MOOC - Massive Open Online Courses

What they are

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are courses that are entirely available online.

  • Massive: thousands and many more may participate.
  • Open: admission is open to all the materials are not subject to copyright and can be shared.
  • Online: there is no physical class.
  • Courses: the course involves more than one session. Courses may be part of a larger curriculum and may lead to official certification.

By taking part in a MOOC you will have the possibility of following an innovative educational model, in which the participants themselves give life to an active and stimulating community contributing to the learning process via the course activities.

Who they are for

Ca' Foscari MOOCs are open to all, students and other users. Participating in MOOCs can help:

  • students who want to learn the basics that are useful for future university study;
  • working students to integrate their traditional lecture and premises based education
  • those who want to gain firmer grounding in subjects useful to their working career or life-long learning.

How to participate

Access to MOOC courses is free and open to all.

It is easy to enroll. All you need to do is to go to the Ca' Foscari Open Knowledge platform. If you already have a Ca’ Foscari account, you can use your credentials to access the site. If you do not have a Ca’ Foscari account, you’ll be able to register directly from the website.

It is easy to enroll. Our MOOC are delivered on the Ca' Foscari Open Knowledge Platform and Eduopen. If you already have a Ca’ Foscari account, you can use your credentials to access the site. If you do not have a Ca’ Foscari account, you’ll be able to register directly from the website.

Each MOOC is based around a calendar of activities normally lasting 4 weeks. Each week you will have to view the video-lessons (that last 3 -15 minutes each), take a self-assessment test, consult the materials suggested by the instructors and take part in the forums to ask questions and answer those of the other participants.

You will be able to take part in the activities at any time during the day you wish, but within the period proposed by the calendar and respecting the deadlines for any activities that will have to be handed in. And, at the end, the class is over and it’s lights out!

Ca’ Foscari MOOCs do not entitle you to University credits; at the end of the activities, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Contacts

Educational Programmes and Student Services Area - Educational Programmes Office, Online Educational Programmes Unit
tel. +39 041 234 7533
 mooc@unive.it


Ca' Foscari MOOCs

Discover all the upcoming MOOCs offered by Ca’ Foscari and remember that you can enroll for courses up to 2 weeks before they start.

From 13/03/2017 - The grammar that makes you feel better

Instructor: Giuliana Giusti

Language: Italian

Enrollment starts: 27/02/2017

Course starts: 13/03/2017

Objectives: to develop linguistic metacompetence on the biological and cultural nature of language; to disseminate the main aspects of linguistic analysis aiming at the enhancement of inclusive cultural identity; to provide tools of linguistic analysis as the grounds of an inclusive methodology to teach L1, L2, LS, and classical languages; to involve interested people in a linguistic survey on the languages in Italy and of the Italian varieties in the World.

Open: to anyone interested in discovering the dual nature of language as a biological and social phenomenon.

Prerequisites: a good competence of Italian

Course content: 4 weeks

Workload: 4 hours per week

Testing: Participation in a linguistic survey.

Enrol to course: link

From 13/03/2017 - Introductive Course on Structural Determination in Solution by Means of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Instructors: Alessandro Scarso, Stefano Antoniutti
Language: italian

Enrollment starts: 27/02/2017

Course starts: 13/03/2017

Objectives: the course aims at providing the students with the fundamental elements for the correct interpretation of monodimensional (1H, 13C, 31P) and bidimensional Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectra in order to ascertain the final structure of organic and organometallic species.

Open to: the course is particularly suited for students in the degrees in Chemistry, Industrial Chemistry,  Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies, Pharmacy, Biotechnology, Nano and Biomaterials and similar where the characterization of molecules in solution is studied.

Prerequisites: no particular pre-requisites are requested.

Course content:
the course is divided into 5 units.

Workload:
3h per week for overall 5 weeks.

Testing:
to pass the course the student has to complete a multiple-choice test provided at the end of each unit. The certificate of attendance will be released answering correctly to at least 70% of the questions (each test can be tried three times at the maximum).

Enrol to course: link

From 27/03/2017 - Basics of History of Animation

Instructor: Dr. Davide Giurlando
Language: Italian

Enrollment starts: 13/03/2017

Course starts: 27/03/2017

Objectives: the activity will present an overview of the most remarkable artists and trends in the context of European and American animated films, from the birth of animation to contemporary times.
Open: to university students, preferably with a background in Humanities.
Prerequisites: none
Course content: 4 units
Workload: approximately 3-4 hours a week.
Testing: multiple choice test at the end of each unit. Students can obtain the certificate of attendance if at least 70% of the questions are answered correctly (each test includes three possible answers).

