Free Online Course on Develop and Implement Science, Technology and Innovation for SDGs Roadmaps – Level I

Organizer: UN DESA and UNITAR

Developed in a partnership between the Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG) of UNDESA and UNITAR, the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) aims at reaching out to a high number of governmental officials and other stakeholders such as UN staff, local governments, civil society and others who expressed an interest in taking this course.

  • Registration: Public – by registration
  • Mode of Delivery: E-learning
  • Course Fee: Free
  • Language(s): English
  • Estimated net study time is around 3 hours depending on the individual’s pace.


The learning objectives of the course are:

  • To explain what STI for SDGs Roadmaps is and its importance in the national and global agendas;
  • To describe the scope and purpose of the various levels of roadmaps;
  • To list and explain the six steps in the STI for SDGs Roadmaps development process;
  • To discuss the methodologies available for the STI for SDGs Roadmaps and what kind of support is needed;
  • To distinguish the role of government and donors in the process.

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The MOOC is structured based on the below modules:Introduction:

  • It provides an overview of the course and learning objectives

Roadmaps: This section introduces the fictional country Southlands and as well as starts the journey of discovering what is STI for SDGs Roadmaps and how different countries are approaching their development.

Process: In this section, a learner will deep dive into the methodology and process of developing and implementing the STI for SDGs Roadmaps, including the needed core inputs, whom to consult and involve and, the six steps that a country would need in this process

Roles: There are different roles for the key actors involved in the process. This section provides more detailed information on the role of government and recommendations from G-20 countries, and action plan levels.

Support: International community could support the countries in different ways. This section introduces different available methodologies, pilot programme experiences, and real-life examples. It provides also a proposed joint template on development of STI Roadmaps for the SDGs.Summary: This last section provides a short summary of the course.


This e-learning course is developed in English and is based on the Guidebook and the Operational Note on Implementing Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) for SDG Roadmaps at the Country Level. The course is developed around the overall learning objectives and implemented in an interactive manner. The learner will be introduced to a fictional country called Southlands that is working on developing the STI for SDGs Roadmaps. Through this country’s journey, a learner will discover the key concepts and overall methodology for developing and implementing the Roadmap. A few examples of real countries who have developed STI for SDGs Roadmaps will be presented. The course is complemented with a set of practice quizzes (“knowledge checks”/formative assessment) and followed by the final quiz to assess the knowledge and skills acquired (summative assessments). The latter will be graded and will serve as basis for certification.

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