Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

The Office of the Provost’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) Request for Proposals provides faculty with funds up to $25,000 and support from the CTL to develop innovative online courses that stimulate curiosity and intellectual exploration, and make more visible the teaching and research activities of the University. MOOC instructors partner with the CTL to develop a learning design for media production and course delivery. Below is the list of MOOCs supported by the CTL as well as information about the Provost’s Conversations on Online Learning series.

Interested in applying for the Provost’s RFP? Visit the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning website to learn more about this funding opportunity, the application process, and past recipients.

Global Muckraking: Investigative Journalism and Global Media

Anya Schiffrin, Director of the Technology, Media, and Communications specialization at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

This five-week MOOC explored the vital role that journalism has played in fighting injustice and wrongdoing over the last 100 years, and delved into the current trends reshaping investigative reporting in the digital age. First released February 2017 on edX.

Innovating Instruction: Reimagining Teaching with Technology

Ellen B. Meier, Director and  Co-Founder of the Center for Technology and School Change at Teachers College, Columbia University 

This four-week course prepared K-12 educators to integrate technology through the use of a design-based process. As a part of the White House ConnectEd initiative, U.S. teachers and students who participated in this course will be eligible for free Verified Certificates. First released May 2017 on edX.

Freedom of Expression in the Age of Globalization

Dr. Agnes Callamard, Director of Columbia University Global Freedom of Expression 

This six-week course provided an introduction to political expression, freedom of the press, and freedom of expression—complex fundamental rights at the heart of today’s many global challenges and controversies. First released October 2016 on edX.

Science of Learning: What Every Teacher Should Know

Pearl Kane, Klingenstein Family Professor for the Advancement of Independent School Education at Teachers College, and Kevin Mattingly, Adjunct Associate Professor at Teachers College

This self-paced course explores, through current research, how we learn—the way our brain makes, stores, and retrieves memories. As part of the White House ConnectEd initiative, U.S. teachers and students in high-need schools who participate in this course will be eligible for free Verified Certificates. First released November 2016 on edX.

Women Have Always Worked

Women Have Always Worked – The U.S. Experience 1700-1920

Women Have Always Worked – The U.S. Experience 1920-2016

Alice Kessler-Harris, R. Gordon Hoxie Professor American History Emerita

This two-part, self-paced course explores the history of women in America and introduces students to historians’ work to uncover the place of women and gender in America’s past. Released Spring 2017 on edX.