Massive Open Online Course Created for VA High-Schoolers

Longwood University in Farmville, Va., is offering a post-secondary readiness MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) program for high-school students this year, using the BadgeStack learning platform. The noncredit course, called “5 Skills You Need to Succeed: What Employers Want You to Know,” teaches communication and presentation skills, critical thinking, interpersonal and intrapersonal skills, and how to successfully navigate the work world. The program includes badge-based rewards to increase participation and retention.

“With the help of BadgeStack, we have created an interactive online course that incorporates gaming elements to increase engagement and foster retention,” said Dr. Nicholas Konrad Langlie, director of planning and policy in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. “I knew what I wanted to accomplish, but it would not have been possible without the BadgeStack team’s expertise and learning platform.”

“This MOOC is an example of why we created BadgeStack," said Jonathan Finkelstein, director of the BadgeStack project. "Dr. Langlie created a visionary program that will have a real impact on students working to improve their life and work-readiness skills. We are eager to see the progress of Dr. Langlie’s important program.”