Manchester Business School’s first massive open online course (MOOC) was launched last week as part of The University of Manchester’s new partnership with Coursera.
Water Supply and Sanitation in Developing Countries is led by MBS’Professor Dale Whittington and Dr Duncan Thomas. It examines the consequences of current water and sanitation conditions – including over 2 million deaths annually due to water-related diseases, millions of dollars in avoidable health care expenditures, and billions of hours spent carrying water from sources outside the home – and what can be done to solve these problems.
Coursera is an education company that partners with the top universities and organisations in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.
Water Supply and Sanitation in Developing Countries
Manchester was third UK university and one of 13 universities to join Coursera this month – taking their total number of partners to more than 100.
The courses, which are expected to run in early 2014, highlight research strengths within the University and the teaching excellence in each of these areas.
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester, said: “Announcing our association with Coursera signals an exciting time for both us as a leading research-intensive university and for higher education across the world.
“We have three main goals: to undertake world-class research; to deliver an outstanding learning and student experience; and to be socially responsible. The development and delivery of the highest quality open and free online courses from Manchester, to the widest possible audience, allows us to showcase the superb research and excellent teaching that happen here.”
Other Manchester courses currently being advertised include Population Health; Our Earth: its Climate, History and Processes; and Global Health and Humanitarianism, with more expected to follow