Enrol to course: link

From 10/04/2017 - Foundation Mathematics

Instructor: Daniela Favaretto

Language: Italian

Enrollment starts: 27/3/2017

Course starts: 10/4/2017

Objectives: to cover the core ideas needed to face the First Year University Mathematics exam.  

Open: to anyone interested.

Prerequisites: the only prerequisite is personal motivation.

Course outline: the course is offered in 4 units.

Workload: 4 weeks (estimated 3-4 hours a week)

Maximun length of video-lessons: 190 minutes

Testing: involves a multiple-choice test of 10 questions at the end of each unit. The Certificate of Attendance will be given if at least 7 of the 10 questions is answered correctly (three attempts can be made at answering each question).

Enrol to course: link

From 08/05/2017 - Estimating the economic impact of mega events

Instructor: Didier Paul Massiani

Language: English

Enrollment starts: 24/4/2017

Course starts: 8/05/2017

Objectives: to be able to give an accurate and unbiased estimate of the possible economic impact of big events (the Olympics, Expos, and so on) or to be able to evaluate the validity of estimates given by others.

Open: to students in Tourism, consultants, public policy administrators.

Prerequisites: the fundamental prerequisite is a curious and rigorous mind. No other prerequisites are required except for the lesson on the mathematical approach to input-output where a foundation knowledge of Matrix mathematics and Convergent series is suggested. This last section is, however, optional and the final Certificate will indicate if it has been attended.

Course content: the course is held over four “weeks” (each teaching unit involves five lessons).

Workload: 4 weeks, estimated 2-3 hours weekly

Testing: each unit ends with a multiple-choice test with a 70% pass mark.

Enrol to course: link

From 08/05/2017 - Cunei-Lab: Cuneiform script of the Ancient Near East

Instructor: Paola Corò

Language: Italian

Enrolment starts: 24/04/2017

Course starts: 08/05/2017

Objectives: to discover what cuneiform script is, in which area of the world it spread to and the languages it was used for; to understand how it was deciphered, how cuneiform script emerged and developed including its underlying principles, particularly in relation to its use to express the Acadian language; to practice reading basic cuneiform script. Students will discover how scribes were trained in the Near East and which text types were written; they will also investigate the relationships between writing materials and their content.

Open: to anyone interested, to students who intend continuing their studies in Assyriology, to students as an introductory course.

Prerequisites: none.

Course content: 4 units that include video-lessons, video-exercises (Cunei-lab) and graduated tests to verify learning outcomes.

Workload: 3-5 hours

Maximum length of video-lessons: 250 minutes

Testing: a multiple-choice test is given at the end of each unit; a self-assessment video-exercise during unit 3; and, a small test at the end of the course.

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From 05/06/2017 - Introduction to Computer Science

Instructors: Renzo Orsini, Flaminia Luccio, Andrea Albarelli

Language: English

Enrollment starts: 22/05/2017

Course starts: 05/06/2017

Objectives: algorithms, programming databases.

Open: to anyone interested.

Prerequisites: English language skills.

Course outline: there are five units in the course over a period of five weeks. Each unit concerns a one of the main topics listed in the above objectives divided into its basic concepts in video-lessons lasting about 10 miutes each.

Workload: 5 weeks of study, estimated 6 hours/week

Maximum length of video-lessons: 225 minutes

Testing: a mid-unit self-assessment test is given with each unit. The final result will be determined by the sum of the mid-unit tests.

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From 11/9/2017 - Literature and migration in Italy

Instructors: Silvia Camilotti

Language: Italian

Enrollment starts: 28/8/2017

Course starts: 11/9/2017

Objectives: to investigate the connection between contemporary Italian literature and migration, through a reflection on the literary production of non-Italian authors

Open: everyone who is interested in a part of contemporary Italian literature that is rapidly changing and that is strictly related to the social transformations occurred in the Italian society in the last three decades.

Prerequisites: to be interested and curious towards the changes that contemporary Italian literature is going through due to migration movements

Course outline: the course consists of 5 teaching units with videos, quiz, open questions and forums

Workload: 5 weeks, about 2 hours per week

Testing: a multiple-choice test is given at the end of each unit. The certificate of attendance will be issued to students who have answered correctly at least 4 out of 5 questions (three attempts for each question allowed). The forum will be used as a tool for discussio

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From 18/9/2017 - The ethical life in Hegel's Political Philosophy

Instructors: Giorgio Cesarale

Language: Italian

Enrolment starts: 4/9/2017

Course starts: 18/9/2017

Objectives: The course aims to reconstruct the mature Hegel's political philosophy, presented in the Elements of the Philosophy of Right. All the topics related to the ethical life, and in particular the role of its fundamental institutions (family, civil society and State), will be taken into account.

