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Including a MOOC in Your Individual Curriculum

If you want to take a MOOC and have it credited as the same subject in your programme, please complete the following steps:

Contact your programme office.

Write a motivation letter on the choice of a MOOC to the academic director of your programme.

Receive confirmation and start your MOOC.

Receive a course certificate with a grade.

This should be done before the start of the module in which this subject starts according to the curriculum.

The letter should include:

  • Full title of the MOOC;
  • Its web address;
  • Dates of the MOOC’s start and completion;
  • Platform (Coursera, OPENedX, etc.);
  • A separate letter must be prepared for each MOOC.

Please note:

  • The dates for a MOOC’s completion may differ from the dates of the subject’s completion in the curriculum. This can lead to a failed academic assignment and scholarship cancellation.
  • Submit a request to your study office to credit your grade in the MOOC subject, only AFTER IT IS COMPLETED and you have the certificate;
  • You can complete the MOOC in the preceding semester, so you are able to submit the certificate of completion together with the motivation letter to the study office in the beginning of the module.

Procedure to include a MOOC in your Individual Curriculum

  • Write a motivation letter to include the MOOC in your individual curriculum instead of the subject taught as part of the curriculum. Address the letter to your programme’s academic supervisor and submit it to your programme office.

    Date of request: preferably, before the module starts, but no later than 3 days after the subject in the curriculum starts.

  • The letter must include the following required fields:
    • Full title of the MOOC;
    • Its web address;
    • Dates of the MOOC’s start and completion;
    • Platform (Coursera, OPENedX, etc.).
    • A separate letter must be prepared for each MOOC.
  • After confirmation from the programme’s academic supervisor, the main lecturer in this subject is informed that the student is taking the MOOC instead of the curriculum course.
  • After the MOOC is completed, the student should submit a certificate with a grade confirming successful completion of the course. This grade (which can be transferred in accordance with the HSE grading scale) is placed on the academic record as a final grade in the discipline. The procedure does not exclude additional student interviews with the lecturer in all stages of the course (specially assigned by the programme’s academic management).

Please note the following important points:

  • Submit a request to your study office to credit your grade in the MOOC subject only AFTER IT IS COMPLETED and you have the certificate;
  • The list of MOOCs is not fixed, which means that it can (and will) be changed before the next academic year. This should be taken into account when planning which MOOCs to take; start and completion dates of MOOCs should be considered beforehand.
    MOOCs may require considerable additional effort and time; please consider this as you plan your studies;
  • The dates of MOOC completion can differ from the dates of the subject’s completion in the curriculum. This can lead to a failed academic assignment and scholarship cancellation.
  • You can complete a MOOC in the preceding semester, so you can then submit the certificate of completion together with the motivation letter to the study office in the beginning of the module. This way you ensure that you are able to choose another form of learning this subject in case you do not receive a MOOC certificate.

If the described sequence of activities (points 1 – 3) is not followed, the programme’s academic supervisor has the right to decline the student’s request.