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Making MOOCs on a Budget (HE) is a Course

Making MOOCs on a Budget (HE)



Full course description

Course Date:



6 weeks


3 hrs/week



Course Type:



Badge, Certificate (free)


This course will show you how to build a massive open online course (MOOC), including lots of tips and tricks, at an affordable cost. It covers content creation and content sourcing from the web, assessment at large scale using 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. Depending on your level of interest, it will require between two and four hours of effort per week. This course is offered by a team from five European institutions working in content development, online learning and MOOCs.


On successful completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Select tools for the creation of educational video content.
  • Create high quality educational video content in an efficient manner.
  • Source suitable open content on the web.
  • Deliver live webinars.
  • Manage a MOOC development project.
  • Select a suitable low-cost platform to host a MOOC.
  • Recruit learners.
  • Engage and retain learners during the delivery.

Prerequisite: Some previous teaching experience is desirable along with being comfortable in working on the web.

Target Audience: Educators and subject matter experts who wish to develop open online courses on the web.

Course is offered by the Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland.

Course Instructors

Miguel Duran

Miquel Duran

University of Girona, Spain

Miquel Duran is a professor of physical chemistry at the University of Girona carrying out research on theoretical and computational chemistry. Read More.

He has been always interested in the use of the Internet in Science Communication and teaching; however, a few years ago he attended a small course in magic that happened to be a cornerstone for him, by opening an amazing world to connect magic and science, and becoming an amateur magician. Miquel promotes actively open knowledge, is friends with MOOCs, and rides a mountain bike in his free time. It's kind of strange that his preferred quote belongs to "Le Petit Prince": "Tu sais, quand on est tellement triste, on aime les couchers de soleil". Actually, what is really strange is what he keeps lecturing everywhere: "This is me and my digital circumstances". By the way, Miquel is the enthusiastic organizer of the TEDxUdG series of events.

Silvia Simon

Silvia Simon

University of Girona, Spain

Silvia Simon is a professor at the Chemistry Department of University of Girona (UdG) and active computational chemistry researcher at the Institute of Computational Chemistry and Catalysis at UdG. Read More.

Director of the Càtedra de Cultura Científica i Comunicació Digital, which has in one of their main research lines the Open Science and MOOCs as a new way of Science Communication. Collaboration in two different MOOCs (two edition each) within MiriadaX platform and a Chemistry Zero MOOC in She has lead several projects related to MOOCs, mainly from the Catalan Regional Government. Two of these MOOCs are included in the LoCoMotion proposal.

Janine Kiers

Janine Kiers

Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Janine Kiers is the Product Manager MOOCs at TU Delft. Read More.

By the start of 2015, TU Delft had offered 18 MOOCs on the EdX platform and continues to develop courses and improve them for reruns. This forms part of the focus on open and online education that TU Delft has committed to. The expertise TU Delft has developed ranges from e-Learning development to videography and instructional design to copyright expertise.

Brian Mulligan

Brian Mulligan

Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

Brian Mulligan is a Programme Manager in the Centre for Online Learning. Read More.

IT Sligo has been involved in distance learning provision since 1989 and in online distance learning since 2002. It has grown rapidly to approximately 25% of the student body using a low-cost development approach. Brian has recently managed the successful development and delivery of an industry focused MOOC, “Introduction to Lean Sigma Quality”, and is currently supporting four external subject matter experts in developing low-cost MOOCs on a project funded by Intel Ireland.

Jorn Loviscach

Jörn Loviscach

Fachhochschule Bielefeld, Germany

Jörn Loviscach is a professor of technical mathematics and computer engineering at Fachhochschule Bielefeld (University of Applied Sciences) in Bielefeld, Germany. Read More.

In the German-speaking countries, Jörn Loviscach is well-known for his YouTube channel with thousands of videos on mathematics, computer science and related topics as well as talks on education and e-learning. Addressing an English-speaking audience, his massive open online course (MOOC) titled “Differential Equations in Action” went online on Udacity in 2012. In 2016, his videos formed the basis of two MOOCs in German on mathematics and on wind power running on the platform "mooin".

Linda Hegarty

Linda Hegarty

Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland

Linda joined the team in April as project manager. Read More.

She has a joint hons. degree in International Marketing and Languages from Dublin City University and a post graduate diploma in International Cooperation and Development from the University of the Basque Country. Linda has worked in a range of positions in the private sector, international organizations and as a freelancer over the past 20 years in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. She is currently finalizing an MSc in Blended and Online Learning at Napier University and is currently working on her dissertation which explores the potential of using MOOCs for continuous professional development (CPD) in developing country contexts.


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