MOOCs: footprints and football
April sees the launch of two free online courses that will appeal to a broad range of our alumni.
If you Googled yourself, what would you find?
As we move around the online world we leave tracks and traces of our activity all the time: social media accounts, tagged images, professional presences, scraps of text, but also many artefacts we don't always realise we are leaving behind, or that others leave about us. In this course you will hear from a range of experts and you will have an opportunity to explore and reflect on your own online tracks and traces, to understand why your digital footprint is important. You will be introduced to some of the tools and approaches to effectively manage your online presence (or digital footprint).
The course will focus on the different dimensions of a digital footprint, including developing an effective online presence, managing your privacy, creating opportunities for networking, balancing and managing professional and personal presences (eprofessionalism). By the end of this course you should be equipped to ensure that your digital footprint works for you, whether you want to be more private online, or are looking to create a more effective and impactful presence.
Starting date: 3 April 2017
Football: more than a game
At the beginning of the 20th century, football was the most popular game in the western world and has since grown to become a global spectacle.
From street soccer to multi-million-dollar transfers, from the beaches of Brazil to the fight against poverty and inequality in Africa, this free online course looks beyond the pitch, to explore football’s role in society today.
Over six weeks, we will address several important questions, as we introduce you to different major aspects of the sport:
- Why is the history of football important?
- Is football played in every country in the world? Is it really global?
- Where are the great clubs and rivalries?
- Who are the champions of the world?
- Can football act as a language that helps countries talk to each other?
- Where are the richest clubs and leagues?
You will be be joined by Liverpool legend and former Match of the Day analyst Alan Hansen, and Mel Young, founder of the Homeless World Cup.
Through the course, you will learn where football has come from and where it is going; gain an insight into some of the greatest sporting events in the world; explore great football clubs, leagues, countries and profiles; consider the power of football as a tool for development; discuss the role of football in the world today; and understand football money, trends, data and sources of information.
Starting date: 17 April 2017
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are freely accessible and open-licensed short courses, delivered to large cohorts of learners fully online. To date, more than 2 million people have signed up to Edinburgh courses across a broad range of subject areas, and they form part of the University's commitment to knowledge exchange and community outreach.