U-M aims to have a diverse set of MOOC offerings representing the range of intellectual activity on campus. Specific criteria include:
Content that is of interest to a significant number of people in the U.S. and globally. All else being equal, broader outreach to U-M alumni is preferred.
- The content of the course should promote U-M’s efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) across campus and beyond. DE&I decisions should ideally be factored into the delivery of the content of the course and will be considered in evaluating the course’s ultimate success.
- The faculty member should have substantive expertise in the course’s proposed subject matter. This must be evaluated at the school level, before the application is forwarded to the DEIL Advisory Board.
- The faculty member should have a history of successfully delivering on projects (especially teaching, but also research-related). This will be evaluated largely at the school level.
- The faculty member should have a clearly stated objective and goals that will enhance residential learning at U-M.
MOOC proposals are evaluated by Academic Innovation Leadership and the Digital Education & Innovation Lab Advisory Board. If you are interested in offering a MOOC, please review the Academic Innovation Fund proposal form and email academicinnovation@umich
- Instructors should first submit the proposal through the school-level approval process, copying Academic Innovation (firstname.lastname@example.org). This process will vary by school and you will need to determine how approval for offering a MOOC can be obtained.
- After completing the school-level process, the completed proposal with evidence of Dean’s Office-level approval and containing the information described below should be forwarded by the Dean’s Office contact to Gautam Kaul , Chair of the DEIL Advisory Board, and James DeVaney , Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation with the subject “DEIL Advisory Board Application: Course Title.”
- When the proposal is received, both the instructor and the Dean’s Office contact will receive an acknowledgement email from a DEIL Advisory Board representative.
- The proposal is then reviewed by the DEIL Advisory Board at its next meeting according to the criteria spelled out below. In the meantime, Academic Innovation staff will review the proposal (consulting with the faculty applicant where necessary and appropriate).
- The DEIL Advisory Board will share its recommendations with the Vice Provost and Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation who will determine levels of funding and support.
- The approval decision will be relayed to the instructor and the Dean’s Office contact. For more info: see Academic Innovation MOOC Proposal Guide.
Currently Regular U-M instructional faculty and Emeritus faculty can apply to develop a MOOC. For more information, please see the Faculty Status Policy.