Royal Holloway has already run a number of successful Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and is in the process of developing more. MOOCs are free online courses that attract thousands of learners.
Offering MOOCs raises the College’s profile both in the UK and around the world, and provides a platform to showcase particular areas of strength in research and teaching. At present, around 59% of FutureLearn learners are from outside the UK. MOOCs at Royal Holloway are not credit bearing and there are no formal entry requirements.
Royal Holloway has previously run MOOCs on US-based platform provider Coursera (through the University of London) and is now also partnered with FutureLearn, the social learning platform co-owned by the Open University. FutureLearn partners with a quarter of the world's top universities, and offers an ever-expanding catalogue of free online courses on a wide range of subjects to over fifteen million registered learners worldwide.
The following free online courses are live:
Discover the main methods used to account for war deaths, how they've been used and practice using them yourself. (Department of Economics)
Starts on May 24 2021.
Enrol on Accounting for Death in War: Separating Fact from Fiction
Get an introduction to energy and explore how humans and other living things obtain and use their biological energy sources. (School of Biological Studies)
Starts on May 31 2021.
Enrol on Understanding Biological Energy
More information about this free online course
Discover the history of protest, parliament and citizens’ rights. (Department of History, The People’s History Museum & The Houses of Parliament)
Enrol on Peterloo to the Pankhursts: Radicalism and Reform in the 19th Century.
Explore the campaign for women’s right to vote and its impact on women’s rights and equality to the present day. (Department of History, The Houses of Parliament)
Enrol on Beyond the Ballot: Women’s Rights and Suffrage from 1866 to Today.
Explore the role that the Royal Air Force played in the Cold War through the collections of the RAF Museums at Hendon and Cosford. (Department of History, The RAF Museum)
Enrol on From World War to White Heat: the RAF in the Cold WarThe RAF in the Cold War.
Free online courses which have run in the past, and may run again in the future:
- Using Open Data for Digital Business (School of Management)
- Survival Statistics: Secrets for Demystifying Numbers (Department of Economics)
- Magna Carta (Department of History)
- The Camera Never Lies (Department of History)
- Malicious Software and its Underground Economy (Information Security Group)
MOOCs currently in production
The following course(s) are scheduled for release this year:
- Creating Audio Description: Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (School of Humanities) Sep 2021
Proposals for future MOOC development
The following propsals are under consideration:
- Statistics for Psychologists (Department of Psychology)
- Seismological Analysis (Earth Sciences)
- Teaching Developmental Geography with VR (Geography)
Find out how to propose and develop a MOOC