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Pace University’s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems is excited to announce a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) led by Dean Amar Gupta, PhD, for the spring semester.

While the University has been making great strides into online education through services like iMentor this will be its first ever MOOC and is a bold step for both the University and the Seidenberg School. MOOCs have been pioneered by companies like Coursera and EdX and this will be Pace’s first contribution to the arena. The course is part of Pace’s efforts to use the most advanced technologies to bring their students the best educational experience possible.

Tieing together four important aspects of the technology driven Knowledge Economy; International Management of Services; Entrepreneurship, Innovation; and the 24-Hour Knowledge Factory; the course will look at several innovative and entrepreneurial aspects of the emerging Knowledge Economy, with special emphasis on how teams of individuals can work together in a seamless manner across national boundaries to render professional services of diverse types and varying sophistication.

In particular, the course will analyze the 24-Hour Knowledge Factory model in detail. This model envisages that a professional in the US will work from the usual work day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. At the end of the work day, the professional will transfer the work to a colleague in China or Australia who will then work from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., based on the clock in that country. At the end of the latter’s work day, the work will be transferred to a colleague in Poland or Romania who will work from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. based on the clock in Eastern Europe. Finally, the work will be transferred back to the original professional in the US, who will feel that a magic fairy was working hard while the professional was asleep.

The lectures began on March 6 in 163 William Street, Room 237, at 6:00 p.m., and continue on March 20, April 3, and April 17. They will be recorded and put on Udemy.com for everyone to access. Those interested in the course should contact kbrazaitis@pace.edu. Pace students may have the option of receiving credits for the course. Everyone interested in the 21st century global economy should tune into the lectures as they are sure to have a wealth of information that will be useful across all disciplines.

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