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Create Your Own College, MOOC Style


The latest in MOOC innovation is a two-part class offered by Coursera on app development. Unlike most MOOCs, however, each part of this sequence is taught by a professor from a different university (University of Maryland and Vanderbilt, respectively).

Vanderbilt news:

“Creating such an opportunity for Vanderbilt and University of Maryland students alone would be incredibly complex in a traditional environment. With the MOOC platform, not only is it possible, it will now be available to learners globally,” Douglas Schmidt, professor of computer science and of computer engineering at Vanderbilt said….

“This trans-institutional and interdisciplinary MOOC sequence will provide an exemplar of how intentionally coordinated MOOCs can create learning communities that cut across traditional institutional and disciplinary boundaries,”  Schmidt continued.

Neat. This could be a small but significant first step toward a new higher ed experience in which every student effectively creates his or her own individual curriculum, choosing courses and professors across colleges to suit particular academic needs or interests.


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