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The Global Classroom

UNM's first MOOC, Web Application Architectures, drew 48,123 enrollments from 187 countries around the world in Spring 2014. To help each other with the course, students self-organized into study groups such as Friends from India and Hello Indonesia, exchanging thousands of posts in the class forum. 

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"Anywhere I go, I have a friend!"

Says Professor and Associate Provost Greg Heileman, after teaching his first MOOC. He met some of his students and new friends in person at the World Wide Web Conference, Seoul, Korea, in April of 2014. The comment, one of hundreds, was sent to him by another student. 

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UNM extends its influence around the globe with MOOCs

The number of students who enrolled in UNM’s first MOOC exceeded the number of students enrolled at all campuses, undergraduate and graduate. An instructor would have to teach their campus-based courses for a millennium in order to reach the same number of enrollments.

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Coursera partners with top universities worldwide

UNM joins a select number of U.S. State Institutions partnering with Coursera to offer world-class education with the aim to empower people around the globe to improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in.

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UNM's free online courses achieve worldwide reach

26,776 students from 168 countries enrolled in UNM's 2nd MOOC, the study of Curanderismo: Traditional Medicine. UNM's 1st bilingual MOOC, Global Business Environment 1, drew 6,478 enrollments from 151 countries, with over half from emerging markets. The 2nd session of Web Application Architectures drew 50,355 enrollments from 191 countries.

MOOC is an acronym for Massive Open Online Course

A MOOC is a course of study made available over the internet without charge to a very large number of people. Anyone may enroll by logging on to the website and signing up. UNM has partnered with a leading provider of MOOCs, Coursera.

Massive

Refers to a course that is large enough for sub-clusters of interests to self-organize for engagement in the course. The open enrollment allows for participation in the course from around the globe.

Open

Anyone with an adequate internet connection may participate in the course. Courses are offered for free with fees-for-service such as credentialing or tutoring. Prerequisites or pre-tests that limit participation should not be required.

Enroll now! Courses are starting:

 

Dr. Van Roper, RN, FNP-C, PhDDr. Amy Levi, PhD, CNM, WHNP-BC

Nursing is on the frontline of rural health care. The instructors for this course, Dr. Amy Levi and Dr. Van Roper, will share what they’ve learned at the University of New Mexico and introduce some innovative ideas. Providing quality care in rural areas is an intersection of geographical challenges, political and economic elements, and issues unique to each particular situation. Approaches to overcoming barriers to support the development of healthy communities in rural areas will be explored and discussed. Students of this MOOC will identify a rural or frontier area in which they practice or expect to practice, and will design a program, policy or intervention to address the specific health care needs of the population in that area. Everyone in the class may share their struggles and successes for the benefit of the group.

Signature Track is available to receive a Verified Certificate for this course.

Register at the course page for this MOOC: https://coursera.org/course/ruralnursing.

Professor Doug Thomas, PHD

International Business I is taught by Professor Doug Thomas in English and Spanish, with all course material provided in both languages. Lectures are delivered in an engaging manner to encourage reflection and inquiry, impartidas por el instructor en el español y en el Inglés. A second course with new material, Part II, will be offered directly after Part I concludes, on March 16th.

UNM’s MOOCs invite participation from students around the world to become a global learning community, to engage in the course and to help each other learn.

Professor Doug Thomas (D.T. to his students), PhD, has lived abroad and visited many parts of the world. He is passionate about the international business community and wants to ignite that passion in others.

The course is taught in 6 weekly modules in an inquiry-based approach to understanding the environment in which global businesses operate and the country-level relationships that must be negotiated. What is Globalization? What is the Role of Culture? Free Trade, Free-r Trade or Managed Trade? What does the current Global Business Environment look like?

Students of this MOOC gain an understanding of the interaction of economics, politics, history, trade agreements and the global financial system. Esta materia introduce al alumno a una comprensión fundamental del entorno político, cultural, lingüística y socio-económico en el cual opera una empresa internacional. Professor Thomas wants to help prepare his students to successfully work and live in an increasingly globalized world.

Register at the course page for this MOOC: https://www.coursera.org/course/globalbusiness.

Professor & Associate Provost Greg Heileman

Professor and Associate Provost Greg Heileman authored and teaches UNM’s first MOOC, Web Application Architectures, and describes it as “the most rewarding teaching experience he’s ever had.” He notes “The scale of MOOCs allows learning and engagement opportunities that were simply not possible a few years ago.”

This course explores the development of web application architectures from an engineering perspective, considering the fundamental design patterns and associated philosophies. Students will understand the major architectural components in "web apps" and how they fit together. They will learn how to build and deploy modern web application architectures – applications that run over the Internet, in the "cloud," using a browser as the user interface.

Register at the course page for this MOOC: https://coursera.org/course/webapplications.

Professor Doug Thomas, PHD

International Business II is taught by Professor Doug Thomas in English and Spanish, with lecture and course materials provided in both languages. Lectures are delivered in an engaging manner to encourage reflection and inquiry, impartidas por el instructor en el español y en el Inglés.

UNM’s MOOCs invite participation from students around the world to become a global learning community, to engage in the course and to help each other learn. 6 weeks of inquiry-based learning creates a better understanding of the management of business operations in the global environment: What are Foreign Currencies and How are Exchange Rates Determined? How to adapt a product or service for the international market? How to start, operate and grow a small business in the global environment?

Building on International Business I, this second course focuses on organizational level and management issues in international settings. Esta materia, Entorno Global de Negocios, Parte II, sigue a la primera materia (Negocios Internacionales Parte I) e introduce al alumno a una comprensión fundamental de como administrar una organización o empresa internacional.

