Mediasiting Your MOOC: How UW La Crosse Transformed Online Learning Modules into a Massive Open Online Course
The seed for a math MOOC at UW La Crosse was planted in 2007 long before the term became mainstream, when Professor Robert Hoar and his colleagues created a large collection of online learning modules and webcasts to help students enhance their math skills. They gathered data, tracked viewing habits and assessed student performance. What they found was that students showed marked improvement in their math skills over time.
Last year, armed with a solid concept and assessment data, Dr. Hoar was ready to take those math modules to a larger audience. In collaboration with the UW System he applied for a Gates Foundation grant to develop a math MOOC and provide it free online to anyone. The UW La Crosse/UW System Math MOOC was born.
Now, with more than 1,900 students enrolled, the MOOC has attracted students diverse in location and background. More than 40 countries are represented and include those preparing for college, entire high school classes, an 11-year-old prodigy and an even an 83-year-old grandmother.
Join Dr. Hoar and Jim Jorstad from the UW La Crosse as they take you step-by-step through the process of creating their MOOC. They’ll take your questions live, share lessons learned along the way and discuss the future of this groundbreaking class, including:
- How to break through the hype to discover what the reality and potential of MOOCs truly are. Can they be scalable, sustainable and profitable?
- How Mediasite was leveraged to explain, promote and disseminate the MOOC concept as well as engage a massive international online audience
- Data showing online courses support traditional pedagogies and enhance student success
- How this course lays the groundwork to test the MOOCability of other teaching and learning experiences in other disciplines in the future
Dr. Robert (Bob) Hoar, Director of the Institute for Innovation in Undergraduate Research & Learning (IIURL), Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of Mathematics at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Dr. Hoar is the founding Director of the IIURL which brings the skills of students, faculty and staff together to facilitate advances in teaching, learning and the sharing of ideas. Through the IIURL, Bob has worked with teams from around the UW-System to develop a large collection of media rich learning objects that are used in a wide range of math and science courses at both the high school and college level. The IIURL laid the groundwork for the UW’s first Massive Online Open Course (MOOC). The College Readiness Math MOOC had an enrollment of over 1900 from nearly every state and over 40 countries.
Dr. Hoar is also a member of the Learn@UW Executive Committee. The committee provides vision, strategic direction and oversight for instructional applications and tools that support teaching and learning across the UW System.