MOOCs and STEM teaching methods

I’m pleased to announce that the Center for Teaching will be part of a $750,000, three-year, multi-institution National Science Foundation WIDER grant supporting the creation of two massive open online courses (MOOCs) on evidence-based teaching practices for future STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) faculty.


I am one of the co-PIs on the project, which is led by PI Rique Campa (Michigan State University) and fellow co-PIs Kitch Barnicle (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Bennett Goldberg (Boston University), and Robert Mathieu (UW-Madison).

I am particularly excited by the plans we have for what we’re calling “MOOC-supported learning communities,” in which local groups of MOOC participants benefit from and contribute to the overall MOOC experience, as well as our plans to share the materials we develop for the MOOC (videos, assignments, other resources) in an open-source fashion.

More on these elements below.

The MOOCs will be produced as a collaborative effort of the Center for Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a network of research universities working together to enhance excellence in undergraduate education through the development of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows as future faculty members.

CIRTL’s core ideas (teaching-as-research, learning communities, and learning-through-diversity) have infused programs and courses at each of the 23 institutions in the CIRTL Network.