The science of how communication technology shapes our social lives



What is a MOOC?

A MOOC (massive open online course) is a type of online course aimed at large-scale participation and open access via the web. Individuals that participate in a MOOC co-create the learning experience.

Is the WVUCommMOOC an actual college course?

No, there are numerous types of MOOCs. Some of the better known MOOCs are sponsored by organizations and universities as versions of a college course. Other MOOCs, like this one, are designed to allow individuals to explore a given topic in an open educational environment. The WVUCommMOOC is an opportunity for you to explore some of the current issues involving the role of communication technologies in our personal and professional lives.

Is there a fee for participating in the WVUCommMOOC?

No, the intent of the WVUCommMOOC is to provide information and knowledge while allowing for maximum participation by the public, so there is no cost. The only investment you have to make is your time.

When does the WVUCommMOOC start?

The first week will become available Monday February 4, 2013. Each week, for four weeks, a new topic will become available. While you will not be able to access the later units before their designated start date, once each unit becomes available, that unit will remain available (e.g., if you are unable to participate in week two, you could go back in March or April and still have access to that unit’s information). However, you can start and end the course when ever you like (or never – the course never really “ends”!)

Will I earn college credit?

No.  The WVUCommMOOC is offered for the sole purpose of expanding your knowledge about issues that may interest you.

Once I sign up, do I have to finish? 

No.  This is completely voluntary, and how much time you intend to invest is solely your choice. You might find some topics very interesting and choose to invest a great deal of time and energy exploring the content. Other topics you may find much less interesting, and spend less time.  Some topics may not interest you at all, and you can choose to completely ignore them.

Do I have to participate on the discussion boards?

No. Participation is completely voluntary. FYI – In many MOOCs, some of the most interesting content, and learning, takes place on the discussion boards.

Will there be grades and homework assignments?

No.  There may be self-tests and other activities for you to participate in, but they are not graded. There will be no “homework” assignments.