In addition to the bachelor’s and master’s programmes, the programmes of excellence and the post graduate education, the University of Twente offers a selection of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC's) in various exciting fields of expertise.
These free courses - open to everyone - combine high-level video lectures with self-study, assignments and online interaction. Joining forces with UK-based FutureLearn, we've designed them to make learning an enjoyable, social experience.
On this web page you'll find an overview of our courses. A new range of open online courses will launch in the time ahead. The current schedule can be found here.
- eHealth: Combining Psychology, Technology and Health
eHealth refers to the use of technologies to improve wellbeing, health and healthcare. It is an umbrella term that captures concepts about the health context, technology and people.
In this free online course, we will provide you with insight into the domain of eHealth, describe methods to develop eHealth, and explain theories that enable behaviour change and facilitate implementation. You will also understand how eHealth technologies are developed and used in practice, by means of a variety of case studies, assignments and examples.
This course pays attention to the perspectives of the eHealth developers, patients, healthcare professionals and healthy people who want to improve or maintain their health and wellbeing. After finishing this course, you will have new knowledge about eHealth, acquired relevant eHealth skills, and gained insight into the use of eHealth in practice.
- Geohealth: Improving Public Health through Geographic Information
Many professionals in the Geo-health domain have originally been trained either in GIS or health. This course builds on the expertise of participants that are already working in the Geo-health domain and would like to more effectively use geo-information to deal with a variety of public health issues. This is achieved by means of a two-staged course design.
The first stage consists of a MOOC in which scientific work on a variety of Geo-health topics is explained in an understandable way, bridging the gap between scientists and Geo-health professionals and providing a platform to exchange experiences with many other health professionals.
The second stage consists of a face to face course in which participants are exposed to contemporary approaches of spatial data handling and use of geo-information tools in the public health domain.
- Nanotechnology for Health: Innovative Designs for Medical Diagnosis
Nanotechnology is used to control and manipulate nanometer-sized matter with nanometer precision. This can be atoms, molecules, or larger biological structures such as DNA or living cells.
This free online course explores the potential of nanotechnology in medical applications, to create new devices that can be used to diagnose a disease or monitor a medical treatment.
- Philosophy of Technology and Design: shaping the relations between humans and technologies
In this course you will learn how philosophy can help us understand the social implications of technologies. And you will find out how to apply these insights in the practice of design.
- Supply Chain Innovation: How Technology Can Create a Sustainable Future
As part of this free course, participants from all over the world learn how they can improve the chain they are working in with relatively easy means, as well as make it more sustainable.
Key themes of the course are today’s supply chain practice, the latest academic knowledge and relevant innovations from the field of ICT. Innovating supply chains requires out-of-the-box thinking. The boundaries between disciplines, departments, companies and countries need to be overcome in order to improve the chain. The course therefore focuses on professionals and students who want to look beyond disciplines such as production, distribution, marketing and finance.
Participants of the MOOC gain insight into the network of activities from production to customer. This supply chain perspective is where the most opportunities for innovation can be found.
- Technology Entrepreneurship: How to Start a New Venture
Being entrepreneurial is an exciting challenge and will help make your technology-based idea a reality. On this free online course, you’ll learn from experienced technology entrepreneurs from the University of Twente how to address three crucial topics along the path towards a financially sustainable venture. You’ll find out how to recognise, evaluate and exploit entrepreneurial opportunities. By the end of this course, you’ll have a better idea of how to start your own technology-based venture.
- Ultrasound Imaging: What's inside
Ultrasound is an easy and quick technique to visualize structures inside the human body. It is a relatively harmless and accessible technique. It has been used for decades in medical practice.
During this course, you'll learn how ultrasound imaging is using a clinical environment and how the underlying technology is used to improve patient care. The course is intended for prospective students who are interested in the professional discipline of health care due to knowledge or interest in physics, mathematics or biology.
In addition, the MOOC is focused on medical professionals who work with ultrasound and who wish to learn more about the engineering and technology in an ultrasound device.