Daily Archives: July 17, 2012

Abstract: Initial Experiences Teaching a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC)

Dr. Severance teaches the online course “Internet History, Technology, and Security” using the Coursera teaching platform. His course starts July 23, 2012 and is free to all who want to register. The course has over 25,000 enrolled students. In this keynote, we will look at at the current trends in teaching and learning technology as well as look at technology and pedagogy behind the course, and behind Coursera in general. We will meet the Coursera founders as well as take a live behind-the-scenes look into the course as it is being taught including successes and challenges to date. Attendees are welcome to sign up and participate in the course prior to the keynote to make the discussion about the course even more interactive.

Date: August 10, 2012 – Wilmington, NC

Speaker: Dr. Charles Severance

Charles is a Clinical Associate Professor and teaches in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. Charles is a founding faculty member of the Informatics Concentration undergraduate degree program at the University of Michigan. He also works for Blackboard as Sakai Chief Strategist. He also works with the IMS Global Learning Consortium promoting and developing standards for teaching and learning technology. Previously he was the Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation and the Chief Architect of the Sakai Project.