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Online learning worldwide with MOOCs

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are interactive online courses that are accessible around the world and free of charge. The Technical University of Munich (TUM) recognized the potential of these courses quite early: It is the first German University that develops and launches its owns MOOCs on very famous American platforms, edX and Coursera. The steadily growing offer of these courses has enriched teaching and learning in our University and gives the chance to an international and diverse audience to have access to high quality education.

Current: This free, self-paced, online course explains how the Internet works from the ground up. Take the iLab bee, ilabee, to the six peaks of the Internet Mountains. iLabX on edX.

Current: (In German) Get a wide range of basics and skills in trauma surgery and orthopedic care in this interactive course. Grundlagen der Unfallchirurgie on Coursera

Producing MOOCs

Perfectly equipped: The university's media center allows teaching staff to produce high-quality MOOCs while receiving support throughout the process. Info & Support

Start: 01.07.19 The Professional Certificate Program for "Six Sigma and Lean" is starting its fourth run. Learn more about the use of this methodology. Professional Certificate Program on edX

Current Courses

iLabX - The Internet Masterclass

Starts: 01.07.2019
Language: English
Lecturers: Dr. Marc-Oliver Pahl, Stefan Liebald, Lars Wüstrich, Jonas Andre, Christian Lübben, Cédric Mohler

Registration & Details

Introduction to MATLAB (in German)

Starts March 8, 2018, 2nd session.
Language: German
Lecturer: Christian Karpfinger

Registration & Details

Software Engineering Essentials

The Economics of Agro-Food Value Chains

Introduction to Trauma Surgery (in German)

First Session: June 20 -September 7, 2014
Language: German
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Peter Biberthaler

Registration & Details

Six Sigma: Define and Measure

Starts July 1, 2019, 2nd session, course 1 of 3.
Language: English
Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Martin Grunow, Dr. Holly Claudia Ott

Registration & Details

In partnership with the TUM School of Management, the TUM Executive Education Center (EEC) is offering the TUM Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification upon the successful completion of the edX Professional Certificate Program.  Learn more

Six Sigma: Analyse, Improve, Control

Starts July 1, 2019, 2nd session, course 2 of 3.
Language: English
Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Martin Grunow, Dr. Holly Claudia Ott

Registration & Details

In partnership with the TUM School of Management, the TUM Executive Education Center (EEC) is offering the TUM Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification upon the successful completion of the edX Professional Certificate Program.  Learn more

Lean Production

Starts July 1, 2019, 2nd session, course 3 of 3.
Language: English
Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Martin Grunow, Dr. Holly Claudia Ott

Registration & Details

In partnership with the TUM School of Management, the TUM Executive Education Center (EEC) is offering the TUM Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification upon the successful completion of the edX Professional Certificate Program.  Learn more

Enabling Entrepreneurs to Shape a Better World

Starts June 26, 2018
Language: English
Lecturers: Ryan Little, Christina Hunn, Alexander Osterwalder, Hedda Pahlson-Moller, Professor Muhammad Yunus, Ding Li

Registration & Details

The course is created by the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie, a cooperation of the Munich Universities.

Small Private Online Courses (SPOCs)

Please contact us if you would like to create a SPOC for use with your residential courses or just to explore the possibilities of online teaching.

Useful Information

Improve your English – and earn ECTS credits

Students at TUM can earn ECTS credits when they participate in an English-language MOOC. Language Center: Guided English Self-Study

"MOOCs for Masters" GO ONLINE

Prepare yourself for master's degree programs: The initiative allows students to prepare themselves for the master’s degree programs at TUM. Learn more: MOOCsforMasters

The "Academic Writing Made Easy" course starts on April 29, 2019. Learn the basics of academic writing in English step by step. Join the course on edX

The "iLab - The Internet Masterclass" course started on July 1, 2019. The iLabX course explains how the Internet works from the ground up. It uses many practical examples and exercises that make you not only understand, but also configure key components such as routers or webservers yourself. You will set up your own Internet step-by-step! Join our mascot, ilabee, for mastering the 6 summits of the Internet mountains. Course material is coming soon.

