The open format of the course also allows Rogers State to show what its professors do and what the university has to offer, Elwell said.
“It's a way of showing off our wares,” he said.
The course is the second of its kind to be launched by a public university in Oklahoma. Earlier this year, University of Oklahoma officials rolled out an online course in management. The OU course, called Introduction to Management, incorporates a graphic novel written by business professor Jeremy Short.
OU announced plans for that course after Short completed a study that showed that students retained information more effectively using a graphic novel rather than a traditional textbook.
The OU course is offered as a free, noncredit online class, but also includes a for-credit option for OU students paying standard tuition.
To enroll in the Rogers State course, go to www.coursesites.com/mooccatalog.