May 24, 2022

New Article: “On-Campus Impacts of MOOCs at Duke University”

The following article from EDUCAUSE Review was published online earlier today (August 3, 2015).


On-Campus Impacts of MOOCs at Duke University


Kim Manturuk
Duke University

Quentin Ruiz-Esparza
Duke University



Key Takeaways

  • In 2012, Duke University began using MOOCs to promote innovation in teaching and learning within the campus community, with the goal of importing successful new pedagogical ideas into Duke classrooms.
  • Since that time, 30 instructors from 28 departments have developed 31 MOOCs on Coursera, attracting 2.8 million enrollments and issuing more than 72,000 certificates.
  • Various examples show how these instructors changed their teaching approach in both MOOCs and traditional courses, including by improving classroom materials and activities, crafting better measures of student learning, and experimenting with new pedagogies to increase engagement and learning.

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See Also (New From EDUCAUSE Review): “MOOC Professors’ Agency in the Face of Disruption”

Stanford University used MOOCs as an opportunity to create a supportive environment for faculty to explore, create, and express themselves in new ways through open and digital education. Following its early support for MOOCs, Stanford built “soft infrastructure” to incubate good ideas and allow courses to evolve over time.

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