LIBR 298 Course Information

Special Studies
Topic: Summer Studies
Course Information

Kyle M. L. Jones

Course Description

If virtual learning communities, online education, and cutting-edge teaching practices pique your interest, consider joining an enthusiastic teaching and learning cohort as they develop an exciting online course space and experience for hundreds of students. 

Students will support in the research, development, and deployment of a customized Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) in the fall semester of 2013.  Activities may include any of the following: Gathering research materials on topics related to MOOCs; participating in the construction of the course site by helping with elements of content strategy and management, information architecture, user experience testing, gamificiation, and design (CSS, XHTML, some PHP knowledge a plus); developing a knowledge base and self-paced instructional materials (e.g., screencasts); and assisting in the instructional design of the teaching and learning experience.

The instructor is looking for a mixture of skill sets that match the projects above.  Depending on the size of the class, students will select topics of interest to them and work in groups to accomplish their goals.  All students will work in harmony with the instructor and their peers, in virtual, synchronous and asynchronous settings.  Most importantly, the instructor seeks students who are willing to explore and ask critical questions, as well as those with attention to detail, dedication to documentation, and clear communication.