by Melanie Moran
Posted on Monday, Sep. 9, 2013 — 7:00 AM
Vanderbilt University and the University of Maryland have teamed up to introduce a new approach to massive open online courses, or MOOCs – a two-part, sequenced course offered through the digital learning platform Coursera.
The joint MOOC will begin Jan. 6, 2014, with the Maryland course, “Programming Handheld Systems with Android.” It will continue March 10 with the Vanderbilt course, “Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture.” Students will learn how to develop a mobile app and how to connect it to a computing cloud. Each segment of the course will be 8 to 10 weeks long. Like all Coursera classes, the sequenced courses are free and open to all.
The project, which is the first multi-institutional, two-part MOOC, demonstrates a collaboration that would have been unmanageable in the past, the organizers say.