|Call for Coursera Course Proposals: May 31
April 23, 2013,
Volume 59, No. 30
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 showcase 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 Fall 2013-Spring 2014. 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 Open Learning Initiatives and 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 May 1, from 10-11:30 a.m.; to register, email CTL at: email@example.com For additional information about CTL resources, please visit: www.upenn.edu/ctl
Proposals must be completed using the template provided in the Faculty Resources section of the Open Learning Initiatives’ website, found under “Step 1: Getting Your Course Approved”, http://provost.upenn.edu/initiatives/openlearning/faculty-resources
Proposals must include the following:
- Proposed course name and description
- Rationale for offering the course via Coursera
- Competitive assessment of similar courses
- Desired course length (# of weeks) and anticipated audience
- Teaching methods to be employed in the class
- Estimated budget (with major line items)
- How you will measure success
- Use of materials in other (classroom) courses
- Summary of teaching experience, awards
- Curriculum vita
Proposals must have the signature of each faculty member’s department chair and be submitted by email to the Office of Open Learning Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than May 31, 2013.
Additional information about Coursera and open learning at Penn is available at: http://provost.upenn.edu/initiatives/openlearning