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Online course attracts students from 153 countries

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Online course attracts students from 153 countries

Our online course on sport and sustainable development has attracted over 2,600 learners from around the world.

* This article was updated on 11 September by the operating team.

The course Sport for Sustainable Development: Designing effective policies and programmes launched on 20 July and has been embraced by a wide range of individuals and organisations. The course is free and open access and has been designed to build capacity among individuals and organisations using sport for development in their policies and programmes.

The course was developed by the International Platform on Sport and Development (sportanddev), the Australian government and the Commonwealth Secretariat, in order to maximise the contributions that sport can make to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other development priorities.

Highlights from the course to date

This is the first massive open online course (MOOC) of its kind in sport and development, and the course has clearly met an identified need, with instant uptake from learners across the globe. To date, more than 2,600 learners from 153 countries across six continents have joined the course.

A few highlights include (figures correct as of 11 September 2020):

  • 97% of learners surveyed* indicated the course met or exceeded their expectations
  • 96% of learners surveyed* indicated they gained new knowledge or skills in the course
  • 90% of learners surveyed* indicated that they were satisfied with the course
  • 78% of learners surveyed* indicated that they have shared learnings with other people
  • Excellent learner engagement with 6,182 comments posted to date
  • Gender split of enrolled learners – 48% female / 51% male (1% non-binary) **

NB: Certain figures will increase as the course remains open - many learners are still progressing through the course at their own pace, while some learners may join the course at a later date.

Ben Howard, chair of the sportanddev Steering Board and Pacific Sports Partnerships programme manager, welcomed the excellent response: “This course has been more than three years in the making, and we are thrilled to see so many individuals across countries, continents and cultures join its first iteration. We have very good engagement rates compared to other open online courses, and we will use learner and expert feedback to improve the course in stages.”

Broad relevance for multiple audiences

The course is designed to meet the needs of a range of learners, including government officials, intergovernmental and sport organisations, public policy experts, the private sector and civil society. Of learners surveyed*, 37% belong to a sport organisation, 26% to a non-governmental organisation, 9% to governments, 2% to intergovernmental agencies, 20% defined their organisation as ‘other’ and 6% selected ‘none’.

Learner feedback has been exceptionally positive to date, with many participants indicating they will use the information, tools and resources from the course in their policies, programmes and projects. As one learner commented: “This has been an enormous investment for me and my organization. I have encouraged my colleagues to take this course as well and others on this platform, so we are on the same page. The learning has been incredible and the opportunities and options to make change immense. Thank you for this opportunity.

The course features contributions from around the world and was designed in conjunction with an expert reference group and academic team. It empowers learners to explore aspects of programme design and implementation and understand how to measure the impact of policies and programmes. It also explores key concepts on sport and gender equality, disability, human rights, social inclusion, peacebuilding and child safeguarding, with practical insights from experts. The course is deliberately interactive and includes engaging video and audio content, as well as encouraging learners to share their on-ground experiences and insights at every stage. 

To register for the course, visit the sign-up page here

* The post-course survey is optional, and has not been completed by all learners
** Gender and other demographic information is optional and not provided by all learners


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