Imagine taking a course with 10,000 classmates.
With a massive online open course — known as a MOOC — this could become a new reality for the higher education world.
Coursera and other MOOC providers have made lectures and course materials from top-ranked universities available free to the general public. UNC launched its first one Monday.
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UNC is offering four MOOCs through Coursera:
- Metadata: Organizing and Discovering Information
- Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy
- Fundamentals of Rehearsing Music Ensembles
- Epidemiology: The Basic Science of Public Health
The course, “Metadata: Organizing and Discovering Information,” is taught by Jeffrey Pomerantz, a UNC professor of information science through Coursera. He is one of three UNC instructors offering courses through Coursera this semester.
“It’s very different from teaching a classroom-based course,” Pomerantz said. “There’s a lot of prep time that goes into creating a course, whether it’s a classroom-based course or a MOOC, and the preparation is very different for a MOOC.”