Eli Capilouto

A Partnership with Potential

Published: May 30, 2013

On Thursday morning, one of the nation’s leading online learning companies, Coursera, is announcing that UK is among a handful of public, flagship universities it is partnering with to further expand learning opportunities for more students across our country.
 

Specifically, as our news release about this initiative describes, the University of Kentucky is one of 10 flagship universities or state systems teaming with Coursera in the emerging, but dramatically growing, platform called Massive Open Online Courses.
 

UK’s role in this partnership will be offering students the opportunities to take free, introductory Chemistry courses with some of our outstanding faculty -- faculty who already have been experimenting with technology in promising and innovative ways in their classrooms.
 

Our hope, in particular, is that our efforts will help more young Kentuckians prepare for the rigor of college instruction by taking courses online from our faculty at no cost to them.
 

As we move forward with this initiative, we will continue to work with the University Senate and other constituencies to ensure that University policies and our agreements with third parties are sensitive to the intellectual property concerns of faculty.
 

At the same time, the potential associated with this kind of instructional innovation is compelling in so many ways. The online coursework, among many benefits, will show students what university-level work at the highest level requires. I want to thank Chemistry Chair Mark Meier and his faculty for their vision and commitment to our mission of preparing young Kentuckians for lives of leadership, meaning and purpose.
 

Whether those students attend UK or go to college elsewhere, they will be better prepared for university life and, in some cases, may use this platform and experience as a way to further their academic careers as they prepare for advance placement or other opportunities.
 

At its retreat several months ago, the Board of Trustees articulated several goals for the institution as we continue to forge our path forward in the midst of challenging times for higher education. One of those goals was to continue to develop a strategic and intentional plan for online and alternative models of course delivery.
 

Whether in the form of MOOCs, hybrid approaches to instruction or flipped classrooms, UK is increasingly using technology and new delivery platforms as we seek to provide the highest quality educational experience possible for those students entrusted to our care.
 

As such, we are part of a nascent national movement, one in which we must move forward, but do so with care and planning.
 

To that end, our partnership with Coursera, a small but potentially significant step forward in this still emerging sphere of instruction, represents one more effort to create a comprehensive, thoughtful approach to online learning.
 

As we move forward, we will engage the entire campus – our students, faculty and staff – in an ongoing and robust dialogue about the future and how best to harness these powerful tools to complement the already exemplary educational experience we provide. Senior Vice Provost and CIO Vince Kellen has had fruitful, initial conversations with faculty leadership about this step we are taking. Such conversations must continue and, indeed, expand into a robust dialogue throughout the campus. MOOCs and other technologies offer tremendous opportunities, but they also raise many questions, the answers for which we must find together.
 

As a start to that dialogue, we have posted details about our partnership with Coursera at uky.edu/coursera. There, you can read more about this initiative but also provide feedback and ask questions. I hope you will take advantage of that opportunity to engage in further dialogue. 
 

Thank you for your efforts and commitment as we move forward in the midst of exciting times full of change and opportunity.

November
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
College of Pharmacy Open House
Iron Pour
UK Women's Choir 20th Anniversary Concert
Adventure Hiking & Rappelling @ Red River Gorge
Pickin' Time Mountain Music and Harvest Day
Purposeful Retirement: Planning Your Next Stage of Life
Diwali Dhoom 2014
Sat
2
UK Percussion Ensemble
Day Hike
Curator Tour: Take My Word For It
Sun
3
Industry Career Week: Resumes and Cover Letters
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Morehead State
Mon
4
Industry Career Week: How to Impress Your Boss in 90 Days
Rock Star Professionalism Series
UK Lab Band
Tue
5
Industry Career Week: Networking and Job Search
Social Enterprise and Innovation / Certified Nonprofit Professional Program Informational Meeting
Dana Harper Gallery Reception
Wed
6
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Zona Sur
LNFS Presents: The Grand Budapest Hotel
UK Jazz Ensemble
Abstract Workshop
Lauren Potter
Thu
7
LNFS Presents: V for Vendetta
Last Day to Withdraw or Reduce Course Load
R.C. May Photography Lecture Series: Marvin Heiferman
Men's Soccer vs. Charlotte
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Georgia
Free Friday Evening Swing Dance
Fri
8
Kentucky Football vs. Georgia
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
The Power of Poetry
The Lexington Lowdown and Free Lindy Hop Workshop
Swing Dance Featuring Live music by"The Metrognomes Orchestra"
Sat
9
UK Combos Concert
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Missouri
Sun
10
 
Mon
11
UK Sax Ensembles
Job Club - Interviewing Strategies
Undergraduate Research Information Session
Jose Abisambra Presentation on Current Alzheimer's Research
Women of the World: Judy Smith
Tue
12
Internship Info Session
LNFS Presents: Reservoir Dogs
Refugee Life in America
Leadership Assessment
Wed
13
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Iron Man 3
#TrendingTopics: Vegetarians vs. Meat-Eaters
Campus Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics KY
LNFS Presents: La Demora
Thu
14
LNFS Presents: Pretty in Pink
LNFS Presents: Mean Girls
Fri
15
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Sat
16
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Florida
Greek Cinematography: Critical Approach and Discussion
"Storied Streets" Documentary Showing about Experiences of Homelessness
Sun
17
UK Rep Bands Concert
Stories of Homelessness: Panel Discussion
Mon
18
A Positive Approach to Caregiving Conference
CatWatch Party
Tue
19
LNFS Presents: The Princess and the Frog
Pinterest Party
Caregiver Support Group
OXFAM Social Issues Banquet
Wed
20
Much Ado About Nothing
LNFS Presents: I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You
LNFS Presents: The Big Lebowski
Bollywood Night
Thu
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Much Ado About Nothing
LNFS Presents: Water For Elephants
4th Annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging & Dementia
Freedom from Fear: On Black Childhood and Other Dangers
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
Fri
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Much Ado About Nothing
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Sat
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Much Ado About Nothing
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
UK Symphony Band and UK Concert Band
Sun
24
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Mon
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Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Job Club - What is your money habitude?
Tue
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Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Wed
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Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Thu
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Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Fri
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Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Arkansas
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