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Smith Business Close-Up: Maryland’s Massive Online Open Courses

Apr 07, 2013
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Thursday, April 4, 2013, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 7, 2013, 7:30 a.m.

The digital age has changed education, including making it easier than ever to make content available to the masses through free online courses. These Massive Online Open Courses – MOOCs – are a growing trend in education and University of Maryland is part of the movement.

In this edition of Smith Business Close-Up with the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, Henry Lucas talks his MOOC course that launches this spring and the opportunities and challenges that come with teaching more than 10,000 students in an online course.

Lucas is the Smith Chair Professor of Information Systems. His new book, “The Search for Survival: Lessons from Disruptive Technologies,” presents a model of survival to guide managers in responding to potentially disruptive technologies. His research interests include information technology-enabled transformations of organizations, markets, industries and our daily lives. He has conducted research on the impact of information technology on organizations, IT in organization design, electronic commerce, and the value of information technology. Lucas co-produced and co-wrote “The Transformation Age: Surviving a Technology Revolution with Robert X. Cringely,” a documentary co-developed by Maryland Public Television and the Smith School shown on public television stations around the U.S. He has authored a dozen books as well as monographs and more than 70 articles in professional journals.

Smith Business Close-Up is co-produced by the Robert H. Smith School of Business and Maryland Public Television. The television segment focuses on the latest thinking in business management, and features in-depth interviews with Smith School faculty and other members of the school’s community of business leaders.

Where to Watch

Smith Business Close-Up can be seen bi-weekly on Maryland Public Television's Your Business and Money. The program airs at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays and is repeated the following Sunday at 7:30 a.m. on public television stations throughout Maryland and the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region, including:

  • WMPB-TV (Ch. 67), Baltimore
  • WMPT-TV (Ch. 22), DC metro/Annapolis
  • WCPB-TV (Ch. 28), Salisbury
  • WFPT-TV (Ch. 62), Frederick
  • WWPB-TV (Ch. 31), Hagerstown
  • WGPT-TV (Ch. 36), Oakland
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About the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is an internationally recognized leader in management education and research. One of 12 colleges and schools at the University of Maryland, College Park, the Smith School offers undergraduate, full-time and part-time MBA, executive MBA, online MBA, MS in business, PhD and executive education programs, as well as outreach services to the corporate community. The school offers its degree, custom and certification programs in learning locations in North America and Asia.