European University launches "Massive Open Online Course

The EUNICE universities, which include BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg, have developed a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) that covers a variety of topics from a global perspective. Until May 31, anyone and everyone interested can participate via the EUNICE website; for some BTU degree programs, the course can be selected as an elective module.

An interest in global issues and Internet access - that's all you need to participate in the EUNICE MOOC. Together, the EUNICE partner universities have developed an online course that is freely accessible to all interested parties. The course is designed as an introduction to "Global Studies" and looks at topics such as economy, society, culture, health or sustainability from a global perspective. The content is available free of charge on the Alliance platform until the end of May 2023.

In the context of today's globalized world, this MOOC course aims to provide insight into the interrelationships between events and actors at the local, national and global levels. The introductory format makes it possible for students from different departments and the general public to participate. On the part of the BTU, Professor Melanie Jaeger-Erben contributes content and introduces her department of Sociology of Technology and the Environment with the topic "Global Health and Environmental Sustainability."

Participants can access the media offering, which includes video materials, written course content, and even further reading materials, via the EUNICE Moodle virtual campus. Everyone can complete the eight lessons and activities at their own pace and receive a certificate issued on behalf of all EUNICE member universities upon successful completion of the course. BTU students can visit the BTU EUNICE website to find out if the course will count as an elective module in their degree program.

The learning experience is enriched not only by the global perspective, but also by "the multiculturalism offered by the different profiles of the faculty," according to Adolfo Cosme Fernández, professor of economics at the University of Cantabria (Spain).

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EUNICE (European UNIversity for Customised Education), are universities from different European countries with a common DNA: all universities are medium-sized and strongly locally based, they are in a process of structural change and students are the focus of interest everywhere. Tailor-made course offerings are being created for precisely these students in order to prepare them in the best possible way for the European job market. The alliance is supported by seven universities: the Poznań University of Technology (Poland), the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (Germany), the University of Cantabria (Spain), the University of Mons (Belgium), the University of Catania (Italy), the Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France (France), the University of Vaasa (Finland). Three new partners have already been announced: the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu (Portugal), the University of Peloponnese (Greece) and the University of Karlstad (Sweden).


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