MADISON (WKOW) -- More people have signed up for Professor Kurt Squire's online Video Games and Learning class than the total number of undergrad students at UW-Madison. The University launched "MOOC," which stands for Massive Open Online Courses Thursday. Squire's class is the pilot.
"Out waiting list for our course has a waiting list so we thought, let's make this freely available," Squire says. More than 30,000 have signed up because MOOC makes the lectures available to anyone with an internet connection. "Creating a space for people from around the globe to talk about this new and emerging medium and how it might be used has been really exciting," Squire tells 27 News.
Several video lectures were posted when the course went live Thursday and there's been an explosion of discussion on the class forum. UW officials say so far, MOOC looks like a success.
"It's giving us a lot of opportunity to learn from other universities, but I think at the same time were learning here at the University how to work in these different platforms, how to think about designing the learning," UW-Madison Dean of Continuing Studies Jeff Russell says. He says it also falls in line with the Wisconsin Idea, an integral part of the UW community.
Squire says he also looks forward to learning from those taking the course in other cultures. "It's really cool to see teachers say from Indonesia or Asia learning from this teacher in Germany," he says about the quickly developed web forum.
Other universities have used MOOC programs over the past few years. UW-Madison will offer three more courses in the coming weeks and months. For more information, click here.
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