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Open Online Learning

McMaster’s Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) initiative began with a partnership with online course provider Coursera in 2014. This partnership leverages the MacPherson Institute’s digital design and production capacity to encourage members of the campus community to rethink course curriculum in student-oriented ways. In 2017, one of our MOOCs, Mindshift, had a total of total of 87,504 enrolled learners across six continents and was voted the MOOC of the year by Class Central, a MOOC aggregator. The rapid growth of MOOCs has led to increased choice for learners and has encouraged us to shift our production and recruitment emphasis to skills-based courses.

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Finance for Everyone Launch Course

The Finance for Everyone Specialization will help you learn the language of finance and understand how the flow of money relates to the most important key social issues influencing our lives and communities.


Learning How to Learn Launch Course

This course gives you easy access to the invaluable learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines. We’ll learn about the how the brain uses two very different learning modes and how it encapsulates (“chunks”) information. We’ll also cover illusions of learning, memory techniques, dealing with procrastination, and best practices shown by research to be most effective in helping you master tough subjects.