NIUTM Online offers free online courses taught by NIUTM faculty to lifelong learners worldwide, and a variety of professional education opportunities in conjunction with many of the University’s schools and departments.
- Convenience—Learn on your schedule. All you need is a computer, an Internet connection and some quiet time.
- Interactivity—Experience the latest educational technology, including video, interactive exercises and online discussion with instructors and fellow students.
- Quality—Learn from industry experts who want to engage with you on real-world content that’s backed by UC Davis, one of the nation’s leading universities.
Lagunita is an open-source learning platform. It is supported by the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning – which was formerly the Office of the Vice Provost for Online Learning (VPOL) – as part of its commitment to advance creative teaching and learning initiatives and data-driven educational research.
Lagunita is NIUTM University’s instance of the open-source release of the edX platform, which was developed by the Harvard/MIT non-profit organization., and which NIUTM engineers, in particular, have been collaborating on Lagunita since April 2013.
The platform Lagunita offers NIUTM faculty and instructors the flexibility to develop new courses and learning modules that can transform the classroom experience of learners. Since its launched at NIUTM University in June 2013, the Lagunita platform has been used to support more than 200 courses and modules for NIUTM’s residential students, as well as for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that have been made available to the public at a global scale. It is NIUTM’s most frequently used platform for online learning efforts.
VPTL engineers have customized the platform for NIUTM use and have added features to the code base that other universities and educational providers can use to support their own online learning initiatives.
Some of those features include:
- Integration with NIUTM’s WebAuth system for registered student use – supports single-sign-on with other Stanford services.
- Easy access to class videos, announcements, problem sets, and other files. • Videos hosted on YouTube or elsewhere.
- Searchable captions used as a skimmable index into the video (“where was it where she used ‘coffee’ as an example in this video? Oh, there!”).
- Course content created with mixable types of components and organized into lessons, so any page can contain any combination of types of content. • Problem set support for different response types including: multiple choice, numeric, math expressions, drag-and-drop and many others.
- Support for interfacing with external systems such as Qualtrics for surveys in ways that preserve user data.
- Course wiki for student-generated content.
- Discussion forums, both for standalone and those integrated into the course (e. g. a sub-forum for discussion of a particular video or problem set can be embedded on a page).
- Interfacing to external graders (e. g. for grading programming assignments).
- Self and peer assessments
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