This isn’t about cases per se, but there was a lot of interest and discussion in Delaware about online courses – what they are like, and how to teach them well. I just heard about an opportunity that might be of interest if you want to test out a MOOC for yourself. The notice below comes from Derek Bruff at Vanderbilt.
I’m very pleased to announce that the free, seven-week, online course “An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching” is now open for enrollment:
Please spread the word about this course to STEM grad students, post-docs, faculty, and others on your campus who might be interested! Details below…
The course will run on the Coursera platform starting October 6th. It’s produced by faculty, students, and staff at six institutions affiliated with the CIRTL Network, http://cirtl.net, a group of research universities collaborating in the preparation of STEM graduate students and post-docs as future faculty members. Lead instructors are Trina McMahon (UW-Madison), Rique Campa (Michigan State), Bennett Goldberg (Boston U), and me (Vanderbilt U).
The course is designed to provide graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the STEM disciplines who are planning college and university faculty careers with an introduction to effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them. Topics include course design, cooperative learning, peer instruction, inquiry-based labs, problem-based learning, diversity in the classroom, and more. Although aimed at future STEM faculty, we expect that current STEM faculty will find the course interesting and useful, too.
If you’re interested in hosting a group of students or colleagues on your campus to participate in this MOOC (massive open online course) together, we would love to hear from you! We are designing the course to support local learning communities of future (and current) STEM faculty. We will provide suggested discussion questions and activities for local learning communities to use during weekly meetings, and the communities in turn will be asked to share their ideas and perspectives with the global learning community created by the course. See our page on facilitating a MOOC-supported learning community for more information and to sign up as a host: http://www.cirtl.net/MSLC_Facilitating.
PS. If you’d like a little behind-the-scenes info on the production of this MOOC, see my recent blog post: http://derekbruff.org/?p=2924.