Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are providing global access to higher education as a type of FREE online course aimed at large-scale participation and open access via the web.
The Innovative Instruction Transformation Team, an outcome of the SUNY Strategic Plan, made recommendations to leverage the “Power of SUNY” for supporting academic excellence and student success. A vision for a “network of networks” emerged, including tools and practices that collaboratively increase efficiency and capacity for SUNY-wide delivery of high quality instruction.
SUNY's Empire State College was one of the first institutions in the United States to offer a MOOC. SUNY was one of ten public university systems that announced an agreement with Coursera (May 2013) that enables use of their platform to deliver MOOCs. Under the terms of this agreement, SUNY campuses have the opportunity to work with Coursera to deliver courses to students within SUNY or across the globe.
SUNY’s partnership with Coursera enables SUNY faculty to join a community of researchers to investigate and assess the impact MOOCs may have on education and student learning. SUNY recognizes that MOOCs are a tool that may play an important role in learning opportunities of our students, alumni, and others, in response to our common mission of access, completion and success. MOOCs engage learners with high quality, open content. Instructors can use MOOC modules in a variety of ways.