Today, we’re excited to welcome McMaster University, a public research university based in Hamilton, Ontario, as our fourth Canadian university partner. McMaster is a member of U15, a group of research-intensive universities in Canada along with the University of Alberta, University of British Columbia and University of Toronto.
Professor Kevin Dunn will teach McMaster’s first course on Coursera, Experimentation for Improvement. While Kevin usually focuses on teaching students the foundations of chemical engineering in his on-campus courses, he is also interested in the use of software and innovative techniques for other applications. In this hands-on course, Kevin will teach learners to use basic statistical tools to find optimal solutions to real-world challenges, like improving water quality, reducing energy use and boosting sales for a product. The course will give learners the opportunity to build valuable practical skills with the use of an engaging short project that runs throughout the course.
With nearly 25,000 full-time students and 1,377 full-time faculty, McMaster University prides itself on its problem-based, inquiry based and learner-centered approach to teaching and learning. The “McMaster Model” connects theoretical knowledge with real world application and is noted for its commitment to research on teaching through the McMaster Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
McMaster University brings a wealth of experience to Coursera, and we look forward to bringing their offerings to the Coursera platform. “Experimentation for Improvement” will begin July 7, 2014 – sign up here before it begins!