By: Brandon Lausch | July 10th, 2013 | see all comments
Topics: Darin Kapanje | MOOCs
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The Fox School of Business will deliver Temple University’s first massive open online course (MOOC), a Quantitative Methods for Business class in the Fox School’s Online MBA program, by using Blackboard’s free, flexible teaching and learning platform.
“This graduate course will offer a broad foundation in quantitative methods so that anyone interested in business, from seasoned managers to aspiring entrepreneurs, can sharpen their skills,” said Darin Kapanjie, managing director of Fox Online and Digital Learning and academic director of the Fox Online MBA and BBA programs. “Students will engage in weekly class activities through WebEx, collaborate on group projects, and complete assignments just as if they were enrolled in the Online MBA program.”
Kapanjie, an assistant professor of statistics, will teach the Fox School’s free, four-week course, to be offered in September. Students can engage in course activities in a 24/7, on-demand, mobile-friendly format; and collaborate with faculty and peers through WebEx web-conferencing technology.
The Fox School’s July 10 announcement coincides with a statement from Blackboard that 15 colleges and universities will use its platforms to run MOOCs in the summer and fall, including Syracuse University and University of Massachusetts Boston. To date, dozens of institutions have partnered with Blackboard to run MOOCs on the company’s platforms, including Blackboard Learn and CourseSites.
Those who satisfactorily complete all Quantitative Methods for Business course requirements, such as proctored exams, can earn a certificate of completion or course waiver if the student chooses to enroll in the Fox School’s Online MBA program.
“If people are going to try out a course to really let them know they have what it takes to be in a rigorous, highly ranked, well-respected MBA program, we want to provide every opportunity to do so,” Kapanjie said. “We also want to deliver the same dynamic, collaborative, interactive course so students can learn in the environment they’d be in if and when they enroll at Fox.”
U.S. News & World Report ranks the Fox School’s Online MBA No. 28 nationally, including high scores in peer reputation (No. 8) and student services and technology (No. 7). U.S. News also ranks the Fox Online MBA fourth nationally among Best Online Graduate Business Programs for Veterans. Business-school website Poets & Quants recently ranked the Fox Online MBA No. 11 among the highest-ranked U.S. business schools with online MBAs.
To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/TempleMOOC
This is a pretty sweet deal. Count on my participation. Already used/using MIT’s open courseware, which is completely in recorded format, so this ought to be a nice and welcome change of pace with the interactive aspects. Excited to see it.
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