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Got MOOC? Labor Costs for the Development and Delivery of an Open Online Course

Date: July 14, 2014

Time: 1:00 p.m. ET (UTC-4) runs one hour; convert to your time zone

Special Guests

Suzan HarknessSuzan Harkness
Special Assistant to the President, Founding Director of the Center for Academic Technology, and Assistant Dean, Learning Resources Division
University of the District of Columbia


Jeffrey StantonJeffrey Stanton
Professor and Senior Associate Dean
Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies



Join Malcolm Brown and Veronica Diaz as they moderate this webinar on cost-effective ways to deliver a MOOC with Suzan Harkness and Jeffrey Stanton. Over the past two years, many have discussed the implications of massive open online courses and the strategies that universities can use to either cope with or exploit them. In this presentation, we will examine MOOCs from a different angle: logistics and cost. This presentation will report how a group of university faculty and staff members designed and delivered a MOOC to 856 participants. Designing, preparing, and delivering the MOOC required a considerable time investment by professional instructional designers, professors, technical support staff, and a reference librarian. Yet, by using a low cost, cloud-based delivery platform and focusing on rich interaction with students rather than media production, the team produced a MOOC that resulted in a variety of positive educational and institutional outcomes. The presenters will provide insights for other groups that may have an interest in delivering a MOOC.

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