The Knight Center has offered online courses since 2003 and began to expand its distance learning program with the launch of its first MOOC in October 2012.
Since then, the Center’s MOOCs have reached over 310,000 students from 200 countries and territories. Initially, the program was focused on online classes for small groups of journalists, mainly from Latin America and the Caribbean.
Eventually, the Knight Center began offering Massive Open Online Courses, developing the world’s first MOOC program specializing in journalism training.
The MOOCs are free, and participants can receive a certificate of completion for a nominal fee. The Knight Center also offers more advanced online courses at a low cost for smaller groups of students. We keep the fees as low as possible to make our courses available to as many people as possible.
Our courses cover a variety of topics, including digital journalism techniques, fact-checking, and verification, computer-assisted reporting, data visualization, and more. Our MOOCs and courses for smaller groups last four to five weeks. They are conducted completely online and taught by
some of the most respected, experienced journalists and journalism trainers in the world. The courses take full advantage of multimedia; they feature video lectures, discussion forums, audio slideshows, self-paced quizzes, and other collaborative learning technologies. Our expert instructors provide a quality learning experience for journalists seeking to improve their skills and citizens looking to become more engaged in journalism and democracy.
The courses are offered on the https://kccourses.org, our Moodle platform. They are asynchronous, so participants can log in on the days and times that are most convenient for them. Each course, however, is open just for a specific period of time and access to it is restricted to registered students.