Earlier this year, I asked whether or not Student Affairs needed a technology MOOC. The idea being that a technology MOOC for Student Affairs would be useful as a way to provide access to a baseline of technology-related content for Student Affairs practitioners (especially for folks who are in masters level higher education programs). It does seem like MOOCs would be useful platforms for those of us who work in (and study) higher education. At the very least, we would be using the very tools that many of us expect our students to use. Having direct fluency with MOOCs and online learning would be highly useful for all Student Affairs practitioners.
While it’s not specifically related to technology, Colorado State University’s SAHE Program in collaboration with CSU Online Plus, the CSU Institute for Learning and Teaching, and NASPA, have created a MOOC titled “Exploring the Student Affairs in Higher Education Profession.” I’m not sure whether or not this is the very first MOOC for those who are interested in pursuing a career in Student Affairs, but it’s definitely new. The 8 week course covers a wide swath of Student Affairs content including: foundations of the profession, student development theory, professional associations, student success, graduate programs, transitioning into the field, globalization, and the future of Student Affairs. Beginning in January of 2014, the course is going to be offered free of charge to any and all participants. Registration for the course is currently open.
[ Full article available at Inside Higher Ed: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/student-affairs-and-technology/mooc-exploring-student-affairs-profession ]