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: 

  • Municipal Solid Waste Management in Developing Countries (running on Coursera): Course page; Trailer; Youtube Channel
  • Planning and Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies  (re-launch on Coursera in October 2016): Trailer; Youtube Channel
  • Introduction to Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage (re-launch on Coursera needs to be defined): Trailer; Youtube Channel
  • Faecal sludge management (launch on Coursera in 2017)

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

 

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, interact on the forum with the course lecturers and fellow learners, and earn a Statement of Accomplishment.  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.  

Currently, there is one course of the series running on Coursera: Municipal Solid Waste Management in Developing Countries.  You can sign up for free at any time and take the course at your own rhythm.  Please visit the course page for more information and to sign up. (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 was launched on February 22, 2016 and is now 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
SoAYou can earn a Statement of Accomplishment if you pass both quizzes and the final exam. After passing the final exam, you need to complete the SoA-survey to request your SoA. We will send you the SoA via email.
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). For further information, please visit the course page.

 

Key Information:

LecturersDr. Richard Johnston & Dr. Sara Marks
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. The date of the re-launch is not yet defined
RequirementsThis course is an introduction – the only requirements are an Internet connection and an interest in the topic 
CostsThe MOOC is free
SoA You can earn a Statement of Accomplishment if you pass both quizzes and the final exam

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. The course will be re-launched in October 2016 in English and French. For further information, please visit the course page.

 

 Key Information:

LecturerDr. Christoph Lüthi
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 was launched on 13 October – 16 November 2015 and will be re-launched in October 2016. After the re-launch it will be available constantly
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
SoA You can earn a Statement of Accomplishment if you pass both quizzes and the final exam

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