Online Learning Update

April 27, 2015

6 Tips for Creating a ‘Mini’ MOOC

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:07 am

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

There are ways to allow your institution to experiment with online courses, even if they’re not intended to be “massive.” An online program manager shares advice. Not every school is ready to run a massive open online course through one of the larger platforms like edX or Coursera — and maybe that’s not what’s needed anyway. Sometimes instructors simply want to dabble in order to understand something better. Elizabeth Fomin, program manager for University of Michigan Dearborn’s College of Arts, Sciences and Letters Online Program, teaches courses in visual communication and Web technology. For Fomin, the answer lay with an alternative MOOC platform, Canvas Network that produces her campus’ chosen learning management system, Canvas. Canvas Network will host courses from two-year and four-year colleges, K-12 schools and districts, academic partnerships and consortia, non-profits with an education or public mission, government agencies with an education mission and even for-profit companies if they’re teaming up with an educational organization.

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