Massive open online courses (MOOC’s) are proliferating the higher education online learning space. The principle elements include an online learning experience of some type and length that is open to anyone to enroll. Many MOOC’s generate large enrollments (thousands of participants) due to the nature of the topic, the subject-matter-expert and the fact that they are “open.”
The Western Cooperative for Education Technology offers some advice for those considering developing a MOOC. You have probably heard of some of the more popular MOOC platforms such as Coursera, Udacity and Edx.
Acting Provost Youatt has charged an internal task force to look at the “campus-wide strategy for technology, teaching and learning. You can read the report online.
Now that you have familiarized yourself with what a MOOC is and how it might fit into the MSU structure — please contact us (see initiating a MOOC discussion at MSU) to learn and explore more.
If you are considering the possibility of pursuing a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) and have a concept or topic in mind you should contact either:
Jerry Rhead, Director of Academic Entrepreneurship
LearnDAT IT Services –Teaching and Learning
Ryan Yang, Assistant Director
MSUglobal and LearnDAT will work with you to advise and coordinate on the following aspects of your MOOC experience:
- Does a MOOC help you meet the outcomes you wish to achieve?
- Does a MOOC fit with your department and college goals for instruction?
- What is the right “level” for the MOOC? Is it a general audience? An undergraduate or graduate level audience?
- How will your MOOC learning resources will be accommodated (Learning Management System (LMS), vendor platform, website
- Vendor contracts and relationships
- Instructional Design for your MOOC experience
- Research and data opportunities
- Student and tech support at scale (when using MSU systems and when using outside systems)
MOOC Review and Approval Process:
During the early pilot stages of MOOC’s at MSU (see current examples below), we want to be sure that activities are well coordinated, especially when you will use MSU infrastructure and personnel (D2L, MSU Global and LearnDAT). Once you have completed the initial consultative conversations with MSUglobal and LearnDAT, a short opportunity overview will be shared with your Chairperson and Dean to seek input and approval. Additionally, your MOOC project will be reviewed by Karen Klomparens, Associate Provost for final approval and recommendation to the Provost. MOOC’s require coordination of resources across the university to facilitate successful implementation and to insure a quality learning experience for your participants. In addition, the Provost is not offering development funding for MOOC projects so it will be important to address how your MOOC project will be supported.
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