustenance and refreshment, is something that humanity has cherished since the beginning of history, and means something different to everyone else. Yet the historical facts and information about water remains little known.

    Water tells the story of changing human relationships with water over the past 10,000 years and tries to answer some basic questions:

    • How have human attitudes to water changed since people first began to manage their water supplies?
    • What major events in the past have defined our present relationship to water, not as something revered, but treated as an anonymous commodity?
    • Why are we now facing a global water crisis and what are prospects for the future?

    This is the story of gravity and human ingenuity, of irrigation and aqueducts, of humble farming villages, ancient cities, and the rise and fall of civilizations. We draw on archaeology and hydrology, on anthropology and ancient oral traditions, on classical literature and Islamic agriculture—on a broad array of scientific inquiries in many languages and in all parts of the world.

    Taking this course will make you look at water in an entirely new way.

    Enroll 3984 Subscribers