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

Quality of Life: Livability in Future CitiesQuality of Life: Livability in Future Cities
Cities are becoming the predominant living and working environment of humanity, and for this reason, livability or quality of life in the city has become crucial. This urban planning course will focus on four areas that directly affect livability in a city: Urban energy, urban climate, urban ecology and urban mobility.
Starting date: self-paced, current
Learn more about it here

Agile Software Development
This computer science course cuts beyond the agile methodology hype and teaches you the fundamental agile concepts that span a wide range of methodologies. It analyzes the key agile ideas, their benefits, their limitations, and how best to take advantage of them to enhance your software skills.
Starting date: self-paced, current
Learn more about it here

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
Learn more about it here

University of Zürich

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: March 5, 2018
Learn more about it here

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: March 12, 2018
Learn more about it here

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: February 5, 2018
Learn more about it here

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne  (EPFL)

Plasma Physics: Introduction
This physics course, taught by world-renowned experts of the field, gives you the opportunity to acquire basic knowledge of plasma physics. You will learn about the different models used to describe plasmas and understand how to numerically simulate complex plasma dynamics.
Start date: self-paced, current
Learn more about it here

Simulation Neuroscience
Simulation Neuroscience is an emerging approach to integrate the knowledge dispersed throughout in the field of neuroscience. The aim is to build a unified empirical picture of the brain, to study the biological mechanisms of brain function, behavior and disease.
Starting date: self-paced, current
Learn more about it here

Technology Innovation for Sustainable Development
Technology innovation can be a great enabler for development and in low and middle-income countries. This course presents a methodology and an approach to develop impactful innovations that have the power to foster sustainable development.
Starting date: self-paced, current
Learn more about it here

University of Lausanne (HEC)

Disease Screening in Public Health
Current and future public health is characterized by the increase of chronic and degenerative diseases, corresponding to the worldwide ageing of the population. This MOOC will help you understand the important concepts for screening programs that will be explored through a series of examples that are the most relevant to public health today.
Starting date: February 12, 2018
Learn more about it here

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. The goal of this course is to empower the participants to analyze the risks of unethical or illegal behavior that might be triggered by powerful contexts.
Starting date: February 5, 2018
Learn more about it here

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: February 26, 2018
Learn more about it here

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: February 5, 2018
Learn more about it here

Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Overview
This course proposes an overview of current global health challenges drawing on the insights of several academic disciplines including medicine, public health, law, economics, social sciences and humanities.
Starting date: February 12, 2018
Learn more about it here

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, managing your personal assets or your client’s investment portfolio.
Starting date: self-paced, current
Learn more about it here

University of Basel

Statistical Shape Modelling: Computing the Human Anatomy
In this free online course, you will get insights from mathematics, statistics and machine learning, in order to address practical problems, as well as a theoretical and practical introduction to the open source software Scalismo.
Starting date: February 26, 2018
Learn more about it here

Literature in the Digital Age: from Close Reading to Distant Reading
This free online course addresses these questions as it introduces you to a variety of ways of interpreting literary texts. We will look into time-tested methods such as close reading and will also address more recent practices such as computer-based distant reading.
Starting date: April 23, 2018
Learn more about it here

Eawag

Municipal Solid Waste Management in Developing Countries
This course provides an overview of the municipal solid waste management situation in developing countries covering key elements of the waste management system, with its technical, environmental, social, financial and institutional aspects.
Starting date: self-paced, current
Learn more about it here

Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies
The course starts with an introduction about integrated sanitation planning, dealing with citywide planning as well as with planning for specific contexts such as informal settlements.
Starting date: self-paced, current
Learn more about it here

Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage
In this course you will learn about the most important water treatment methods at household level, successful implementation strategies and about assessing the impact of HWTS.
Starting date: self-paced, current
Learn more about it here

 

* 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.