Department Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

 

MOOC series “Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development

The MOOC series “Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development” is an open-access, full-fledged eLearning program of Eawag and EPFL. It consists of four courses, which have reached more than 50'000 students and practitioners from more than 170 countries: 

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

MOOC collaboration with ICRC

In collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross we’ll launch the course “Introduction to Public Health Engineering in Humanitarian Contexts” on November 6. The trailer is online on YouTube and you can find further information and register on the course page: https://coursera.org/learn/engineering-humanitarian

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. 

To take a course on Coursera, all you need to do is create a Coursera account (free, takes 1 minute) and enroll 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).

All course materials are accessible for free. If you would like a certificate for a course, you can purchase a Coursera certificate for 49$. We can no longer offer the free Statement of Accomplishment (SoA) for each course. If you complete all four courses of the series, however, we will be glad to send you a free SoA for the series. Please find further information about the certificate and the SoA below.

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.
CostsAll course materials (incl. quizzes/exam) can be accessed and completed for free. The Coursera certificate for $49 will be offered in future sessions and will replace the free SoA. The certificate is optional.
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 CourseraThis course will be relaunched on12 June 2017 and will be constantly available thereafter. Please note 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 
CostsAll course materials (incl. quizzes/exam) can be accessed and completed for free. The Coursera certificate for $49 will be offered in future sessions and replace the free SoA. The certificate is optional.

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 note 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.
CostsAll course materials (incl. quizzes/exam) can be accessed and completed for free. The Coursera certificate for $49 will be offered in future sessions and replace the free SoA. The certificate is optional.

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. All the video lectures are also on YouTube.

 

 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 is constantly available. Please note 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.
CostsAll courses materials (incl. quizzes/exam) can be accessed and completed for free. The Coursera certificate for $49 is optional.

Paid certificate for courses, free SoA for series

Unfortunately, we cannot offer the free Statement of Accomplishment for each course anymore. The Coursera certificate costs $49. You can find further information about the certificate here. It is important to mention that you can take the complete course without purchasing a certificate and that you get access to all course materials for free. The payment is exclusively to obtain the certificate.

If you have completed all four courses of the series, we can send you a free statement of accomplishment (SoA) for the series entitled “Sanitation, Water and Solid Waste for Development”. There is no need to obtain paid certificates for this free SoA. Please send an email to Caterina Dalla Torre (caterina.dallatorre@eawag.ch) with a printscreen of your accomplishments page which shows the final scores of all four courses. We’ll send the statements of accomplishment once per month. Thanks in advance for your patience if you need to wait a few days.

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