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

Trudi Jacobson & Tom Mackey

Project Team
  • Michele Forte, SUNY Empire State College
  • Kathleen Stone, Empire State College
  • Amy L. McQuigge, SUNY Empire State College
  • Jenna Hecker, University at Albany
  • Kelsey O’Brien, University at Albany

University at Albany


Tier Three

Project Abstract:

The driving goal for this project was the integration of the Open SUNY Metaliteracy Badging System with Coursera’s MOOC platform. We proposed that merging these two innovative and flexible learning models would provide an exciting prospect to implement metaliteracy competencies across a wide and diverse audience. Coursera’s analytics also provided the opportunity to gather valuable data about the impact of the badging system on the learning experience, especially in regards to student motivation. Unexpectedly, this project produced two MOOCs on two different platforms, Coursera and Canvas. This development accommodated the badge integration and also enabled the unique opportunity to compare the advantages and drawbacks of both platforms. Both MOOCs were open to all SUNY students and were leveraged by the metaliteracy learning objectives, a critical knowledge set for informed students, employees, and citizens. This project met the original goals we had for creating an engaging and meaningful learning experience.

Project Outcome:

Two very successful MOOCs were launched on 1) Canvas and 2) Coursera. Robust outcomes are available detailing the faculty and learner experience integrating badges into MOOC platforms.

Project Outcome Report