Basics of Energy Sustainability will explore the fundamentals of energy sustainability through the techno/economic frameworks and global markets to provide a comprehensive foundation for strategic business decisions. Topics will include the availability of a secure supply of energy, the affordable and competitive cost of energy and environmental responsibility in the production and consumption of energy. The course will begin in April 2015. The fee is is $495 and includes a RiceX professional education certificate.

LabSafety.1x will use an interactive online game called “Don’t Endanger the Owls” to reinforce the key concepts of safe laboratory practices in academic laboratories where hazardous materials are used. The module will help identify key areas that students need to work on and help them improve. It is intended to be a supplemental resource to help bolster laboratory safety training. The course will begin in May 2016. The cost for the gaming module is $49 per user. Rice is pursuing professional education credit for completion of this course.

Medicine in the Digital Age is designed to prepare leaders in health care and allied industries to accelerate digital innovation in their organizations and adapt to the unprecedented changes happening with the advancement of information and technology. Among the topics that will be addressed are the role of social media in health care communication, the uses of wearable technologies, the potential for big data to reshape health behaviors, the ethics of personalized medicine and the impact of these new developments on the doctor-patient relationship. Baylor College of Medicine will collaborate with Rice on this course, which Rice explains is thought to be the first of its kind to be offered between a major university and a U.S. medical school. The course will begin in May 2015. The fee is is $495 and includes a RiceX professional education certificate.

More courses will be added to Rice’s professional education portfolio in the coming year.

Rice became a member of edX in February 2013. In addition to offering free MOOCs on the edX platform, Rice recently added Advanced Placement MOOCs as part of the edX high school initiative to better prepare high school students for college.

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