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Over 120,000 registrants

The first LMU MOOCs go online

Munich, 07/01/2013

The first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from LMU is now online, and three more will follow by the end of the month. The courses are hosted by Coursera , one of the world’s leading MOOC platforms. Over 120,000 people from all over the globe have already registered for the first four courses offered by LMU.

“We are delighted with the enthusiastic response from so many people in all parts of the world to the online courses announced by LMU,” says LMU President Professor Bernd Huber. “We see the presentation of our MOOCs, and our collaboration with the Coursera Consortium, as a welcome opportunity to participate actively and at an early stage in a novel technological and social development. It enables us to contribute to the design and evolution of this new educational tool, and to try out new forms of interactive learning. – I want to thank all those at LMU who have been involved in putting the courses together for their pioneer spirit and their hard work.”

Five established LMU researchers are the first to take the plunge. Professor Tobias Kretschmer of LMU’s Faculty of Business Administration, teaches a course on “Competitive Strategy”. In her course, Barbara Conradt, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology considers the mechanisms and the biological contexts of “Programmed Cell Death”. Humboldt Professors Stephan Hartmann and Hannes Leitgeb offer their online students an “Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy”. Finally, Donald Dingwell, General Secretary of the European Research Council, and Chair of Mineralogy and Petrology at LMU’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, takes as his subject “Vulcanology – a Material Science”.

Starting dates:

  • Competitive Strategy (Prof. Kretschmer): 1.07.13
  • Programmed Cell Death ( Prof. Conradt): 15.7.13
  • Volcanic Eruptions (Prof. Dingwell): 22.07.13
  • Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy (Prof. Leitgeb / Prof. Hartmann): 29.07.13


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