More green screen for our water MOOC

We’ve been back in the green screen studio for more filming this month. This is again in preparation for the launch of Part 2 of the Water Supply and Sanitation Policy in Developing Countries MOOC with Prof. Dale Whittington.


The current plan when we launch in late-Spring 2016 seems to be that both our earlier Part 1 and the new Part 2 will be available ‘on demand’. So if you’re interested in taking the MOOC for free and did not get a chance to join us in Part 1 you will be able to do that before doing Part 2. And if you did Part 1 and have been waiting for Part 2, the full set of Part 2 content will all be available at launch.

Our platform for the MOOC, Coursera, has indicated that having courses ‘on demand’, without set scheduled start dates and sequencing helps learners to take courses when they want to, and for learners to complete MOOCs flexibly at their own pace, fitting in with other demands on their time. Overall I think it’ll be good to move to this format.

This latest session of Part 2 filming looked at:

  • Water tariff issues, such as what tariffs attempt to achieve, different forms of tariffs, and issues of tariff reform;
  • Privatisation, including forms of private sector participation (or public-private partnerships) and some comparative experiences from China and India; and
  • Information treatments to try to change household behaviours towards water and sanitation services in beneficial ways.

Early next year I’ll be taping some more material on the privatisation and regulation experience of the UK over the past 25 years. I’m looking forward to that.

Lastly, we did some new intro videos for both Part 1 and Part 2. Hopefully these clearly state what each MOOC is about and what learners can expect if they take them. We hope they’ll help us to attract large numbers of learners again for these free courses when they launch next year!

Duncan Thomas


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