The "Software Engineering Essentials" course has started its third run on April 24. Learn agile methods, object-oriented programming and best practices in the field of software engineering at your own pace.  Join the course on edX

The "Make Your Own App" course ended its second run on October 14. Learn the basics of web programming and how to utilize these techniques to build your own software applications for mobile or desktop devices. See the archived course on edX

The updated second run of the "Introduction to Land Management" course ended on January 31. Gain insights into the complex nature of land management and learn about terms, tasks and challenges related to our land. See the archived course on edX

The "Web App Development with the Power of Node.js" course ended on May 6, 2018. See the archived course on edX


Discover Excellence in Engineering and the Natural Sciences - Made in Germany. Discover TU9!
First Session: October 20 - December 21, 2014
Language: English
Lecturers of TUM: Prof. Dr. Birgit Vogel-Heuser, Prof. Dr. Gerhard Müller, Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Utschick

The aim of the MOOC@TU9 continuation phase was the production of MOOC offerings within the thematic field of engineering sciences which were developed as well as produced cooperatively in collaboration of at least two TU9 facilities each, and afterwards could be used in all facilities. Aside from German- and English-speaking courses on communication acoustics, transport ecology, and contemporary urban planning, renowned professors of the areas of expertise presented open online courses on aircraft engines and on the development process of technical systems. After successful completion of the course a certificate of participation could be acquired. The courses were curricular embedded for a selection of degree programmes within the network, but students from outside the TU9 alliance and the interested public were addressed with the offer, too. Altogether more than 3000 people participated in the offered courses in winter semester 2016/2017, and profited from the bundled engineering know-how of the TU9. The project aimed at building up experiences collectively on the issue of MOOCs, and is to be understood as an instrument for an ongoing improvement and extension of the course offerings at TU9 universities. Also, after the end of the project the contents and courses are still available as far as possible, and will be organised again in summer semester 2017.


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Background: Learning scenarios & more

MOOCs in action: Our online courses are not intended to replace a regular degree program. However, they can enhance the university’s teaching repertoire. For example, they can be used to prepare for a course of study, to supplement lectures or to complete practical exercises (blended learning). They can also support continuing education.

Platform providers

To make MOOCs available to the public, the university established non-exclusive partnerships with the following renowned American platform providers:

  • Coursera: Stanford University spin-off with over 12 million users and more than 115 education partners worldwide.
  • edX: Founded as a cooperation between MIT, Harvard University & the University of California, Berkeley, edX is a non-profit organization. TUM is one of the universities specially chosen by edX to offer online courses.

Our university does not pass any personal data to the platform providers. If you take part in one of our MOOCs, please refer to the data protection guidelines in the terms and conditions of the providers.

Publication List

Sustaining a Culture of Excellence: Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in Land Management

Cheonjae Lee and Walter Timo de Vries

Sustainability 201911(12), 3280

Abstract: Increasing globalization and the emergence of disruptive learning technologies have derived a pedagogical paradigm shift from the conventional on-campus higher education to the digital and online higher education. Massive open online courses (MOOCs), especially, are the most notable manifestation of educational transformation. We developed a MOOC entitled Introduction to Land Management (ILMx MOOC) for potential entrants to the land management domain, or for those who simply want to become aware of land-related challenges and brought together with thousands of participants worldwide with freely accessible course content and rooms for open discussion. Our experience with ILMx MOOC has accumulated new knowledge and insight across a broad range of questioning on how to design and develop alternative courseware and teach using digital learning technologies in land management. This paper examines an account of emerging patterns of demographics, geography, and course engagement throughout the ILMx MOOC. We found that the subject of land management in digital higher education affects gender gaps in enrolments. We also assume that the topic of land management has been globally recognized as an important nexus to guide professionals in international development studies and practices as well as sustainability research. However, new behavioral patterns of learners were also observed. They participated in the learning process very enthusiastically only during the first month of the course and this seems to be due to lack of motivation and interest to induce learners efficiently into the learning content. We believe that the culture of excellence in land management needs to be accompanied by engaged excellence and new forms of educational culture and work processes. This means that the high-quality and rigorous knowledge we produce and accumulate is coupled closely with new styles of educational development and delivery, new types of resources and hardware, and extensive engagement with countries, localities, people, and practices of those who handle land matters.

