Four MOOCs to be offered in the autumn of 2014

Published 2014-02-13 20:24. Updated 2014-03-06 11:23Denna sida på svenska

In the autumn of 2014, Karolinska Institutet will offer the first online MOOCs - massive open online courses. All of Karolinska Institutet's courses can be found on the shared platform, where all students are welcome. All that is needed is a computer and an internet connection.

The new online courses are possible through a collaboration with the international education group edX. It is a non-profit group which started as a collaboration between Harvard University and MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The idea is to have a joint platform for offering free, high quality education in a MOOCs format. Currently, the collaboration has expanded to include 31 universities around the world and the edX platform has more than 900,000 registered users. Karolinska Institutet works alongside a formidable group of highly ranked universities such as Berkeley, Toronto University and McGill University.

"Karolinska Institute is one of the world leaders in its field and now meets the global demand for high quality university education. We have a lot to offer and we will be an important player in the international education arena," says Dean of Higher Education Jan-Olov Höög, noting that the Swedish university finds itself in good company.

Applications are already open for spots in the following four courses:

”Behavioral Medicine: A Key to Better Health”
The course studies various behaviours and how they can be positively influenced. It targets anyone who wants effective tools for effecting behavioural changes. 

”Explore statistics with R”
"R" is an open source tool that is used for statistical analyses and processing. The course includes statistics studies, but participants are also taught to use the "R" tool, which allows them to carry out professional statistical work.

”Pragmatic randomized controlled trials”
The course provides a foundation for independent carrying out, evaluation and quality assurance of randomised trials. The course provides participants with the expertise to design and carry out their own studies.

”An introduction to Global Health”
The course targets persons who want to study and know more about global health issues and challenges. Professor Hans Rosling, world famous lecturer in global health, provides a number of guest lectures throughout the course.