Open: for anyone who might be interested.

Prerequisites: the only prerequisites are curiosity and willingness to learn.

Course outline: the course is divided into 5 teaching units.

Workload: 5 weeks (3-4 hours per week)

Testing: involves a multiple-choice test of 10 questions at the end of each unit. The Certificate of Attendance will be given if at least 7 out of 10 questions are correctly answered (three attempts can be made at answering each question).

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From 25/9/2017 - Themes and issues surrounding the philosophy of Wittgenstein

Instructor: Luigi Perissinotto

Language: Italian

Enrollment starts: 15/09/2017

Course starts: 25/9/2017

Objectives: to introduce principal aspects of Witgenstein’s philosophy, also in reference to contemporary philosophical debate.

Open: to anyone interested.

Prerequisites: the only prerequisite is personal motivation.

Course content: the course includes 5 teaching units.

Workload: 5 weeks (estimated 3-4 hours a week)

Testing: involves a multiple-choice test of 10 questions at the end of each unit. The Certificate of Attendance will be given if at least 7 of the 10 questions is answered correctly (three attempts can be made at answering each question).

From 25/9/2017 - Anglo-American Literature in prose from its beginnings

Instructor: Pia Masiero

Language: Italian

Enrollment starts: 11/9/2017

Course starts: 25/9/2017

Objectives: to provide a general overview of Anglo-American prose through a series of texts drawn from significant novels and short stories.

Open: to anyone interested.

Prerequisites: the only prerequisite is personal motivation.

Course content: the course includes 5 teaching units.

Workload: 5 weeks (estimated 2 hours a week).

Testing: involves a multiple-choice test of 10 questions at the end of each unit. The Certificate of Attendance will be given if at least 7 of the 10 questions is answered correctly (three attempts can be made at answering each question).

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From 9/10/2017 - The History Wokshop. Places.

Instructors: Valentina Bonello, Lorenzo Calvelli, Alessandro Casellato, Stefania De Vido, Mario Infelise, Gianluca Ligi, Adelisa Malena, Claudio Povolo, Anna Maria Rapetti, Gilda Zazzara

Language: Italian

Enrollment starts: 25/09/2017

Course starts: 09/10/2017

Objectives: to illustrate how History is taught at Ca' Foscari, and, above all, highlight the enormous advantages of being able to study History in Venice. This city can be viewed as an open-air book, which allows students to encounter History from its Ancient roots to its Contemporary manifestations. The aim is to show the fundamental need to come into contact first-hand with people, places and sources in the study of History, which can neither be taught nor researched by using the computer and the web.

Open: to anyone interested.

Prerequisites: none.

Course content: the course includes 9 teaching units

Workload: 5 weeks of study; estimated 3 hours a week

Testing: involves a multiple-choice test at the end of each unit. The Certificate of Attendance will be given if at least 70% questions is answered correctly (three attempts can be made at answering each question).

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From 9/10/2017 - Albrecht Dürer in Italy

Instructors: Giovanni Maria Fara

Language: Italian

Enrolment starts: 25/9/2017

Course starts: 9/10/2017

Open:  everybody

Prerequisites: personal motivation is the most important requirement. However, it is advisable to have a general knowledge of Renaissance Art.

Course outline: the course is divided into five learning units

Workload: 5 weeks (3-4 hour per week)

Testing: learning outcomes verified through a multiple choice test (10  questions) at the end of each learning unit. The attendance certificate is issued to those who score at least 7/10 in each unit.

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From 23/10/2017 - From ideas to the marketplace: organizing creativity and knowledge in businesses

Instructors: Vladi Finotto, Andrea Stocchetti

Language: Italian

Enrollment starts: 09/10/2017  

Course starts: 23/10/2017

From 30/10/2017 - The Middle Ages through images

Instructor: Marina Buzzoni

Language: Italian

Enrollment starts: 16/10/2017

Course starts: 30/10/2017

Objectives: the course will look at how themes and characters drawn from mediaeval sources have been proposed anew in modern expressive art forms linked to pictorial representation: cartoons, cinema, theatre and symbols used in political communication. The principle aim is to offer a new point of view on these revisitations that will be investigated not with respect to their differences to the original, but from the take of the motives underpinning their manipulation and the coherence with which these operations have been done by authors.

Open: to anyone interested.

Prerequisites: the only prerequisite is personal motivation.

Course content: the course includes 4 teaching units.

