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UCT offers a number of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). These are free online courses with no entry requirements and are not for university credit. You can choose to purchase a certificate, and in some cases financial aid is available. We hope you find a course from the list below that excites you; sign up or register your interest. Find out more about the UCT MOOCs project.

 
Becoming a changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation Climate Change Mitigation in Developing Countries Education for All: Disability, Diversity and Inclusion
Learn about, or improve the quality of your social innovation knowledge. Challenges you to consider how one might lift societies out of poverty while also mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Find out how inclusive education can work, especially where resources are limited.
Dr François Bonnici, Dr Warren Nilsson and Dr Marlon Parker (Bertha Centre, Graduate School of Business) Professor Harald Winkler (Energy Research Centre) Dr Judith McKenzie and Chioma Ohajunwa (Disability Studies)
     
     
Extinctions: Past and Present Julia Scientific Programming Medicine and the Arts: Humanising Healthcare
This course explores how life on earth has been shaped by five mass extinction events in the distant past. At present, biodiversity is facing a crisis, with the prospect of a sixth extinction event today. This four-module course introduces users to Julia as a first language. Julia is a high-level, high-performance dynamic programming language developed specifically for scientific computing. Explore the field of medical humanities - the intersection of the arts, humanities and healthcare.
Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan (Biological Sciences) Dr Juan H Klopper (Acute Care Surgery) and Dr Henri Laurie (Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics) Associate Professor Susan Levine (Anthropology) and Professor Steve Reid (Primary Healthcare)
     
     
Understanding Clinical Research: Behind the Statistics What is a Mind? Organ Donation: From Death to Life
If you've ever skipped over the results section of a medical paper because terms like “confidence interval” or “p-value” go over your head, then you’re in the right place. Explore the most pertinent scientific and philosophical concepts for understanding our own minds. Considering someone for organ and tissue donation at the end of life is complicated. The boundary between life and death is more complex than ever before and it falls to medical professionals to help clarify a situation at an often confusing and emotionally stressful time.
Dr Juan H Klopper (Acute Care Surgery) Professor Mark Solms (Psychology) Dr David Thomson (Critical Care Specialist and Transplant Surgeon)
     
     
Writing Your World: Finding yourself in the academic space Innovative Finance: Hacking finance to change the world Large Marine Ecosystems: Assessment and Management
This is a gateway course aimed at anyone exploring their options to study at university. Students in their final year of high school, those taking a gap year or professionals moving back into the academic space could use the course to familiarise themselves with university expectations, particularly with regard to academic writing in English. To address global poverty - do we really not have enough resources or do we not have the right tools to allocate our resources? The tools of finance, when applied correctly, can be an enabler of social and environmental outcomes such as financial inclusion, access to energy and access to education. This course introduces the concept and practice of ecosystem-based management for Large Marine Ecosystems of the world. The topics cover the mechanisms used for the assessment, planning and implementation in a global movement to recover and sustain the goods and services of marine ecosystems. Developed in collaboration with the GEF, UNDP, NOAA, UNESCO-IOC and IW:LEARN.
Gideon Nomdo and Aditi Hunma (Academic Development Programme, CHED) Aunnie Patton Power (Bertha Centre, Graduate School of Business) and Tsakane Ngoepe (Investment Analyst) Coleen Moloney (Associate Professor, Biological Sciences)
     
     
Climate Adaptation in Africa Financial Regulation in Emerging Markets and the Rise of Fintech Companies  
 
This course explores why climate change adaptation is important in the African context. The course will examine adaptation in theory and in practice, through a focus on four sectors that are critically important for climate resilient development in Africa: Water Security, Agriculture and Food Security, Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services and Resilient Cities. This course gives an overview of the changing regulatory environment since the 1997 Asian and 2008 global financial crisis. This course discusses fintech regulation in emerging markets using case studies from China and South Africa. The course pays special attention to the socioeconomic environment in emerging markets, as well as to political risk as a major source of uncertainty for fintech entrepreneurs. 

 

Professor Mark New (Director, ACDI) Associate Professor Co-Pierre Georg (AIFMRM)  
     
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Learner Reviews

Medicine & the Arts learner reviews:

This course has been very interesting and has definitely shaped the way I view patients in the medical profession. I’ve now realized how distant one can be when working with people with medical conditions and through this course I have grown to love and consider the social aspect of patients as being crucial to advancing the care that they receive. A big thank you to Prof Reid and his team for pulling off this amazing course. I happy to add yet another UCT course behind my name. (Mapitso Thaisi, South Africa) - April 2015 

 

My love of learning thrilled by some of the online courses with Futurelearn - Medicine & the Arts review by Jonathan Vernon

Medicine & the Arts:

This course has been very interesting and has definitely shaped the way I view patients in the medical profession. I’ve now realized how distant one can be when working with people with medical conditions and through this course I have grown to love and consider the social aspect of patients as being crucial to advancing the care that they receive. A big thank you to Prof Reid and his team for pulling off this amazing course. I happy to add yet another UCT course behind my name. (Mapitso Thaisi, South Africa) - April 2015 

My love of learning thrilled by some of the online courses with Futurelearn - Medicine & the Arts review by Jonathan Vernon


What is a Mind:

A thought-provoking course, that I have found to be both enlightening and uplifting. It has helped me to crystallise in my own mind what I am, and supports my view of how we fit into the rest of the natural world. Professor Solms is an engaging and enthusiastic speaker, as well as being so knowledgeable. Thank you - and please can we have a follow-up course, as there is obviously so much more for us to explore!! (Paul Hughes, UK) - June 2015

In-depth Review: What is a Mind? - Class Central review by Margaret O'Doherty 

Class Central’s Best Online Courses of 2015What is a Mind? included in Class Central’s top ten MOOCs list for 2015. UCT’s second ever MOOC came in at no. 6 on Class Central’s list of top MOOCs for 2015. The course has also been rated no. 2 in the area of psychology, and no. 3 in social sciences.


Understanding Clinical Research:

One of the best statistic course I have ever attended. If you don't have any basis about statistics, but you want to have the clinical understanding, mostly to know and talk with statisticians, this is a great course. Even if you achieve only the basis you'll be able to understand what to ask if you need a statistical analysis. (Anonymous) - September 2016


Education for All: 

This course was really great - It was easy to follow and was filled with lots of useful resources, videos, documents, links and more! I really enjoyed the interaction with other attendees and the opportunity to ask the lecturers questions. It also stimulates action towards a more inclusive environment in your own community and in that way enables you to create change in your area! I highly recommend it to parents, teachers, therapists, headmasters and anyone involved in Inclusive Education! (Shavaughn Brooks) - June 2016


Becoming a changemaker:

This was an outstanding course - particularly as I live in Cape Town and was able to apply the ideas and create examples based on the community they were often discussing (RLabs) and its impact on the Cape Town community and even further afield. I found myself considering ideas and thinking about social innovative ideas from a completely new and refreshing perspective. 

I recommend this course for anyone who feels passionatiely about change in their environment and how to initiate it. Thank you to the UCT (University of Cape Town) team and I hope that they produce more courses such as this - as it was of an incredibly high standard. (Carolynn B) - August 2016
 

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