MOOCs at Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw State University offered its first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in January 2014. K-12 Blended & Online Learning and Cybersecurity and Its Ten Domains are first of several planned open courses at Kennesaw State. The K-12 Blended & Online Learning MOOC is session based, with dedicated start and end dates. Cybersecurity and Its Ten Domains on the other hand is self-paced, and always available. Both MOOCs have faculty that are dedicated to optimizing the learning experience through innovative teaching techniques.
MOOCs at Kennesaw State are faculty driven initiatives designed to increase access to education and highlight KSU's centers of excellence. The goal is to offer educational pathways that invite the regional, national, and international community to join in a learning experience. The Open Courses at KSU have the potential to lower program costs and increase access to education while shortening degree completion time. In accordance with Complete College Georgia, MOOCs will also target adult learners and those from rural areas seeking to expand their educational opportunities. Open courses will offer levels of participation ranging from general community interest to professional learning or certification. Several courses will offer options for qualified students to convert their MOOC activities to transfer credit.
KSU recently added two new courses to its growing list: Business Model Canvas: A Tool for Entrepreneurs and Innovators and Writing Professional Email and Memos. These are Project Centered Courses and offer the opportunity to learn by completing a single continuous project.
Multiple Measures of Success
Through the K-12 Blended & Online Learning and Cybersecurity and Its Ten Domains MOOCs, we have reached thousands of learners from all over the world. Through social media, we have witnessed establishment of global learning communities. Many have added verified certificates to their resumes as part of professional development. Learners have also applied to get course credit at Kennesaw State University after completing a MOOC. Finally, through our MOOCs, we have been able to create truly open educational digital resources for those who may be interested in being lifelong learners.