Workload: 4 weeks (estimated 3-4 hours a week)

Maximum length of video-lessons: 250 minutes

Testing: involves a multiple-choice test of 10 questions at the end of each unit. The Certificate of Attendance will be given if at least 6 of the 10 questions is answered correctly (two attempts can be made at answering each question).

From 6/11/2017 - General Psychology

Instructor: Alessandra Cecilia Jacomuzzi

Language: Italian

Enrollment starts: 23/10/2017

Course starts: 6/11/2017 

Objectives: to provide the fundamentals of psychology and explain a number of main principals of cognitive functioning.

Open: to students in Tourism, consultants, public policy administrators.

Prerequisites: the fundamental prerequisite is a curious and rigorous mind. No other prerequisites are required except for the lesson on the mathematical approach to input-output where a foundation knowledge of Matrix mathematics and Convergent series is suggested. This last section is, however, optional and the final Certificate will indicate if it has been attended.

Course content: the course includes 4 teaching units.

Workload: 4 weeks (estimated 2-3 hours a week)

Testing: involves a multiple-choice test of 10 questions at the end of each unit. The Certificate of Attendance will be given if at least 7 of the 10 questions is answered correctly (three attempts can be made at answering each question).

Enrol to course: link

Soon to be offered

From 6/02/2017 - Social research methodology

Instructor: Giovanni Bertin, Marta Pantalone

Language: italian

Enrollment starts: 23/01/2017

Curse starts: 6/02/2017

Objectives: to acquire methodological knowledge in order to design and manage social research, with particular reference to qualitative techniques and con-sensus method approach.

Open: to Master students who are planning a research work and have no basis of the methodology of social research. Students of social research methodology courses.

Prerequisites: none

Course content: The course consists of three learning units:

1. social research methodology
2. qualitative techniques and interview
3. con-sensus method

Workload: 3 weeks (about 4 hours per week)

Maximum length of video-lessons: 180 minutes

Testing: multiple choice test

Info: link

Nonviolence and civil resistance in Israel and Palestine

Instructor: Marcella Simoni, Emanuela Trevisan

Language: English

Enrollment starts:

Course starts:

Objectives: this course aims to investigate the history of the Israeli Palestinian conflict from the perspective of civil resistance and nonviolence, aspects normally ignored by the press and neglected by the Historiography of Israel and Palestine.

Open: to anyone interested.

Prerequisites: English language skills

Course content: 6 weeks

Workload: 4-5 hours

Testing: a multiple choice test

Info: link

Statistical analysis and evaluation of experimental data

Instructor: Maria Antonietta Baldo, Elti Cattaruzza, Ligia Maria Moretto, Andrea Pietropolli Charmet 

Language: Italia

Enrollment starts:

Course starts

Objectives: the aim is to provide guidance to students for a correct approach to the experimental investigation, especially useful for those who face a scientific study path as well as for people using measuring instruments; at the same time, to raise awareness of the importance of correct application of the scientific method in the design and execution of experiments, through the application of the main statistical tools for processing, analysis and interpretation of experimental data

Open: the training courses are provided to more subjects:
- All students of science degree courses, in particular: three-year degree in "Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies" and "Technologies for the Conservation and Restoration";
- magistral degree in "Chemistry and Sustainable Technologies", "Science and Technology Bio and Nanomaterials "," Chemical Sciences for Conservation and Restoration" and other related courses;
- PhD students in scientific subjects, especially those engaged in interdisciplinary research (chemistry, physics, biology and /or medicine);
- Young people in university entrance, eager to take advantage of a university-cutting course to confirm their choice.

Prerequisites: no

Course content: the course consists of three teaching units

Workload:  about 5 hours a week

Lessons:  about 200 mins

Testing:  through a multiple choice test at the end of each teaching unit. The attendance certificate is issued correctly answering at least 70% of the proposed applications (the test has three attempts to answer)

Info: link

The golden ages of Japanese Cinema

Instructor: Maria Roberta Novielli

Language: Italian

Enrollment starts:

Course starts:

Objectives: the analysis of the four main seasons of the artistic production in Japanese Cinema, as an introduction to its history and to the works of some major protagonists of the World scene

Open: mainly humanities students

Prerequisites: none

Course content:Each video will deepen a period of the history of Japanese ciinema in which some of the main innovations of style and themes have been achieved.

Workload:  about 3-4 hours a week

Testing: multiple choice test at the end of each unit. Students can obtain the certificate of attendance if at least 70% of the questions are answered correctly (each test includes three possible answers)

Info: link

Languages and Cultures of the Mediterranean and the Balkans: an Introduction

Instructors: Asia Assenova, Enric Bou, Caterina Carpinato, Aurora Firta, Flora Koleci, Iliana Krapova, Eugenia Liosatou, Aleksandra Mladenovic, Albert Morales, Patrizio Rigobon, Giuseppina Turano.

