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This page contains basic information about some of the free online courses offered at the University. Its content is aimed at staff and students across all of the UK, China and Malaysia campuses.

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What you need to know

Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and Nottingham Open Online Courses (NOOCs) form part of the University's online learning initiative. They allow us to develop new models of teaching and engagement.

They can be used to support face-to-face teaching, as part of blended-learning programmes or to enable collaborative learning across our campuses. This provides our students with greater flexibility in when and where they study.

For more information about the courses on offer, please consult the FutureLearn University of Nottingham website :

Free online courses on FutureLearn


A MOOC is a short-course which is delivered online and is open to anyone around the world. 

The University has been developing MOOCs on the Future Learn platform since 2014 as part of a consortium of institutions based in the UK and overseas.

Some previous examples of MOOCs provided by the University include:

  • 'Sustainability, Society and You'
  • 'How to Read a Mind'
  • 'How to read your Boss'
  • 'Shale Gas and Fracking'
  • 'Designing e-Learning for Health'
  • 'Learning from the Past: A Guide for the Curious Researcher'
  • 'Anti-microbial resistance in the Food Chain'
  • 'Ideology and Propaganda'
  • 'The Economics of Politicians and the Politics of Economics'


NOOCs are a University of Nottingham-variant of MOOCs, delivered through Moodle. They're only open to staff and current students. We use them to support collaborative learning and knowledge exchange between our campuses in the UK, China and Malaysia.

Some NOOCs provide students with the opportunity to earn credits towards the Nottingham Advantage Award (NAA). Examples of previous courses include:

  • 'Your University Journey Years 1 and 2'
  • 'Spain and Latin America: Transatlantic Crossings'
  • 'Globalisation and Internationalisation of Higher Education'
  • 'Sustainable and Responsible Business'
  • 'On course for Your Masters'
  • 'The Changing University'

For more information about the NAA, please consult the following:

Nottingham Advantage Award (NAA)


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If you are a member of University staff and have any problems or queries relating to this page, please email the: Online Learning Manager  Email
This page was last updated on 30 September 2021 at 11:22 (GMT)