Bringing a Global Community to Michigan

The Digital Education & Innovation Team

Margaret Wooldridge, Professor of Chemical Engineering, created a MOOC in 2013 called Introduction to Thermodynamics: Transferring Energy from Here to There that has generated a significant amount of global exposure over the five sessions that it has run. Much like the subtitle of her course, Wooldridge has been able to transfer a University of Michigan experience from here on campus to a global audience while at the same time gathering experience and examples to bring back to U-M.

A major benefit Wooldridge sees from offering these virtual experiences is a path for learners from around the world to become more involved with the University. An alumnus of the course highlighted how experiencing this course may lead him to get a degree U-M:

“Thanks a lot for this wonderful course by Prof.Woolridge and also to University of Michigan for this wonderful opportunity to refresh my knowledge in Thermodynamics during my free time . As I have finished my Bachelor’s degree recently , this course helped me in various aspect and hope I can plan to save energy in near future. And also I am planning to do my Masters degree (M.S.E in Chemical Engineering) in University of Michigan (Ann Arbor campus ) as well 🙂 “

– Winter 2015 Thermodynamics Student

Learn more about how Wooldridge was able to develop material for a global audience, highlight work being done at U-M, and create a more globally aware environment on campus.

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Interested in taking this course? The next session begins Oct. 5th: Sign up here.

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