Online Learning Update

October 27, 2012

Vanderbilt innovation guru joins online learning revolution

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:01 am

by Ryan Underwood, the Tennessean

In 2008, David Owens took a leave from Vanderbilt to serve as CEO of Nashville-based Griffin Technology, which makes accessories for Apple products. He’s also an accomplished home brewer, working out of a mad-scientist shed in his backyard. And starting in February, he will become one of the first Vanderbilt professors to launch a class on Coursera, a new online education company that has partnered with 33 universities around the world to offer free courses to more than 1.3 million registered users. The class Owens will teach, “Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations,” has already attracted more than 12,000 students, a number that has grown by 50 percent in the first half of this month alone. It will be one of 11 business courses offered by Coursera, alongside classes from institutions such as Duke, Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

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