The Office of the Provost, Information Technology Services and iThink Distributed Learning Group announce a Call for Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Proposals to faculty at Case Western Reserve University. This call for proposals is intended to gather expressions of interest across the university by inviting faculty members to submit a proposal for a course to be offered in the global, open, online space through partnerships that CWRU is establishing with a range of open learning partners, including Coursera, Udacity and The New Media Consortium.
Faculty are invited to submit a proposal to deliver a MOOC, which will enable the university to showcase the mission and vision of "improving people’s lives through preeminent research, education and creative endeavor," while aligning with the university’s initiative to "develop" and "aspire to be recognized internationally as an institution that imagines and influences the future."
MOOCs are open, participatory, and support a globally networked and engaged learning community. Courses will begin to launch spring 2013. The course may be a traditional 14-week course or as short as four weeks in duration and can be taught individually or jointly with another faculty member.
The effort and cost to develop a MOOC course will vary by the course, school and faculty member. Costs encompass faculty time to develop and deliver, TA support to develop and deliver, course development/design and media production. For those offerings selected, a development grant of $6,500 will be available to support faculty development, course development or pre-production support. This expense will be borne equally by the Provost’s Office, the relevant school’s Office of the Dean and iThink. Central services will provide an appropriate amount of support for video production through MediaVision, dependent on the pedagogy and learning objectives outlined by the faculty.
Proposals should include:
Additionally, it is suggested that proposals include:
Proposals will be evaluated as they are received, and selection of courses is dependent upon readiness and support from the relevant faculty and office of the Dean. A preliminary review of proposed MOOC offerings is scheduled for Monday, April 1 at 5 p.m. Those who wish to be considered for this first wave should submit their signed and approved materials to Carleen Bobrowksi, iThink Initiatives: firstname.lastname@example.org.