Case Western Reserve University MOOCs shatter expectations, influence traditional classes
- In May, Case Western University offered two MOOCs through Coursera, with over 90,000 enrolling--some from as far as India, Great Britain, Canada, Brazil, Spain and Germany.
- The two noncredit courses--Richard Boyatzis' “Inspiring Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence” and Michael Scharf's "Introduction to International Criminal Law"--exceeded expectations not only in enrollment, but in the quality of interactions in discussion forums and Facebook groups.
- The two professors also say that they learned a great deal from the experience, and that they plan to incorporate more visuals and breaks into traditional classes since they discovered that a student's attention span is around 15 minutes.
From the article:
... Richard Boyatzis of CWRU'S Weatherhead School of Management is incorporating aspects from his online “Inspiring Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence” into his classroom courses. He said that in the future the time it takes for a graduate student to get a degree could be reduced, saving thousands in tuition, by combining the best of online learning with classroom teaching.
“I have already changed the syllabus for two of my graduate courses to include major components from this MOOC [massive open online course]” he said. ...
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