Nadia Cavner serves the Nadia Cavner Group in Springfield, Missouri, as president. As a member of the Our Promise Campaign at Missouri State University, she assists the university in raising funds in order to expand academic offerings and improve student services.
The English department at Missouri State University (MSU) has recently announced plans for an online course entitled Laura Ingalls Wilder: Her Work and Writing Life. Most Americans know of Wilder, or at least her stories, through the 1970s television program Little House on the Prairie. The show was loosely based on Wilder’s body of work, which includes nine Little House novels and several supplemental pieces. The course, which will cover the first four books in the Little House series and examine connections between the novels and the author’s life, will be led by English department faculty member Pamela Smith Hill.
The Wilder course represents an increasing trend in massive open online courses being offered by universities and colleges across the country. The course does not provide college credits and is open to anyone who is interested. Individuals do not need to be a student at MSU to take part in the course.