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MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses):

Tucker Balch, Alicia Corts, Steve Everett, Thomas C. Reeves

Date: February 27, 2013

Overview

This panel discussion is co-sponsored by the UGA Office of Online Learning.

About the Speaker

Tucker Balch, Associate Professor of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech.  He is offering “Computational Investing, Part I” for the second time through Coursera. His research focuses on Machine Learning for automated perception, and for understanding the behavior of social animals.  Balch is co-founder of Lucena Research, LLC, a startup that delivers hedge fund software technologies to professional investors.

Alicia Corts, Doctoral Student in the Department of Theater and Film Studies at UGA.  She has been a student in two Coursera courses.  Her dissertation focuses on performance in the virtual world of Second Life.  From that research, she created the Kutiyattam Project, a fully built virtual theatre designed to guide Asian theatre students through the complicated world of this ancient theatrical form.

Steve Everett, Professor of Music at Emory University and Director of the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence. He is offering “Introduction to Digital Sound Design” for the first time through Coursera this semester.  His research and teaching areas include technology and real-time interaction in live performance, cross-cultural influences in music, and philosophy of art and technology.

Thomas C. Reeves, Professor Emeritus of Learning, Design, and Technology at UGA. He has been a guest speaker in two connectivist MOOCs that originated in Canada, and is currently part of the team offering the “Learning Design for the 21st Century Curriculum” MOOC originating at the Open University in the UK.  His research interests include: evaluation of instructional technology, mental models and interactive multimedia, authentic learning environments, and instructional technology in developing countries.