By Jonathan Swartz
With a $50,000 grant from Google, four Cornell professors will transform their class into a massive open online course, or MOOC, enabling them to offer the course to countless students worldwide for free, according to the University.
The course, ‘Six Pretty Good Books: Explorations in Social Science,’ is taught by Prof. Stephen Ceci, human development, Prof. Jefferson Cowie, labor history, Prof. Jeffrey Hancock, communication and Prof. Michael Macy, sociology.
According to Macy, because of its integration of technology and emphasis on student participation, the course is already well-suited to become a MOOC.
“We already use Skype to allow students to meet with the authors of the books,” he said. “And we have developed a system for peer assessment to help students recognize their strengths and weaknesses in their ability to articulate their understanding of the books.”
[ Full article available at The Cornell Daily Sun: http://www.cornellsun.com/section/news/content/2013/03/05/google-will-fund-cornell-mooc ]