Center for Collaboration and Development

USM's Scoops on MOOCs - A Faculty Panel Discussion

October 9, 2013
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
7th floor, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland Campus

USM's Scoops on MOOCS - A Faculty Panel Discussion

Join us for a faculty panel discussion on massively open online courses (MOOCs) facilitated by Joyce Lapping. Panelists include Dr. Jim Suleiman, Dr Krista Meinersmann, Dr. Sharon Timberlake, and Dr. Khusro Kidwai. The panel represents a variety of perspectives and experiences with MOOCs.

Dr. Jim Suleiman currently incorporates MOOCs into his classes, Dr. Sharon Timberlake is participating in a MOOC with several of her graduate students, and Dr. Krista Meinersmann has done research on the use of MOOCs in a professional setting. Dr. Khusro Kidwai, Director, Online Teaching and Learning at USM collaborated with USM faculty during fall 2012 and spring 2013 to pilot MOOCs. He will share this work and similar initiatives at other institutions, the national and international context for MOOCs, and thoughts on how USM can position itself to take advantage of a rapidly changing context.

Additional time will be given to an overview and update on MOOCs within the UMS and what actions have been taken here at USM – The PLA Advisory Council and the administration have agreed that credits may be awarded for MOOCs through the PLA program with appropriate faculty assessment.

Any faculty or staff member doing work in this area – please join us and share your expertise and experiences.

Wednesday, October 9th
12:00 to 1:30pm
7th floor, Glickman Family Library, USM Portland Campus


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Joyce Lapping

Director, Prior Learning Assessment

Joyce has been the Director of Prior Learning at the University of Southern Maine for the past nine years. Previous to that time, she was an Assistant Professor of Economics and Advisor for Student Success.  Joyce leads the system wide PLA subcommittee to the transfer committee and is on the advisory board of Maine Employers Initiative a program of Maine Development Foundation. She has organized the USM 's MOOC advisory committee to work to coordinate the activities on campus dealing with MOOCS.

As the Director for Prior Learning Assessment, she is responsible for working with students to assess college-level learning that has occurred outside the traditional classroom. The office promotes a process that builds a bridge between students’ practical, applied learning experiences and their theoretical college-level learning, and works with all schools and both graduate and undergraduate programs within the University of Southern Maine and throughout the UM system.Learn more about Joyce.


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