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Free online international development courses round-up

Got some time in the New Year and want to increase your knowledge and skills in a particular area? Here is a round-up of free online courses for international development / aid professionals that are starting in January 2015.

The courses, often called MOOCs (short for Massive Online Open Course), are run over the Internet. MOOC providers include Coursera, EdX, FutureLearn and NovoEd, and feature content from universities and organisations all around the world.

Here is a collection of courses that might be of interest to international development / aid professionals (there are many more if you use the links above):

Course Start Date By
Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects 02 Jan University of California, San Diego
Tackling the Global Food Crisis: Sustainable Agri-food Systems 05 Jan Queen’s Belfast University
Forests and Livelihoods in Developing Countries 06 Jan UBCx
Subsistence Marketplaces 12 Jan University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Make an Impact: Sustainability for Professionals 12 Jan University of Bath
Managing People: Engaging Your Workforce 12 Jan University of Reading
Geospatial Intelligence & the Geospatial Revolution 15 Jan The Pennsylvania State University
Critical Thinking in Global Challenges 19 Jan The University of Edinburgh
Introduction to Sustainability 19 Jan University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ebola in Context: Understanding Transmission, Response and Control 19 Jan London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Acumen Essentials I: Intro to Moral Imagination and Challenges in Poverty Alleviation 20 Jan +Acumen
Small Island Developing States in a Changing Climate: Paths to Adaptation 26 Jan University of Geneva
The Challenges of Global Health 26 Jan Duke University
The Governance of Nonprofit Organizations 26 Jan State University of New York; University of Victoria
Statistical Reasoning for Public Health 2: Regression Methods 26 Jan Johns Hopkins University
Storytelling for Change 27 Jan +Acumen; Ariel Group
Health for All Through Primary Health Care 28 Jan Johns Hopkins University


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