Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have created a surge of interest in the future of higher education in recent years. The “massive” nature of these courses indicates that they are attracting unprecedented numbers of students. For example, in an 18 month period, leading MOOC providers edX and Coursera enrolled nearly 10 million learners in close to 1000 courses. In Fall 2014, the LINK Lab spearheaded an MOOC focused on Data, Analytics, and Learning (DALMOOC). DALMOOC attracted over 19,000 participants while serving as a test bed for several innovative designs and technology tools. The LINK lab and its research associates are currently examining the data from DALMOOC to see how they can glean insight into open online learning. Some of the issues that this analysis will examine include: How sustainable is the MOOC model (a question that has plagued MOOCs since the first MOOC was offered in 2008)? How well do learners adjust to new technology and course designs? What aspects of open learning are most effective in online environments? Additionally, large amounts of data were recorded about participant activities (clicks, activities, video views, etc.) in the course, the analysis of which can help researchers understand how these participants engage with free content.

Current MOOCs:

Learning Analytics Series Participants that complete the Learning Analytics Series will have the opportunity to learn about this exciting and growing field. The Learning Analytics Series has ten courses that will help learners develop highly sought after data and learning science skills that are applicable to positions in K-12, higher education, non-profits, corporations, and the military. The first course ran April 2018, with each course in the series repeating several times per year. Courses in the series include:

Recent MOOCs:

YogaMooc YogaMOOC will discuss the science-backed implications of the digital age on your health and teach students how to use yoga to counter the musculoskeletal effects of digital use. Translating ancient yogic teachings into modern day life and using yoga to interrupt habitual thought patterns are two other areas covered in the course.

Digitizing Higher Education Explore the impact of digitization on how universities function administratively and academically through Digitizing Higher Education. Learners will receive overview how digitization impacts universities and colleges. Higher education administrators, faculty, staff, and students will benefit from this course by exploring the emerging structure and role of higher education.
Introduction to Open Education Through Introduction to Open Education, participants learn about open education and how it can significantly reduce costs, increase agency and transparency, and improve learning outcomes.

Past MOOCs:

DALMOOC The Data, Analytics, and Learning MOOC provided an introduction to learning analytics and how it is being deployed in various contexts in education, including to support automated intervention, to inform instructors, and to promote scientific discovery. The COCOA project also involves research into learner pathway selection, well-being, artifact creation, social learning, and design frameworks.
What Now MOOC The What Now? Emerging Technologies and Their Practical Application in K-12 Teaching and Learning MOOC is an education and teacher training course focusing on the intersection of research and actual classroom practice. It brings together thought leaders, campus leaders, and practicing teachers to provide a practical framework for integrating technology into K12 teaching and learning.