DartmouthX Update

November 30, 2015

This online newsletter is one of a series of regular updates to keep you informed about what's going on with the DartmouthX project. The newsletter is produced by the project team - we hope you find it helpful! More information about DartmouthX is on the DartmouthX website and the Making-DartmouthX blog.

Continuing Interest in Our MOOCs

We were recently contacted by EcoRise Youth Innovations, requesting permission to use the Renewable Energy video from Andy Friedland's environmental science MOOC in their Sustainable Intelligence curriculum. EcoRise is a non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas that works with teachers to create curriculum that supports a fundamental understanding of ecological principles, promotes leadership and innovative thinking, and creates opportunities for students to participate directly in the design and creation of projects that showcase solutions to environmental issues.

Vicki May's structural engineering course has continued to see new student activity since it finished last July. Almost 2,000 students have signed up for the course since the course ran; about 150 students were active in the course a week ago, with over 50 students watching a video and half of those trying assignments.

These courses just keep on giving!

DartmouthX Courses, Teams and Activities

Introduction to Italian Opera (complete)

An update from the course team:

We just offered our third google hangout for the course (pictured below) where we got lots of questions for students including a loaded question about us doing future MOOCs on French and German opera. We’ve had over a thousand on demand views for our three Hangouts on YouTube since posting them.

Adam met up with Marie Cini, Provost of University of Maryland University College, who happens to be an accomplished student in the OperaX. She had nothing but good things to say about the course experience and she hopes to plug our MOOC team into her campus team exploring their course offerings on edX.

The course finale launched on November 24 - it’s a bittersweet moment for the course team overall! Note: You'll need an edX account (free) to view the video; just click on link above to get started.

OperaX Course Team:
  • Steve Swayne (Course Faculty)
  • Adam Nemeroff (Instructional Designer)
  • Dan Maxell Crosby (Media Producer)
  • Sawyer Broadley (Media Producer)
  • Pat Fisken (Subject Librarian)
  • Memory Apata (Course TA)
  • Min Ji Kwon (Course TA)
  • Stylianos Tegas (Course TA)
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The American Renaissance (February 16, 2016)

An update from the course team:

Last week, the AmRenX team traveled to Hartford, CT to visit and film at the homes of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Mark Twain in Hartford, CT. Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin will be the focus of the sixth week of the course and Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn will be discussed in the final week of the course. This week, the team traveled to Massachusetts to the Salem Custom House and Concord to film a variety of author "backstories" and primary lectures.

The About Page was launched several weeks ago and the course enrollment is now over 300 learners. AmRenX will be launching a companion webpage in the next few weeks to build a social media presence of the course and provide learners with advanced access to the reading list for the course.

ENGLx Course Team:
  • Don Pease (Course Faculty)
  • Jed Dobson (Course Faculty)
  • Mike Goudzwaard (Instructional Designer)
  • Erin DeSilva (Instructional Designer)
  • Mike Murray (Media Producer)
  • Sawyer Broadley (Media Producer)
  • Laura Braunstein (Subject Librarian)
  • Alan Cattier (Alumni Advisor)

Below, the American Renaissance X course team on location in Salem, MA.

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