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MOOC: cursos en línia oberts i massius

What are MOOCs?

MOOC is an acronym for massive open online course. MOOCs are not merely collections of online materials. They are courses that have structured content (although the structure may not be linear) and include activities for assessing knowledge acquisition.

  • Online: because all their content is available via the internet.
  • Open: because registration is the only requirement for taking them (although prior knowledge of the subject matter is recommended in some cases).
  • Massive: because there is no limit on participant numbers.

 

Courses open for enrolment

Sleeping sailor

Alimentación y dietética para una vuelta al mundo a vela

Students of this course will learn about the types of food Barcelona World Race crews take on board with them, as well as about how menus are designed with freeze-dried foods, which retain their organoleptic qualities despite having been treated to reduce their weight and ensure they are as long-lasting and stable as possible.  The course also covers calculating nutritional requirements and planning a diet to maximize performance when training for and racing in a round the world regatta.

Languages: Spanish

Participating organizations: the University of Barcelona, the Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing (FNOB) and El Far Consortium

Further information and registration

The sea

Oceanografía: una clave para entender mejor nuestro mundo

In this course, students will learn about the foundations of the science of oceanography. The topics covered include the formation and classification of the seabed, how satellite-based sea analysis systems work, marine chemistry and the processes involved in the formation of the oceans.

Languages: Spanish

Participating organizations: the University of Barcelona, the Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing (FNOB) and El Far Consortium

Course start date: 25th July 2016

Further information and registration

Barcelona World Race sailor

Estrategias para ganar: meteorología en la vuelta al mundo

Meteorology is fundamental to safety at sea and is the very essence of strategies for winning a regatta. It is also the science most directly linked to ocean sailing.

Languages: Spanish

Participating organizations: the University of Barcelona, the Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing (FNOB) and El Far Consortium

Course start date: 25th July 2016

Further information and registration

Barcelona World Race sailor

Strategies for winning: Meteorology in a round the world regatta

Meteorology is fundamental to safety at sea and is the very essence of strategies for winning a regatta. It is also the science most directly linked to ocean sailing.

Languages: English

Participating organizations: the University of Barcelona, the Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing (FNOB) and El Far Consortium

Course start date: 30th January 2017

Further information and registration

Microscopia

Microscopy characterization techniques

The world where we live rapidly evolves, each time faster. However, large changes are yet to come: nanoscience and nanotechnology, the world of the infinitely small, will revolutionize our current world view. Microscopy characterization techniques are the key to this new universe, which traditional visualization techniques cannot fathom. Microscopy is the door through which the nano-world becomes visible, accessible and less abstract. Science opens up a new stage where physics, chemistry, biology and engineering blur their borders to create a new global understanding encompassing everything we already know and projecting us to a future of possibilities yet to be discovered. Welcome to the nanometric world.

Language : Spanish

Participating organizations: Scientific and Technological Centres of the University of Barcelona, Department of Electronics of the University of Barcelona, Nanodivulga UB.

Course start date: 27 June 2016 (open registration, on-demand model)

Further information and registration

 

 

The Mediterranean

The Mediterranean: a region of exchanges (from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment)

This course presents the Mediterranean, from a historical perspective and for a non-specialist audience, as a region shaped by interconnected routes and the circulation of people, objects, ideas and practices as a result of mobility and interaction between cultures. The course's entertaining yet rigorous analysis of life in the Mediterranean between the 15th and 19th centuries, from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, focuses on the western part of the region, which was the scene of social, economic, political and cultural transfer and exchange. The Iberian and Italian peninsulas and the islands lying between them were particularly dynamic in that respect.

Participating organizations: the University of Barcelona's Department of Early Modern History and the Study Group for the History of the Western Mediterranean (GEHMO).

Course start date: open registration (on-demand model)

Further information and registration

 

Best Knight Ever

Magic in the Middle Ages

An introductory course on the Middle Ages which revolves around the theme of magic. This interdisciplinary MOOC offers an initial insight into the medieval period from the perspectives of history, literature, the history of science and the history of art, courtesy of teaching staff who specialize in the areas in question. The course encourages debate and nurtures students' creativity and ability to think critically.

Languages: Catalan, Spanish and English.

Participating organizations: ARDIT Medieval Cultures, the Institute for Research on Medieval Cultures (IRCVM) and the University of Barcelona

Course start date: 4 May 2015

Further information and registration

microscopy

Starting up a start-up

The course Starting up a start-up has the objective to promote the entrepreneurial competences of students interested in creating their own company in the audiovisual sector. The course has been designed by a group of UB lecturers, who are experts in different knowledge areas such as psychology, education, philology and law, but who have the common denominator of their wide experience in the audiovisual sector. The course is structured in four modules, where students learn to analyse the economic feasibility of their audiovisual projects, the legal aspects that must be considered and the administrative procedures that should be followed. The course ends with suggestions from some of the most important professionals in the sector on the aspects they consider essential to start up an audiovisual project.

Language: Spanish

Participating organizations: University of Barcelona

Course start date: Spring 2016

Further information and registration

Upcoming courses

Telemedicine between a navigator and a doctor

Injuries, illness and telemedicine in extreme sailing

Students of this course will learn about basic medical techniques for the prevention of medical problems on board a vacht, planning for such prevention, and procedures for dealing with the main problems that may arise.

Languages: Spanish

Participating organizations: the University of Barcelona, the Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing (FNOB) and El Far Consortium.

Further information and registration

 

Regatista

The brain in a non-stop round the world regatta. Chronobiology and sleep management

This course is geared to learning about the bases of the biological patterns that govern sleep and performance in general, and their application to ocean sailing.

Languages: Catalan, Spanish and English.

Participating organizations: University of Barcelona, the Barcelona Foundation for Ocean Sailing (FNOB) and El Far Consortium

Course start date: 29 September 2014

Further information

Closed courses

Entrepreneurship

Social and Cooperative Entrepreneurship

The main objective of the MOOC “Social and Cooperative Entrepreneurship: Create your own project to change the world" is that students acquire the tools, knowledge and procedures required to create social and cooperative entrepreneurial projects. These projects should offer solutions, initiatives, strategies, techniques, tools, products, services or networks in line with the UN Millennium Development Goals in different local, national and international fields and sectors.

Languages: Catalan, Spanish and English.

Course start date: 15 March 2016

Further information and registration

ucatx

How to build your own company... and perish not

Introductory course for entrepreneurs who wish to start a business project minimizing the risks, which are quite a few. The centre of the entrepreneurial process is the entrepreneur, who needs not be Superman, but must follow their common sense and strong determination. The rewards that come with entrepreneurship are many: working to follow your dreams and not other people's; being your own boss; having your own company and creating wealth and jobs for those around you. The course is divided in two parts. The first one focuses on the entrepreneur and their idea, the creation of a team, searching for minimum resources and the generation and validation of a Business Model. The second part deals with the creation of a company, writing a Business Plan and searching for sources of finance.

Language: Catalan

Participating organizations: UB, UAB, UPC, UPF, UdG, UdL, URV and UOC. Sponsored by the Catalan Government and the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP).

Course start date: 7 March 2016

Further information

 

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