University of Amsterdam to launch world's first Massive Open Online Course in Communication Science

21 January 2013

The University of Amsterdam will launch the world’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Communication Science entitled ‘Introduction to Communication Science’ on 20 February 2013. Anyone interested in this free course can enrol now.

The online course is taught in English, lasts 8 weeks and covers all aspects of communication science – from history and theory to the influence of media on society – by means of video lectures. Each week the participants will receive assignments. 


The online course entitled ‘Introduction to Communication Science’ is an initiative of the College of Communication and the Graduate School of Communication Science. In the QS World University Rankings 2012, the Communication Science programme at the UvA was assessed as the best in Europe.


According to Dr Martine van Selm, director of the College of Communication, the MOOC offers ‘a new way of reaching secondary school students, prospective pre-Master’s students and people working in the business world.’


Prof. Peter Neijens, director of the Graduate School of Communication, said: ‘We are proud that the MOOC will enable anyone in the world to take this introductory communication science course. We are pleased to share the knowledge and experience we have accumulated with others.’


The University of Amsterdam is developing various initiatives in the field of ICT in education. More and more lectures can be viewed online via live stream or afterwards. Developing and experimenting with MOOCs corresponds with the University’s desire to make knowledge widely available and show the appeal of academic study.



Interested parties can enrol now in the ‘Introduction to Communication Science’ study course via


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