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MOOC Advent Countdown: The 5-Star Courses of 2020


It’s the most wonderful time of year, which means the MOOC advent countdown is back!

Follow the Digital Education Service (@uoldigital) on Twitter as we countdown to Christmas one 5-star MOOC at a time. Just like last year, our advent calendar is made up of University of Leeds courses that have received 5-star ratings on, the leading review site for online courses.

Our courses perform exceptionally well in Class Central reviews, and this year four University of Leeds courses appeared in Class Central’s Best Online Courses of All Time.

We're delighted that our courses have attracted almost 800,000 online course enrolments during 2020. In April, the Department of Education chose six courses from our Digital Skills for the Workplace collection to feature on The Skills Toolkit to help the nation learn from home. With over half a million enrolments, and a world-class set of courses helping people develop their digital skills, we’re definitely on Santa’s nice list!

Head over to Twitter to get into the holiday spirit with our special #moocadvent.

Here’s a preview of the high-rating courses that have made it into the first twelve days of our festive countdown:

1st Dec: Food Science and Nutrition: From the Farm to You

2nd Dec: Transport Systems: Global Issues and Future Innovations

3rd Dec: MedTech: Exploring the Human Genome

4th Dec: Starting a Business 2: People and Networks

5th Dec: Interdisciplinary Learning: Working Across Disciplines

6th Dec: Environmental Challenges: Hierarchy in Property Rights

7th Dec: Causes of Human Disease: Understanding Causes of Disease

8th Dec: Introduction to Research Ethics: Working with People

9th Dec: Critical Thinking at University: An Introduction

10th Dec: Starting a Business 3: Customers and Competitors

11th Dec: Causes of Human Disease: Transmitting and Fighting Infection

12th Dec: Environmental Challenges: Human Impact in the Natural Environment