On September 25, 2014, Todd Murphey, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern came to Notre Dame to give a talk on his MOOC experience. Speaking specifically about his experience teaching his “Everything Is the Same: Modeling Engineered Systems” (EITS) course for Coursera, Murphey talked about the successes and failures of his first MOOC. This 8-week course was run simultaneously for free online and incorporated into his on-campus course at Northwestern in a blended learning context. Although originally done out of time constraints, Murphey claims that the end result for the on-campus students was actually beneficial. A key component of Murphey’s talk was breaking down how and why his MOOC was created, covering everything from the platform tools used, average video length, faculty time commitment, and language used for a general audience. His central pieces of advice? Have a good team, know your audience, and learn from your failures.
The Office of Digital Learning and the College of Engineering invite you to attend Prof. Todd Murphey’s guest lecture on “Flipping Technical Classrooms with MOOCs”. In this talk, Murphey will discuss the experience of delivering a successful Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), “Everything Is the Same: Modeling Engineered Systems“, on the Coursera platform. The talk will take place from 3:30-5:00pm on September 25th in DeBartolo 126. This talk will be of interest to anyone interested in online,flipped, or blended teaching and learning. All are welcome.
In this talk, Prof. Todd Murphey will speak about his experience running his “Everything Is the Same: Modeling Engineered Systems” (EITS), which he developed to serve both online students who take it for free and Northwestern students who use it in a blended learning context in their first-year analysis course. EITS starts with the definition of the derivative and, through 24 lectures averaging 6.5 minutes each, ends with the time-varying wave equation. Along the way it introduces Newton’s laws, superposition, Kirchhoff’s laws, convolution, and the time-varying heat equation. It is a challenging class. When it started, the class had nearly 18,000 enrolled, ranging from high school to postgraduate students (with over 1000 students who claimed to be ages 0-10). The students at Northwestern appear to be benefiting from the content, but the reactions among them vary wildly. What is the value of online content to on-premises students? And what is the value to the online students who do not get to be in the room with the instructor? Every online class has a different answer implicit in its design, and the answer will shape how new offerings are designed as well as our national response to the availability of online content.
The Office of Digital Learning is delighted to announce the launch of a new initiative, Digital Week. Taking place between October 3-9, 2014, Digital Week will consist of a series of events dedicated to promoting digital teaching and learning in the University of Notre Dame. Events will include:
- Keynote talks by speakers such as Anant Agarwal, Tara McPherson, and Jennifer Ebbeler
- Workshops on digital publishing, e-portfolio preparation and assessment, and making digital comics with Pixton
- Round table discussions on digital education and the information economy in the digital age
- Graduate student lightning talk sessions
- And much more!
On August 15, President of Behrman House Publishing, David Behrman, visited the Notre Dame campus to lead a team building workshop with the Office of Digital Learning team. Organized by Notre Dame’s Chief Academic Digital Officer, Elliott Visconsi, the workshop was attended by staff from the ODL, Teaching and Learning Technologies, and the Kaneb Centre.
Behrman House, a leading publisher of quality Judaic textbooks and supplementary materials for the classroom was founded in 1921. Over the past decade, the business has shifted from an exclusive print publisher into one that offers a variety of digital lesson plans and other online learning materials. Today, Behrman’s online learning center partners with 300 Jewish religious schools in the United States and Canada. The digital lesson plans include Hebrew language courses, but also exploring themes of personal character, heritage and values that are central to Jewish identity, as well as topics like history, religion, art and life in modern Israel.
In his talk, Behrman drew on his expertise as President of Behrman House to make recommendations on how to build an effective and efficient Office of Digital Learning in Notre Dame. With a strong focus on deliverables, accountability, and responsibility, Behrman’s model is designed to “help organizations deliver what they want to deliver organically”. Attendees had the opportunity to discuss how Behrman’s model could be incorporated to increase productivity within the ODL. The workshop was the first of series of events geared towards solidifying the partnerships among the personnel involved in Notre Dame’s online course production.
The workshop was part of the ODL’s commitment to ensuring excellence in the production and delivery of online learning materials.
Notre Dame’s Academic Technologies group recently partnered with the College of Science to build a Lightboard studio modeled after the studio that Prof. Michael Peshkin designed for Northwestern. This video illustrates some of the capability of the lightboard. Some of the video clips are from a demonstration model, prior to the completion of the full studio.