With a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse started a College Readiness Math MOOC this month, and students from more than 40 countries and 42 states are enrolled. 

The university began this MOOC to enhance student math skills so they won’t have to take remedial courses when they enter college. High school seniors weren’t the only people who were eager to sign up, though. All age groups are represented: An 83-year-old grandmother wants to help her grandkids with math. Entire high school classes are preparing for college-level math. Even an 11-year-old prodigy who is advanced enough to take college-level courses signed up. All for free. 

The course videos are streamed online via Mediasite as one delivery method, and some classroom activities are being planned to be streamed live worldwide to help make the experience more interactive and immediate. Mediasite user Jim Jorstad, Director of Academic Technologies at UW-L, and Bob Hoar, UW-L Math Professor, created a 10-minute presentation about what a MOOC is and how to create one and evaluate how effective it is. 

The presentation is streamed via Mediasite. Click on the image below to watch. 

Also, check out Jim's blog, The Learning Space, to learn more about the MOOC.