Call for Coursera Course Proposals: December 14
October 30, 2012,
Volume 59, No. 10
Provost Vincent Price and professor Edward Rock, director of Open Learning Initiatives, announce a new round of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to be offered through the University’s partnership with Coursera. These courses will spotlight the diverse intellectual perspectives across the University and their applications to vital issues, as part of the campus-wide emphasis of the Penn Compact on integrating knowledge and increasing access around the world to Penn’s outstanding educational resources.
They invite faculty members from any School to submit proposals for courses to be taught beginning in Spring 2013 or later. The course may be a traditional 14-week course or a shorter course. It may resemble or approximate an existing course or be an entirely new course. It may be taught individually or jointly with another faculty member.
The Office of the Provost, in partnership with the relevant School, will provide funding for the development of new courses. Depending on the course, support may be available for such course-related expenses as faculty preparation time, teaching assistance, videotaping, copyright licensing, and production costs. This funding can be supplemented by outside grants at the discretion of the faculty member(s).
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) will provide workshops for faculty interested in proposing courses and will assist in the preparation of proposals. The first workshop will take place on November 9, from noon-1:30 p.m.; to register, email CTL at: firstname.lastname@example.org For additional information about CTL resources, please visit: www.upenn.edu/ctl
Proposals must be no longer than three pages (not including CVs and syllabi) and include the proposed topic, faculty names (with School affiliation, CV, and indication of approval by the relevant department chair and dean) and rationale and goals for the course. If possible, a preliminary syllabus should be included, listing proposed readings. Successful proposals should include the following:
- Intellectual rationale for teaching the course through Coursera
- Anticipated length of the course
- Anticipated audience for the course
- Proposed means for measuring the effectiveness of the course
- Whether you expect to use the course materials in your subsequent on-campus courses
- Budget and budget justification related to course support
- Information on teaching experience, including any teaching awards
- Innovative teaching methods
Proposals must have the signature of each faculty member’s department chair and be submitted by email to the Office of Open Learning Initiatives, email@example.com no later than December 14, 2012.
Additional information about Coursera and open learning at Penn is available at: www.upenn.edu/provost/openlearning