Committed to extending UW-Madison’s educational mission to Wisconsin and the world, and providing lifelong learning opportunities, EI contributed significant support for the university’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) efforts. MOOCs are unique virtual teaching, learning and research experiences that are not for credit, aimed at unlimited participation and available at no cost to learners around the world.
In 2013–14, the University of Wisconsin-Madison launched four pilot MOOCs in partnership with the online education company Coursera. Through videos, discussion forums and learning activities, more than 135,600 participants from around the world have had the opportunity to engage in a University of Wisconsin–Madison learning experience.
Building on the momentum of the four pilot MOOCs, the university launched six new MOOCs in 2015-16. Topics ranged from Shakespeare’s dramas and the digital humanities, to understanding Aldo Leopold’s land ethic, to the relationship between climate change, policy and public health. The MOOCs explored the connections, challenges and tradeoffs that underlie our relationships to the natural world, to one another and to our communities, across our state and around the world.
The series of six MOOCs have now ended. They will remain open on Coursera as a free, educational resource through the beginning of 2016.
To view UW-Madison’s MOOCs archive, visit: www.moocs.wisc.edu.