Online Lectures

The "Unmet Student": Thoughts on Teaching a Massive Open Online Course

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Dr. David Gute, Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, recently co-taught a two-part Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on The Biology of Water and Health. As Part Two of the course draws to a close, Dr. Gute reflects on the experience of teaching a worldwide audience.

You and Jeff Griffiths have offered this interdisciplinary course for the past decade. What goals did you hope to achieve by teaching Tufts' first MOOC? 

My goals were three-fold. 1. To educate myself about the capabilities and challenges afforded by the technologies present in the MOOC format. My motivation here was for my pedagogical means of delivery to remain current and relevant.

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