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All Things Online + MOOC Updates

Published on: January 31, 2013

Learning to Program Coursera Course ImageOnline Undergraduate Course Initiative 

Funding from the Office of the Provost is now available through the Online Undergraduate Course Initiative (OUCI) with a growth target of ten new courses per year. Each of the participating instructors and educational technology leads are invited to attend a two-day intensive Course Re/Design Institute in collaboration with the Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation.  Their design teams may include educational technology professionals, TAs and librarians and IT staff. The resulting online course formats vary widely, depending on the discipline, target learning outcomes, audience and available resources. An ongoing evaluation process across all courses developed within the OUCI program assesses the quality and effectiveness of our institutional support, infrastructure and services and informs future planning. 

Update on MOOCs

Since the Provost’s announcement regarding University of Toronto entering into a partnership with Coursera in mid-July we have had much interest and many discussions regarding the ideas and implications of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs). Our work with Coursera is part of a larger landscape of openness at UofT, as reflected in the newly launched Open UToronto initiative. A Provostial Committee has been established to guide the development of Open UToronto principles and practice.

Currently five Coursera MOOCs are in various stages of of design, development and delivery of Coursera, supported locally within the division or department of the MOOC instructor(s) along with community round tables held to facilitate information sharing among faculty and their teams.  Most recently we have been discussing design strategies for social science MOOCs currently under development at OISE and the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.