February 2014


Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bold MOOC?: Challenges and Opportunities of Massive Open Online Courses for Business and Higher Education

Date: Monday, February 10, 2014

Time: 6:00 – 6:30 pm: Networking

6:30 – 8:00 pm: Meeting


2012 and 2013 saw a flurry of attention focused on Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs. Across the US arguments for and against the use of MOOCs in higher education and business intensified. The beginning of 2014 marks a good time to (re)evaluate the opportunities and challenges this learning format provides. The goal of this meeting is to discuss the state of the industry and address the primary challenges and opportunities that MOOCs present for both higher education and the business world. We will also look forward and discuss where MOOCs might be useful in the future and propose some possible remedies to the challenges MOOCs face.


Nancy Hendrickson is Director of Academic Technology at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota where she leads a team of instructional designers and academic technologists in support of digital learning. She has been involved in designing instruction for online learners for nearly twenty years, both in academic and business settings and is passionate about engaging students through active learning strategies. Before coming to St. Kate’s, she worked for Seward Learning Inc. in Minneapolis and in a “former life” was a special education teacher who worked with deaf and hard-of-hearing children with students with learning disabilities. She holds master’s degrees in Educational Psychology and in Curriculum and Instructional Systems from the University of Minnesota.

Katie A. Nelson is an educator, instructional designer and web developer. Currently she serves as Professor of Anthropology at Inverhills Community College. She teaches online and serves as a Certified Peer Reviewer for the Quality Matters Program. She holds master’s degrees in learning technology and anthropology from the University of Saint Thomas and the University of California, Santa Barbara. She expects to complete her PhD this year at CIESAS Occidente, a prestigious anthropology institute based in Guadalajara, Mexico. Katie also serves as the Digital Learning Forum web manager/web master.

Material From the Presentation

Link to the presentation: Who’s Afraid of the Big, Bold MOOC