Trench dug in a grassy area near some trees.

MOOC Design Lessons From The Trenches

Duke University and its faculty have taken the initiative to explore the potential of massive, open, online courses (MOOCs) across a wide range of course topics. While supporting the faculty …

Community Teaching Assistants: Coursera’s Student Warriors

In preparation for a second run of a Coursera class, Duke staff went on the hunt for students who would be good candidates for the volunteer position of Community Teaching Assistant (CTA). We invited 25 students for the original course who had a high number of forum posts and a top GPA. Thirteen students volunteered to monitor the discussion forums and provide technical and content support for the 89,000 students who signed up. Their efforts were no less than extraordinary