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Speaker: Scott Rixner
Associate Professor

Anatomy of a MOOC

Thursday, March 7, 2013
4:00 PM  to 5:00 PM

McMurtry Auditorium  George R. Brown Hall
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

To view the talk, please visit http://mediahub.rice.edu/video.aspx?DestinationID=URka-_E5-0-e4girH4pDPQ&ContentID=wJlIvN-keUqfi2MhjqDAAQ&sharing=true. This past fall, I co-taught Rice's first massive, open, online course (MOOC) on Coursera. Our course, "An Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python" ran for 9 weeks and had 80,000 students registered. Our course is currently ranked as the best MOOC in any discipline across several popular MOOC rating sites. In this talk, I will discuss the development of the course, the structure and organization of the course, and the use of the course materials on-campus. Through this talk, I hope to convey the overall experience of teaching a MOOC, which is both time consuming and rewarding. The bottom line is that the experience will forever change the way I teach.

Biography of Scott Rixner:
Scott Rixner is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Rice University. His research focuses on systems software and computer architecture. He is well versed in the internals of the Python programming language, as he is currently developing a light-weight Python interpreter for embedded systems in his research. He has also taught many of the introductory computer science courses at Rice, including Computational Thinking, Algorithmic Thinking, Introduction to Program Design, and Introduction to Computer Systems. He is the chairman of the curriculum committees for both the Department of Computer Science and the School of Engineering at Rice. Prior to joining Rice, he received his Ph.D. from MIT.

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