EMMA and Europeana join forces so you can create great MOOCs based on some of the terrific resources available in Europeana.

Submit your request by 31 July!

What is Europeana?


Europeana is Europe’s digital platform for cultural heritage. It provides access to over 50 million digital resources from more than 3,700 archives, museums and libraries in Europe and make it easier for everyone to use them for work, learning or fun. All the material has a rights label, telling you what you can and cannot do with the data and nearly 20 million resources are under open licenses.

Why use Europeana collections in your MOOC?

Europeana’s huge database contains great media (images/text/audio/video/3D) in multiple languages (31 languages) in different format (books, maps, films, sounds, architectural resources, designs, etc.), much of what it offers is freely available for re-use.

Make use of Europeana Collections in your MOOC to:

  • Find relevant, free and high-quality content for your MOOC
  • Get inspired about new topics or explore new perspectives
  • Enrich your educational resources and ensure a great learning experience for your students!

How to run a MOOC on EMMA using Europeana Collections?

Step 1 – Fill out the New Proposal Form

Fill out the EMMA_New_MOOC_Proposal form and send it to: newprovider@europeanmoocs.eu
Your proposal will be evaluated by the EMMA selection committee. Selection criteria are available here: http://project.europeanmoocs.eu/project/get-involved/become-an-emma-mooc-provider/
Should your proposal be selected you will be given access to the EMMA platform and all the information to run your MOOC.

Step 2 – Author your Course on EMMA

Log into the platform backend and organise your lesson content using the WYSIWYG editor.
From the CMS dashboard you can create a new course, edit a pre-existing one and manage every aspect of your lessons, units, assignments and quizzes, thanks to the accordion structure.

Step 3 – Explore Europeana Collections and add openly licensed data sets to your MOOC.

To do this you have two options:

  1. browse the collections and add the selected content manually.
    Explore Europeana Collections and the thematic collections on Art History, Music and First World War. For more niche content, you can also check the openly licensed data sets on various topics (from photography to fashion) available on Europeana Labs.
    Use your preferred keywords and the different filters on the left to narrow your selection (by type of content, color, size, country, language, etc).
    Add the selected assets to your MOOC by adding their url to the ‘External links box’ that you will find in the back end.

  2. tag your MOOC to activate the automatic searching feature.
    The EMMA platform has a specific way of tagging. To tag the course unit do not use common words, but try to use very specific and meaningful terms. Tags will be used for automatic searching in Europeana, which is connected to EMMA through an API.
    The more specific the concepts used to tag, the more pertinent will be the results found. Also it seems a good idea to insert tags both in your own language and in English for searchability reasons.


  • Please make sure that you use only openly licensed content (Public Domain, CC0, CC-BY, CC-BY-SA) in your MOOC. When searching on Europeana Collections, select the filter “Can I use it?” with the option “Yes, with attribution”.
  • For additional information on adding Openly Licensed Data Sets to Your MOOC, please, visit this page.
Step 4 – Open enrollments and launch your MOOC

Open enrollments and launch your MOOC with the support of the EMMA professional communication service.

Hosting for selected MOOCs will be guaranteed for free until 30 May 2017.


Do you want to know more about this opportunity and see what are the possibilities and how this has already been put into practice? Watch the recording of this webinar with Europeana that we recently delivered for all interested people.