Thursday, December 27, 2012

George Mason University Launches World's First MOOC in Social Entrepreneurship


Fairfax, Virginia, December 20, 2012 – The idea that anyone, anywhere can be a social innovator and changemaker gained major support today as the Mason Center for Social Entrepreneurship (MSCE) launched Social Entrepreneurship: An Introduction, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Udemy.com. The course is designed to provide students and professionals globally with the opportunity to learn about the burgeoning field of social entrepreneurship.

“A MOOC on social entrepreneurship makes great sense; the people who are consuming this disruptive form of education are the very folks who, with additional knowledge and skills, can disrupt outdated approaches to solving our social problems,” said Greg Werkheiser, Executive Director of MCSE. Werkheiser and MCSE Director of Entrepreneurship, David J. Miller, share lead faculty duties in the MOOC.

With growing social challenges and financially stressed governments, a MOOC in social entrepreneurship achieves multiple goals of MCSE, including supporting innovation in higher education as well as empowering emerging social innovators globally.

The continually changing landscape for public research universities presents George Mason University many opportunities for leadership and innovation.

“By working with Udemy.com, AshokaU, Echoing Green, Net Impact, Mario Morino and others we’ve been able to leverage this new educational platform to reach out to students and colleagues around the world who do not yet have access to high quality social entrepreneurship faculty, courses, or centers,” stated Miller.

In the coming semesters MCSE plans further experimentation with new technologies and educational channels to expand and improve the impact of Mason’s extensive social entrepreneurship offerings and programs.

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1 comment:

  1. This is REALLY interesting, and is an exception to what I wrote about in Huffington Post, that is for sure...

    Jim Nolan, President, Southwestern College
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-james-michael-nolan/disruptive-innovation-nee_b_2650098.html

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