Recent developments in technology for digital education and the rampant emergence of massive open online courses (MOOCs) are creating the perception of a game-changing, disruptive educational approach that has the potential to transform both access to education as well as the methods used to teach Stony Brook students and the world. While many of the AAUs have jumped on the MOOCs bandwagon within the past six months, and others are actively considering their strategy, many open issues remain.
MOOC business models differ and range from institutional-level to entrepreneurial-driven activities. The approaches for issuing MOOC-based credentials also vary from issuing none to granting certificates of completion, badges and even University transfer credits based on assessment of learning.
In order to best position Stony Brook University to take advantage of the MOOCs educational approach, a joint Provostial-Senate ad-hoc task force has been established to consider the broad spectrum of issues related to MOOCs technology, requisite investment, quality assurance, branding, credentialing, policy and impact on current academic offerings. This committee will provide actionable recommendations to formulate a long-term institutional strategy, as well as some specific short-term pursuits.
A MOOCs task force website has been developed so that all members of the University community can access more information on MOOCS resources and news, as well as on members of the task force and its subcommittees. There is also an online MOOC feedback form so you can provide feedback and suggestions to the task force.
You are invited to attend one of the Town Hall Meetings to discuss MOOCs (refreshments will be served):
West Campus: Wednesday, February 13, 1 pm to 2:20 pm, Wang Center Theater
East Campus: Monday, February 18, 11:30 am to 12:50 pm. HSC Lecture Hall 6, Level 3