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Thursday, April 24, 2014

BU: Take Me Out to the MOOC Game

Now if they could only get Joe Moock to do the intro…

Baseball’s opening day is behind us, but if you can’t get enough of this spring ritual, you can savor another opening day of sorts May 29, when a baseball-centered class debuts as BU’s first MOOC.

Sabermetrics 101: Introduction to Baseball Analytics kicks off what ultimately will be five MOOCs (massive open online courses) BU will offer via edX, the online platform spearheaded by Harvard and MIT. MOOCs allow students around the world to take university classes free, for no credit.

For sabermetrician Andy Andres, the MOOC is a chance to put online a course he taught for a decade in a traditional classroom setting at Tufts before coming to BU in 2000. It will be the first time he’s rolled out the course here in any form, and the prospect that a student with a laptop in Bora Bora could access it thrills him.

“In the previous years that I have taught this course, there were many students who were not on campus and wanted to take it,” says Andres, a College of General Studies senior lecturer in natural sciences and mathematics. “The wonderful edX platform allows those students to take the class and learn something they want to learn.”

Since MOOCs enable students to take the course at their own pace and at times convenient for them, Andres says, he can “focus so much more on content and student learning” rather than meeting a schedule.

Repoz Posted: April 24, 2014 at 07:15 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 24, 2014 at 09:52 AM (#4693029)
I just wonder if the course is Mookie-Proofed.
   2. The District Attorney Posted: April 24, 2014 at 10:55 AM (#4693097)
   3. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: April 24, 2014 at 11:01 AM (#4693109)
I'm sorry, the card says Moops.
   4. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: April 24, 2014 at 03:58 PM (#4693427)
I was saying moo-urns.
   5. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: April 24, 2014 at 05:28 PM (#4693536)
The class page says that it serves as an introduction to basic statistical regression, SQL, and R. If it's well-done then it's potentially a very good way to introduce people to the actual working mechanics of data science.

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