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Faculty Member• Hired UMich School of Information - 2007• Founded Undergraduate Program in Informatics• Promoted to Clinical Associate Professor - 2010• Wrote two text books and a "memoir"• Developed seven new courses - many open• Worked as part of a team to build new Bachelors Degree
www.pythonlearn.com - my own attempt at open, live, and interactive
2011 - The Year of the MOOC• Prior work: David Wiley, Stephen Downes, George Siemens• Stanford AI class - 100K students• MITx (MIT)• Udacity (Stanford)• Coursera (Stanford)
2011 - I am getting angry..• Michigan is not involved in any MOOC efforts• Sakai OAE has lots of investment but is moving too slowly• Michigan delays upgrading to Sakai 2.9 until January 2013 at the earliest
https://class.coursera.org/modelthinking/ March 8, 2012
Date: March 9, 2012 9:16:54 AM CSTTo: firstname.lastname@example.orgCc: MacKie-Mason, Jeffrey <email@example.com>Subject: I would like to Teach a Course on Coursera - InternetHistory and TechnologyDear Coursera,I would like to teach a course on Coursera titled "InternetHistory and Technology". As background, I teach a course titled"SI502 - Networked Computing: Storage, Communication, andProcessing"It is a course on technology for non-technologists. I attach itssyllabus ...
Date: March 10, 2012 10:02:52 PM CST (Saturday)From: MacKie-Mason, Jeffrey <firstname.lastname@example.org>Subject: Re: I would like to Teach a Course ...Chuck,Martha is in charge of Coursera if you want to approach herdirectly.Jeff
Date: March 11, 2012 4:23:20 PM CDT (Sunday)From: Martha Pollack <email@example.com>Subject: RE: I would like to Teach a Course on CourseraTo: Charles Severance <firstname.lastname@example.org>Cc: MacKie-Mason, Jeffrey <email@example.com>Yes, yes, yes, I’d love to have you do this, as part of the initial groupof UM faculty developing Coursera courses! I’m scrambling rightnow, so will send you more information later (either this eveningor tomorrow), and then we can talk. --Martha
Getting to Massive Size...• Online education is not the "enemy" of residential institutions• Social duty to "teach the world" - cannot build buildings fast enough• Accept that "at a distance" is not the same as face to face• Start as an experiment - iterate• At 100,000+ students - cannot compensate in ofﬁce hours or questions after class - must think through materials
Coursera Tools Enable Scale• Short chunked video lectures with embedded interactive activities to test knowledge• Wide range of auto-graded assessments including peer grading of writing• Discussion groups - peer help• Authoring feels to me like writing a video-enhanced interactive book with deeply integrated assessment and community building and collaboration tools
Internet History, Technology, and Security• Highly visual - many videos of history makers• Critical thinking - humanities / social science• I want to use it as a platform to experiment
Summary• It is early days but things are off and running• It is not at all clear how this will shake out or what platform will win• It is a bad time to be on the sidelines...• It is a great time to be a teacher who wants to play in the future https://www.coursera.org/course/insidetheinternet
Jul. 23, 2012
My presentation at Oxford 31-May-2012 regarding my perceptions as a Coursera instructor and my outlook on MOOCs in general.