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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

A MOOC is a course of study made available over the Internet without charge to a very large number of people. Anyone may enroll by logging in to the Coursera website and signing up.


MOOCs open for enrollment:

International Business I is taught by Professor Doug Thomas in English and Spanish, with all course material provided in both languages. Lectures are delivered in an engaging manner to encourage reflection and inquiry, impartidas por el instructor en el español y en el Inglés. A second course with new material, Part II, will be offered directly after Part I concludes, on March 16th.

UNM’s MOOCs invite participation from students around the world to become a global learning community, to engage in the course and to help each other learn.

Professor Doug Thomas (D.T. to his students), PhD, has lived abroad and visited many parts of the world. He is passionate about the international business community and wants to ignite that passion in others.

The course is taught in 6 weekly modules in an inquiry-based approach to understanding the environment in which global businesses operate and the country-level relationships that must be negotiated. What is Globalization? What is the Role of Culture? Free Trade, Free-r Trade or Managed Trade? What does the current Global Business Environment look like?

Students of this MOOC gain an understanding of the interaction of economics, politics, history, trade agreements and the global financial system. Esta materia introduce al alumno a una comprensión fundamental del entorno político, cultural, lingüística y socio-económico en el cual opera una empresa internacional. Professor Thomas wants to help prepare his students to successfully work and live in an increasingly globalized world.

Signature Track is available to receive a Verified Certificate for this course.

Register for International Business I

Inscríbase en Negocios Internacionales I

Learn more about this MOOC

Students will learn how to design, build, test, secure and deploy modern web app architectures.

Upon completing this Specialization you will understand how to build, test, secure and deploy (in the cloud) full-stack web applications.

This capstone experience will involve the development and cloud-based deployment of a fully functional web application, and will require learners to work as a part of a project team consisting of 3-5 other learners.

The specialization is being offered in English and Spanish; choose your preferred language, and all lectures and course materials will be delivered from a native speaker.

Web Application Development Specialization Courses:
CourseStart Date
1) Web Application Development - Basic Concepts February 9, 2016
2) Web Application Development - The Data Tier March 7, 2016
3) Web Application Development - The Presentation Tier April 4, 2016
4) Web Application Development - Testing and Deployment May 2, 2016
5) Web Application Development - Security June 6, 2016
6) Web Application Development - Capstone Course July 11, 2016

Presented By:

Manel Martínez-Ramón, Professor
Greg Heileman, Professor and Associate Provost

Learn more, and enroll in this specialization

Fundamentos de Arquitecturas de Aplicaciones Web

Intermediate Specialization. Some related experience required.

This course utilizes an inquiry based approach to understanding sources of competitive advantages in companies and other organizations.

Presented By:

Doug Thomas, Ph.D. Professor International Management, Anderson School of Management

Learn more and enroll in Entrepreneurial Strategic Management

Administración Estratégica Empresarial


“MOOC technology aligns with today’s learners — with how they access content, interact with one another, network and learn.”

— Greg Heileman, Professor of Electrical Computer Engineering at UNM and Associate Provost of Academic Affairs


These MOOCs will be offered again soon:

Course NameInstructor
Curanderismo Part 1: Traditional Healing of the Body Eliseo (Cheo) Torres, UNM Professor and Vice-President of Student Affairs
Curanderismo Part 2: Traditional Healing of the Spirit/Energy Eliseo (Cheo) Torres, UNM Professor and Vice-President of Student Affairs
Curanderismo Part 3: Traditional Healing with Cultural Traditions Eliseo (Cheo) Torres, UNM Professor and Vice-President of Student Affairs
Rural Health Nursing Dr. Amy Levi and Dr. Van Roper
International Business II Doug Thomas, UNM Professor
Interactive Computer Graphics with WebGL Edward Angel
Web Application Architectures Greg Heileman, Professor and Associate Provost

Understanding MOOC development at the University of New Mexico:

Features of a typical MOOC

  • Lectures are typically 7-10 minutes in length and are grouped together in sets of 7-9 into modules.
  • The online presentations feature high-quality production and tight editing.
  • Students can rewind or fast-forward through the lectures. An MIT study found that their edX students typically watched their MOOC videos at 1.5x live speed.
  • Quizzes are embedded in the videos.
  • A MOOC course usually features automated grading and peer assessment.
  • Mastery Learning allows students to repeat lectures and exercises as needed by the individual student.
  • Self-organizing community forums are created by the students to help each other with the course (Calibrated Peer Learning).

How MOOCs began at UNM

Coursera has its origins at Stanford University. It is an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take for free. Their mission statement envisions a future where everyone has access to a world-class education. 

A portion of an existing UNM Online course that had been taught a number of times in the past, Web Application Architectures, was converted (or MOOCified, to use a term coined by Greg Heileman, course instructor and developer).  This was a mature online course with well-developed course materials. To achieve the production standards, new video was shot in the production studios at UNM Extended Learning, and new slides were created. The subject was considered likely to be of great interest and proved to have a global draw.

Extending the reach of UNM

The number of students who enrolled in UNM’s first offering of the Web Application Architectures MOOC:

  • Is more than the number of students enrolled at UNM (all campuses, undergraduate and graduate).
  • Would require an instructor to teach at UNM for a millennium in order to reach the same enrollment.