Free Online Course on Diffusion and Impact of Internet Voting by University of Tartu
  • March 11 - May 12, 2019
  • Fully Funded

Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies is re-opening the online course (MOOC) – ‘SVJS.TK.003. Diffusion and Impact of Internet Voting’, 2ECTS. The course will be taught in English and will last from 11.03.2017. to 12.05.2017. A short introductory video with participants’ testimonials is available in the official website.

During the MOOC, you will learn what are the main prerequisites for the evolution of e-government; how does a typical e-voter look like, how fast do people vote online and how is it related to their age. The course will also examine the concerns about political bias in e-voting, how costs are related to the decision to vote and whether vote verification has increased trust towards e-voting.

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Upon completing the course, the student will:
  • have an overview of the nature and development of Estonian e-governance;
  • be able to analyze and relate issues of Estonian e-governance to her/his field of specialization;
  • be able to evaluate the potential of technology to diffuse as well as its societal impact;
  • be able to create indicators and use these to evaluate the spread and impact of selected e-services;
  • can interpret findings and make these understandable in non-technical language for a wider audience as well as make practical suggestion to IT-developers and policy makers.




  • Unique data and the lecturers´ academic and hands-on knowledge: 
    By enrolling to the course, you will have an access to the latest findings related to the main developments in the field of e-voting in Estonia. The course relies on the research findings published in the book “E-voting in Estonia: Technological Diffusion and Other Developments Over Ten Years” by our MOOC authors, Dr. Kristjan Vassil and Mihkel Solvak. The course and the book are unique in employing a wealth of empirical evidence – including 10 years of survey data on e-voting, actual log data on voting sessions and aggregate election data – to demonstrate the development and usage of internet voting.
  • Flexible deadlines: 
    Since the course is meant for both students and working professionals, there are only two deadlines throughout the course: the midterm deadline (when the first four quizzes should be submitted) and the final deadline (when the second batch of quizzes should be completed).
  • Vibrant and international e-learners community:
    By joining the course, you will become a part of a diverse and international community of e-learners. In the previous two openings, they were fortunate to host more than 520 participants, from over 59 countries, coming from such places as the US, India, Russia, UK, Brazil, Iceland, Kenya and New Zealand.


The course primarily targets non-ICT students and professionals, working and/or studying in Estonia, who are interested in widening their knowledge about e-government in general, and internet voting, in particular; but applicants from ICT backgrounds and other external participants are also welcome to the course.

Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

Apply online through the given link.

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Application Deadline: March 5, 2019

Application ClosedOfficial link

For Further Queries

Please contact MOOC Coordinator - Anna Beitane, [email protected]
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