iMOOC: A Multiuser Platform for International Students to Navigate U.S.-style Virtual Learning Environments

Thumbnail Image
Issue Date
Chukhlomin, Valeri
Chandra, Bidhan
Deshpande, Anant
Pellettiere Calix, Lorette
SUNY , State University of New York , IITG , Innovative Instructional Technology Grants , MOOCs , International Student Preparation , Online Learning , Instructional Design , Instructional Technologies
This cross-campus collaborative project proposes developing and launching an open access course (iMOOC) with a range of supporting open education resources to prepare international online learners to successfully integrate into virtual learning environments in American universities, including OPEN SUNY. The tentative course title is: “Navigating U.S.-style Virtual Learning Environments: An Introduction to American Culture, Academic System, and Self-Directed Learning”. It will help international students become familiar with and better understand American culture and the academic system, refine critically important skills, learn about virtual learning environments and practice some of the widely utilized in the U.S educational technologies. The course can be an OPEN SUNY tool to attract and retain international online learners; also, to support campus-based international students in U.S. universities. Self-regulation and self-directedness are emphasized, as many international learners come from teacher-centered environments and are not used to student-centered pedagogies employed in many U.S.-based, online courses and programs.
The final project report was submitted by Dr. Valeri Chukhlomin, Principal Investigator, SUNY Empire State College, July 2015.