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DEMO course


About This Course

In this course we have accumulated our expertise and experience of creatin MOOCs. It reflects the way we work at the Center for Digital Education at EPFL.

In our structure we tried to follow the structure of a typical MOOC on the EDX platform, with an overal structure (1. Course design) and the components videos (2. Videos), Problem (3. Testing and assessments),HTML (4. Textfiles and additional materials), Discussion (5. Discussion Forum), Advanced (6. Setting up and running a course) and 7. Conclusion.

This is a 'living' course in the sense that we keep adding and adapting sections and units while we work and learn. The COVID pandemic has provided us with new challenges for online teaching and the lessons learned from this experience will also be collected in this MOOC.

We hope that our MOOC will inspire and support you in your own work.


This course can be taken non-linearly. In other words, you don't need to start at the beginning and proceed to the end. Please feel free to jump around and focus on the sections that are most relevant for you in your own course development process.

Frequently Asked Questions

What web browser should I use?

The Open edX platform works best with current versions of Chrome, Firefox or Safari, or with Internet Explorer version 9 and above.

See our list of supported browsers for the most up-to-date information.

Can we copy parts of this MOOC on our SMS microsite for our own teachers?

We encourage you to use our content for training and education of your staff. However, your use of the content of this MOOC, including creation of derivative works of the services and tools, must be for noncommercial purposes. Commercial use is the incorporation of the content into anything that is designed for the purpose of sale or use of the content to perform a commercial service for a third party. You may, and are encouraged to, develop new approaches or works that improve the use of, and build upon, our content. In order to make our content available to you and others, however, we must preserve our freedom to innovate. If you develop an improvement based on or utilizing our content, and you obtain any proprietary rights in or to that improvement, you agree that you will not assert any claim for infringement against the EPFL for our use of any improvement that was independently developed by or on behalf of the EPFL. If you use content provided by the EPFL, you must provide proper attribution of the source in accordance with applicable academic and/or industry customs and standards.

If your want a copy of the full course to be published on your SMS Microsite, please contact us to discuss the possibilities.