Department of Informatics
Special Panel on MOOCs: The Nuts & Bolts of Making & Delivering a Mooc
Date 16 May 2013
Time 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Location 6011 Donald Bren Hall
Special Panel on MOOCs
The Nuts and Bolts of Making and Delivering a MOOC

Thursday, May 16
1:00 – 2:30 pm
6011 Donald Bren Hall
There is much interest at present in Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. We are bringing
together three instructors who have taught successful MOOCs to share their experiences and ideas.
All are welcome.

 Dan Russell, Google
Scott Klemmer, Stanford University Charles Severance, University of Michigan
Gary Olson, UC Irvine

Panelists’ Backgrounds
Dan Russell is the Google Uber Tech Lead for Search Quality and User Happiness.  He is the creator
and moderator of “” which tests your search skills.  More relevant to this panel, he
has developed and delivered two very well received MOOCs:  Basic Power Searching with Google, and
Advanced Power Searching with Google.  He has not only delivered these MOOCs several times, but has
mountains of data to analyze their success.
Scott Klemmer is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford, moving soon to UCSD. 
Scott has created and delivered a very popular course on Human Computer Interaction, with the key
feature that students evaluate each others’ work.  This led to the design of a peer assessment
system for Coursera that has been used by more than two dozen courses. Scott has additionally done
research on online classes, their construction, delivery and analysis.
Charles Severance is Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Michigan School of
Information.  Previously he was the Executive Director of the Sakai Foundation, the core of many
learning management systems.  Charles is better known as “Dr. Chuck,” hosting a national TV show
Internet: TCI on TCI Cable.  More recently he has offered a MOOC, “Internet History, Technology and
Security,” one of the first humanities courses run by Coursera, and an early proving ground for
Gary Olson is Donald Bren Professor of Computer and Information Sciences in the school of the same
name.  He is an ACM Fellow and a Lifetime Achievement Award winner from ACM:SIGCHI, the special
interest group in Computer Human Interaction.  With his background in cognitive psychology and
current work in distance work that is enabled by technology, he is both very excited and deeply
concerned about the opportunities afforded by MOOCS.
Sponsored by The Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences