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MOOCs - Massive Open On-line Courses


MOOCs - Massive Open Online Courses

Sapienza was the first Italian university offer MOOCs on the Coursera Platform, starting in 2013.


Current Courses provided by Sapienza University on the Coursera Platform:

Recovering the Human Past and Saving Our Universal Heritage

This course, which is taught in English, is directed by Prof. Paolo Matthiae together with Professors David Nadali, Andrea Vitaletti and Emanuel Demetrescu.
Recovering the Human Past and Saving Our Universal Heritage is presently online.

At the Origins of the Mediterranean Civilization: Archaeology of the City from the Levant to the West - 3rd-1st millennium BC (from May 9)

Sapienza Professor Lorenzo Nigro examines the deepest roots of the mix of cultures that we call Mediterranean Civilization. (in English)

This course is also available in Italian (from May 2).


Previous Sapienza Courses (no longer available)

Early Renaissance Architecture in Italy: from Alberti to Bramante

This course, which was taught in English by Prof. Francesco Paolo Fiore, was followed by more than 40,000 students worldwide.

La Visione del Mondo della Relatività e della Meccanica Quantistica: concetti e idee 

“A World View of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics” was taught by Prof. Charles Cosmelli. This was the first MOOC course that Sapienza offered in Italian. The course was followed by nearly 14,000 students.


    Coursera, a global MOOC leader, was founded in 2012 as a Stanford University spin-off.

    (Photo: Flickr, Giulia Forsythe)