Upcoming Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)


The OPEN Program offers free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), which are open to an unlimited number of participants. Some MOOCs are 5 weeks, and some are longer. Please carefully read the course description for each. Each MOOC is preceded by an optional orientation module. 


Establishing Academic Writing Centers at International Higher Education Institutions

In this course, provided by Iowa State University, participants will learn about the purpose and function of academic writing centers at higher education institutions. They will be introduced to guidelines for establishing and running a writing center in an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) context. In particular, participants will explore models for funding a writing center, best practices for hiring and training staff, writing center policies and procedures, and methods of promoting a writing center’s services.

Enrollment opens: May 24, 2021

Course starts: June 21, 2021

Enrollment closes: July 23, 2021

Course ends: August 2, 2021


Using Educational Technology in the English Language Classroom

This MOOC is provided by Iowa State University. This course is designed to prepare TESOL professionals to integrate language learning tools into their English language teaching. Participants will become aware of free technological tools, learn how to use these tools for language learning and teaching, and evaluate the appropriateness of a technology tool for their specific contexts.

Enrollment opens: May 31, 2021

Course Starts: May 31, 2021

Course End Date: August 23, 2021


TESOL Methodology

This course, provided by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), is designed to provide you with current methodologies for teaching English learners (ELs) of different ages in many learning contexts. You will discuss and practice a wide variety of strategies and techniques for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). While exploring best practices for teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including grammar and vocabulary, you will learn how to create an effective and communicative language classroom for all learners. In addition, you will examine what best practices means in the context of teaching English in the 21st century, where English is an international language, and the use of English incorporates modern technologies.

Enrollment Opens: June 7, 2021

Course Starts: July 5, 2021

Enrollment Closes: August 6, 2021

Course End Date: August 16, 2021


Professional Development for Teacher Trainers

The Professional Development for Teacher Trainers MOOC is provided by Arizona State University. This MOOC, designed for both new and experienced teachers, gives participants methods for creating, presenting, and evaluating effective teacher training workshops. You will gain tools and techniques for promoting professional development in your teaching context. Through participation in this course, you will develop your skills for delivering engaging and relevant teacher trainings.

Enrollment Opens: June 7, 2021

Course Starts: June 7, 2021

Enrollment Closes: November 12, 2021

Course End Date: November 22, 2021


English for Science, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM)

This course is designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in improving their English skills in the sciences. In this course, you will explore some of the most innovative areas of scientific study while expanding your vocabulary and the language skills needed to share scientific information within your community. In Module 1, you will learn how to preview texts and practice some of the language used to make comparisons when talking about global warming and climate change. In Module 2, you will examine the chemistry of climate change and the language of cause and effect. In Module 3, you will learn about some of the impacts of Climate Change and the language used to describe these effects. In Module 4, you will learn reading strategies that can help you explore the science behind some new energy systems. In Module 5, you will investigate practical advances in nanotechnology that help slow down climate change, while developing your own research skills in English. This is a self-paced course, which will be open for 12 weeks. Participants can complete coursework at any time during these 12 weeks. The course has 5 modules; each module will require approximately 3-5 hours of work.

Enrollment Opens: June 7, 2021

Course Starts: June 21, 2021

Enrollment Closes: September 3, 2021

Course End Date: September 17, 2021


Integrating Critical Thinking Skills into the Exploration of Culture in an EFL Setting

This MOOC, provided by World Learning, presents participants with a working definition of culture and tools for analyzing, understanding, and negotiating differences between cultures. Participants explore what critical thinking is and why it is necessary for the development of intercultural competence. With a view toward preparing teachers to implement culture and critical thinking lessons into their current teaching contexts, participants of this MOOC will explore activities for teaching and evaluating culture and critical thinking.

Enrollment Opens: August 9, 2021

Course Starts: September 6, 2021

Enrollment Closes: October 8, 2021

Course End Date: October 18, 2021

For information about MOOCs that are currently available, please see our main MOOC page.