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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Enjoy free courses of study online through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Coursera, one of the leading platforms in online education.

Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums. With payment of an optional fee, you can receive a sharable electronic Course Certificate upon completion of a MOOC.

Global Health Diplomacy

Co-taught by: Peter Small, Founding Director Global Health Institute, Stony Brook University

Having completed this course, learners will be able to: Describe and analyze the opportunities, challenges and limits of Global Health Diplomacy. Examine the diplomatic, financial, and geopolitical context that underlies global health decision-making. Explain the role of the many players in the space, including governments, philanthropists, and multilateral institutions.



Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens

Co-taught by: Howard Schneider, Dean, Stony Brook University School of Journalism

Never before has the need for News Literacy been more urgent. As news consumers are bombarded with a constant stream of fake news, propaganda, hoaxes, rumors, satire, and advertising — that often masquerade as credible journalism — it is becoming more and more difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. This six-week course will help learners develop their critical thinking skills to enable them to better identify reliable information in news reports and to become better informed about the world in which we live.



Blackboard is Stony Brook University's learning management system (LMS), which allows instructors to supplement face-to-face classes, or launch online classes. Blackboard includes a variety of features that allow instructors to do anything from uploading course documents, to posting an announcement, to collecting and grading assignments. For students, Blackboard offers an easy way to contact instructors, download and access course documents, and check grades.