Free short online courses

How do I create a Mooc?

Things to consider when you apply

A MOOC is a Free short online course – (MOOC was the original acronym for Massive Open Online Courses). Edinburgh has a considerable number of MOOCs and it is worth looking at our current portfolio:

Being ‘Open’, all new MOOCs are designed to be freely accessible and open-licensed (i.e. Creative Commons) as short, informal courses.  

Generally, they run over three to six weeks, with approx. 1-2 learner study hours per week, and feature a range of high-quality media including video, audio, animations and a number of interactive activities. MOOCs can be tutor led, running a number of times per year, or on-demand. Although our MOOCs do not have formal university credits assigned to them, Statements of Participation will be available to any learner who completes a course with us and opts to upgrade for a small fee. (Fees vary depending on MOOC platform and income is paid to the school/department)

MOOCs are initiated through an application process – applications are assessed by the MOOC Strategy Board. Design and development support for new MOOCs are provided by the MOOC Team – further details available in the proposal guide.

Things to consider when you apply:

  • MOOCs should clearly link to University strategy.
  • You should seek senior management support in the application. We require that the applications is signed of by Head of School (or similar) and that there is a letter of support from the relevant strategy owner (usually an assistant- or vice-principal).
  • Adequate resources and funding is available for the development and delivery of the course.

Getting started:

Get in touch with the MOOC Team and arrange an informal discussion to explain your idea or submit a proposal by completing a formal application form. We are available to advise on levels of funding, and resourcing, required based on your idea for the course. After approval by the Strategy Group a kick-off meeting will be arranged to identify the people involved and plan the project timeline with one of our project managers. This is followed by half-day workshop with the course development team – which includes your academic experts and our learning designers and media developers to design and structure the course and the development process.


If you have any questions please get in touch.


MOOC Delivery Team

  • Educational Design and Engagement

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