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The MOOC response to the corona virus

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) has a worldwide impact on higher education. In many countries government responses include the shutting down of educational institutions. So how about taking up a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)? 

Delft ranking first
Delft University ranks number one in the ‘World University Rankings by MOOC Performance 2020’, based on 5 performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance on number of MOOCs provided, provisions of learning pathways, micro-credentials and degrees.

So if you want to learn more about ‘The energy markets of today’, ‘Responsible innovation’ or ‘Effective decision making’, check out the online education section of Delft University of Technology. Oh… and it’s free of course. For those who prefer a podcast over a MOOC, the Delft Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering has a whole series of podcasts on design related topics.

Rotterdam en Wageningen
More interested in sustainable development goals for example? In that case Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University) offers an award winning MOOC, which offers inspiring insights and real business cases to learn how the private sector, public sector, and academia can work together towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030. Other MOOCs offered by the Erasmus University – for instance on ‘Planning for Climate Change in African Cities’ – you can find on this website.

Of course Wageningen University also offers online courses, for example ‘Introduction to animal behaviour’, ‘Drones for agriculture’ or ‘Sustainable Food Security: The value of systems thinking’. All these and more interesting free courses can be found on the Wageningen MOOCs-page.

Coursera: entire catalogue free
Furthermore, online learning platform Coursera is making its entire course catalogue free to universities worldwide to help counter the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has been forcing campuses to halt in-person teaching.

Coursera said that any university around the world could sign up to provide its students with access to any of the 3,800 courses hosted. Universities will have access through Coursera for Campus, a platform that enables institutions to create online programmes for students.

More corona information
If you want to learn more about the actions taken by Nuffic, Nuffic Neso and Dutch higher education institutions, please check this article.

Source: Times Higher Education, Universities of Delft, Rotterdam, Wageningen

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