The First Community College Who Launches a MOOC on a Major Platform



By Michael Amigot / IBL 

SUNY Broome has become the first community college offering a MOOC on a major platform. Located in Binghamton, N.Y., this institution, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, launched last year in Coursera the course Foundations for Assisting in Home Care, intended for learners who wanted to see if a career in home health care was right for them.

Broome Community College feels as though this 13-week course –that attracted 1,200 learners from 100 different countries– has succeeded as a way to spread its brand, reach new students and serve people in central New York.

In order to fund the effort, SUNY Broome applied for and received two SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants worth about $46,000, earmarked for MOOC development. The first grant made it possible to hire a videographer and shoot a series of video lectures, while the second funded the creation of a free textbook in partnership with SUNY Geneseo.
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