Free Online Courses from Boston University
About Boston University
Boston University (BU) is a private research university in Boston, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1839 by a Methodist and its original campus is in Newbury, Vermont, before moving to Boston in 1867.
Now with more than 4,000 faculty members and nearly 34,000 students, the university is one of Boston’s largest employers. It offers bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, medical, dentistry, business, and law degrees through 17 schools and colleges on three urban campuses. The main campus is located along the Charles River in Boston’s Fenway Kenmore and Alston neighborhoods, while the Boston University Medical Campus is located in Boston’s South End neighborhood. The Fenway campus houses the Willock College of Education and Human Development, formerly Willock College, which merged with Boston University in 2018.
The university has 8 Nobel Laureates, 23 Pulitzer Prize winners, 10 Rhodes Scholars, 6 Marshall Scholars, 9 Academy Award winners.
Address: Boston, MA 02215, United States
Free online courses from Boston University
Boston University’s impact extends far beyond our campus in the heart of Boston. Our students, faculty, and alumni travel around the globe to study, teach, and become immersed in the communities in which they live. As one of the world’s leading research universities, Boston University is currently engaged in more than 340 separate research, service, and educational programs and projects. Today, BU is the fourth-largest private university in the country and a member of the American Association of Universities, a nonprofit association of 62 of North America’s leading research-intensive institutions.
With 17 schools and colleges BU offers our students more than 250 programs of study in science and engineering, social science and humanities, health science, the arts, and other professional disciplines. And after graduation? Our students take their place in a long line of alumni whose inclusive and engaged educational experience prepared them to help serve, shape, and improve the world.
Boston University MOOCs
Browse free online courses in a variety of subjects. Boston University courses found below can be audited free or students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee.
Programs available in free online courses from Boston University:
The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Health
About this course
Whether you’re considering a global health learning experience such as a clinical rotation, a research project, or volunteer work, or are preparing to work abroad, this is the course for you!
This 3-part timeline-based course, designed by a team of global health experts, will help you prepare for successful global health learning experiences. The course provides guidance for undergraduate and graduate students, medical trainees, and volunteers. In each part, you will have the opportunity to learn through interactive scenarios and discussion forums.
In Part 1 ( The Big Picture ), you will learn how to determine whether a global health learning experience is right for you, and if so, what, where, when, and how?
In Part 2 ( Preparation and on the Ground ), you will learn how to prepare for your global health learning experience and gain vital information about being there on-the-ground. You’ll learn how to
arrange logistics, improve your security and cultural awareness and obtain guidance to limit health hazards. You’ll have the opportunity to create an appropriately inclusive yet “light” packing list. You will learn how to identify and manage common situations you may encounter on the ground, including personal and property safety risks, professional, ethical, and cultural issues, and the appropriate use of various modes of communication, including social media.
In Part 3 ( Reflection ), you will learn about “reverse culture shock” upon returning from a global health experience. You will learn how to identify strategies for effectively “reintegrating” into your home and
work life and how to effectively manage potential health issues upon return. In addition, you’ll learn how to effectively advocate for other individuals at your institution to identify clinical opportunities,
educational opportunities and funding structures for future global health experiences.
In May 2017, The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Health course was awarded the following: Global Emergency Medicine Education Award, Global Emergency Medicine Academy, Society of Academic
Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL. This award honors a team that has worked to create sustainable education solutions, develop robust educational curriculum or other projects that encourage the growth and development of emergency physicians internationally.
Please note: This course is offered free of charge. Upon successful completion of each part, you will have the option to obtain a Credly(R) badge.
Ethical Leadership: Character, Civility, and Community
Ethical leadership is the critical appropriation and embodiment of traditions that have shaped the character and shared meanings of a people. Ethical leaders, therefore, are leaders whose characters have been shaped by the wisdom, habits and practices of particular traditions, often more than one, yet they tend be identified with a particular cultural ethos and narrative. Finally, ethical leadership asks the question of values in reference to ultimate concern.–Walter Earl Fluker
This course provides theoretical and practical approaches to the development of character, civility and community for leaders and emerging leaders in education, business, nonprofit, academic, religious, and other professions. The course examines the personal, public and spiritual dimensions of leadership within the context that Fluker calls “the intersection of lifeworlds and systems”; and outlines principles and practices of ethical leadership from a diverse field of leadership theories. Fluker’s work grounds leadership in story, the appropriation of one’s personal narrative within social and historical contexts, as a basis for individual and social transformation.
Theorists and Leadership Video Interviewees include:
- Congressman John Lewis
- Ambassador Andrew Young
- Dr. Jochen Fried (Salzburg Global Seminar)
- Dr. Walter E. Massey (former President, School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
- Chandra Taylor-Smith (Vice President, Community Conservation and Education, National Audubon Society)
- Nicole Robinson (Vice President of Community Impact, Greater Chicago Food Depository)
- Caren Yanis (former President, Crown Family Philanthropies)
- Biographer Evan Thomas ( Being Nixon: A Man Divided )
- Harvard University Business, Kennedy and Education School Professors Max Bazerman, Howard Gardner, Bill George, David Gergen, Ronald Heifetz and Barbara Kellerman.
