Panel Speakers for U-M edX Workshop Announced

Onawa Gardiner, Marketing Specialist

As we continue to shape the future of learning and redefine public residential education at a 21st century research university, we are excited to host the U-M edX Workshop: Exploring MOOCs and Academic Innovation on May 3 – 4. This workshop is designed for faculty across campus to join us for an informative, interactive two-day session to learn about MOOCs (massive open online courses) and other opportunities for academic innovation at U-M.  Participants in this workshop will explore new opportunities to advance online pedagogy, create more diverse and inclusive learning environments, engage in research, and increase access to academic excellence at Michigan. They’ll hear from current U-M faculty on their experiences as MOOC instructors and researchers, and from edX, a nonprofit, open source MOOC provider and online learning destination.

U-M has been a charter member of the edX consortium since Fall of 2015 and became a founding partner of Coursera in 2012. In that time U-M has created nearly 50 MOOCs and reached more than 4 million lifelong learners. More than 40 U-M faculty to date have experienced working with Coursera and/or edX. Through creative initiatives they have collaborated with DEI to leverage the MOOC environment to design personalized, engaged and lifelong opportunities for the U-M community and learners around the world.

The workshop will kick off with the MOOC Experiences, Opportunities and Insights Panel featuring U-M faculty who have created MOOCs. This informal panel discussion will focus on how faculty have designed MOOCs to reach global learners and how that process has changed the way they think about teaching and learning on campus. The panelists will briefly discuss their experiences and answer questions from the audience as a part of this interactive session. The featured panelists will include the following U-M faculty partners:

[av_one_full first]Elizabeth DuDr. Elizabeth Du, M.D., Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Kellogg Eye Center

Introduction to Cataract Surgery MOOC[/av_one_full]

[av_one_full first]Krishna GarikipatiDr. Krishna Garikipati, Professor, Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics

College of Engineering and College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Lectures in Continuum Physics MOOC
The Finite Element Method for Problems in Physics MOOC[/av_one_full]

[av_one_full first]Gautam KaulDr. Gautam Kaul, Fred M. Taylor Professor of Business Administration, Professor of Finance

Ross School of Business

Finance for Everyone: Smart Tools for Decision-Making MOOC
Introduction to Finance: Valuation and Investing Specialization
Introduction to Finance MOOC [/av_one_full]

[av_one_full first]Charles SeveranceDr. Charles Severance, Clinical Associate Professor

School of Information

Python for Everybody Specialization
Internet, History and Technology MOOC
Programming for Everybody: Python MOOC[/av_one_full]

[av_one_full first]Colleen van LentDr. Colleen van Lent, Lecturer IV

School of Information

Web Design for Everybody (Basics of Web Development and Coding) Specialization[/av_one_full]

[av_one_full first]Margaret WooldridgeDr. Margaret Wooldridge, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

College of Engineering

Introduction to Thermodynamics: Transferring Energy from Here to There MOOC[/av_one_full]


After the panel session, participants in the workshop will continue to explore the world of MOOCs with sessions featuring additional U-M faculty partners, edX speakers and DEI faculty. These sessions will include a range of topics, including MOOC design, best practices for engaging with students and exploring creative new models of learning. For the second day of the workshop, participants can choose between either a research based session or hands on training.

We look forward to hearing from our collaborative faculty partners during the panel discussion and sharing experiences and insights throughout the U-M edX workshop with edX guests, DEI staff and faculty on creative initiatives underway as well as exploring academic innovation at Michigan.

Registration for this panel discussion and to the U-M edX Workshop is currently open. To RSVP: U-M edX Workshop: Exploring MOOCs and Academic Innovation.

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