Department Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

The MOOC series “Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development” is an open-access, full-fledged eLearning program launched by Eawag and EPFL in 2014, which has reached  more than 30’000 students and practitioners from over 170 countries. It consists of four courses: 

Please find detailed information for each course below. To receive an email when we announce future MOOCs, please fill out this Google form.

Most recent MOOC!

We have launched the new revamped MOOC “Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies” on October 17. Watch the trailer! For more information and to sign up for our new MOOC, go to our course page.

MOOCs on Coursera

All courses are launched on the Coursera Internet platform. Taking a MOOC gives you access to 5 hours of  video lectures divided in short videos of  5-10 minutes. You can test your knowledge by taking quizzes and exams, get access to further readings and interact on the forum with the course lecturers and fellow learners. 

Currently, the courses Municipal Solid Waste Management in Developing Countries and Planning and Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies are running on Coursera. You can sign up for free at any time and take the courses at your own rhythm. The courses Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management and “Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage” will be launched in May and June 2017.

To take a course on Coursera, all you need to do is create a Coursera account (free, takes 1 minute) and enrol to the course.  If you have problems to enroll, we recommend you to upgrade your browser or to open the course page with a different browser (e.g., Firefox or Chrome).

 

Video channels on Youtube

Each course has a Youtube Channel where  all videos are constantly available: Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage, Planning and Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies, Municipal Solid Waste Management in Developing Countries.

MOOC: Municipal Solid Waste Management in Developing Countries

Do you think that solid waste management is an urgent matter in need of sustainable solutions? In this course, you will learn about the elements of a solid waste management system, the main solid waste management challenges in low- and middle-income countries, and tips on how to find solutions. All of this together with numerous real examples from around the world.  For further information and to sign up for the course, please visit the course page.

 

 Key Information:

LecturersDr. Christian Zurbrügg & Msc. Eng. Imanol Zabaleta
Course pageMunicipal Solid Waste Management in Developing Countries
Youtube-channelMunicipal Solid Waste Management in Developing Countries
Duration5 weeks
Estimated work/week4 - 6 hours
Language English
SubtitelsEnglish, French, Spanish
Course on CourseraThe course is constantly available. Please visit the course page to see the start date of the next session. Please notice that not all sessions can be coached closely by the lecturers.
RequirementsThis course is an introduction – the only requirements are an Internet connection and an interest in the topic.
CostsThe MOOC is free.
ResourcesPlease visit this page to see the resources of the course.

MOOC: Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage

In this course you can learn about the most important water treatment methods at the household level, successful implementation strategies and about assessing the impact of Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (HWTS).

 

Key Information:

LecturersDr. Richard Johnston & Dr. Sara Marks
Course pageIntroduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage
Youtube-channelIntroduction to HWTS
Duration5 weeks
Estimated work/week4 - 6 hours
Language English
SubtitlesEnglish, French, Spanish
Course on CourseraThe course was launched on 7 April -11 May 2014 and 1 June – 5 July 2015. We'll re-launch the course in June 2017.
RequirementsThis course is an introduction – the only requirements are an Internet connection and an interest in the topic 
CostsThe MOOC is free.

MOOC: Planning and Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies

In this course you can learn more about how to plan for urban sanitation at city and local/community levels, different sanitation system and technology configurations and examples of successful and failed urban sanitation systems in low- and middle-income countries. This course is offered in English and French. For further information, please visit the course page.

 

 Key Information:

LecturerDr. Christoph Lüthi
Course page-ENPlanning and Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies
Course page-FRPlanification & design des systèmes et technologies d’assainissement
Youtube-channelPlanning and Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies
Duration5 weeks
Estimated work/week4 - 6 hours
Language English, French
SubtitlesEnglish, French, Spanish, Hindi
Course on CourseraThe course is constantly available. Please visit the course page to see the start date of the next session. Please notice that not all sessions can be coached closely by the lecturers.
RequirementsThis course is an introduction – the only requirements are an Internet connection and an interest in the topic. A general background in environmental or civil engineering, urban planning or geography would help to fully benefit from this course.
CostsThe MOOC is free.

MOOC: Introduction to Faecal Sludge Management

Do you want learn how to apply concepts of sustainable faecal sludge management (FSM) on a city-wide scale? This course starts with an overview of what faecal sludge is and an introduces you to the engineering fundamentals and required information for the design and selection of technologies. Sanitation solutions are prone to failure if an integrated planning approach that includes stakeholder involvement and the development of appropriate institutional, management and financial arrangements is not implemented. The course therefore dedicates a complete week to presenting the full picture, in addition to technology, that needs to be considered for sustainable solutions. It concludes with a focus on current research and innovations in technologies, to provide an understanding of the most up-to-date options. For further information, please visit the course page.

 

 Key Information:

LecturerDr. Linda Strande
Course pageIntroduction to Faecal Sludge Management
YouTube-channelIntroduction to Faecal Sludge Management
Duration5 weeks
Estimated work/week4 - 6 hours
Language English
SubtitlesEnglish, French, Spanish
Course on CourseraThe course will be launched on May 1, 2017.
RequirementsThis course is an introduction – the only requirements are an Internet connection and an interest in the topic. A general background in environmental or civil engineering, urban planning or geography would help to fully benefit from this course.
Costs49 $ (the certificate is optional).

Collaborations - Use the video lectures for trainings or lectures

Please write us an email (fabian.suter[at]eawag.ch), if you wish to use the course material for educational purposes. We are happy to share all the video lectures and are also open for further collaborations.

Partners

The series is an initiative of Sandec/Eawag and EPFL. Sandec develops and offers the Series as a WHO Collaborating Centre. The series is co-funded by SDC