Online Learning Experiences AIF Call - October 2019

The Center for Academic Innovation is charged with creating a culture of innovation in teaching and learning in support of the University’s mission to serve the people of Michigan and the world. By creating, preserving, and sharing knowledge, art, and purpose-driven academic values, we hope to develop leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and create a better future by partnering with incredible faculty and experts across the University.

Our faculty partnerships provide opportunities for experimentation at scales unachievable by traditional means, creating space for faculty to develop new pedagogies, conduct research, reach audiences, and develop tested strategies and resources that further enrich their residential courses. They are able to engage in the generative, challenging, supported construction of world-class online learning experiences in close collaboration with the Center for Academic Innovation’s learning and technology experts.

Over the last five years, the Center for Academic Innovation and our faculty partners have developed a broad portfolio of over 140 online learning experiences across the 19 schools and colleges. These MOOCs and series highlight some of the incredible expertise here at the University, provide Michigan students with supplemental and exploratory learning opportunities, further position faculty and schools as leaders in their fields, re-engage alumni as lifelong learners, and help a global community of over 4 million learners on-ramp into disciplinary programs, level-up existing skills, and dive deeper into key areas of interest.

However, there is still more to teach, more to learn, and more of the breadth and depth of the University community’s expertise to showcase and connect. Learners everywhere are looking to develop new skills, master new competencies, and better understand the world around them. To that end, we would like to invite faculty to submit proposals aimed at highlighting complex and growing areas of academic excellence at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Come help us celebrate, support, and make accessible the diversity of scholarship, knowledge, and experience of our institution.

Proposals should fit one of two tracks:

  1. MOOC Specializations: A series of 3-6 massive open online courses intentionally designed together to build professional skills for real-world applications, focusing current high-demand areas that include but are not limited to mobility, poverty solutions, health professions, urban development, policy, analytics, data visualization, product management, AI, etc. Interdisciplinary teams are encouraged but not required.
  2. Mini-MOOCs (2 hours or less) that:
    • Provide just-in-time professional or personal development in key skill areas that include but are not limited to communication, storytelling, personal health, design, research, consulting, people management, creativity, persuasion, collaboration, time management, adaptability, world-building, family care, civic engagement, etc.
    • Explore the whimsical and lesser-known or unexpected sides of your discipline in fun and interesting ways.

Proposal Requirements:

  • Eligibility: Faculty Status Policy
  • Special Considerations for MOOC Proposals:
    • Proposals for the creation of new Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) must be submitted by a faculty member.
    • MOOC proposals must be submitted to the appropriate administrator in the lead faculty member’s School/College prior to submitting to Academic Innovation. If approval is not received before October 31, applicants are encouraged to submit their MOOC proposal to Academic Innovation, but the review committee will not make decisions until School/College approval is received.