Drawing Smith to Pedagogy’s Cutting Edge
Educause Taps Hank Lucas’ Insight to MOOCs, Learning Technology
The University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business is in an international spotlight for course delivery technology, thanks in part to media attention to Professor of Information Systems Hank Lucas’ pioneering work in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
Lucas created and delivered a "Surviving Disruptive Technologies" MOOC during spring 2013 to several thousand students representing about 100 countries. Subsequently, his related insight has been featured by the likes of Biz Ed Magazine and the Financial Times and in a Smith Business Close Up segment on Maryland Public Television.
More recently, Educause – a global leader in promoting technology in education – tapped Lucas to write “Can the Current Model of Higher Education Survive MOOCs and Online Learning?” for the September-October 2013 issue of Educause Review.
The article is borne from Lucas’ invitation last summer from Educause to participate, along with MIT Chancellor W. Eric L. Grimson, in delivering a webinar, “Beyond MOOCs: Is IT Creating a New, Connected Age?” Lucas presented “How Technology Can Change Pedagogy” and focused on the nuts and bolts of MOOCs through the lens of his research on disruptive technology.
"Faculty at the Smith School continue to innovate in designing new learning experiences for our students, including leveraging the latest educational technology,” said Smith School Dean Alex Triantis. “We are very fortunate to be able to draw on Professor Lucas's insights as we look forward to what the future of business education may look like in the next decade and beyond."
Lucas’ work complements Smith’s Online MBA Program forthcoming in January 2014 and the 2013 IT Teaching Workshop last spring, hosted by the Decision, Operations and Information Technologies Department.Smith faculty gave presentations alongside peer thought leaders from around the nation.