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What if we could easily offer our education and research output to a much wider audience? What are possible pathways to support people around the world with structured courses? And how can we generate more visibility for our research and teaching products? With those questions in mind, we have started to develop so-called Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on the Coursera platform in the last two years.

Event details of Urban Dialogue #6: MOOC's: Experiences and Potentials
Date 20 April 2021
Time 16:00 -17:00
Organised by Marco te Brömmelstroet , George Liu

At first, we thought that we needed to find the funds to develop well-designed content. But after months of trying to find financial support, we decided to make a MOOC based on open access materials: academic articles, newspaper items and youtube video’s. We spend our own time mostly in curating this into a consistent course and in adding assignments, MC quizzes and short introductions (in on-street interview style).

In 2020 that resulted in running three MOOCs with a similar setup: Unraveling the Cycling City, Reclaiming the Street, and Alternative Mobility Narratives with now over 11.000 students from more than 130 countries and received high ratings. This year we will develop a fourth one (Smart Cycling Futures) and we have now secured some support and funding to further work on supervising and supporting the community. Also, we look for ways to use the MOOCs to enrich our on-site teaching.

During our talk, we will give you a view behind the scenes and hope to inspire you to also think about such development. We will give ample time to answer any questions that you have!

Please register for this Urban Dialogue by sending an email including your name and affiliation to, and you will receive the zoom link in due course.

The Urban Dialogues Series

The Centre for Urban Studies cordially invites you to participate in the new Urban Dialogues series. This series gives CUS members and guests the opportunity to share their research and receive feedback, to enlarge their network, and to explore potential collaborations. Each session will start with a 30 minute presentation, followed by a 30 minute discussion, in which everyone is welcome to participate. Please find the full programme below.




27 October (16-17hr)

Refugee Commoning Carescapes vs State Policies of Campization in Greece

Charalampos Tsavdaroglou and Maria Kaika

24 November (16-17hr)

City Science

Caroline Nevejan

26 January (16-17hr)

Sustainable Urbanization Practices in European Regions

David Evers

23 February (16-17hr)

Wellbeing Index Amsterdam

Hebe VerrestNicky Pouw 

30 March (16-17hr)

Multispecies Urbanism

Debra Solomon

20 April (16-17hr)

MOOC's: Experiences and Potentials

Marco te Brömmelstroet and George Liu

25 May (16-17hr)

Politics of Non-knowing in Smart Cities

Anna Nikolaeva

29 June (16-17hr)

Urban Aesthetics: From Places of Occupation to Gentrification

Olga SeznevaGiselinde Kuipers and Anastasiya Halauniova