UW-Madison to expand distance learning with Massive Open Online Courses

The five faculty teaching MOOCs

UW-Madison’s first five MOOC faculty: Randall Wright, Constance Steinkuehler, Kurt Squire, Kris Olds and John Hawks.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison announced today that it will offer four pilot courses as part of a new delivery system in higher education known as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).

UW-Madison and 28 other universities from around the world have entered into partnerships with the online learning company Coursera to offer these courses, which promise to transform the traditional classroom. Two of them are scheduled to begin at the UW this fall, with the others to follow.
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Course descriptions and faculty bios

Videogames and Learning
Faculty: Constance Steinkuehler and Kurt Squire, co-directors of Games+Learning+Society (GLS)

Globalizing Higher Education and Research for the ‘Knowledge Economy’
Faculty: Kris Olds, professor and chair of the Department of Geography and Susan L. Robertson, professor at the University of Bristol (United Kingdom)

Human Evolution: Past and Future
Faculty: John Hawks, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology

Markets with Frictions
Faculty: Randall Wright, Ray Zemon Professor of Liquid Assets in the Department of Finance, Investment and Banking, as well as a professor of economics