CWRU Launches Open Online Courses

CWRU Launches Open Online Courses

People around the world can learn from two of Case Western Reserve’s most prominent professors—from anywhere and for free.

This spring, the university launched its first Massive Open Online Courses—or MOOCs—through Coursera, a company that provides a platform for online offerings from 62 institutions, including Duke, Princeton and Stanford universities.

Case Western Reserve’s new non-credit offerings feature the expertise of Michael Scharf, JD, the School of Law’s associate dean for global legal studies, and Richard Boyatzis, PhD, professor of organizational behavior and Distinguished University Professor.

“Our university has a long and proud history of leadership in education and technology,” says Case Western Reserve Provost W.A. “Bud” Baeslack III. “These online academic offerings represent new ways for us to advance learning— not only for those who take the courses, but those who teach them as well.”

Scharf’s eight-week introductory course on international criminal law explores the policy and practice of international crimes and courts. Boyatzis is teaching a six-week class on how tapping into emotional intelligence can help people be better leaders.

The MOOCs accompany other advances in online education at Case Western Reserve. The university launched its first online degree program, a master’s degree in social administration through the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, this year, and Case School of Engineering introduced an online certificate program and master’s degree in wireless health.