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WKU Distance Learning offers its first MOOC

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 Western Kentucky University will offer a Massive Open Online Course in June titled “The History of Sports in America.”

A MOOC is a free online course available to an unlimited number of participants. Courses are open to everyone and encourage active participation and interaction with fellow students through discussion and other activities. 

Dr. Randy Deere, professor in WKU’s Department of Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport (http://www.wku.edu/krs), partnered with WKU Distance Learning to create the MOOC, a first for WKU and the department. 

“Developing a MOOC interested me because of its ability to rapidly disseminate knowledge and information anywhere in the world,” Dr. Deere said. “Sport plays such an important role in American society, so after considering numerous subjects, I kept returning to the topic of History of Sports in America. It’s our hope that this MOOC will educate and entertain those interested in sport history.” 

According to Dr. Deere, students will have access to historical videos, numerous articles and manuscripts.

“This educational opportunity will open WKU expertise to a large variety of people, and we are excited to be the first to provide this type of learning opportunity at WKU,” said Julie Uranis, director of Distance Learning and Continuing & Professional Development. Topics will include Sports in Early America, Popular Sports, Breaking Barriers, Olympics, Notable Figures and What Makes a Sport?

“MOOCs are free and open to everyone . . . and there’s no limit to the number of people who can enroll,” Uranis said. “We hope this course has wide appeal for the campus community, as well as learners throughout this region.”

To register, visit www.coursesites.com/s/_WKUKRS. For additional questions, email Online Faculty Services at ofs@wku.edu.