MOOC 101 – Short Version by David S. Krause

Starting in Fall 2013, Dr. David Krause of Marquette University began offering a free, online course: Introduction to Applied Investing on the Canvas Network. The course is referred to as a MOOC (short for Massive Open Online Course). What follows is short overview of the recent phenomenon known as a MOOC.

Wikipedia defines a MOOC as online course aimed at large-scale interactive participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as videos, readings, and problem sets, MOOCs provide interactive user forums that help build a community for the students, professors, and teaching assistants. MOOCs are a recent development in distance education.

An even shorter definition is that a MOOC is a course that is usually offered for free over the Internet to anyone.

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