Recently New York Magazine announced its top 21 best MOOCs, based on user rating and interviewed students who had taken the MOOCs. The Heritage Under Threat MOOC (followed by over 5,800 learners, rated 4.9/5) was among those chosen. This MOOC was developed by the Centre for Global Heritage and Development, a collaboration between the universities of Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam and by the Swedish-Somali archaeologist Sada Mire, who was working at Leiden University at the time, and also teaches the MOOC.
The aim of the MOOC is to instill a sense of urgency to the taker of the course, and show how cultural heritage worldwide is under threat. Raising awareness is a key necessity in order to protect heritage, understand what heritage is, why it is often claimed by groups and how closely linked it is to group identities.