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FHSU joins global MOOC movement


Special to the HDN

Special to the HDN

Distance education at Fort Hays State University will dip into the MOOC world Oct. 16 when Keith Campbell's course "Social Entrepreneurship" begins.

MOOC -- massive, open, online course -- is a development in distance education that seeks to reach a large-scale audience of learners by offering the course material free online. The list of universities participating in the MOOC experiment includes some of the largest and most prestigious universities in the world.

The key features of MOOCs are no tuition, online delivery and a global classroom.

Campbell, a professor of sociology at FHSU, said his course "is for people who want to make a meaningful difference in their community, state or country."

"It's for people who have a category of other people who they care about. They want to help them but are perhaps unsure of how to go about it. This is a free opportunity to learn how to make a positive impact on people's lives."

Campbell has more than 20 years experience in social entrepreneurship -- the use of innovation to find new ways to help people in need. He oversees a master's program in social entrepreneurship at FHSU and is a recognized authority in this field.

Whether the concern is about the homeless, abandoned children, the elderly, the addicted, or teens considering suicide, the five-week course provides a step-by-step guide for building a social entrepreneurship project. A project could be aimed at helping people on another continent, or the target group could be people in the local community. The choice is for each participant to make, he said.

"They can learn how people all over the world are stepping up to start projects to help others in need," said Campbell.

For more, visit gotmooc.net.