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Researchers are Using Free MOOCs to Teach About COVID-19

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Coronavirus cases are increasing rapidly across the globe, and quarantines and social distancing policies have caused schools to use online delivery as alternatives to in-person classes.

The Chinese Ministry of Education (MOE) issued instructions for online teaching, providing 24,000 online courses from more than 20 online platforms free of charge.

The impact of epidemic diseases on society should never be ignored in history. They have even shaped powerful social evolution no less than wars, revolutions and economic crises, as Professor Frank M. Snowden pointed out in his book Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present and course Epidemics in Western Society Since 1600 with Frank Snowden. From the List of Epidemics by Wikipedia, there are no less than one outbreaks each year worldwide.

To deliver reliable and scientific information underpinning the novel Coronavirus outbreak, researchers from universities and healthcare organizations are providing the latest free MOOCs about COVID-19 on different platforms.

Course Institution Effort
Science Matters: Let’s Talk About COVID-19 Imperial College London 17 hours
COVID-19: Tackling the Novel Coronavirus London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 12 hours
Clinical Care Severe Acute Respiratory Infection WHO 10 hours
Emerging respiratory viruses, including COVID-19: methods for detection, prevention, response and control WHO 3 hours
Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) WHO 1 hour
COVID-19: Operational Planning Guidelines and COVID-19 Partners Platform to support country preparedness and response WHO 1 hour
COVID-19 et soins critiques University Paris-Est Créteil: UPEC 2 hours
Managing COVID-19 in General Practice St. George’s University 4 hours

I have also compiled a list of additional resources to help you understand and/or keep up with the outbreak.

To learn about epidemics or pandemics in general, here are 19 courses to choose from. And these 9 courses explore aspects of how the body deals with infections and the biology of vaccines.

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Rui Ma

With a background in Health Statistics and Sociology, she has built a career path in Data Analytics. She joined the team as a Data Analyst and is helping Class Central to improve its services for global MOOC learners.


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