Professional Learning



The Neuropsychology of Brain Injury
The Neuropsychology of Brain Injury

Dates: July 20 – 31, 2015
Interactive Lectures: Available before start date
Live Q&A Session Dates & Times: 
Tuesday, July 21, 5:00 - 5:30 PM, EST
Thursday, July 23, 5:00 - 5:30 PM, EST
Monday, July 27, 12:00 - 12:30 PM, EST
Wednesday, July 29, 12:00 - 12:30 PM, EST
Friday, July 31, 12:00 - 12:30 PM, EST
Registration Closes: Wednesday, July 15, 5:00 PM, EST


Brain injury is a major public health issue, affecting people of all ages. Dr. Lynn Schaefer, a board certified clinical neuropsychologist and brain injury specialist, will explain the different types of brain injury and the difficulties with thinking, memory, and behavior that may result from damage to the brain. Dr. Schaefer will discuss the neuropathology of brain injury and why certain brain regions are more vulnerable to injury than others. She will also describe both the cognitive and psychiatric symptoms of brain injury as well as the roles of the many rehabilitation specialists that care for people with brain injury. Finally, there will be a discussion about how to help prevent this “silent epidemic” of brain injury.

The Psychology of Creativity
The Psychology of Creativity

Dates: Aug. 24 – 28, 2015
Interactive Lectures: Available before start date
Live Q&A Sessions: Mon – Fri, 12:00 – 12:30 PM, EST
Registration Closes: Wednesday, Aug. 19, 5:00 PM, EST


Creativity is one of the most fundamental and fascinating human abilities. The scientific study of creative thinking has been an area of interest in cognitive psychology and, more recently, in cognitive neuroscience. In this course, Dr. Evangelia Chrysikou will introduce students to the psychology of creativity and innovation in problem solving, science, invention and the arts. She will present an overview of the topics at the forefront of scientific research on creativity, including issues of definition; the importance of studying creativity scientifically; the relationship between creative thinking and ordinary cognitive processes, such as attention and memory; the manner in which the brain is involved in the creative process and different techniques that can promote creativity in individuals as well as groups.

Applied Cryptography
Applied Cryptography

Dates: Sept. 7 – 18, 2015
Interactive Lectures: Available before start date
Live Q&A Session Dates: Sept 8, 10, 14, 16, 18
Live Q&A Session Time: 9:00 - 9:30 PM, EST
Registration Closes: Wednesday, Sept 2, 5:00 PM, EST


The last 30+ years have witnessed a revolution in the area of cryptography, bringing real-life security problems to the attention of a vast research community. This revolution created modern cryptography, where researchers started rigorously treating and solving several problems that only a few years before were unknown or seemed impossible to solve. Today modern cryptography is a well-established mathematical discipline, generating a significant amount of interest among theoreticians (building on its strong connections to older disciplines such as complexity theory, number theory, information theory, combinatorics and coding theory), and practitioners (having found several applications to common, real-life problems). This class offers a summary introduction to modern cryptography, and specifically its main problems, solutions and open questions with a heavy focus on application aspects, including real-life uses of modern cryptography solutions. 

Online Learning: Technology and the Future of Education
Online Learning: Technology and the Future of Education

Dates: Nov. 9 – 20, 2015
Interactive Lectures: Available before start date
Live Q&A Session Dates: Nov. 10, 12, 16, 18, 20
Live Q&A Session Time: 12:00 - 12:30 PM, EST
Registration Closes: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 5:00 PM, EST


The Internet has revolutionized established conventions across the board. In education, its role is evolving rapidly, and in this course, NYU’s Director of Online and Virtual Learning, John Vivolo, will discuss the changing nature of learning with technology. He will review its history and current state of online learning worldwide, common models, how technology affects pedagogy, and the benefits and pitfalls of asynchronous versus synchronous learning. Mr. Vivolo will also debunk some of the myths surrounding online learning, analyze some of the reasons behind resistance, and examine the available data analytics, including how these data can be used to understand learning patterns and to improve student engagement.

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