MOOCs at the University of Auckland

21 October 2014

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are a distance education offering from the University of Auckland, allowing anyone anywhere in the world to study with us from the comfort of their own home.

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s world-ranked university. We rank in the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings, and are the only New Zealand university ranked among the world’s top 200 universities by the Times Higher Education World Rankings of Universities. The University of Auckland is also the highest ranked New Zealand university in the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.

We offer our free MOOCs through FutureLearn, a UK-based consortium founded by the Open University specifically to develop and deliver MOOCs.


Future Learn

Our newest MOOC is the engaging Logical and Critical Thinking which starts on 28 September 2015.  This course takes us through common obstacles to good reasoning and equips us with strategies to improve our logical and critical thinking skills.

The popular Data to Insight MOOC will be delivered again on 19 October 2015 and the essential Academic Integrity MOOC will run again on 3 August and 5 October 2015.

Designed as “CV builders”, these courses are non-credit although you may purchase a certificate of completion from FutureLearn. The courses are a mix of video lectures and interactive assignments. There is the opportunity to network online with other participants in your learning community during the course.


Logical and Critical Thinking

Patrick Girard and Tim Dare.

Lead Educators for Logical and Critical Thinking:  Tim Dare is Associate Professor and Patrick Girard Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at The University of Auckland.  Tim’s research focuses on applied and professional ethics, legal ethics, philosophy of law, medical ethics, and ethical analysis of predictive risk modelling; and Patrick’s on philosophical logic, modal logic, preference logic, belief revision and metaphysics.

This 8 week course explores logical and critical thinking and provides opportunities to practice those skills with learners from all over the world.

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Academic Integrity

Doctor Jason M Stephens

Lead Educator for Academic Integrity: Dr Jason M Stephens is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland. His research focuses on academic motivation and moral development, particularly as it relates to cheating behaviour during adolescence.

This 4-week course will explore academic integrity and how you can demonstrate it in your work, study and research at university.

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Data to Insight

Professor Chris Wild

Lead Educator for Data to Insight: Chris Wild is a Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Auckland. His research is on developing methods for modelling data from biased sampling schemes and, in statistics education, on statistical thinking and reasoning processes, data visualisation and concept visualisation.

This 8-week course is a hands-on introduction to statistical data analysis that emphasises fundamental concepts and practical skills.

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