Coursera MOOCs: Free Certificates for Learning

“MOOCs”Free Courses with Certificates, offered through Coursera. Deadline: July 31, 2020.

At the end of March, the world’s largest Massive Open Online Course provider Coursera announced that they are offering 100 free courses in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most recently, Coursera added another 35 new courses from its Latin American university partners and extended the deadline. See the entire list put together by Dhawal Shah. There are none on any intercultural or dialogue topics, but here are some that still may be of interest:

Language learning courses include: Chinese for Beginners, First Step Korean, and Tricky American English Pronunciation. Job skills include: How to Write a Resume, and How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper. More general skills courses include: Creative Problem Solving, and Communication Strategies for a Virtual Age.

Be sure to follow the link above and read the directions for how to earn certificates for free. (MOOCs are always free, by definition, but many universities typically charge a fee to award a certificate proving success.)

MOOC: Europe Engage

“MOOCs”MOOC: Europe Engage.

Participants in this course will learn how service-learning can be used in higher education to engage students in real-life projects that complement their theoretical learning and stimulate critical thinking and other 21st century competencies, while fostering student engagement with community.

The course was developed by the Europe Engage project team. The project “Developing a Culture of Civic Engagement through Service-Learning within Higher Education in Europe” is a 3-year project funded by the EU (Erasmus+ program) with the purpose of identifying existing service-learning practice, promoting service-learning and creating a European network. This course will provide participants with an introduction to service-learning pedagogy and methods of integrating a meaningful community service into the curriculum, as well as the evaluation.

MOOC on Children Deprived of Liberty (Italy)

“MOOCs”MOOC (Massive Open Online Course): Children Deprived of Liberty: Learning from the UN Global Study, Global Campus of Human Rights, Italy. Course dates: 18 November 2019-19 January 2020. Free enrollment until 31 December 2019.

Despite the fact that the Convention on the Rights of the Child affirms that, in principle, children should not be detained and deprivation of liberty should be a measure of last resort, millions of children in the world are locked away. To address this problem, the United Nations appointed Manfred Nowak as Independent Expert to lead the Global Study on children deprived of liberty. This unique MOOC stems from this study and provides insights, learning and recommendations in this important area at the crossroad of children, violence, and human rights studies.

The MOOC is free and designed for participants who are actively interested and engaged in children’s rights work and wish to deepen their knowledge about the protection of children deprived of liberty.

Intercultural Communication MOOC (China)

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MOOC (Massive Open Online Course): Intercultural Communication. Starts: October 14, 2019 (may be joined late)

Learn to appreciate, adjust to, and work or study in different cultures, with this free online intercultural communication course. This course assumes no prior knowledge and is suitable for pre-university, undergraduate and post-experience students. It does require high school-level English or above, an interest in international issues, and curiosity about, exposure to or experience with other cultures.

Taught by Steve Kulich, Hongling Zhang, and Ruobing Chi, all at the Intercultural Institute of Shanghai International Studies University, China, on the FutureLearn platform. Among the intercultural offerings now online, the SISU course encourages non-western perspectives and focuses on clarifying learner’s identities, preferences and approaches to interaction in intercultural contexts.

Other relevant MOOCs on this platform include Cultures and Identities in Europe by the European University Institute, Italy; Introduction to Intercultural Studies: The Concept of Culture, Introduction to Intercultural Studies: Intercultural Contact by the University of Leeds, England, and Multilingual Practices: Tackling Challenges and Creating Opportunities (by the University of Groningen, The Netherlands). Joining all of these courses is free, but students pay a fee if they want a Certificate of Achievement documenting participation.

MOOCs on Cultural Pluralism (Italy)

“MOOCs”The Cultural Pluralism Area of the Global Governance Programme (part of the  Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University institute based in Florence, Italy) runs several MOOCs in partnership with Future Learn, the Social Learning Platform launched by the Open University UK in 2012.

MOOC is an acronym that stands for ‘Massive Open Online Course.’ A MOOC is a university course offered online and available for free to everyone who has access to the Internet. Currently on offer: Cultures and Identities in Europe, Cultural Heritage and the City, Cultural Diversity and the City, Why Do People Migrate? – Part 1- Facts and Part 2 –  Theories, Cultural Diplomacy, and Migration and Cities.