Register at the course page for this MOOC: https://www.coursera.org/course/globalbusiness2.

Eliseo (Cheo) Torres

UNM Professor and Vice-President of Student Affairs Eliseo (Cheo) Torres has made it his life's work to keep the tradition of Curanderismo alive and to share its practices with as many people as possible. Now UNM's entry into the MOOC field gives him the chance to reach his broadest audience yet. 26,776 people from 168 countries enrolled in the first offering of this course in 2014.

This course covers the history, traditions, rituals, herbs and remedies of Curanderismo, a folk healing tradition of the Southwestern United States, Latin American and Mexico. It examines the ways traditional medicine may effectively meet the health needs of many people, especially the uninsured.

The course is presented in thematic modules with video demonstrations of Curanderismo, featuring a well-known healer from Mexico, Peru or the United States, followed by a short quiz. Students are encouraged to read the supplemental books and articles.

As an example, one module theme will cover traditional plants, and how to prepare them for medicine in tinctures and micro-doses. The energetic healing module features a Curandero from Oaxaca who is well-known for energetic work. Cheo is excited to share the benefits of Curanderismo with each of his students from around the world.

Visit the course page for this MOOC at https://coursera.org/course/traditionalmedicine.
Read more about how Cheo’s lifetime of experience prepared him to teach traditional healing on a global scale.

Edward Angel

In this course, students learn how to create exciting, three-dimensional, interactive applications that are independent of particular platforms and can be accessed like any other Web app. WebGL is a version of OpenGL that runs within Web browsers and on smartphones. OpenGL is the standard application programming interface (API) to graphics systems for education and industry. By the end of this course, every students will have written and tested a complete interactive three-dimensional application.

All aspects of computer graphics from hardware to software to applications will be discussed.

Instructor Edward Angel’s UNM course is the first university course to use WebGL as the API.

Visit the course page for this MOOC at https://coursera.org/course/webgl.


“MOOC technology aligns with today’s learners — with how they access content, interact with one another, network and learn.”

— Greg Heileman, Professor of Electrical Computer Engineering at UNM and Associate Provost of Academic Affairs


Understanding MOOC development at the University of New Mexico:

 

  • Lectures are typically 7-10 minutes in length and are grouped together in sets of 7-9 into modules.
  • The online presentations feature high-quality production and tight editing.
  • Students can rewind or fast-forward through the lectures. An MIT study found that their edX students typically watched their MOOC videos at 1.5x live speed.
  • Quizzes are embedded in the videos.
  • A MOOC course usually features automated grading and peer assessment.
  • Mastery Learning allows students to repeat lectures and exercises as needed by the individual student.
  • Self-organizing community forums are created by the students to help each other with the course (Calibrated Peer Learning).

UNM’s MOOC partner

Coursera has its origins at Stanford University. It is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take for free. Their mission statement envisions a future where everyone has access to a world-class education. 

UNM's first MOOC was developed from an existing online course

A portion of an existing UNM Online course that had been taught a number of times in the past, Web Application Architectures, was converted (or MOOCified, to use a term coined by Greg Heileman, course instructor and developer).  This was a mature online course with well-developed course materials. To achieve the production standards, new video was shot in the production studios at UNM New Media & Extended Learning, and new slides were created. The subject was considered likely to be of great interest and proved to have a global draw.

Extending the reach of UNM

The number of students who enrolled in UNM’s first offering of the Web Application Architectures MOOC:

  • Is more than the number of students enrolled at UNM (all campuses, undergraduate and graduate).
  • Would require an instructor to teach at UNM for a millennium in order to reach the same enrollment.
Professor & Associate Provost Greg Heileman

“The most rewarding teaching experience I’ve ever had!”

After authoring and teaching UNM's first MOOC, this is how Greg Heileman describes his experience. He says, “The scale of MOOCs allows learning and engagement opportunities that were simply not possible a few years ago.” Almost 50,000 students enrolled in the first offering of Web Application Architectures in Spring 2014 from 187 countries around the world. Thousands of posts were submitted to the class forum. Students self-organized into study groups to communicate with and help each other, such as Friends from India and Hello Indonesia. Lower performing students asked questions and higher performing students answered them. Heileman notes that many issues were resolved by the students working together, “just the way you would want it to happen.”


Enrollment Numbers for UNM's first MOOC

  • 48,123 - signed up
  • 39,095 - visited the course site at least once
  • 29,557 - watched a lecture
  • 11,423 - submitted at least one exercise
  • 9,000 - submitted a program for review
  • 4 - 5,000 - completed the course

Enrollments by Continent

  • 32% - North America
  • 29% - Asia
  • 27% - Europe
  • 5% - South America
  • 5% - Africa
  • 2% - Oceania

Parents of today's freshmen grew up in:

  • An analog world
  • An industrial economy
  • A national focus

Today's freshman class grew up in:

  • A digital world
  • An information economy
  • A global focus

Visit the course page for this MOOC at https://coursera.org/course/webapplications.
Some page content adapted from Presentation and Q&A session by Greg Heileman at UNM Tech Days 2014.

Course TitleDates heldEnrollmentsCountries
Web Application Architectures I 3/24/14-6/2/14 48,123 195
Web Application Architectures I 8/11/14-9/22/14 65,188 195
Curanderismo: Traditional Medicine 8/18/14-10/13/14 35,122 177
Global Business Environments I 9/2/14-10/28/14 8,203 157
Global Business Environments II 11/2/14-12/13/14 2,436 136
Global Business Environments I 11/2/14-12/13/14 4,048 144

Visit UNM’s page at Coursera: https://www.coursera.org/newmexico


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MOOCs at UNM in 2014, the first year of development
Traditional medicine and folk healing on a global scale