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The Psychology of Creativity
The Psychology of Creativity

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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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