MOOCs at Swiss Universities

Several Swiss universities are now offering exciting Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that you can learn for free* and from home. Here’s a brief overview of the courses offered by the best universities in Switzerland

ETH Zürich

Autonomous Mobile Robots
The objective of this course is to provide the basic concepts and algorithms required to develop mobile robots that act autonomously in complex environments. The main emphasis is put on mobile robot locomotion and kinematics, environment perception, probabilistic map based localization and mapping, and motion planning. The lectures and exercises of this course introduce several types of robots such as wheeled robots, legged robots and drones.
Starting date: self-paced, current
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Future Cities
The course will explore the city as the most complex human-made “organism” with a metabolism that can be modeled in terms of stocks and flows. It will open a holistic view on existing and new cities, with a focus on Asia.
Starting date: self-paced, current
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University of Zürich

Myocardial Infarction
Cardiovascular diseases are – according to the World Health Organization (WTO) – the number one cause of death globally. In this context, the course aims to approach the complex field of myocardial infarction in two respects: medical education and awareness of a broader audience.
Starting date: December 18, 2017
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An Intuitive Introduction to Probability
This course will provide an intuitive and practical introduction into Probability Theory. You will be able to learn how to apply Probability Theory in different scenarios and you will earn a “toolbox” of methods to deal with uncertainty in your daily life.
Starting date: December 11, 2017
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Biodiversity and Global Change: Science & Action
Participants will learn about the concept of “biodiversity science”. For instance, the importance of biodiversity will be assessed and the processes that create and maintain diversity will also be studied. Finally, the last part of the course will focus on the major threats and challenges concerning biodiversity.
Starting date: November 27, 2017
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École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne  (EPFL)

Micro and Nanofabrication (MEMS)
Learn the fundamentals of microfabrication and nanofabrication by using the most effective techniques in a cleanroom environment. In this engineering course, instructors will go a step beyond classroom teaching to not only explain the basics of each fabrication step but also show you how it’s done through video sequences and zooming into the equipment.
Start date: self-paced, current
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MATLAB and Octave for Beginners
Take an exciting crash course in MATLAB and Octave programming. Both languages allow users to experiment with advanced mathematical functions and produce exciting matrix visualisations. In this hands-on, self-paced introductory course, students will learn step by step how to use these mathematical tools to write functions, calculate vectors and matrices and plot graphical representations of results.
Starting date: self-paced, current
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Simulation Neuroscience
Simulation Neuroscience is an emerging approach to integrate the knowledge dispersed throughout the field of neuroscience. The aim is to build a unified empirical picture of the brain, to study the biological mechanisms of brain function, behaviour and disease. This is achieved by integrating diverse data sources across the various scales of experimental neuroscience, from molecular to clinical, into computer simulations.
Starting date: self-paced, current
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University of Lausanne (HEC)

Unethical Decision Making in Organizations
This course teaches how narrow frames and strong contexts can push good people towards unethical decisions and how they can protect themselves and their organization against ethical blindness. It draws from various disciplines such as management, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and literature, in order to learn what these disciplines contribute to a better understanding of unethical behavior.
Starting date: December 11, 2017
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Doping: Sports, Organizations and Sciences
The objective of this course is to encourage a critical understanding of doping. This course offers to shed light on the processes that led to the use and prohibition of doping substances.
Starting date: December 4, 2017
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University of Geneva

Ecosystem Services: a Method for Sustainable Development
Ecosystem services are a way of thinking about – and evaluating – the goods and services provided by nature that contribute to the well-being of humans. This MOOC will cover scientific (technical), economic, and socio-political dimensions of the concept through a mix of theory, case-studies, interviews with specialists and a serious-game.
Starting date: December 11, 2017
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Humanitarian Communication: Addressing Key Challenges
Learn how to address the main challenges of communication in humanitarian settings and how to implement a communication plan in the midst of humanitarian action.
Starting date: December 5, 2017
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Investment Management Specialization
In this specialization, you will understand how investment strategies are designed to reach financial goads in a global context. You will learn the theory that underlies strong investment decisions, as well as practical, real-world skills that you can apply when discussing investment proposals with your advisor, managing your personal assets or your client’s investment portfolio.
Starting date: self-paced, current
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University of Lugano

eTourism: Communication Perspectives
This Swiss-made MOOC takes you on a terrific journey into eTourism and online communication. An introduction course to a fascinating travel into the eToursim world, which crosses both space and time, and is always closely connected with communication.
Starting date: self-paced, current
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Zurich University of the Arts

CCAA: Chinese Contemporary Art Award
The CCAA online course offers exclusive insights into the Chinese art scene’s developments, including the Chinese Contemporary Art Award established by Mr. Uli Sigg and the Sigg Collection as part of the M+ museum in Hong Kong.
Starting date: self-paced, current
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* The access to the courses mentioned above are free. However, the payment of a small fee is required if the participant is willing to receive a diploma certifying his/her participation to the course.