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Melanie Manos Teaches Michigan Online MOOC

Photograph of Melanie Manos

Over the course of the 20 – 21 academic year, U‑M Collegiate Lecturer, Kresge Artist Fellow (2020), Janie Paul Collegiate Lecturer, and alumna Melanie Manos (MFA 08) collaborated with the U‑M Center for Academic Innovation to create Visualizing Women’s Work: Using Art Media for Social Justice, a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

Visualizing Women’s Work invites virtual learners from across the globe to investigate how underrepresentation perpetuates cultural norms of gender inequality. Learners will also explore the global and local erasures of women’s work, both compensated and uncompensated, across identities and eras.

The course offers learners: 

  • A look into the artistic process
  • An examination of the power and validity of art/​design for addressing issues of social justice
  • A deepened understanding of creative practice as a form of research — and the role of research in creative practice

Manos is the first Stamps instruc­tor to cre­ate a course with the Center for Academic Innovation, a divi­sion of the uni­ver­sity ded­i­cated to mak­ing U‑M’s learn­ing expe­ri­ences acces­si­ble at scale. Her course will be available to the general public on FutureLearn, an online social learning platform in partnership with the University of Michigan.

While there is a cost to earn a ver­i­fied cer­tifi­cate for the Visu­al­iz­ing Women’s Work course on FutureLearn, those fees are waived for any U‑M stu­dent, alumni, fac­ulty, or staff if they access the course through Michi­gan Online. Michi­gan Online offers col­lec­tions of MOOCs, Teach-Outs, and other learn­ing con­tent in addi­tion to online degree programs produced by the University of Michigan. The course is expected to launch on July 26, 2021 and will run continuously. 

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