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Short Online Courses

We support academic teams to create engaging online courses for a worldwide learning community.

Short online courses

Short online courses are free courses that enable learners around the world to gain a new skill, expand their interests in a topic, or fulfil professional development needs.

The University has been delivering free short online courses since 2012, and we have created more than 100 courses hosted on three partner platforms: Coursera, Edx, and FutureLearn. These partners take our courses to millions of learners around the world. More than 5 million learners have taken one of our free short online courses.

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 Why should you develop a Short Online Course?

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are one form of short online course that provide a fantastic vehicle for the University to achieve our strategic priorities. Our University Strategy 2030 includes an objective to enable global participation in education – these free courses enable learners around the globe study a vast range of subjects.

Our short online courses also play an important role in supporting the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs). The University's commitment to providing free, open-access materials to learners around the world on a broad range of topics supports the key aims; to address global challenges, inspire action, and work towards a better future for everyone. Find out more about how our courses support the 17 SDGs.

Potential benefits of developing a short online course:

  • Widen participation and community outreach
  • Engage with a global audience
  • Research and innovation
  • Strengthen strategic relationships through MOOC collaborations and partnerships
  • Re-purpose existing content and contribute to Open Education Resources

What's involved in Making a Short Online Course?

The University has a formal MOOC approval process where the Short Online Courses Strategy Group reviews the proposal. This group is chaired by Colm Harman and members include a number of assistant or vice principals, or their representatives. Proposals will be collated and submitted to the Group for review throughout the year. 

The Online Course Production (OCP) team are available for initial consultation on projects and to assist with the development of costed estimates. Where relevant, ISG may work with Schools or Colleges to identify alternative funding opportunities and/or partner in planning bids. Projects are run in partnership between the academic school, or department, and ISG.

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