Hechinger Report Taps Communication's Dan Leopard for Story on MOOCs

The Hechinger Report, an education news website, interviewed Saint Mary's Communication Professor Dan Leopard for an article on MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses). In the article "MOOCs keep getting bigger. But do they work?" which explores the effectiveness of MOOCs, Leopard questioned the growing acceptance of MOOCs by many in the fields of politics, education and journalism.  The Hechinger Report is a nonprofit, nonpartisan education-news outlet based at Columbia University's Teachers College. Its stories are carried by several major news outlets, including Time.com.

Dan Leopard, Ph.D.

Dan Leopard, Ph.D., Communication DepartmentLeopard's research interests include digital culture and education, interactive media, documentary film and television and youth culture. He has published essays in Cinema Journal and the edited collections Joystick Soldiers: The Politics of Play in Military Video Games and Convergence Media History.

His recently published book Teaching with the Screen: Pedagogy, Agency, and Media Culture examinethe effectiveness of education, historically through technology, including television courses, classroom computer training and now thorough tablets, mobile devices and MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses).

He is currently researching a book entitled The Information Object in the Digital Age. He can be reached at dan.leopard1@stmarys-ca.edu or 310-779-4908.

For assistance in reaching the professor, or with another news topic, please contact Director of Media Relations Mike McAlpin at 925-631-4222 (office), 925-878-9535 (cell) or by email at mdm5@stmarys-ca.edu.

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