MOOCs: Made in Denmark

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One of the most commonly used words in the educational landscape in recent years, is probably – though an abbreviation – MOOC. The Massive Online Open Course term was coined back in the late 00’es, and rose in the last couple of years exponentially with the introduction of platforms such as Coursera and Udacity.

The most recent discussion on MOOCs concerns their future, especially whether it should be possible to receive credits towards obtaining a degrees and also the entire financial models surrounding open education.Denmark is represented on Coursera with no less than 14 courses from three universities. The course level on the platforms range from the very introductory and inspirational classes, to highly specialized subjects. The courses offered from the Danish institutions covers this entire range and are all showcasing some of the respective universities’ strong research fields, some of them even with a Danish twist – offering knowledge on the New Nordic Diet , Søren Kierkegaard, or Scandinavian Film and Television.

MOOC_1With some of the courses just started or about to launch, everybody is hereby invited to experience a piece of prime Danish research! And remember – even though a course might already have started, you can still watch the lectures and take the quizzes.

ASTROPHYSICS

Origins – Formation of the Universe, Solar System, Earth and Life (Start: April 28-July 20)

The Origins course from University of Copenhagen tracks the origin of all things – from the Big Bang to the origin of the Solar System and the Earth. The course follows the evolution of life on our planet through deep geological time to present life forms.

BUSINESS

Leadership in 21st Century Organizations (Start: TBA)

This course from Copenhagen Business School uses the fictionalized story of Jim Barton as the CEO of a manufacturing company (Mr. Barton is also known from the book “Harder Than I Thought”) to examine important issues in 21st century leadership.

COMPUTATIONAL MICROBIOLOGY

Computational Molecular Evolution (Start: Always open)

In this course, you will learn about how and why DNA and protein sequences evolve, under the guidance of faculty from Technical University of Denmark. You will learn the theory behind methods for building and analyzing phylogenetic trees and get hands-on experience with some widely used software packages.

ENERGY

Organic Solar Cells – Theory and Practice (Start: Always open)

The goal of the course is to give students awareness of the largest alternative form of energy and how organic/polymer solar cells can harvest this energy. The course from Technical University of Denmark provides an insight into the theory behind organic solar cells and describes the three main research areas within the field i.e. materials, stability and processing.

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Social Entrepreneurship (April 21-July 13)

If everyone was a social entrepreneur, the world would be a better place! Social Entrepreneurship describes the discovery and sustainable exploitation of opportunities to create social change. In this course, faculty from Copenhagen Business School teaches you how to create societal impact by considering examples, guiding you through the process of identifying an opportunity to address social problems as well as outlining your idea in a business plan.

FILM & TV

Scandinavian Film and Television (Start: Always open)

In many ways, Scandinavian film and television are a global cultural brand, connected with and exporting some of the cultural and social values connected to a liberal and progressive welfare society. This course from University of Copenhagen deals with the social, institutional and cultural background of film and television in Scandinavia as well as a broader European and global context.

FOOD

The New Nordic Diet – from Gastronomy to Health (Start: TBA)

The New Nordic Diet is a new food culture which emphasizes gastronomy, health, and environment. In this course, faculty from University of Copenhagen presents the scientific background of the New Nordic Diet, the world’s largest research project into adult and child health and well-being, helping you better understand the global challenges such as obesity and obesity-related diseases.

HEALTH

An Introduction to Global Health (Start: April 13-May 16)

This course will provide you with an overview of the most important health challenges facing the world today. With faculty from University of Copenhagen you will gain insight into how challenges have changed over time, we will discuss the likely determinants of such changes and examine future projections. Successful international strategies and programs promoting human health will be highlighted, global health governance structures will be mapped, and the role of the key actors explored.

LAW

Constitutional Struggles in the Muslim World (Start: TBA)

Learn what motivates the restive Muslim youth from Tunis to Tehran, what political positions Islamists from Mali to Chechnya are fighting for, where the seeming obsession with Islamic law comes from, where the secularists have vanished to, and whether it makes sense to speak of an Islamic state. The course is offered by University of Copenhagen.

MARKETING

An Introduction to Consumer Neuroscience & Neuro marketing (Start: TBA) 

Faculty from Copenhagen Business School will introduce you to the emerging multidisciplinary field of consumer neuroscience and neuro marketing in this course. The course material will go through the basic concepts of the human brain, the elements of the consumer mind, how it is studied, and how its insights can be applied in commercial and societal understandings of consumer behavior.

MEDICINE

Diabetes – a Global Challenge (Start: April 13-May 23) 

Diabetes is a growing health problem in rich and poor countries alike. With this course you will get updated on cutting-edge diabetes research conducted at the University of Copenhagen including biological, genetic and clinical aspects as well as prevention and epidemiology of diabetes. All provided by high-profile scientists from one the world’s leading universities in diabetes research.

MICROBIOLOGY

Bacteria and Chronic Infections (Start: May 13-June 23) 

This course will give you an introduction to bacteria and chronic infections by faculty from University of Copenhagen. Leading experts in the field will make you familiar with the fundamental concepts of microbiology and bacteriology such as single cell bacteria, biofilm formation, and acute and chronic infections.

PHILOSOPHY

Søren Kierkegaard – Subjectivity, Irony, and the Crisis of Modernity (Start: March 9 – May 2) 

In this course we will explore how Kierkegaard deals with the problems associated with relativism, the lack of meaning and the undermining of religious faith that are typical of modern life. His penetrating analyses are still highly relevant today and have been seen as insightful for the leading figures of Existentialism, Post-Structuralism and Post-Modernism. Experts from University of Copenhagen will guide you through the thoughts of the famous Dane.

SOCIAL SCIENCE

Measuring Causal Effects in the Social Science (Start: TBA)

How can we know if the differences in wages between men and women are caused by discrimination or differences in background characteristics? In this course faculty from University of Copenhagen invite you to look at causal effects as opposed to spurious relationships. This leads to the discussion on how they can be identified in the social sciences using quantitative data, and finally describes how this can help us understand social mechanisms.

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