Free Online Courses

Colorado State University offers a selection of Massive Open Online Courses (also known as MOOCs) that are free and open to the public. Courses are offered on two different platforms: Canvas Network and FutureLearn. See below which courses are available and when they are offered. Learn more about MOOCs on the FAQs page.

Take a MOOC to explore new skills and ideas

Applying and Leading Assessment in Student Affairs

Platform: Canvas Network

If you are new to coordinating assessment, looking to build your assessment competencies, or seeking to advance your assessment leadership, this course helps identify and explore core elements, resources, and approaches for your practice.


Conflict Resolution for College Students

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Platform: Canvas Network

Conflicts with roommates, professors, classmates, coworkers, and club members are a common part of the college experience. This interactive course is designed to help you successfully manage the interpersonal disputes you encounter during your time as a student.


Exploring the Student Affairs in Higher Education Profession

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Platform: Canvas Network

Are you interested in a career working with college students? Or are you a student affairs professional needing to brush up on the latest practices in the field? This course is designed for both audiences. Discover foundations of the field, guiding theories, networking tips, and most importantly, learn how you can foster student success.


Positive Parenting After Separation

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Platform: FutureLearn

Divorce or separation can create difficult situations for children, particularly when their parents are struggling to co-parent. Get practical advice on how to meet children's needs with this online course.


Science of Relationships

Platform: Canvas Network

Have you ever wondered what makes your significant other tick? Why you're attracted to the people you are? How to best nurture a relationship? Or how to get through a breakup? Dive deeper into the science of relationships with social psychology expert and CSU professor, Dr. Jennifer Jill Harman, Ph.D., in this free online psychology course.


The Fall of the Roman Republic

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Platform: FutureLearn

Covering the last century of the Roman Republic, this course will help you understand the Republic's collapse and the how the emergence of the Roman Empire came about. Gain an overview of the development of the Republic, and explore significant aspects of Roman society, religion, and governance.


Water Scarcity: Crisis and Response

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Platform: FutureLearn

What happens when water runs out, and why does it occur? How can we ensure an adequate fresh water supply for all? Examine the reasons for diminishing water supplies, the conflicts that arise over water, and what can be done to ensure adequate water supplies for people and nature.


Water for the People: Gender, Human Rights, and Diplomacy

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Platform: FutureLearn

Across the globe, more than a billion people lack access to safe drinking water. For many, just obtaining water is a laborious task that often falls to women and girls. In this course, you will explore the issues of gender inequality and human rights in relation to water, and the diplomatic efforts that are helping to improve access to this essential resource.


Writing for Graduate School

Platform: Canvas Network

Are you applying to graduate school or already accepted into a program? Writing is one of the most important skills you will need. Start honing your writing skills and take an in-depth look at the academic writing process, MLA and APA styles, citing sources, revising your work, and more.

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