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Making MOOCs on a Budget


About This Course

This five-week course will show you how to build a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), including lots of tips and tricks, and most importantly, at an affordable cost. It covers content creation and content sourcing from the web, assessment at large scale through the use of quizzes and peer assignments, communication between learners and course design. Not only will this course show you how to build a MOOC, it will provide you with support from tutors and fellow participants for four months if you wish to build your own MOOC.

You can choose what you want to get out of this course.  Depending on your level of interest it will require between two and four hours of effort per week.  The course is primarily based on recordings and documents (with one live webinar) so you can login at any time to access the learning materials. You can participate at any of the following levels (all free):
  1. Viewing and reading the course materials to gain an insight into the low-cost techniques that can be used to build MOOCs.
  2. Taking all the quizzes successfully to gain a Certificate of Completion.
  3. Submitting the assignments and reviewing those of other participants to gain a Certificate of Accomplishment.
  4. Lastly, you will have access to the course materials, tutors and fellow participants for a period of three months to help you build your own MOOC and gain a MOOC Builder Certificate.

This course is being delivered by a team from five European higher education institutions with significant experience in content development, online distance learning and MOOCs. Not only will they be providing you with knowledge and advice drawn from their own research and experiences, they will be creating the opportunity for participants to share their experiences and add more knowledge to the course.

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From left to right. Miquel Duran, Silvia Simon, Janine Kiers, Brian Mulligan, Jörn Loviscach, Linda Hegarty.


This course is open for all. An interest, and ideally some experience with, online learning will be helpful.

Course Staff

Miquel Duran, University of Girona, Spain

Miquel Duran is professor of physical chemistry at the University of Girona carrying out research on theoretical and computational chemistry. He is interested in the use of the Internet in Science Communication and teaching, thus promoting actively open knowledge and MOOCs, and organizing TEDxUdG event. As an active Science disseminator, his main project is "The Magic of Science. His preferred quote is his own "This is me and my digital circumstances".

Silvia Simon, University of Girona, Spain

Sílvia Simon is an assistant professor at the University of Girona, Chemistry Department from 2003 and a researcher at the Institute of Computational Chemistry and Catalysis at the same University. She is in charge of the Chair about Scientific Culture and Digital Communications (C4DUdG) . She has been in charge of a couple of MOOCs and at the present she is working in two more. One of the mail goal of designing MOOCs in C4DUdG is for digital communication of research as well as scientific dissemination.

Janine Kiers, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Janine, Product Manager DelftX MOOCs, has international working experience in industry and academia, from biotechnology to capacity development. She has developed MOOCs and overseen production and delivery of the DelftX MOOCs on since 2013. She loves the innovative aspects of MOOCs and the potential they bring to the educational landscape.

Brian Mulligan, Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland.

Brian is an engineer who has lectured in Sligo since 1984. Since 2000 he has been developing online distance learning courses and more recently working on low-cost development methods and MOOCs. Brian is the coordinator of this course.

Jörn Loviscach, Fachhochschule Bielefeld, Germany

Jörn, a professor of technical mathematics and computer engineering, who in his earlier years has worked both as a journalist as well as a graphics designer, does R&D on education, has authored a MOOC for Udacity in 2012, and supports a substantial number of students all across German-speaking Europe with his nearly 3000 videos on YouTube.

Linda Hegarty, Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland.

Linda has recently joined the team as a project manger. She is currently finalizing an MSc in Blended and Online Learning at Napier University and is particularly interested in finding low-cost solutions for scaled up learning in developing country contexts.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a MOOC?

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course - it is a model for delivering learning content online for free to any person who wants to take a course, with no limit on attendance. (definition from

Is this course relevant to me?

This course is intended for anyone who has useful knowledge or skills, and is interested in using technology to share what they know with their students and/or with the world.

Has this course been offered before?

Yes, this is the second, and improved, edition! We used the experience, and your contributions, to create this second edition, and we are looking forward to your participation in this course too.

How can I contribute to the course?

We appreciate your participation and we will use your feedback to improve it for further editions. Your contributions and comments will be highly valued!