MOOC projects

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MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are highly visible, and ETH MOOCs are this university’s visiting cards. Approved MOOC projects are therefore monitored closely to ensure that they adhere to ETH’s pedagogical and corporate design requirements.

Please note the data protection requirements and general legal conditions which govern Innovedum MOOC projects.


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Development of idea


Before you start a MOOC project: What are the essentials?

  • The subject corresponds to courses offered by ETH.
  • The course will be unique in the MOOC landscape and attractive to learners worldwide.
  • You and your team want to become video stars.
  • You already have materials which you wish to deploy in an ETH MOOC.

What are the advantages for you?

A MOOC will enable you to reach interested learners worldwide, get feedback on your subject and achieve visibility for ETH, your discipline and your team. MOOCs frequently generate new contacts and project partnerships.

The department supports the application with a Letter of Support and assumes responsibility if the project authors default.



What is the application procedure?

Professors with an ETH teaching contract may submit applications for MOOC projects. The respective department must provide a Letter of Support and agree to assume responsibility if the project authors default.

An application is required even if no Innovedum funding is sought.

Please complete the .

The deadlines are:
15 February, 15 April, 15 September and 15 November



What happens after you submit your application?

The Executive Board Teaching Commission evaluates the MOOC and the Rector accepts or rejects it on their recommendation. Decisions are based on the resources available, among other factors.

The decision is communicated by post four to six weeks after the submission deadline.

What criteria govern evaluation of the application?

Formal criteria

  • The applicant is an ETH professor
  • The MOOC project has the support of the respective department (Letter of Support). The department guarantees the necessary financial and personnel resources for creating the MOOC and running its repetitions.
  • The budget requested lies within the normal framework, e.g. CHF 300.00 – 400.00 per video clip; student employees for course moderation and development at ~CHF 28.00 per hour.

Criteria regarding content and teaching materials

  • The MOOC addresses a current topic. ETH is a leader in the respective area and the topic is unique in the MOOC landscape.
  • Teaching materials are optimal for online use (interactivity, communication, collaboration)
  • Participants can use the MOOC independently, without being bound to a fixed time or place
  • The MOOC helps its participants to build knowledge and skills in a stimulating learning environment. It deploys video and audio formats which engage students.

Pedagogical criteria, interaction with students

  • The MOOC encourages its participants to share their knowledge with others.
  • Learning objectives and learning content are clearly defined for each week of the course.
  • Moderation of forum questions (20 hours per week) is guaranteed.
  • The didactic concept (involving reflection, feedback, exercises/teaching formats, tests, self-assessment, questions linked to videos, forums and moderation) is well-developed and promising.
  • A certificate is awarded for completion of the MOOC. Participants have the option to follow a “Verified Certificate Track”.
  • If Innovedum funding has been requested, ETH students must also profit from the MOOC (this is less important for MOOCs financed without Innovedum funding). Examples:
  1. MOOC materials are used to prepare for classroom sessions and practicals.
  2. MOOC materials are used to consolidate course knowledge, but are not compulsory.
  3. The MOOC is a relevant part of an ETH course, e.g. participants watch the videos and do the exercises in small groups and discuss their work with lecturers.

Implementation / Completion


Project partners

LET (process and enabling), ID-MMS (consulting and help with video production) and Corporate Communications are all involved in MOOC project execution.

  • Corporate Communications advises on video recording (including the trailer): Handling the video medium, appearing before the camera, training in specific production requirements (eye contact with the camera, posture, gesticulation, working with a digital stylus, etc.).
  • ID-MMS offers a short video training session and is responsible for directing the trailer.
  • LET assists and advises the course team and maintains direct contact with the edX course platform.
  • The course team is responsible for course content, for setting up the course environment and for moderation and interaction with participants during the course.

Final evaluation

MOOCs are evaluated each time they are run. The evaluation results determine whether a MOOC will continue in the same form the next time or whether changes are required (and which).

Dokumente und Links

à Beitrag zu Punkt 7: Anleitungen, didaktische Tipps, Checklisten MOOCs

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