A faculty perspective on MOOCs, or "What should we teach and who should we teach it to?"

September 16, 2014

Presented by Dr.Rosie Redfield, Professor, Department of Zoology, UBC,

Tuesday September 16, 2014, 114 Halpern Centre, 11:30 am

 For the past 16 months I’ve been putting my money where my mouth is, using the new MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) format to teach a radical new genetics curriculum to a global population of eager learners.  In my talk I’ll argue that university courses should give students genuinely useful learning, understanding that they can apply to the rest of their lives, not just to the next course in the sequence.  I’ll also describe the new MOOC phenomenon, highlighting what it offers to both active faculty and emeriti.

This is the first in the Fall 2014 SFURA Speakers Program. Presentations are free and open to all members of SFU and the public.  No reservations are required.  They are held at 11:30 am on Tuesdays with a talk of approximately 50 minutes, plus a short question period.

Members of the audience are invited to join the speaker and executive board for lunch at the Diamond Alumni Centre following the talk.