Massively open online courses (MOOCs) are generating exciting discussions on education today and for generations to come. Offering courses online for free and without the exchange of university credit has sparked interesting debates about accessibility, credibility and finances. What people can agree on is the potential for MOOCs to expand the learning experience beyond traditional boundaries of admission cutoffs, tuition and class schedules.
Coursera invites its visitors to "Take the World's Best Courses, Online, For Free." With an impressive catalog of courses from Ivy League universities, and other highly respected universities along with international institutions, they aren’t exaggerating.
Ohio State became one of Coursera's thirty-three partner institutions by adding two Pharmacy courses, scheduled to run in early 2013. ‘Introduction to Pharmacy’ and ‘Generation Rx: The Science Behind Prescription Drug Abuse,' are six- and 10-week long courses, respectively. More information is available at coursera.org/osu.
Tom Evans (OCIO Learning Technology) is working alongside College of Pharmacy faculty in their Coursera venture. He's written about it at the Digital Union blog.
For more information on Ohio State’s involvement with Coursera, contact Mike Hofherr (OCIO Learning Technology) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-247-6819.