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Weekly News Roundup: Free MOOCs Now With More Freebies

Welcome. Here’s your roundup of MOOC News for August 11, 2013

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L3T 2.0 is looking for German-speaking volunteers to help them update, revise and edit the award-winning crowdsourced textbook on teaching and learning with technologies. What’s interesting about L3T is that the 50 chapters were co-written by 115 authors and 80 reviewers within 10 months. Work on the second edition will be done in 7 days starting August 20. The freely available text has been been downloaded over 200,000 times since the release of the first edition in February 2011. One of the organizers of the revision project is our very own Sylvia Moessinger.

Also out lately from contributors to MOOC News and Reviews: Debbie Morrison and I both have articles in the special issue on MOOCs from Campus Technology magazine out this month. Debbie reports on the Georgia Tech MOOC-based computer science degree, and I have a feature on how community is (and isn’t) being built in MOOCs. The issue behind a pay wall for now, but the articles should be on their website in a few weeks.

Is the price not a good enough incentive to try a free MOOC. How about a trip to meet the Dalai Lama? The Social Psychology class on Coursera from Wesleyan University Professor Scott Plous that starts tomorrow offers that for one lucky student who completes the capstone project, which is a series of written essays related to the Day of Compassion. The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education will fly the chosen student from anywhere in the world to Stanford University next year to meet the Dalai Lama. They will also donate $1,000 to that student’s charity of choice and $100 to charities chosen by the ten runners up.

Alright, here are some overlooked and underpublicized MOOC opportunities we found this week.

Open Education Resources is a self-paced online program designed to enhance knowledge about adopting OERs in the classroom, to help students create their own OERs and to learn to contribute to the pool of open education resources.

Empire State College and the University at Albany are collaborating on a library sciences course called Metaliteracy MOOC that “examines metaliteracy as a comprehensive approach to information literacy in the social media age.” All are welcome, and students at those schools can take the class for credit. Starts September 2.

The College of St. Scholastica in Minnesota, which also offers online degrees, has begun offering some of its classes in MOOC form. A business course titled Ethical Leadership is next up, eight weeks beginning August 12. They describe it as comparable to two credits. The course is free, but there is a required textbook.

SAP, the German software giant, offers free online classes to train developers in the use of its products on a site called Open SAP. Their next course is Mobile Solution Development for the Enterprise.6 weeks, beginning September 9.

Teachers interested in developing online classes, including MOOCs, should consider Teaching With Moodle, which is for novices to that LMS. Four weeks beginning September 1.


That’s it for this week. If you’re involved in a forthcoming MOOC that isn’t listed on the major platforms, let us know about it via the Contact page. In the meantime, to get this news roundup in your email box, be sure to sign up for our newsletter.

Robert McGuire (52 Posts)

My content marketing services firm provides all-in-one external staff solutions for companies looking to grow their business through thought leadership. I started MOOC News & Reviews in 2013 out of a fascination with the economic, demographic and technological forces impacting edtech, online education and higher education, and I wanted to provide a forum for serious discussion of this new phenomenon. I love building communities of writers engaging in lively critical dialogue about emerging issues.