MOOC Biobased Economy Introduction

To realize the transition to a biobased economy, we need professionals! The MOOC Biobased Economy Introduction offers you the opportunity to learn more about biobased in an interactive way.

The MOOC Biobased Economy Introduction is a great success. In total, 3000 participants from 49 countries (5 continents) subscribed.  Of these, 500 participants eventually earned a certificate. A very high percentage for a MOOC, which we are proud of!

What is a biobased economy?
Our current economy is a fossil based economy. We are dependent upon oil and gas for our electricity, cooling and heating, fuels for transport, as well as for the production of materials and chemicals. A biobased economy on the other hand, is not dependent upon fossil resources but is based on biomass.

The MOOC Biobased Economy Introduction focuses on green chemistry, technology and environmental science. Participants will gain a general understanding of the following themes and associated topics:

  1. Biobased economy (biobased production chain; dedicated crops and biomass residuals)
  2. Biobased energy (biomass input, processing, conversion; different units of energy)
  3. Biorefinery (features and classification)
  4. Biopolymers (types and biosources; properties for product development; biocomposites)
  5. Natural compounds (metabolism; metabolic pathways; compound classes)
  6. Nutrients (macro and micro nutrients; organic fertilizers)
  7. Algae (production; production systems)
  8. Sustainability and economics (climate; sustainability; forecast)

What will be your role in the transition to a biobased economy? 

Subscribe now and start thinking biobased!

7th Round starting February 26th 2018




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Frequently Asked Questions

A MOOC is a Massive Open Online Course: a free online course for everyone!


There are no costs involved to follow this MOOC BiobasedEconomy Introduction.


No specific background is needed, just a sense of curiosity - all are welcome!
This MOOC will start at february 26th 2018. On that day the course content for the first week will be onlineat 9.00 AM CET.
However, you are free to plan your activities during the week whenever it suits you.
No. Anyone around the world (students and professionals) with an Internetconnection will be able to take the MOOC. The course is available as open enrollment.
- Certificate of completion (5-7 hours/week)
To be able to earn a certificate of completion students and professionals are challenged to go for more in-depth learning and skill development in applying the knowledge offered.

You will receive a certificate when you completed all 8 weekly Modules:

  • You've watched all video lectures, interviews and guest lectures;
  • You've read all the advised literature;
  • You've completed all quizzes;
  • You've handed in all 3 individual assignments ├índ reviewed the assignments of 3 other participants;
  • You've visibly participated in each week's discussion;
  • You've contributed to the Group Assignment each week. 

- Fast track (1-3 hours/week)
Are you a busy professional or a curious student? YouÔÇÖre more than welcome to take a look at the online videoÔÇÖs, assess yourself by taking quizzes and/or take part in a discussion of your interest. Participate in the MOOC as it fits your needs.

Before you start, please send an email to to let us know which track youÔÇÖre going to follow. At the end of the course, we will check everyoneÔÇÖs progress. All participants whoÔÇÖve completed all parts of the course then will receive a certificate.

After earning the certificate the Mooc is worth 2 European Credits as assessed by Avans University of Applied Sciences and Hogeschool Zeeland.
External students can earn these credits after approval of their own institution. 
If needed a final test is available on request, to be organised and supervised at the local institution.

You will not need a special computer or any additional software to take the MOOC, only a working internet connection with web browsers, preferably Chrome webbrowser (Links to an external site.).

If you have any questions about Canvas, please check the page Canvas Student Guide (Links to an external site.). At this page you should be able to find the answers to all off your questions. If you canÔÇÖt find the answer to one of your questions in this Student Guide, please post your question in our General discussion forum so the moderator or one of the participants can give you the answer.

To be able to earn a certificate of completion you must complete all quizzes and complete practice exercises while participating in the onlinecourse (homework).
You can also follow the fast track and assess yourself by taking quizzes and/or take part in a discussion of your interest (no homework).

Participants who earned a certificate

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