EDUCAUSE Spring Focus Session: Learning and the Massive Open Online Course April 3-4th, 2013

Hosted at Wills House

Join us April 3 and 4 for the ELI Online Spring Focus Session 2013, "Learning and the Massive Open Online Course," where we will engage the teaching and learning community in exploring this new online course model. Tour institutional examples of MOOCs, various instructional designs and delivery models, processes, methodologies for setting up and evaluating the model, and implications for teaching and learning.  

Over the past year, the massive open online course (MOOC) has emerged as a significantly different course model. But how robust is the MOOC as a vehicle for learning? In this focus session, through presentations and discussions, the ELI will explore the MOOC and its viability as a new learning model. Topics will include:

  • The MOOC instructional/learning model and how to support faculty teaching in it;
  • Quality assurance mechanisms, accreditation, and analytics;
  • Instructional design challenges and opportunities;
  • Student evaluation, assessment, and academic integrity; and
  • The future of higher education and the MOOC

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No Registration is required.

For questions or issues contact, Keesa Muhammad at, 517-884-0663



Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Time Session
Noon – 12:15pm Focus Session Welcome
12:15pm – 12:50pm Everything You Think You Know about MOOCs Could be wrong
12:50pm – 1:20pm Faculty Perspective:  Teaching the Humanitites to Humanity
1:20pm – 1:55pm Designing and Implementing MOOCs that Mazimize Student Learning
1:55pm – 2:10pm Next – Generation MOOCs with Open Source Paas
2:10pm – 2:45pm MOOCs for Credit:  Current State of the Art
2:45pm – 3:15pm What's in it for Us?  The Benefits to Campus Courses of Running a MOOC
3:15pm – 3:45pm Who Are Our Students?  Bridging Local and Global Learning Communities
3:45pm – 4:00pm Break
4:00pm – 4:30pm Revisiting 7 Things You Should Know about MOOCs Activity
4:30pm – 4:50pm Using an Open-Source Platform to Meet Online Learning Goals:  An Introduction to Class2Go
4:50pm – 5:00pm Focus Session Closing


Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Time Session
Noon – 12:05pm Focus Session Welcome
12:05pm – 12:35pm Backgrounds and Behaviors of MOOC Participants and Implications for Faculty
12:35pm – 1:05pm Multiple Lessons Learned from Implementing MOOC Enviornments at San Jose State University
1:05pm – 1:35pm Digging into MOOC Mania:  One Investor's Key Research Questions and Approach
1:35pm – 2:05pm Assessing the Efficacy of Third-Pary MOOCs in Hybrid Instruction
2:05pm – 2:20pm Break
2:20pm – 2:50pm International Perspective:  The MOOC and Campus-Based Learning
2:50pm – 3:25pm Preparing a MOOC Executive Brief Activity
3:25pm – 3:40pm Break
3:40pm – 4:40pm MOOC Provider Panel:  Coursera, Academic Partnerships, Instructure, edX
4:40pm – 5:00pm Focus Session Closing:  The MOOC as a Vehicle for Learning:  Observations and Conclusions