PDF of Bill 52-31
Missouri Students Association
University of Missouri
A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING MU TEACHERS PARTICIPATING IN MASSIVE ONLINE OPEN COURSES
Purpose: To encourage and support MU teachers voluntary participation in Massive Open Online Courses.
WHEREAS, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) are designed to offer online courses, with large scale participation, and open access; AND
WHEREAS, MOOC are aimed at “offering higher education that overcomes boundaries of geography, time, and money”; AND
WHEREAS, MOOC do not award college credit for completion of courses; AND
WHEREAS, MOOC do not affect the value of degrees offered by institutions of higher learnings; AND
WHEREAS, anyone can sign up for a MOOC; AND
WHEREAS, there are established and reputable MOOC offerings by COURSERA, EdX and Udacity; AND
WHEREAS, as a land grant flagship university we should provide access to education to our global neighbors; AND
WHEREAS, by participating in MOOC teachers gain experience in alternative teaching; AND
WHEREAS, MOOC are no different than the school helping faculty develop online teaching techniques and skills; AND
WHEREAS, anything that faculty gets involved in on behalf of the University, the school is obligated to provide sources of support; AND
WHEREAS, the University of Missouri will be listed as a contributing partner to MOOC with schools along the lines of Harvard, Emory University, Duke, Princeton, Stanford, University of Virginia, and many more; AND
WHEREAS, the participation of MU teachersin MOOC will not affect the cost of attending the University of Missouri; AND
WHEREAS, this is a great opportunity for the global academic world to become further acquainted with the quality of the University of Missouri’s teachers and professors.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENT ASSOCIATION that the Missouri Student Association supports the voluntary participation in Massive Open Online Courses by MU teachers and professors on behalf of the University of Missouri.
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENT ASSOCIATION that upon passage, a copy of this resolution be sent to the Faculty Council, Vice Provost, Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies, Vice Provost of Graduate Studies and Department Chairs.
Taylor Major, MSA Senator
Mitchell Moonier, MSA Senator
Ben Bolin, Operations Chair
Zac Sweets, Outreach Chairman