The Provost and the Academic Committee on Online Education seek proposals from Duke faculty across the campus who are interested in offering Coursera courses between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014. Proposed courses should involve innovative teaching methods, serve to enhance learning at Duke as well as global learning, and showcase Duke’s interdisciplinary strengths.
To help faculty develop strong course proposals and, eventually, strong Coursera courses, the proposal process is in two stages. First, a faculty member should submit a preliminary proposal to the Provost and the Advisory Committee on Online Education. If selected, a full Coursera course proposal, which includes the development of sample online materials, will be solicited.
Before completing the application form, we recommend that you learn how Coursera courses are developed and review the technical capabilities of Coursera and the general education model it supports. To that end, we offer several options:
1. Duke campus information sessions
Attend one or more one-hour information sessions during which we will demonstrate key features of Coursera courses, share lessons learned from the first group of Duke Coursera instructors and describe the course development process.
2. Experience a Coursera course
Register for a Coursera course and look at the structure and components of that course. Look for a course that is already underway on the Coursera website:
3. Read about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Coursera
- What you Need to Know About MOOCs (Chronicle of Higher Ed)
- How Coursera Will School Us All (Fast Company)
- College of Future Could Be Come One, Come All (New York Times)
- Vanderbilt University’s guide for instructors developing a Coursera course (large PDF)
- Preparing a Coursera course (CIT blog, Randy Riddle)
After completing one or more of the above learning opportunities, proceed to the application process below. To help faculty develop strong course proposals and, eventually, strong Coursera courses, the proposal process is in two stages. First, a faculty member should submit a preliminary proposal to the Provost and the Advisory Committee on Online Education, using the form linked here.
Preliminary proposals are due by Thursday, 2/7/2013, 5 pm EST.
Upon submission of your proposal, you should receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your application within 24-48 hours. If you do not receive such a confirmation e-mail after 48 hours from the time you submitted your proposal, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.