Massive open online courses for students

About online courses

Massive open online courses (MOOC) as an educational format emerged in the early 2010s and today form an important part of life of many people all over the world, striving for new knowledge and self-development.

In 2014, TSU relied on development of own online courses, resulting in our first MOOC “Sketches of Siberia. The city of Tomsk” – a course for studying Russian as a foreign language, oriented to make the listeners familiar with the history and cultural heritage of Tomsk.

Today, the online course portfolio of TSU includes more than 100 MOOCs hosted by various educational platforms, such as Coursera or Stepik, and the number of listeners of our MOOCs has exceeded 1 million. A team of specialists from the Online Course Development and Support Center of TSU Institute of Distance Education performs the full cycle of MOOC production, including support, promotion and research in the sphere of online learning. Jointly with experts, we will help the online course developers to implement their most interesting ideas.

TSU annually develops more than 10 online courses in collaboration with the best teachers of the university and external experts. Since 2021, the Institute of Distance Education has also created online Master’s degree programs.

TSU MOOCs rewarded at the EdCrunch Award annual international contest:

Russian as an Instrument of Successful Communication Parallel Programming with OpenMP and MPI Etiquette for All Occasions Translation Quality Management General Influence Practices Open Educational Resources: Buffet Service for Teachers Critical Thinking

MOOCs offer knowledge and skills publicly available for all interested people. International educational online platforms Coursera and Stepik offer TSU online courses on various disciplines: arts, humanities, business and management, computer technologies, biological sciences, psychology, physics, mathematics and logic, engineering, sociology. Any interested person from any part of the world has the opportunity to learn something for free during the courses developed by teachers from the world leading universities, and the best business trainers and practitioners from the professional community.

TSU MOOC catalog on Coursera TSU MOOC catalog on Stepik


100+ courses

On Coursera and Stepik platforms

Support Russian and English languages

> 1 million students in 200+ countries worldwide

4.9/5 — average TSU course rating

MOOC for students

MOOC for students
  • Additional skills and broadening of the horizons

Nowadays, any knowledge is INCREDIBLY available for every interested person! And the students have the possibility to improve themselves on the way of their professional and personal development. And all this is free of charge in the distance format. All you need is to choose a topic of interest and register with an online platform. TSU MOOCs are presented on two platforms: Coursera and Stepik.

Besides, TSU is included in the Coursera for Campus for Partners program. Thanks to this program, all TSU students, teachers, and employees have indefinite access to most courses and specialties on the platform with free certification.

Additionally, students of TSU online Master’s degree programs and hybrid learning programs have access to the full catalog of Coursera (more than 7,000 courses), including courses from Master’s degree programs of world leading universities.  Additionally... (make a link to a corresponding page).

  • Training under an education program

Online courses are already included in some Master’s and bachelor’s degree programs of TSU. For example, Survival History and Technology (life safety) or Leadership and Teambuilding. An online course can be integrated partially or in full, substituting a discipline. In the second case, the course is re-credited, if, upon its completion, the students have received a verified certificate, having undergone a proctoring procedure.

  • Proctoring 

The pandemic showed that the education system is also in need of innovations, modernization, and technologies that enable the transition to the online format. The proctoring system has become one of the solutions. 

Proctoring is a system of control during the online exam/testing. Control is carried out by a proctor who is an administrator overseeing the process through a webcam.

Online proctoring enables confirmation of the student identity, eliminate cheat sheets and help a teacher to assess the knowledge objectively.

TSU has used synchronous proctoring by means of the Examus program since 2017. In 2020, the use of proctoring became necessary and more massively used. An exam with proctoring is the only alternative of an intramural exam, ensuring transparency and quality of the procedure. The experience of proctoring use is standard in the world practice, and, in this case, TSU keeps up with the time, using advanced technologies in education.

Reference documents regulating the use of MOOCs in educational process

For all questions, please contact

Anastasia Olegovna Sadreeva

Anastasia Olegovna Sadreeva

Online Platform Supervisor