UW-Madison will offer six Massive Open Online Courses in 2015–16, along with a MOOCs website to answer all your questions about this innovative approach to learning.
CALS faculty are involved in teaching two of the new MOOCs:
The Land Ethic Reclaimed: Perceptive Hunting, Aldo Leopold and Conservation, taught by Timothy Van Deelen, associate professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology; Janet Silbernagel, professional programs director and professor of landscape architecture and environmental studies; and Paul Robbins, professor and director of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.
Forests and Humans: From Madison to Madagascar, taught by Catherine Woodward, faculty associate at WISCIENCE and associate faculty associate at the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. It also includes contributions from Tom Gower, head of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at North Carolina State University.
The other four MOOCs:
Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region, taught by Steven Ackerman, professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences, and Margaret Mooney, senior outreach specialist for the Space Science and Engineering Center.
Shakespeare in Community, taught by Jesse Stommel, assistant professor in the Department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies; Sarah Marty, faculty associate in the Department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies; and R L Widmann, associate professor of English at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Massive Open Online Courses allow people from around the globe to participate in free, noncredit classes. Participants go on the Internet to watch videos, participate in discussion forums, read articles and sometimes take quizzes. The UW-Madison’s first slate of MOOCs featured four courses that reached more than 135,600 registrants from over a hundred countries and all 50 states.
To sign up for information on UW-Madison MOOCs, click here.