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Free Massive Open Online Course „Risk communication“

Starting: 23rd October, 2017


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This MOOC provides practical tips, hands-on tools and the most recent examples for the effective risk communication. Course is open for everyone who is interested in invidual, national and global risks in contemporary world and would like to acquire skills in designing, visualising and using media for risk messages.  

After completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify different types of risks in contemporary world;
  • Understand crosscultural differences in risk communication;
  • Use different design strategies for risk messages;
  • Use infographics and maps for visualizing risks;
  • Use social media for risk communication



Course structure

This course will be held from 23rd of October until the 11th of December 2017 for everyone who sees themselves interested in risk communication and its challenges. In particular forms, it is a flexible course, which allows you to plan your activities. Each week requires 3-4 hours of individual effort.

Each week provides a new topic on risk communication. Professionals from the RISK-NET will present topics ranging from designing risk messages to visualizing risks and communicating using social media (see detailed outline below).  You will be able to expand your knowledge by following the recommended readings, participating in online forums and check your knowledge in various interactive weekly quizzes and practical assignments.


Course outline:



Week 1: Risk: naming and framing

 23 Oct

Week 2:  Know your cases

30 Oct

Week 3: Know your audience

6 Nov

Week 4: Design risk messages

13 Nov

Week 5:  Visualise risk: infographics

 20 Nov

Week 6:  Visualise risk: maps

27 Nov

Week 7: Use social media

4 Dec

Week 8: Wrap up week

11 Dec

Assignments and evaluation

All weeks contain practical assignments and weekly quizzes. Quizzes are meant for you to practice and to check your understanding of the materials. They will be assessed and counted into your final grade. Practical assignments require more effort, i.e. to find examples from daily surroundings, or do a special inquiries.

To receive the approved Certificate, you need to pass at least 50% of all assignments.


About instructors

Dr. Aistė Balžekienė, Associate Professor and Senior Researcher of Sociology, Institute of Public Policy and Administration; Kaunas University of Technology; Chair, European Sociological Association Research Network “Risk And Uncertainty”
Dr. Eglė Butkevičienė,  Professor in Social Innovations and Vice-Dean For Research at Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts And Humanities, Kaunas University Of Technology.
Dr.  Jurgita Jurkevičienė, Lecturer and Junior Researcher, Institute of Public Policy and Administration; Kaunas University of Technology
Dr. Aušrius Juozapavičius, Chief of the Engineering Management Department at the Military Academy of Lithuania
Dr. Audronė Telešienė, Associate Professor of Sociology, Institute of Public Policy And Administration, Kaunas University of Technology; Vice-Chair European Sociological Association Research Network “Environment and Society"


Contact and more information

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