NIU offered its first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), “Perspectives on Disability,” during Fall 2013. Led by College of Health and Human Sciences professor Greg Long, a Presidential Teaching Professor in the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders, the 10-week experience was a streamlined version of the for-credit AHRS 200, a general education course entitled “Disability in Society.”
The course ran from early September to late November. Nearly 800 individuals enrolled for the course. Participants who finished the course requirements received certificates of completion. In addition, Illinois teachers were able to earn Continuing Professional Development Units.
Although the course is over, the course materials, including lesson videos, are available via Blackboard CourseSites, a free online course system noted for its accessibility.