Open Courses

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are online courses available to anyone around the world at no cost. These courses are part of the George Washington University’s service mission to provide educational opportunities to people around the world and create innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

The Office of Online Learning supports instructors who are interested in leveraging innovative pedagogies and instructional technologies to reach a broader, international audience.

GW offers several open courses to global learners and students at GW. Investigate courses that may be within your area of interest and take the courses at your own pace.

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Patent Law & Policy

Former Chief Justice of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Randall Radar, and GW Law School Associate Dean, John Whealan will take you through patent law and policy basics as they clarify foundational elements, ask penetrating questions, and relate case studies and examples for you to consider.

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The Past, Present, and Future of the Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve, often cloaked in mystery, has touched all of our lives and changed the path of history. In this course we will examine the 100-year history of the Federal Reserve, from its founding in 1913 to the role it played in the 2007-2008 financial crisis.

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Practical Numerical Methods with Python

The course consists of stacked learning modules that are somewhat self-contained. Each one is motivated by a problem that can be modeled by a differential equation (or system of DEs) and builds new concepts in numerical computing, new coding skills and ideas about analysis of numerical solutions.

Register for the self-paced Practical Numerical Methods course
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Aerodynamics / Hydrodynamics

This course aims to give a foundation in the classical theories of aerodynamics of ideal fluids, as they apply to aerospace engineering design, and it aims to provide competency in solution methods and understanding of their approximation power and sources of error.

Register for the self-paced Aerodynamics/Hydrodynamics course

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Leading Healthcare Quality and Safety

This course prepares healthcare practitioners to lead patient safety and quality improvement initiatives. Participants learn the science underlying patient safety and how to measure and analyze patient safety problems, apply systematic approaches to address quality improvement challenges, and lead a culture of change. This GW School of Nursing course is offered through Coursera.

Register for the Leading Healthcare Quality and Safety course