Massive Open Online Courses

Coursera is a MOOC platform run by a company that partners with universities to offer courses online for free. DTU partnered with Coursera in 2013 to allow DTU faculty to use the Coursera platform to develop and offer MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) to a wide audience of learners. This initiative is named DTU Online Courses.

Before making a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on Coursera, you must follow these guidelines. 

  1. Contact LearningLab DTU to discuss your ideas.
  2. Write an application to the steering committee for DTU Online Courses (att.: Philip Binning) describing the topic, the impact potential and overall planning of the MOOC production. The application should be approved by the study board via email and signed by the Head of Department at your department. 
  3. The steering committee will make a comprehensive assessment regarding the approval of a future MOOC assessing these parameters: 
    - The field/topic is unique (in a Coursera context) and/or is anchored in a strong research environment at DTU 
    - The teacher has high pedagogical skills and/or a solid research background 
    - The department has allocated proper resources for the production and running/maintenance of the MOOC

Development process

Before developing any content, you will fill out a development plan with one of the e-learning consultant, setting dates for the milestones leading up to the launch of the course. During the process you will receive feedback on your plans for teaching the course as well as your content/material from an e-learning consultant and from a colleague with experience in creating MOOCs.


We recommend that you attend network meetings in the Online Teaching and MOOCs network to be inspired by best practice from other DTU MOOCs and receive the latest news regarding the Coursera platform. Please contact LearningLab for more information about the network.


Quality assurance 
The MOOC should preferably be created on the basis of an already existing course. If the course content is new, the MOOC must be tested by a group of students and/or colleagues before it is launched publicly on Coursera. A user test is recommended in any case. Before application and before launching the course, it must be approved by the study board.


When the course is launched, course analytics will be reviewed by the study board after every semester along with course evaluations of regular courses.


Roles and responsibility
The person responsible for the MOOC (ie. the "instructor" in Coursera terminology) is responsible for:

  • Project management
  • Development of course material such as presentations, exercises, assessments, etc.
  • Setting up the MOOC on the Coursera platform - often with help from student assistant(s)
  • Running the MOOC including communication with users - often with help from teaching assistant(s)
  • Quality assurance and maintaining the course after launch

LearningLab DTU is responsible for:

  • Platform expertise (e-learning consultant)
  • Contact with partnership manager at Coursera (e-learning consultant)
  • Sparring to the development team regarding course material, MOOC pedagogy, etc. (e-learning consultant)

All videoactivities is managed by DTU MediaLab. If you would like to book a videoproduction, please fill out this booking formula at DTU Inside. Price for video production is DKK 350 per hour. It is possible to use the self service video studios in the DTU Library at Lyngby Campus or the video studios in Ballerup and Risø Campus free of charge.

You are always welcome to contact LearningLab, if you are interested in knowing more about MOOCs or Coursera.
30 MARCH 2020