Tangibility is being replaced by virtuality. Social media supplants the water cooler. MOOCs challenge the classroom.
This course is a colorful mélange of ideas, debates, inventions and stories of the visionaries and entrepreneurs who've created-- and critiqued -- the digital world – as we know it today.
This is an introductory survey course. It fits into early, foundational learning in various disciplines, such as Social Science; Arts & Culture; Business & Management; Communication; Computer Science; Education; Humanities; Law, and the informal studies of lifelong learners. No previous knowledge is required.
Students will be assigned to cohorts of 50-80 participants each. Collaboration activities and assessment will be within the cohorts. Students enrolled for credit are expected to watch the recorded lectures, read/listen/watch the assigned materials, complete two midterm quizzes, write one final examination (all multiple choice), and submit weekly contributions to online arenas shared by their cohort. The weekly assignments comprise the creation of test / knowledge items, response to items created by peers, and participation in the creation and construction of a collaborative, semantic concept map.
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.