BU Leadership Video Interviewees include:
- President Robert A. Brown
- Provost Jean Morrison
- Deans Coleman (SED), Moore (STH), Cudd (CAS), Elmore (Dean of Students), Freeman (Questrom School of Business), Galea (SPH) and Najam (Pardee School of Global Studies).
Course participants will develop an Ethical Leadership Toolkit through video exercises led by Professor Fluker, discussion, journaling and assessments, as well as a 5-7 page final project that addresses his or her area of concern (e.g. economic disparity, racism, LBGTQ concerns, homelessness, hunger, violence, environmental issues, global citizenship).
Business Analytics for Data-Driven Decision Making
Virtually all managerial and leadership positions in the digital economy increasingly rely on data-driven decision making. Recent studies have shown companies who adopt “Data-Driven Decision Management” achieve significant productivity gains over other firms.
Having a solid grasp of the end-to-end process of making effective decisions with data will give you an edge, both in performing such analyses yourself, as well as in effectively managing teams of business analysts and data scientists.
In this course, part of both the Digital Leadership and Digital Product Management MicroMasters programs, you will learn the tools and techniques to become a data-driven or “evidence-based” manager.
You will learn the process of reframing a business question as a data question, reasoning about what data might be of assistance and how to obtain it, integrating and cleaning the data, performing the analysis, deriving and communicating insights from the analysis, and building the managerial culture to operate in this way and create competitive advantages from enterprise data.
This course is unique in the sense that it aims squarely at the needs of a manager in an analytically focused enterprise by providing both a hands-on introduction to the concepts, methods and processes of business analytics as well as an introduction to the use of analytics as the basis for creating a competitive advantage.
Completion of this course requires the use of Microsoft Power BI Desktop. Unfortunately, there is currently no version of Power BI Desktop for macOS or Linux operating systems. We encourage learners to secure access to a Windows environment, but if that is not possible, macOS and Linux users can run Power BI Desktop in a virtual Windows environment. The course provides steps for installing such an environment.
The Inclusive STEM Teaching Project
The Inclusive STEM Teaching Project is a 6 week course designed to advance the awareness, self-efficacy, and the ability of faculty, postdocs, and doctoral students to cultivate inclusive STEM learning environments for all their students and to develop themselves as reflective, inclusive practitioners.
Leading in the Digital Age
Develop a new leadership mindset and the leadership skill sets required to lead digital transformation in your organization.
Platform Strategy for Business
Learn how you can design, launch, monetize and compete in a networked platform market.
The Postdoc Academy: Succeeding as a Postdoc
Create a rewarding postdoc experience that will launch you into your chosen career path by developing strategies and skills to successfully navigate your time as a postdoc.
Product Management with Lean, Agile and System Design Thinking
Learn how to use lean, agile and systems design thinking in all aspects of the digital products lifecycle.
Digital Transformation Strategy
Strategies for driving business success in the new digital economy.
Sabermetrics 101: Introduction to Baseball Analytics
An introduction to sabermetrics, baseball analytics, data science, the R Language, and SQL.
Faith and Finance
Learn about the complex relationships between faith and money, and acquire strategies for wise, faith-based stewardship of finances.
Religion and Conflict Transformation
This course will introduce students to the theology, worldview, and practice of faith-based conflict transformation. It will prepare students to become leaders equipped with basic tools of conflict analysis in families, organizations, communities, and larger systems of oppression. It will provide basic skills for tansforming conflict. Although taught from a Christian tradition, students will be invited to reflect on their own religious and cultural contexts.
Preparing for the AP Physics 1 Exam
Prepare for the AP Physics 1 exam in this engaging and interactive prep course from Boston University.
The Postdoc Academy: Building Skills for a Successful Career
Join other postdocs preparing to transition into their next career step and broaden your skills toward your desired career context.
AP® Spanish Language and Culture
An interactive Spanish MOOC to prepare students for the AP language and culture exam. Come practice your Spanish with us!
Driving Digital Innovation through Experimentation
Learn how to apply principles of experimentation at the technical, organizational and strategic levels of your business to drive digital innovation.
Strategic Social Media Marketing
Social media technologies are continuously transforming the ways consumers interact with each other and firms. These changes constitute a fundamental shift in the marketplace–consumers have greater opportunities to voice their opinions and connect with their peers as well as increased influence over marketers and brands.
In this course, part of the Digital Product Management MicroMasters program, we examine how organizations capitalize on social media and consumer-to-consumer interactions to support their marketing efforts. We view these issues from a strategic and a practical perspective, rather than a technical or platform perspective. We will give you the knowledge you need to create engaging content for platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat and how to identify influencers, deliver content to a targeted audience, and measure the success of your efforts.
Understanding social media is crucial for product managers who will be operating in a digital environment. Product managers will learn how to use social media conversations to inform their decision-making and how to leverage social media to promote their products, services and the brand. Additionally, learners will gain an understanding of how social media can be used to achieve specific organizational objectives and to measure the effectiveness of those efforts.