MOOCs at KTHx - this is how it works

Do you want to learn something new or deepen your knowledge in a topic without becoming a student again? KTH offers free online courses open to all, so-called MOOCs. KTH:s MOOCs give you the flexibility to study at a time and place that suits you.

Course enrollment

Enroll a course free of charge: Start by creating an account on edx.org , browse the course portfolio and enroll any MOOCS that you find interesting. You can choose between following courses free of charge (audit), or if you after completion of all the assignments want a certificate and track your progress you choose the verified version. If you choose the later you will be asked to pay a minor fee and to identify yourself when enrolling.

Anyone can enroll in a MOOC: There are MOOCs on an introductory level that targets anyone who is interested, for example those who wish to further in their career. Note, that when enrolling a MOOC by KTH you are not formally a student at KTH. Many of KTH:s MOOCs contributes with advanced knowledge. Your preknowledge is postulating for your ability to follow these courses. However, there are no formal eligibility requirements so if you are curious, please enroll and have a go.

Course activities

In all KTH:s MOOCs you have access to video lectures with KTH teachers where you get the opportunity to take part of the research front in a subject area. However, it is through working with the course content, carrying out different types of assignments that you receive feedback on what you have learned.

You will also get the opportunity to discuss the course content and network with learners around the world, for example professionals, students and researchers. All course material in MOOCs is accessible online 24/7 and you can choose to watch the video lectures repeately and redo the assignments as many times as you like.

Effort and Length

Every MOOC is unique. KTH offers both shorter courses with a highly specialized content and longer introductory courses. Most of KTH:s MOOCs allows you to choose your own study pace (self-paced) within a time frame of 12-20 weeks after enrollment. In these courses you can also choose in what order you wish to do the learning assignments. KTH also offer courses where there is an instructor present, who you can interact with to a degree during the course. These courses are 5- 7 weeks long and require that you are enrolled at the start of the course and that you do the assignments at given dates (instructor- paced). Thereafter you have access to the course material for a few months.

Course certificate

All participation in learning activities in MOOCs are voluntary, but to require a course certificate for a fulfilled MOOC, a so-called professional certificate you need to fulfill and pass all mandatory assignments. You also need to pay a fee (usually 45 dollar) and to identify yourself when enrolling the course. Note, that a course certificate from a KTHx MOOCS is not the same as ECTS credits. If you are enrolled as a student at KTH and wish to apply for a credit transfer of previous studies you can read more about this on KTHs webpage .

A more detailed guide on how edX MOOCs work is available here