Using Third-Party MOOCs on Campus

This webinar will cover new research on the opportunities and challenges associated with using third-party MOOCs in campus-based courses. In collaboration with the University System of Maryland, Ithaka S+R worked with faculty members at six campuses to try incorporating MOOCs in more than a dozen courses. The presenters will share findings from these tests:

  • what was the implementation process and what challenges arose?
  • what was the experience like for instructors?
  • what was the student response?
  • what impacts did we detect on student learning?

This series of webinars features librarians and scholars from public and academic libraries reporting on the latest research about MOOCs and offering practical information on creating and presenting MOOCs.  It will appeal to librarians in academic, public, and special libraries.  Presenters will discuss the role libraries play in the development of MOOCs and share information that will enable attendees to familiarize themselves with the steps involved in developing a MOOC. Learn more about the Libraries and MOOCs webinar series, both upcoming sessions and those held in 2013 (recordings are available).

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in the topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to participate.


Rebecca Griffiths leads the program in Online Learning for Ithaka S+R, a not-for-profit organization that provides research and advisory services to help academic, cultural, and publishing communities transition to the digital environment. Previously, Rebecca launched and led ITHAKA’s Strategic Services practice, now part of Ithaka S+R, that helped online education initiatives deepen their understanding of their audiences and develop sustainable business plans. In addition, she co-authored reports on sustainability of digital projects, the role of publishing in universities, and uses of open source software in higher education. Rebecca was a founding member of Aluka, a nonprofit initiative to develop online primary resources from and about Africa for research and teaching. The Aluka collections are now available through JSTOR.

Earlier in her career, Rebecca worked as a management consultant for Monitor Company in its Hong Kong and London offices and in product management and strategic planning with technology firms. Rebecca has an MBA from MIT and a BA from Princeton University in East Asian studies.


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