Tag Archives: MOOC

University expands online course portfolio with FutureLearn

By | October 1, 2019

The University of Michigan’s mission to share knowledge across the globe and shape the future of learning is further enriched through a new partnership with the U.K.-based social learning platform FutureLearn. With the Sept. 24 announcement of the partnership, U-M is reinforcing its commitment to fostering open, global, diverse, flexible and inclusive learning environments. FutureLearn’s diverse community includes… Read More »

U-M plans growth for Office of Academic Innovation

By | August 1, 2019

The Office of Academic Innovation is staffing up in anticipation of a new initiative and a new investment to be announced this fall. The department aims to hire 40 people over the next few years, bringing the total staff count to about 100, says James DeVaney, associate vice provost for academic innovation. DeVaney also said that the university… Read More »

MOOCs and the future of medical education

By | March 22, 2019

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have been around, in one iteration or another, since 2006. In 2012, U-M joined the growing digital learning landscape, and Michigan Medicine was eager to try its hand. It’s been at it ever since. Michigan Online currently offers 11 health-related MOOCs from Michigan Medicine produced in collaboration with the Office of Academic Innovation.… Read More »

Taubman Health Sciences Library and Academic Innovation launch MOOC

Informationists at the U-M Taubman Health Sciences Library recently partnered with Academic Innovation (AI) to develop and launch a new massive open online course (MOOC): Advanced Literature Searching in the Health Sciences. Mark MacEachern, informationist, led the development of the MOOC and worked closely with AI to ensure its success. The online course covers: The components of advanced… Read More »

Gallery Tool unlocks peer feedback possibilities for MOOC learners

By | February 5, 2019

As part of its work supporting faculty member Anita Gonzalez with an  online course, Academic Innovation has developed a tool that allows learners to share their text- or image-based work with other learners in an easy and open manner, and to also receive robust feedback from other learners. “Because of the nature of our learners’ work in the course,… Read More »

U-M hits online enrollment milestone

By | December 18, 2018

In the four years since U-M announced a centralized effort to promote digital learning and two years after President Schlissel announced Academic Innovation as a major initiative, the university has experienced more than 7 million enrollments in online learning opportunities that involved people in 190 countries. In addition, there has been impressive participation from faculty, staff, students and… Read More »

Free online course certification will extend to U-M alumni

By | August 9, 2018

Beginning September 4, the University of Michigan’s 583,000 alumni worldwide can join faculty, staff, and students from all three campuses to earn individual course and course series certificates offered by Michigan Online at no cost. Michigan Online is U-M’s new global learning community that puts digital learning opportunities all in one place. The announcement by the Office of… Read More »

Intellectual property & MOOCs: A crash course

By | July 24, 2018

Raven Lanier, a copyright specialist with the Office of Academic Innovation, answers a lot of questions about copyright and intellectual property (IP). IP issues can be particularly confusing when it comes to online courses. “It can seem overwhelming when you first get in, but IP issues don’t have to be overwhelming,” Lanier writes in a recent blog post… Read More »

Winners of MOOC dropout prediction challenge

Kyle Schulz, data scientist, Yuanru Tan, learning design and accessibility fellow, and Rebecca Quintana, learning experience designer, won the Academic Innovation at Michigan (AIM) Analytics Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Dropout Prediction Challenge. The team members were given a random subset of learner data from the first four weeks of courses and the challenge was to predict a… Read More »

Online portal creates central hub for U-M digital learning

By | May 31, 2018

As U-M continues to expand its digital learning portfolio, the Office of Academic Innovation announces a new gateway for one-stop access to online courses and learning experiences created by Michigan faculty and instructional teams. Called Michigan Online, the portal brings together more than 120 massive open online courses (MOOCs), teach-outs, specializations, MasterTrack certificates, XSeries, MicroMasters and professional certificate programs… Read More »

SI professors win outstanding educator awards from Coursera

“Applied Data Science with Python,” an online course specialization developed by four professors at the School of Information, has won a major award from Coursera, a leading online learning platform. Christopher Brooks, Kevyn Collins-Thompson, Daniel Romero, and VG Vinod Vydiswaran won Coursera’s Outstanding Educator Award for Innovation for the highly successful specialization. Romero accepted the award at the Coursera Partners Conference at Arizona State University… Read More »

Reflecting on the original “Big Idea” for MOOCs

By | March 14, 2018

In an guest post for Inside Higher Ed, James DeVaney, associate vice provost for academic innovation, writes that the real innovation of the MOOC (massive online open courses) era is not the unbundling of academic degrees that first captured massive attention, but rather the re-bundling that results from serious academic R&D—the creation of new communities and credentials for all levels.… Read More »

University announces first online degrees through Coursera

By | March 9, 2018

Online learners may soon have three new U-M master’s degree options through a partnership with Coursera. In a joint announcement with the online platform, the School of Information said its Master of Applied Data Science under development will build upon the school’s leadership in offering programing courses online, including several on Coursera.  The Master of Public Health offering from the School… Read More »

Do online courses harm underperforming students?

By | February 2, 2018

Online courses can open up a world of knowledge to anyone with an internet connection, benefitting students who have limited access to educational resources. But mounting evidence suggests that online education could hurt less proficient students who are most in need of skilled classroom teachers. In a recent article for the “New York Times,” Susan Dynarski, professor of education, public… Read More »

Teach-Outs: A new online model?

By | May 4, 2017

James DeVaney, associate vice provost for academic innovation, explores how U-M’s new Teach-Outs might represent the next step in developing an online education model that moves beyond MOOCs to create a “compassionate public square for the information age.” In his guest commentary for Inside Higher Ed, Devaney writes: “While I continue to encourage patience to those who care to… Read More »

U-M launches digital “teach-outs”

By | March 14, 2017

Authoritarian rule and fake news are among the topics for the University of Michigan Teach-Out Series, a new open online opportunity for global learners. President Mark Schlissel kicked off an Academic Innovation forum March 13 with the announcement of the first four global community learning events on the edX platform, intended to encourage public discourse about relevant issues.… Read More »

New models of online education

By | March 8, 2017

Scott DeRue, dean of the Ross School of Business, thinks higher ed needs a new business model. DeRue’s vision is akin to Spotify’s offering to music fans, with users able to download lectures and teaching material for a small subscription fee. The dean is relaxed about giving away some teaching material for free as now happens with MOOCs. However,… Read More »