Computational Thinking as Springboard for Learning Object-Oriented Programming in an Interactive MOOC

Johannes Krugel and Peter Hubwieser

Published in: 2017 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON)

Abstract: The prerequisite knowledge regarding Computer Science (CS) varies strongly among freshmen at university and it seems advisable to compensate for these differences before the first lecture starts. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) might represent a possible solution. We therefore designed and developed a MOOC (called “LOOP: Learning Object-Oriented Programming”) which provides a gentle introduction to computational thinking and object-oriented concepts before the programming part. In addition to the common quizzes, we developed various we-based interactive exercises to enable the learners to experiment and interact directly with the presented concepts. Furthermore, we implemented programming exercises with constructive feedback for the learners using a web-based integrated development environment and additionally an automatic grading system. The target group of the course are prospective students of science or engineering that are due to attend CS lessons in their first terms. The course was conducted as a prototype with a limited number of participants. In a concluding survey, the participants submitted textual feedback on the course; some of them proposed specific improvements for the employed interactive exercises. Yet, the overall feedback was encouragingly positive. In this paper, we describe the design and the development of the course, as well as our initial results.

TU9-MOOC Communication Acoustics: Erste Erfahrungen (pdf for download)

Sebastian Möller, et al.

Fortschritte der Akustik - DAGA 2017: Plenarvortr. u. Fachbeitr. d. 43. Dtsch. Jahrestg. f. Akust. Deutsche Jahrestagung für Akustik (DAGA)DE-Berlin Seiten 1-4 ISBN 978-3-939296-12-6 DEGA 2017.

Einleitung: Zwischen den neun großen Technischen Universitäten in Deutschland werden derzeit eine Anzahl von Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) implementiert, mit deren Hilfe ein abgestimmtes und international sichtbares Lehrangebot geschaffen werden soll. Wie auf der DAGA 2016 berichtet [1], hatten sich vier dieser Technischen Universitäten unter Einbindung der Chalmers University of Technology aus einer Initiative im Hochschulbeirat der DEGA heraus zusammengetan, um einen solchen Online-Kurs zum Thema Kommunikationsakustik zu produzieren [2].

Der Kurs ist zum Wintersemester 2016/17 zunächst als interner Kurs der beteiligten Universitäten und seit Dezember 2016 auch als öffentlicher MOOC gestartet. Er wird komplett auf Englisch angeboten und richtet sich an Studierende zum Ende des Bachelor- und zu Beginn des Masterstudiums, sodass weitere Spezialveranstaltungen auf ihm aufbauen können. In diesem Beitrag werden neben einem kurzen Abriss über die Konzeption des Kurses insbesondere unsere Erfahrungen bei der Produktion der benötigten Lehrmaterialen, der Einbindung in die Kursplattform edX, der Vorbereitung zugehöriger Prüfungen und Zertifikate, sowie der Durchführung des ersten Semesters berichtet. Daraus wird eine Liste mit Optimierungspotenzial abgeleitet. Da der Kurs öffentlich verfügbar ist, wird abschließend diskutiert, wie andere Universitäten und Hochschulen das Angebot in ihrer Lehre nutzen können.

