Designing Innovative Online Learning: Integrating a Coursera MOOC with Open SUNY Badging

Awarded Grant: $60,000

Principal Investigator:

Trudi Jacobson, University at Albany
Thomas P. Mackey, Empire State College

This project merges two innovative and flexible learning models: a metaliteracy Coursera MOOC open to all SUNY students, and its integration with competency-based badging. This unified approach to learning appeals to students and employers alike, and serves as a robust model to advance Open SUNY. Metaliteracy, a critical knowledge set for informed students, employees, and citizens, is leveraged in this project to meet the learning goals of Open SUNY. Being metaliterate means having the ability to successfully consume and create quality information in collaborative, online environments. The co-PIs will assess the effectiveness of this project’s teaching methods by using analytics provided within Coursera. Participants in the Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative will share outcomes with SUNY faculty to develop badging quests in prior learning assessment, experiential learning, and other content areas. The unified metaliteracy MOOC and badging system will provide support for the next revision of SUNY’s Information Management General Education competency.

Co-PI’s and Key Partners:

  • Michele Forte, Assistant Professor and Mentor, Center for Distance Learning, SUNY Empire State College
  • Kathleen Stone, Director for Curriculum and Instructional Design, Center for Distance Learning, Empire State College
  • Amy L. McQuigge, Special Projects Coordinator, School for Graduate Studies, SUNY Empire State College
  • Jenna Hecker, Instructional Developer, Faculty Technology Resources, University at Albany
  • Kelsey O’Brien, Visiting Assistant Librarian, University at Albany

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Attribution  Non-Commercial Use