The University of Alberta is adding another option to their range of massive open online courses.
The MOOC program started a couple of years ago with the highly popular Dino 101 program. U of A Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation Dean Kerry Mummery said Dino 101 and several other courses were so successful that they thought opening up a new course called Mountains 101 would be a good fit.
“We’d certainly be the leaders in the world right now for inter-disciplinary mountain studies and we’re intent on claiming that for the University of Alberta. Where better than Alberta to claim the mountains? We’re known internationally for them,” said Mummery.
Mummery said people interested don’t even have to be post secondary students to take the course.
“In this course we anticipate, within the next year or two, to have 100,000 students worldwide register in this course. It’s open, which means if you’re not taking it for credit there’s no charge.
Mummery said 300,000 students have gone through MOOC programs so far. He believes the MOOC program showcases the U of A to the world and increased the school’s brand.