ArTEMiS - An Automatic Assessment Management System for Interactive Learning"  (pdf for download)

Dr. Stephan Krusche und Andreas Seitz

Published in: SIGCSE '18 Proceedings of the 49th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education

Abstract: The increasing number of students in computer science courses leads to high efforts in manual assessment of exercises. Existing assessment systems are not designed for exercises with immediate feedback in large classes. In this paper, we present an AuTomated assEssment Management System for interactive learning.

ArTEMiS assesses solutions to programming exercises automatically and provides instant feedback so that students can iteratively solve the exercise. It is open source and highly scalable based on version control, regression testing and continuous integration. ArTEMiS offers an online code editor with interactive exercise instructions, is programming language independent and applicable to a variety of computer science courses. By using it, students gain experiences in version control, dependency management and continuous integration.

We used ArTEMiS in 3 university and 1 online courses and report about our experiences. We figured out that ArTEMiS is suitable for beginners, helps students to realize their progress and to gradually improve their solutions. It reduces the effort of instructors and enhances the learning experience of students.

Interactive Learning – Increasing Student Participation through Shorter Exercise Cycles (pdf for download)

Stephan Krusche, Andreas Seitz, Jürgen Börstler and Bernd Bruegge

19th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE'17), pages 17-26. ACM. Geelong - Australia, January 2017

Abstract: In large classes, there is typically a clear separation between content delivery in lectures on the one hand and content deepening in practical exercises on the other hand. This temporal and spatial separation has several disadvantages. In particular, it separates students’ hearing about a new concept from being able to actually practice and apply it, which may decrease knowledge retention.

To closely integrate lectures and practical exercises, we propose an approach which we call interactive learning: it is based on active, computer based and experiential learning, includes immediate feedback and learning from the reflection on experience. It decreases the time between content delivery and content deepening to a few minutes and allows for flexible and more efficient learning. Shorter exercise cycles allow students to apply and practice multiple concepts per teaching unit directly after they first heard about them.

We applied interactive learning in two large software engineering classes with 300 students each and evaluated its use qualitatively and quantitatively. The students’ participation increases compared to traditional classes: until the end of the course, around 50% of the students attend class and participate in exercises. Our evaluations show that students’ learning experience and exam grades correlate with the increased participation. While educators need more time to prepare the class and the exercises, they need less time to review exercise submissions. The overall teaching effort for instructors and teaching assistants does not increase.

Increasing the Interactivity in Software Engineering MOOCs - A Case Study (Best Paper Nomination)

Stephan Krusche and Andreas Seitz

31st Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training (CSEE&T 2019). Hawaii - USA, January 2019

Abstract: MOOCs differ from traditional university courses: instructors do not know the learners who have a diverse background and cannot talk to them in person due to the worldwide distribution. This has a decisive influence on the interactivity of teaching and the learning success in online courses. While typical online exercises such as multiple choice quizzes are interactive, they only stimulate basic cognitive skills and do not reflect software engineering working practices such as programming or testing. However, the application of knowledge in practical and realistic exercises is especially important in software engineering education.

In this paper, we present an approach to increase the interactivity in software engineering MOOCs. Our interactive learning approach focuses on a variety of practical and realistic exercises, such as analyzing, designing, modeling, programming, testing, and delivering software stimulating all cognitive skills. Semi-automatic feedback provides guidance and allows reflection on the learned theory. We applied this approach in the MOOC software engineering essentials SEECx on the edX platform. Since the beginning of the course, more than 15,000 learners from more than 160 countries have enrolled. We describe the design of the course and explain how its interactivity affects the learning success.

Completed courses

The material remains partially available on the respective platforms after the end of the course.

