Teaching Statistics to the World One MOOC at a Time

Thursday, April 16, 2015

10:45 AM11:30 AM


A talk by Roger Peng, PhD, Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Students, faculty, staff and advisors are welcome! 

Since the rapid rise of Massive Open Online Courses more than two years ago, there has been much discussion inside and outside academic circles about what role MOOCs should play at universities, in terms of the business model and their reach beyond universities' traditional audiences. The Johns Hopkins Data Science Specialization, a 9-course sequence offered through Coursera by the Department of Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins, was created by three faculty members and launched in April of 2014. By December 2014, it had enrolled an astonishing 1.5 million people. 

Join us for this fascinating talk by Roger Peng, PhD, one of the three developers of the Johns Hopkins MOOC, and discover the motivation and rationale for creating the series, the design philosophy for the courses and capstone project, and some of the successes. Dr. Peng will also reveal lessons learned, as well as implications for the role of MOOCs at universities.