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What are MOOCs?

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course. Basically, MOOCs make it possible for eager minds anywhere in the world to register for a course of their choice and complete that course online, free of charge and without having to meet any special entrance requirements.

MOOCs typically consist of video lectures given by members of LMU’s faculty, interactive exercises, and regular online tests that assess one’s comprehension of course content. All participants form part of a global community of learners who share a common interest in the subject of their course, and study together. They can form networks by taking part in various online discussion forums, to ask questions, discuss knotty issues, work out solutions, and so develop their understanding of the subject matter in a collaborative fashion.

The course design enables participants to learn at their own pace over a defined period of time, take an active part in the learning process, obtain feedback on their performance, and test their own progress at regular intervals. This means that students can always keep track of how well they are doing.

What is Coursera?

Coursera was founded in 2012 by two computer scientists at Stanford, Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng. The company provides the world’s largest and most popular platform for MOOCs.

In February 2013, LMU entered into a formal partnership with Coursera. A range of selected universities around the world are now making seminars and lectures available on the Coursera platform. Among the participating institutions are many of the top universities in the US, such as Princeton, Duke, Stanford and Columbia, but the list also includes the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, as well as Edinburgh University and Leiden University in Europe.

Who can register for LMU’s MOOCs on the Coursera platform?

MOOCs are open to one and all – there are no formal entry requirements. However, in order to be able to complete the course of your choice, you should have access to the internet, and have a sufficiently good grasp of English to be able to understand the content of the course and master the seminar assignments.


If you have any questions about course structures and schedules, registration deadlines, technical requirements or other matters, please visit the Coursera website at:

If there are still queries remaining with regard to LMU Munich's MOOCs, please send an e-mail to