MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

Circular Economy: An Introduction

Led by: Delft University of Technology
Level: Beginner
Length: 7 weeks
Commitment: 3-6 hours per week

Course page and further information.

The MOOC ran for seven weeks on the edX platform and the course is now available again for you to take at your own pace. Through the MOOC, learners are challenged to design a future that rethinks our current 'take-make-waste' economy to focus on circular, innovative products, and business models. In 2015, TU Delft ran the world’s first edX MOOC on the circular economy, in collaboration with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability.


A Circular Economy of Metals: Towards a Sustainable Societal Metabolism

Led by: Leiden University
Level: Beginner
Length: 6 weeks
Commitment: 5-7 hours per week

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In January 2018, Leiden University in The Netherlands launched the first online course considering a circular economy for metals. The course is taught by Associate Professor Ester van der Voet and focuses on the options for closing the loop on metals to avoid having to mine new ones. It is based on the series of reports on metals by the International Resource Panel, as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - ambitious goals which are used to contextualise the metals challenge and potential solutions to that challenge.

Circular Economy e-Learning Course (Exclusive to CE100)

We have designed a scalable, capacity building, online learning tool exclusive to CE100 member organisations, which offers an introduction to the circular economy by delivering the key messages in just a few short modules. The programme includes multiple case studies, tangible examples and is self-directed so learners can tailor it to their time schedule. The content is divided into five sections: an introductory overview module showcasing the value of a circular economy, along with four modules which address the functional business areas of R&D, Supply Chain and Procurement, Marketing, and Strategy and Finance.

For more information and to watch an introductory video, visit: learn.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org.