Monday, June 27, 2011

UIS online course draws big response

There are no grades to be earned in a new online course offered by the University of Illinois Springfield. No credit is given. And participants can begin in the middle of the course or wherever they please.

But after four days of registration, more than 2,000 people from more than 50 countries had signed up for the “MOOC”Massive Open Online Course — that will focus on the topic “Online Learning Today … and Tomorrow.”

So — other than the fact the course is free — what’s the attraction?

“It allows people to dig deeply into one part or learn broadly across a topic,” said Ray Schroeder, director of the UIS Center for Online Learning, Research and Service, or COLRS. “It will build a network of people interested in this topic, or part of it.”

The MOOC was featured in an June 25, 2011, article in The State Journal-Register.

Read the article online