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Massive Open Online Courses

The College of Literature, Science, and the Arts supports the development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) offered by the University of Michigan (U­M) on a variety of platforms to fulfill a variety of academic, curricular, and co-curricular needs.

Current contributions from LSA faculty to the University’s offerings include: “AIDS: Fear & Hope,” developed by Richard Meisler (American Culture) on the Coursera platform, and “Practical Learning Analytics,” developed by Tim McKay (Physics, Astronomy, Education) on edX.

UM on Coursera

UM on edX

Because the University has a stake in the selection of which MOOCs are offered and has a limited amount of resources that it can dedicate to publishing these courses, the review process is multi-layered.

Applications to offer a MOOC will be evaluated both by the LSA Curriculum Committee and by the Digital Courses, Innovations, and Platforms Committee (DCIPC), comprised of a group of faculty from across the University, with oversight and support from the Office of Academic Innovation (formerly the Office of Digital Education & Innovation). You can access their MOOC Proposal Guide here.

The Academic Innovation at Michigan (AIM) website is an excellent resource for those considering this unique curriculum development opportunity, see especially the resources gathered under the “Explore Phase”.

Please note that your proposal must first be approved by the LSA Curriculum Committee. The LSA contact person for the proposal and the approval process is Tim McKay, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education.