Bagwell College kicks off second session of university's first MOOC

KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 14, 2015) – Building upon the success of Kennesaw State University’…

Georgia (Jan 14, 2015)KENNESAW, Ga. (Jan. 14, 2015) – Building upon the success of Kennesaw State University’s first Massive Open Online Course last year, the Bagwell College of Education kicked off a second session of the MOOC this week.

“We’ve updated the content a little bit because of some new standards, but the biggest difference, which I am really excited about, is I have an expert in online learning who was willing to make counterpoints in the course,” said Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology Anissa Vega. “Jordan Cameron, who helped me design the course, and I wanted it to be a bit more educative, so students can learn about the challenges to K-12 online learning.”

The MOOC is designed to prepare Georgia’s K-12 educators to facilitate student online learning in their own classrooms. The K-12 Blended and Online Learning course enables participants to earn up to five professional learning units (PLUs), which are required for teacher certification renewal. The open course is free, including nearly 30 instructional videos to replace the cost of textbooks, and runs for eight weeks.

More than 10,000 participants enrolled in the first MOOC, including students from across Georgia and 160 countries, according to Vega, who is expecting even larger numbers this go-round, as previous participants are leading groups of teachers at their home institutions through the course.

“In addition to Georgia teacher credits for completing the course, we were one of 50 MOOCs selected by Coursera and the U.S. Department of Education, so now teachers in all states in the U.S. can get professional licensing credits through our course,” Vega said. 

Another new development: The Online Learning Consortium, an international online learning research group, has partnered with Kennesaw State to help promote the course and provide supplemental materials for course content.

“This partnership puts Kennesaw on the forefront of K-12 online learning as far as the organization goes, and they are a big organization,” Vega said. “It makes us look very good.”

In addition to the recognition by the Online Learning Consortium, Vega was one of three Kennesaw State faculty recently recognized for efforts in transforming their use of textbooks and other learning materials into lower-cost options. Vega repurposed the MOOC content into the classroom, eliminating the need for a costly textbook.

The awards were given as part of a new University System of Georgia Initiative, Affordable Learning Georgia. Thirty educators from across the system were recognized for saving students more than $1 million in textbook purchases in the 2014 academic year.

--Jennifer Hafer

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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