Academic Writing Made Easy

First Session: 29.04.2019 – 16.06.2019
Language: English
Lecturers: Dr. Heidi Minning, Jeremiah Hendren, Dr. Stephen Starck, Dr. Arpana Bhar, Susan O'Byrne, Rose Jacobs, Ruth Shannon

Teaching Assistant: Huma Abid

Course Material

Autonomous Navigation for Flying Robots

First session: May 6 - June 25, 2014
Re-run: May 5 - June 30, 2015
Language: Englisch
Lecturer: Dr. Jürgen Sturm und Prof. Dr. Daniel Cremers

Course material

Flood Risk Management

First session: November 2 - December 21, 2017
Language: English
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Markus Disse, Prof. Dr. Heribert Nacken, Johannes Mitterer

Course material

Introduction to Computer Vision (in German)

First Session: January 13 - February 24, 2014
Re-Run: January 19 - April 1, 2015
Language: German
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Martin Kleinsteuber

Introduction to Land Management

Lean Production

Course 3 of 3

First Session: February 1 - April 5, 2018 
Second Session: May 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019
Language: English
Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Martin Grunow, Dr. Holly Claudia Ott

New course run

In partnership with the TUM School of Management, the TUM Executive Education Center (EEC) offered the TUM Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification upon the successful completion of the edX Professional Certificate Program.  Learn more

LOOP – Learn object-oriented programming (in German)

First session: 07.08.-10.09.2017
Second session: 11.09.-15.10.2017
Third session: 07.09.-15.10.2018
Language: German

Lecturers: Prof. Peter Hubwieser, Dr. Johannes Krugel, Dr. Marc Berges, Alexandra Funke

Course material

Make Your Own App

First session: 26.02.-08.04.2018
Second session: 03.09.-14.10.2018
Language: English

Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Phil. Klaus Bengler, Lorenz Prasch, Dr. Antonia Conto-Kufner, Markus Zimmermann

Teaching assistants: Peter Eliseenko, Nicolas Härtwig, Gideon Kloss, Niklas Lütteken, Moritz Rettinger, Christina Rosenmöller, David Schopf, Kristina Strobl, Tim Westhoff

Course material

Probability, Risk, Reliability – an Introduction for Engineers (in German)

First Session: Winter Semester 2014
Language: German
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Daniel Straub
Currently only available for TUM students after log-in via TUM-Online.

Quality Engineering and Management: Fundamentals of Six Sigma

First session: July 1 - September 10, 2016
Re-run: June 15 - September 15, 2016
Language: English
Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Martin Grunow and  Dr. Holly Claudia Ott

The TUM School of Management Executive Education Center is offering the Six-Sigma Green Belt certification to course participants in combination with individual online coaching and an intensive face-to-face training in Munich.

Six Sigma: Analyze, Improve, Control

Course 2 of 3

First Session: October 1 - December 17, 2017 
Second Session: May 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019
Language: English
Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Martin Grunow, Dr. Holly Claudia Ott

Course material

In partnership with the TUM School of Management, the TUM Executive Education Center (EEC) offered the TUM Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification upon the successful completion of the edX Professional Certificate Program.  Learn more

Six Sigma: Define and Measure

Course 1 of 3

First Session: June 1 - July 27, 2017
Second Session: May 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019
Language: English
Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Martin Grunow, Dr. Holly Claudia Ott

Course material

In partnership with the TUM School of Management, the TUM Executive Education Center (EEC) offered the TUM Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification upon the successful completion of the edX Professional Certificate Program.  Learn more

Software Engineering Essentials

First session: May 30 - August 1, 2017
Re-run: October 24, 2017 - January 2, 2018
Language: English
Lecturers: Prof. Ph.D. Bernd Brügge, Dr. rer. nat. Stephan Krusche, M.Sc. Andreas Seitz, M.Sc. Jan Knobloch

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Web App Development with the Power of Node.js

First session: March 5 - May 6, 2018
Language: English
Lecturer: Prof. Dr. Burkhard Rost, Dr. Guy Yachdav, Dr. Tatyana Goldberg

Teaching assistants: Christian Dallago, Dimitrii Nechaev, Dennis Schwartz, Sebastian Wilzbach

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