Teaching massive open online courses (MOOCs) has helped some Penn State University Park faculty members take their teaching to a new level of engagement, which has directly benefited students in their resident courses.

One such faculty member is Darrell Velegol, distinguished professor of chemical engineering. Velegol said MOOCs have certainly changed the way he teaches his resident courses at Penn State.

“I still work with students so that they learn the content they need,” Velegol said.  “But my primary focus after working with the MOOC is to instigate and provoke, so that the students reach that transformative zone where they far surpass the original expectations.”

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