Aleanna Siacon Detroit Free Press Published 3:50 PM EST Nov 12, 2018 The possibilities are endless — and free. Over 190 universities across the country have announced that they're offering free Massive Open Online Courses, according to Quartz. From computer programming and entrepreneurship to the social sciences and humanities, some courses are self-paced, while others have a set session schedule and weeks-long program. Most courses are free, but universities may charge online students for a verified certificate of completion or credential. Here's a look at some upcoming and ongoing free online course options from Michigan-based colleges: Michigan State University Introduction to Game Development, four weeks long (credential can be earned for Game Design and Development specialization, part of a $365 package) What is news?, five weeks long Pixel Art for Video Games, five weeks long Cameras, Exposure and Photography, four weeks long … [Read more...] about Dozens of Michigan college courses are free online
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A VIDEO game featuring "psychological horror" and suicide has been linked to the death of a 15-year-old schoolboy. Police and teachers have warned parents about Doki Doki Literature Club. Here's what you need to know. What is Doki Doki Literature Club? Doki Doki Literature Club is a video game that has been downloaded a reported two million times since it was released in September 2017. Described as a "visual novel", it features a boy who joins a high school poetry society and grows close to four teenage girls who appear as Japanese Anime style cartoons. It opens with the warning: "This game is not suitable for children or those who are easily disturbed." Players follow the story and interact with the characters by chatting and writing poems. As it goes along the various female characters express their love for the game player and at least two girls take their own lives. It also features disturbing references to violence, self-harm and mental health issues and a scene in which a … [Read more...] about What is the Doki Doki Literature Club and why have police and schools issued a warning to parents over the online game?
PRIMARY school head teachers have warned parents to keep their kids away from violent video game Fortnite as it’s having a damaging effect on their concentration in the classroom. Since it launched last July, the shoot-em-up has gripped millions of children across the country and been downloaded more than 40million times. Teachers say they are finding many of its users are younger than its 12-year age limit. Jemma Garside, the Head Of School at Greenways Primary Academy in Stoke-on-Trent, wrote to parents in an email, saying: “Unfortunately discussions around this game are being brought into the classroom which is distracting children from their learning.” The Daily Mail reports. Another school in Bristol reported children as young as seven playing the game. A post on its website said: “We’ve heard some of our children, including in Year 3, are playing a game online called Fortnite... if your child is playing this game talk to them and make sure you know … [Read more...] about Head teachers warn parents to keep kids away from violent and addictive online game Fortnite
A TEENAGE boy is set to be diagnosed with an online gaming addiction in what is believed to be the first case of its kind on the NHS. The 15-year-old has reportedly been off school for a year while spending hundreds of hours on computer game binges in his north London home. He spent so much time without sunlight he developed a vitamin D deficiency and had to be given pills. His condition will now be recognised and treated by the NHS following a three-year campaign by his mother Kendal Parmar, The Daily Telegraph reports. The news comes just months after the World Health Organisation classified internet gaming as an official mental health disorder. The mother-of-five said: “Every moment he’s awake, he wants to be on a game. There is no outside world. It has become all-consuming. “The biggest effect on our family is the isolation from us all. He is estranged within our own house. We have lost him...although we know he is in there.” She says she has tried … [Read more...] about Mum pleads for son, 15, to be diagnosed with ‘online gaming addiction’ by NHS after revealing he has been out of school for a YEAR
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