March 26th, 2012
Snapshots from Home

UD this morning, in a George Washington University newspaper editorial.

A widely-used source for online courses called Udemy has begun an initiative called the Faculty Project where professors post free courses on the site.

Margaret Soltan, an English professor, was contacted by a Udemy associate several weeks ago and now has an 11-lecture series on poetry with more than 100 subscribers from around the world.

“My experience so far has been great. I look forward to every Saturday when I get to film my lecture,” Soltan said.

Why did an outside organization … provide this course?

Professors such as Soltan are helping spread knowledge and open up the world of higher education but they should have the opportunity to do this under the GW banner.

The elite institutions are already launching their own versions of free online courses. It would be a shame for the University to be left behind.

March 25th, 2012
My fourth Inside Higher Education post…

… in my series on what it’s like to do a MOOC, is here.

March 24th, 2012
My third lecture…

Distinguishing Between Good and Bad Poetry, has just been published. To watch it, go to the Faculty Project page, scroll down to Poetry, and enroll. It’s free. So far 112 people have signed up. Join the crowd.

March 24th, 2012
I haven’t posted yet today because…

… I’ve been recording my third lecture in my series on poetry for the Faculty Project. The lecture should be available this evening.

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