The Centre for Global Heritage and Development has been successful in applying for a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the topic of threatened heritage at ICTO, the platform for innovation and education at Leiden University. Together with researchers from the Faculty of Archaeology, Law and Social Sciences of Leiden University, the TU-Delft and under the auspices of UNESCO Netherlands a program has been set up for an online learning course covering all agents that threaten heritage, ranging from mass-tourism, looting, destruction and disaster. There will be special focus on the topic of heritage and indigenous rights.
The MOOC is relevant to (Honours) students of Archaeology, Heritage Studies, Landscape History and (Architectural) History (MA/RMA and PhD level), Anthropology and Law. It is also aimed at specialists as well as the general public on a global level (e.g. indigenous peoples, people who cannot access academic class rooms) with a view to raising awareness on heritage under destruction.
The MOOC will be developed under the coordination of Mara de Groot MA, who is a specialist in heritage management and the coordinator of the LDE Centre for Global Heritage and Development. She will do this in close cooperation with dr. Sada Mire of the Dept. of World Heritage of the Faculty of Archaeology, who is an expert on contested heritage and indigenous rights to cultural heritage. The MOOC will be developed in the coming months and will be accessible through Coursera in the second half of 2016.