Using MOOCs to Engage Alumni, and Other News and Ideas

Schools Use Free Online Courses to Engage AlumniGraduates in Cap and Gown
Beyond a cost-reducing measure, can Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) be a tool for alumni engagement? This article explores the potential for MOOCs to add value for alumni both as learners and facilitators. Referenced in the article is Harvard’s  The Ancient Greek Hero course, in which 80 alumni served as online mentors and field experts in a class of 10,000 students.

University Engagement: 5 New Ways to Think About Alumni Engagement
Changes in the communication landscape and the college experience in general require colleges and universities to reframe their alumni engagement approach. In this post, Jay Sharman, Founder and CEO of TeamWorks Media, offers 5 new ways to think about your alumni communications strategies.

5 Ways to Use Pinterest to Engage Alumni
As the third-largest social media site, Pinterest offers a unique platform for online engagement. From showcasing notable alumni to “pinning your alumni pride,” here are 5 ways schools are already using Pinterest to engage alumni online. For more tips, see our colleague Justin Ware’s blog post: “Pinterest For Nonprofit Work Done Right.”

Words for New Alumni
What did our newest alumni hear at their commencement ceremonies? The Chronicle of Higher Education offers this roundup of inspiration from 11 schools this commencement season. And don’t miss Business Insider’s “23 Of The Best Pieces Of Advice Ever Given To Graduates.”

Harvard Alumnus Donates $125 Million, Again
A Harvard Business School alumnus who gave the university its largest gift is making a second $125 million donation to the school to fund a bioengineering institute.

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