MOOC: Gender-Based Violence in the Context of Migration 2019

“MOOCs”The Global Campus of Human Rights (GC) has launched the second edition of its most successful Massive Open Online Course on Gender-Based Violence in the Context of Migration. This MOOC provides participants with knowledge, multiple perspectives and examples of practices that can help them develop and reinforce their critical understanding and effective action in a field that is at the crossroads of gender, migration and human rights studies.

The online course is led by a team of Global Campus Professors from the EMA and APMA Regional Masters in Human Rights and Democratisation. They are joined in the teaching by an international faculty of academics, experts and practitioners, including: Pablo Ceriani Cernadas, former Vice-Chairperson of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Migrant Workers and Their Families (CMW); François Crépeau, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Migrants; Ryszard Cholewinski, Senior Migration Specialist in ILO’s Regional Office for Arab States in Beirut.

The MOOC opens on 10 June 2019. Enrolment is free and available on gchumanrights.org/mooc-gbv until 30 June.

Intercultural Communication MOOC

Job adsMOOC (Massive Open Online Course): Intercultural Communication. Starts: October 15, 2018.

Learn to appreciate, adjust to, and work or study in different cultures, with this free online intercultural communication course. This course assumes no prior knowledge and is suitable for pre-university, undergraduate and post-experience students. It does require high school-level English or above, an interest in international issues, and curiosity about, exposure to or experience with other cultures.

Taught by Steve Kulich, Hongling Zhang, and Ruobing Chi, all at the Intercultural Institute of Shanghai International Studies University, China, on the FutureLearn platform (other relevant MOOCs on this platform include Cultures and Identities in Europe or Introduction to Intercultural Studies: Defining the Concept of Culture, offered by the European University Institute and the University of Leeds, respectively).

Intercultural Communication MOOC

Job adsIntercultural Communication MOOC,  offered by Shanghai International Studies University, China.

Interested in learning about or engaging your colleagues and students in topics related to cultivating intercultural awareness? Then join us in a step-by-step social learning journey in the SISU-FutureLearn Intercultural Communication Course. This 5-week course has attracted over 41,000 learners since it first launched in November of 2015 (the 6th run opened April 16, 2018). The course highlights different ways we might (1) understand intercultural contexts and introduce ourselves, (2) construct our identities, (3) express communication styles preferences or (3) diverse value orientations, and (5) find ways to cope or adapt. Click on the link to enroll and engage with us now to learn and interact with this global learning community.

MOOC on Memory Sites and Human Rights

Job adsWhy and how do we remember past atrocities and human rights violations? What is the role of memory sites in social reconstruction, transitional justice and democratisation? How do memory sites shape communities, societies, identities and nations?

MOOC on Memory Sites and Human Rights
The Global Campus of Human Rights (GC) is proud to launch a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) of its Open Learning Series that within one year has already reached more than 3000 people and is constantly growing. Funded by the EU and with contributions by lecturers and experts from all the regions of the world, the GC MOOCs provide free and open access to highly qualified learning on topical human rights concerns. The new MOOC will focus on Memory Sites and Human Rights and will be released on 12 March 2018. Enrolment opens on 19 February 2018. Continue reading “MOOC on Memory Sites and Human Rights”

Intercultural Communication MOOC

Job adsSteve Kulich, at Shanghai International Studies University, just sent the following invitation to CID followers:

Join us in the ongoing “Intercultural Communication” MOOC (on FutureLearn by Shanghai International Studies University, SISU, China).

If you’ve not yet checked out the SISU-FutureLearn Intercultural Communication Course, the 5th run is still open! This 5-week course started in mid-October, but new learners from many countries and regions are joining in the social learning! The course highlights different ways we (1) understand intercultural contexts and introduce ourselves, (2) construct our identities, (3) express communication styles preferences or (3) diverse value orientations, and (5) find ways to cope or adapt. Click on the link to enroll now (and invite your colleagues or students) for 5 additional weeks to  learn and interact with this global learning community.