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Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

What is MOOC?

MOOC is an online course aimed at large-scale interactive participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for the students, professors, and teaching assistants (TAs). MOOCs are a recent development in distance education.

How MOOCs work?

Today, you can find a MOOC in every subject. Instructors are usually college professors. The lectures are on video, all class work is done online, and students discuss class topics on the course forums. Some MOOCs use students to grade other students’ work; other MOOCs grade quizzes automatically or don’t give grades at all.

MOOCs usually run between 8 and 12 weeks. Some start and stop on a fixed schedule, while others are self-paced. Students who pass a MOOC might get a Statement of Accomplishment. This option is available from Coursera. Students have to create an account to take a MOOC course. All they need is a computer, an Internet connection, some free time and a desire to learn.


History of MOOC

2011 - Stanford University launched Introduction Into AI - enrollment reached approximately 160,000 students.

During its first 13 months of operation (ending March 2013), Coursera offered about 433 courses from 85 partner universities and has 4,514,378 courserians.

The courses are 30% in the sciences, 28% in arts and humanities, 23% in information technology, 13% in business, and 6% in mathematics.

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2012 - MIT launched the MITx in order to develop a free and open online platform. Harvard, University of California, Berkeley, University of Texas System, Wellesley College and the Georgetown University joined the initiative and renamed it to edX.


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2013 - Udacity launched MOOCs-for-credit, in collaboration with San Jose State University. This was followed in May 2013 by the announcement of the first-ever entirely MOOC-based Master's Degree, a collaboration between Udacity, AT&T and the Georgia Institute of Technology, costing $7,000. Udacity offered 26 courses. Udacity's CS101, with an enrollment of over 300,000 students, is the largest MOOC to date.


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Platforms for MOOCs


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Coursera

In January 2013, Coursera announced that the American Council on Education had approved five courses for college credit. As the journalist Steve Kolowich noted "whether colleges take the council's advice, however, is an open question." The courses that were recommended to degree-granting institutions for college credit are:

  • Algebra from the University of California, Irvine

  • Pre-Calculus, from the University of California, Irvine

  • Introduction to Genetics and Evolution from Duke University

  • Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach from Duke University

  • Calculus: Single Variable from the University of Pennsylvania.


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Coursera will offer proctored exams at the end of these courses through ProctorU, an online proctoring service that connects proctors and students via webcam. The service will cost $60–$90.


Coursera reduces the cost of courses it offers by making students grade their peers' homework and employing statistical methods to validate the assessment.

MOOCs at Poly

This year we have 8 students (Joseph Genovese, Bernard Decelian, Sydney Marcus, Devin Malanaphy, Patrick Jordan, Matthew Littleton, Margaret Riordan, and Olivia Doran) who completed online courses in CS from different universities.

6 of them (Joseph Genovese, Bernard Decelian, Sydney Marcus, Devin Malanaphy, Patrick Jordan, Matthew Littleton) received the Certificate of Accomplishment.


Joseph Genovese, Bernard Decelian, Sydney Marcus completed Stanford University "Introduction to Logic."

Devin Malanaphy, Patrick Jordan, Matthew Littleton - University of Michigan "Internet History, Technology, and Security"

Margaret Riordan, and Olivia Doran completed, but didn't receive the Certificate of Accomplishment - Rice University "An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python."

This semester, we are offering:

* Harvard University “Introduction to Computer Science”

* University of Maryland “Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems” (3 students registered)

* University of Michigan “Internet History, Technology, and Security”

* University of Pennsylvania “Gamification”

* California Institute of Arts “Live!: A History of Art for Artists, Animators and Gamers”

Matt: Internet History, Technology, and Security

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JUqQfH2bKs

Devin: Internet History, Technology, and Security

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLIRvdkvVQM

Sydney: Introduction to Logic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jyEXAkuJBc

Joseph: Introduction to Logic

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IScIUdE2QVw

Olivia: Programming in Python

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wbDp7qYjkM


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Top MOOC Sites:

  1. ITunesU Free Courses – Apple’s free app “gives students access to all the materials for courses in a single place. Right in the app, they can play video or audio lectures. Read books and view presentations.”

  2. Stanford Free Courses - From Quantum Mechanics to The Future of the Internet, Stanford offers a variety of free courses. Stanford’s – Introduction to Artificial Intelligence was highly successful. According to Pontydysgu.org, “160000 students from 190 countries signed up to Stanford’s Introduction to AI” course, with 23000 reportedly completing.” Check out Stanford’s Engineering Everywhere link.

  3. UC Berkeley Free Courses – From General Biology to Human Emotion, Berkley offers a variety of courses. Check out: Berkeley Webcasts and Berkeley RSS Feeds.

  4. MIT Free Courses – Check out MIT’s RSS MOOC feed. Also see: MIT’s Open Courseware.

  5. Duke Free Courses – Duke offers a variety of courses on ITunesU.

  6. Harvard Free Courses – From Computer Science to Shakespeare, students may now get a free Harvard education. “Take a class for professional development, enrichment, and degree credit. Courses run in the fall, spring, or intensive January session. No application is required.”

  7. UCLA Free Courses – Check out free courses such as their writing program that offers over 220 online writing courses each year.

  8. Yale Free Courses – At Open Yale, the school offers “free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.”

  9. Carnegie Mellon Free Courses – Carnegie Mellon boosts “No instructors, no credits, no charge.”



References


MOOCs: Online courses might change face of higher education

MOOCs: Top 10 Sites for Free Education With Elite Universities



Courses by subject:


ENGLISH


INTRODUCTION TO THEORY OF LITERATURE

WITH PAUL H. FRY

MILTON

WITH JOHN ROGERS

MODERN POETRY

WITH LANGDON HAMMER


THE AMERICAN NOVEL SINCE 1945WITH AMY HUNGERFORD

Shakespeare After All: The Later Plays




SCIENCE


FRESHMAN ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
WITH J. MICHAEL MCBRIDE

THE ATMOSPHERE, THE OCEAN, AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE
WITH RONALD B. SMITH

FUNDAMENTALS OF PHYSICS IWITH RAMAMURTI SHANKAR

HISTORY


EARLY MODERN ENGLAND: POLITICS, RELIGION, AND SOCIETY UNDER THE TUDORS AND STUARTS
WITH KEITH E. WRIGHTSON

EPIDEMICS IN WESTERN SOCIETY SINCE 1600
WITH FRANK SNOWDEN

EUROPEAN CIVILIZATION, 1648-1945WITH JOHN MERRIMAN

FRANCE SINCE 1871
WITH JOHN MERRIMAN


MATHEMATICS


18.04

Complex Variables with Applications (Fall 2003)

Undergraduate

18.04

Complex Variables with Applications (Fall 1999)

Undergraduate

18.104

Seminar in Analysis: Applications to Number Theory

Undergraduate

18.304

Undergraduate Seminar in Discrete Mathematics

Undergraduate

18.310C

Principles of Applied Mathematics

Undergraduate

18.312

Algebraic Combinatorics

Undergraduate

18.314

Combinatorial Analysis

Undergraduate

18.701

Algebra I

Undergraduate

18.702

Algebra II

Undergraduate

18.703

Modern Algebra

Undergraduate

18.704

Seminar in Algebra and Number Theory: Computational Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry

Undergraduate

18.704

Seminar in Algebra and Number Theory: Rational Points on Elliptic Curves

Undergraduate

18.712

Introduction to Representation Theory

Undergraduate

18.781

Theory of Numbers

Undergraduate

18.950

Differential Geometry

Undergraduate

18.S66

The Art of Counting

Undergraduate

RES.8-001

Applied Geometric Algebra

Undergraduate