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MOOCs and You

On April 29, 2013, the Cleveland Plain Dealer featured an article about Case Western Reserve University’s first free online MOOCs, or massive open online courses. The initial response has been impressive — more than 80,000 people from around the world have signed up for the two noncredit courses. Prof. Richard Boyatzis of the CWRU Weatherhead School of Management is teaching a six-week course called Inspiring Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence and Prof. Michael Scharf, Associate Dean for Global Legal Studies at the Law School, is launching the first International Law MOOC with an eight-week course called Introduction to International Criminal Law.

MOOCs originated around 2008, according to Wikipedia. Growing out of the open educational resources movement, early MOOCs emphasized networks of connections. In 2011, Stanford University launched three courses and enrolled about 100,000 participants. The company Coursera, also founded in 2011, soon announced partnerships with Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University and, the University of Michigan.

The quantity of articles about MOOCs is keeping pace with the variety of experiences at colleges and universities across the country. Here are a few recent articles that discuss this development in distance education and its overall impact on higher education:

Kim Clark, College is Free!, Money, May 2013, at 82.

Michael S. Roth, My Modern Experience Teaching a MOOC, Chronicle of Higher Education, May 3, 2013, at pB18.

Andrew Delbanco, MOOCs of Hazard, New Republic, Apr. 8, 2013 at 28.

Katherine Mangan, MOOC Mania: It’s Raising Big Questions about the Future of Higher Education, Chronicle of Higher Education, Oct. 1, 2012 at pB4.

One single comment

  1. Andy D. says:

    There are two MOOCs starting soon of possible interest to CWRU Law students (and others).

    The University of Leiden is offering an introduction to the European Union, as a five-week long MOOC, starting June 10, 2013.

    The University of London is offering a six-week long MOOC on English common law, starting June 13, 2013.