Free online course (MOOC) introductory to institutional social media

The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross is offering a new free online course (MOOC) entitled Introductory Course in Institutional Social Media.

The course is open to all and will be offered in Italian, Spanish and English. It will open February 10, 2023, and will be available until April 10, 2023.

To register, you need to open an account in the online educational platform, from which you can access the course. If you already have an account, you will only need to enter your credentials to log in and then enroll in the course.

The course is intended for Church communication professionals who desire a formative update, collaborators of dioceses or other Church institutions in the field of communication, seminary rectors and heads of Church institutions with managerial duties, alumni (former students) of the School as a permanent training activity, pastoral communication workers and potential students interested in Institutional Communication studies.


For more information you can contact us by e-mail: mooc.churchcom [at] (Send)

Course Content

The Course is divided into four teaching units each consisting of a video lecture, some in-depth texts and a self-assessment quiz. The course also includes the possibility of participation in a Forum in which, those who wish to do so, can ask questions of the lecturer and possibly comment on other lectures, within the 100-word limit.

The activities can be taken at any time of the day. The course will open on February 10, 2023 and will be available until April 10, 2023.

The course is taught by Prof. Raffaele Buscemi, professor of Media Training and Social Media Training at the Faculty of Institutional Social Communication.

What are MOOCS?

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are educational activities promoted by the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross that take place entirely online.

- Massive: open indiscriminately to thousands of participants;
- Open: anyone can be admitted and course materials can be shared freely as they are copyright-free;
- Online: held entirely online without the need for physical presence;
- Courses: the course syllabus is structured in multiple sessions; there can be more than one course in the same curriculum  with an official certificate.

The MOOCs of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross are open to all and are useful in particular for:

-students who want to gain basic knowledge in order to better approach their university studies in their respective faculties;
-alumni of the Holy Cross, as a "formative accompaniment" even in the period following the completion of their studies;
-working students, who might integrate it with training activities offered live;
-anyone wishing to grow in knowledge that can be useful for professional activity or continuing education in the disciplines that characterize the academic offerings of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

How a MOOC is structured

Each MOOC has a calendar of activities, distributed over several weeks. In each week you will have to follow the video lessons (each lasting 3-15 minutes), take a self-assessment test, consult the materials proposed by the teacher and participate on the forum to ask questions or interact with other participants.

The MOOCs of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross do not grant university credits. However, a certificate of attendance will be issued upon completion of the activities.

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