Knight Center For Journalism on Track to Launch Second Installment of MOOC
After a larger-than-expected interest in its first massive open online course (MOOC) forced the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin to suspend enrollment in the class, the center decided to offer a second installment.
The six-week class, an introduction to infographics and data visualization, already has more than 1,200 registered participants. The first installment, which launched on Oct. 28, was limited to 2,000 people because of concerns about server capacity.
As the course has progressed the center’s staff have been able to adapt and correct some early missteps. One of the key changes made has been an upgrade to the center’s data infrastructure, which will enable the second installment to go live on Jan. 12 without an enrollment cap.
The Knight Center has been able to differentiate their MOOC from others by creating an organic design that utilizes the strengths of the MOOC platform. Additionally, course instructor Alberto Cairo has been able to engage in discussions with participants via the class forums and through his Twitter account.
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