This fall, Northern Illinois University is offering its first open online course, “Perspectives on Disability,” led by College of Health and Human Sciences professor Greg Long, a Presidential Teaching Professor in the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders, NIU Today reports. The 10-week experience is a streamlined version of the for-credit AHRS 200, a general education course entitled, “Disability in Society.” The massive open online course (MOOC) is designed to raise awareness and increase knowledge about disability. The program is available to nearly all learners ranging from middle school students through adults. “I have been teaching Disability in Society at NIU for 10 years, and each year students say it deeply impacted them and changed the way they feel about people with disabilities”, Long said. “The students always say that everyone should take the course, and I agree. I took on the challenge and decided to promote these ideas to more people by offering a MOOC.”

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