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Event Details

The growth of online education continues at a remarkable pace: According to class-central.com, over 1,800 MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are launching globally during the month of October, with 206 of them having never been offered before. Are you interested in MOOCs and the future of education technology? Join Coursera, a leading online education company, and Academic Innovation for a Design Jam to build prototypes that will help digital learning platforms better meet the individualized needs of learners.

Academic Innovation invites any student with interest or experience to participate. Design jams are a great opportunity to practice and learn new skills, network, and partner with your peers. Please register to confirm your participation.


We welcome all students to participate regardless of expertise. Students interested in developing educational tools, designing learner experiences in online education or understanding how learners make decisions about relevant content online might be particularly drawn to this event.

Coursera representatives Rick Levin (CEO and former president of Yale University) and Kapeesh Saraf (Director of Product Learning Experiences) will kick off the Design Jam with a discussion of important trends in digital education and key design challenges.

Members of the Coursera team as well as staff from Academic Innovation will facilitate the Design Jam and be available during the event to answer questions and offer guidance.


Michigan has been a pioneer in digital learning and learning analytics and has reached more than 5 million lifelong learners through our MOOCs since joining Coursera as a founding partner in 2012. Both Michigan and Coursera, as facilitators of online learning experiences, are invested in meeting the needs of a diversity of learners. Many different kinds of users seek online learning opportunities, and these users represent a wide array of goals, prerequisite knowledge, and prior experience. With this in mind, the Design Jam will focus on the following questions:

  • What are the different types of learners who interface with online learning?
  • How can we better understand which courses, specializations, or lessons are the best fit for a particular learner?
  • How do we help students make more informed choices about their online learning experiences?
  • What layout of information will most efficiently direct users to relevant and appropriate pathways through online learning platforms?
  • How do we effectively engage different types of learners as they move along online education pathways?

Your contributions will help inform Coursera’s product development roadmap as well as learning experiences of students who participate in U-M MOOCs.

We hope you’ll join us for this event! Dinner will be provided. Space is limited — please register to confirm your participation.


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