LIBR 298-18
Special Studies
Topic: Creating a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
Summer 2014 Greensheet

Jennifer Jumba
Mobile (216) 269-5463
Office location:
Virutal, Cleveland, Ohio
Office Hours: via email, Blackboard Collaborate or telephone

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Canvas Information: This course will be available beginning June 2, 2014. You will be enrolled into the site automatically. I will send more information about course access as we approach this date through MySJSU.

Course Description

This course, Creating a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), will implement a team-based project to support the research, development and deployment of a customized MOOC, The Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends, that will be offered in the 2014 Fall semester. 

Course Requirements

The student is required to personally work with the instructor and other students through the use of Canvas and Canvas Network for the submission of progress on each project.  There is an expectation that students have an attention to detail, dedication to documentation, clear communication and are responsible for meeting deadlines.

Projects may include the following:

  • Gathering resources related to MOOCs and Futures (SUPPORTS SLO #2)
  • Participating in the construction of the course using Canvas Network by assisting with elements of content development, design and management (SUPPORTS SLO #1)
  • Developing self-paced instructional materials and activities (ie screencasts and electronic badges) (SUPPORTS SLOs #1, 4, 5)
  • Compiling and organizing material in an indexed format by assigning key words to make the information searchable and retrieveable (SurfDash) (SUPPORTS SLO #2)
  • Ensuring proper citations using APA format for every resource utilized (websites, journal articles, videos etc.) (SUPPORTS SLO #2)
  • Possibility of organizing this information so that it might be formatted into an e-book (HP Project) to be used for the 2014 Fall MOOC, The Emerging Future (SUPPORTS SLOs #2)
  • Learning how to work and interact with MOOC participants to lead group discussions, provide feedback on assignments, foster a positive learning environment (SUPPORTS SLOs #1, 4, 5)

Course Calendar
Class begins on June 2, 2014 and weekly progress reports are due each Monday at 11:59pm PT.

Course Grading
This is a Credit/No-credit course. No extra credit options are available.

Textbooks and Readings
There is no textbook for this course. Supplementary readings are available to assist the student with project development.

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

LIBR 200, LIBR 202, LIBR 204, Other courses depending on research or project topic and goals

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify theory and principles of successful online education and/or professional development courses.
  2. Select and organize resources as it relates to topics for The Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends fall 2014 MOOC into a format which information is indexed and therefore searchable and able to be retrieved.
  3. Design virtual badges, which will be given to MOOC participants upon successful completion of assignments. These badges can be exported to resumes, blogs or email signatures.
  4. Develop effective strategies for leading successful online/virtual discussions.
  5. Define and discuss techniques for providing appropriate feedback on MOOC participant assignments.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 298 supports the following core competencies:

  1. H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.
  2. K Design instructional programs based on learning principles and theories.
  3. M Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for professional collaboration and presentations.


No Textbooks For This Course.


This is a Credit/No Credit course. Incompletes are considered on a case-by-case basis, and are given for family or work emergency situations.

University Policies

General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student

As members of the academic community, students accept both the rights and responsibilities incumbent upon all members of the institution. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with SJSU's policies and practices pertaining to the procedures to follow if and when questions or concerns about a class arises. See University Policy S90-5 at More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at In general, it is recommended that students begin by seeking clarification or discussing concerns with their instructor. If such conversation is not possible, or if it does not serve to address the issue, it is recommended that the student contact the Department Chair as a next step.

Dropping and Adding

Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, grade forgiveness, etc. Refer to the current semester's Catalog Policies section at Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at The Late Drop Policy is available at Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.

Information about the latest changes and news is available at the Advising Hub at

Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material

University Policy S12-7,, requires students to obtain instructor's permission to record the course and the following items to be included in the syllabus:

  • "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
    • It is suggested that the syllabus include the instructor's process for granting permission, whether in writing or orally and whether for the whole semester or on a class by class basis.
    • In classes where active participation of students or guests may be on the recording, permission of those students or guests should be obtained as well.
  • "Course material developed by the instructor is the intellectual property of the instructor and cannot be shared publicly without his/her approval. You may not publicly share or upload instructor generated material for this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, or homework solutions without instructor consent."

Academic integrity

Your commitment, as a student, to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University Academic Integrity Policy F15-7 at requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at

Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 at requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at to establish a record of their disability.

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