Language: Italian

Enrolment starts: 

Course starts: 

Objectives: This training activity, designed in a multilingual, multidisciplinary and multicultural perspective, aims to offer an initial presentation of some of the languages, cultures and literatures taught at the University Ca' Foscari of Venice.

Starting from Catalonia,  moving to the Balkans through Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Albania and Greece in a virtual voyage that will reveal their languages, cultures and societies.

Each country will be considered in the uniqueness of its history, its tradition and its identity. The countries we present are different because of their different origin, but the dominant cultural trends in each of them are important for the entire European and Western context.

The course has six units dedicated respectively to the language and culture of  Catalonia, Romania, Greece, Albania, Bulgaria and Serbia-Croatia.

The approach adopted for this activity is mainly linguistic, and socio-cultural. Instructors will use photos and maps, as well as audio and video materials.

Open: to anyone interested.

Prerequisites: the only prerequisite is personal motivation.

Course outline: the course includes 6 teaching units.

Workload: 6 weeks (estimated 4-5 hours a week)

Testing: involves a multiple-choice test of 10 questions at the end of each unit. The Certificate of Attendance will be given if at least 7 out of  10 questions are correctly answered (three attempts can be made at answering each question).

Info: link

Europe and International Law

Instructors: Sara De VidoFabrizio Marrella

Language: Italian

Enrollment starts:  

Course starts:  

Objectives: to illustrate a number of case studies regarding International and European Law as well as to discuss some general interest topics such as the Fight against Violence towards Women and Contrasting International Terrorism. Students will learn some of the key elements underpinning International and EU Law giving a more in-depth understanding of regular course contents or will be able to keep up-to-date with current issues concerning the United Nations and the European Union.

Open: to anyone interested.

Prerequisites: Some understanding of public and private law is useful but not indispensable to be able to participate in the module.

Course outline: There are 4 units in the course that include a series of video-lessons.

Workload: 4 weeks (estimated 3-5 hours a week)

Maximum length of video-lessons: approximately 160 minutes

Testing: Tests are supplied as attachments to each unit regarding, in general terms, European Court Sentences echr.coe.int, European Union Court of Justice Sentences www.curia.eu, International Court of Justice Sentences www.icj-cij.org.

Info: link

Language and Gender where nature meets culture

Instructor: Giuliana Giusti

Language: Italian

Objectives: The course aims to develop a reflective awareness of the relationship between Language and Identity with reference to Gender. The practical effects regard the ability to apply this awareness to use communicative strategies, allowing the presence of women to emerge in every social setting and in cultural discourse.
Each teaching unit will treat an important aspect of Gender and Language concerns. The aim is to raise issues that have still yet to be thoroughly treated in Italy and, at the same time, offer the linguistic skills needed to face matters that are often subject to discussion in the fields of sociology, psychology and politics.
The first week looks at the close interconnection that exists between biology and culture (nature and nurture) within Language and Gender. The second week inspects the formal and social aspects of language and how these interact with the construction of cultural identity. The third week examines how form directly influences the meaning of communication and how this nexus influences the possibility of the presence of women emerging in cultural discourse.  The fourth week  analyses practical issues surrounding the  “Grammar of Gender” and proposes solutions on how to solve linguistic uncertainty along with the motives to use one suggested form or another. The fifth week is dedicated to discussing first names, the transmission of family names and the naming of areas within cities.

Open: to anyone interested.

Prerequisites: none.

Course content: the course includes 5 teaching units.

Workload: 5 weeks of study, estimated 5 hours a week.

Testing: involves a multiple-choice test of 10 questions at the end of each unit. The Certificate of Attendance will be given if at least 7 of the 10 questions is answered correctly (three attempts can be made at answering each question).

Enrol to course: link

No Problem Choosing: How to Decide on Your Future Career Serenely

Instructors: Giulia Lucia Cinque

Language: Italian

Enrolment starts: 

Course starts:

Objectives: the course aims at providing food for thought and useful strategies to make a responsible and aware career choice

Open: anyone who is experiencing difficulties in making career choices or in facing the consequences of a wrong career decision

Prerequisites: none

Course outline: the course has 4 learning units, each of them consists of a video-lesson, approximately 40 minute long, and a multiple choice test. The forum allows students to pose questions and to share their reflections each week. Participation to the forum is optional and does not affect the deliverance of a final certificate

Workload: 4 weeks, about 2– 3 hours per week

Testing: there is a multiple choice test consisting of 10 questions at the end of each unit.

Info: link