The Memorial Museum MOOC

Pioniere (sappers) depot near the lake in Vaux. Mémorial de Verdun Collection.

Pioniere (sappers) depot near the lake in Vaux. Verdun Memorial Museum Collection.

As part of the commemorations marking the centenary of the Battle of Verdun, Verdun Memorial Museum wanted to design a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). It has done so under the patronage of François Cochet, university professor. The course focuses on the latest academic historical discussions on this significant event in the First World War and outlines the progress made in scientific research.

Although open to people of all ages and all backgrounds, the MOOC has been developed jointly with the University of Lorraine and designed mainly for French school pupils in Years 9 and 11 who are studying the Battle of Verdun. However, it will appeal equally to teachers, parents and anybody interested in this period of history.

The lectures are open to all. Registration is free but mandatory.

There are two sessions a year, one in May and the other in October/November.

Here are all the lectures, as well as a wide selection of documents and course tests.
Certificates will be issued at the end of each session.

For the moment, the MOOC is available in French only, with German subtitles.

In the Footsteps of Soldiers at Verdun: 1916-2016: Session 1

Want to know more about the hell that was Verdun? Why did the German Staff decide to launch an offensive? Why such a relentless battle? What were living conditions like on the battlefield? Why is the Battle of Verdun seen as such a symbol of the horrors of the First World War? Why does it hold such a special place in Franco-German history? Find out more

The first MOOC session is now closed.

In the Footsteps of Soldiers at Verdun: 1916-2016: Session 2

For the moment, the MOOC is available in French only.

The second MOOC session is now closed.

In the Footsteps of Soldiers at Verdun: 1916-2016: Session 3

This session is available in French and German only.

The third MOOC session is now closed.

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