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A Tale about a MOOC: Development and Running of an Analysis of Experimental Data Course

Prof Jose Ygnacio Pastor | Universidad Politecnica de Madrid

A Tale about a MOOC: Development and Running of an Analysis of Experimental Data Course

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"To err is human; to describe the error properly is sublime" Cliff Swartz, Physics Today 37 (1999), 388. Are your experimental results believable? Are they "accurate"? Can you handle all the numerical data around you? Are you going to develop a good product in your industry? To answer those questions, it is essential to have the right tools for a simple analytical insight of the results, while optimizing the measurement process. Engineering and science undergraduates perform routine error calculations in the physics laboratory towards this end. Nevertheless, this knowledge is restricted to official university students. Hence, opening the understanding of these techniques to the entire world will be of a great interest. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have global reach, unlimited participation, and free access over the internet via a combination of social networking and video podcasts. Regarding those strengths, we have developed an Analysis of Experimental Data MOOC. This talk addresses the development, from the very beginning of this MOOC, as well as recommendations based on our experience, and on the research we conducted to prepare for our MOOC design on error quantification.