MOOC’s… the buzz word of the moment. To save you the time of looking it up MOOC stands for “Massive Open Online Course” and if you believe the hype it’s on its way to upend higher education.
As part of a research group for my masters program in HCDE at the University of Washington, I’ve committed to tackling one of these online classes. Specifically this Coursera class “Design: Creation of Artifacts in Society” which is taught by Dr. Karl Ulrich from the University of Pennsylvania. This is an 8 week commitment for me that will encompass taking the class itself, with lectures, reading and design work along with tracking my impressions for the UW research group. Follow along if you’ve ever considered taking one to get some insights to the pro’s and con’s of online education.