Leveraging a MOOC Platform to Accelerate College Readiness
Laurel Walsh, Keri VanOverschelde, Walden University, United States
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Las Vegas, NV, USA ISBN 978-1-939797-05-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA
To accelerate student readiness, the university created a micro-course available to selected students who unsucessfully participated in their foundational course. By leveraging a MOOC platform (coursesites), students who were unable to successfully complete the first two weeks of course work were taught by a first term faculty member paired with a peer mentor. This 3-week skill refresher provides students with (a) feedback on writing, (b) an introduction to university support services, and (c) a preview of first term assignments with strategies for success in coursework. Students are given an opportunity to explicitly articulate a plan for academic success in an online classroom. Students complete an Academic Success Narrative that enumerates and details the supports that they will use to stay on track. This optional micro-course is not credit bearing, although students can earn a certificate of completion. Because it is built in a MOOC, it is offered completely free for students.
Walsh, L. & VanOverschelde, K. (2013). Leveraging a MOOC Platform to Accelerate College Readiness. In T. Bastiaens & G. Marks (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2013--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2570-2574). Las Vegas, NV, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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