MOOCs, or “Massive Open Online Courses,” promise to forever change the way students receive higher education, taking the classroom into the virtual world. Many top universities, including Harvard and Stanford, have launched MOOC programs in the last few years via online platforms such as EdX and Coursera.
Christianity Today reports that Regent University has become the latest institution to join the MOOC movement, launching a new website called LUXVERA:
This week, Regent University released its own MOOC platform, LUXVERA, featuring free college courses as well as a series of “GREAT Talks.”
“A Christian MOOC can deliver thoughtful and free content to unlimited numbers of people. LUXVERA is elegant, engaging and designed to provide an accessible and extremely affordable education with excellent academic content,” said Gerson Moreno-Riaño, dean for Regent’s College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), and director of the university’s MOOC strategy. “Christian higher education has the power to transform and LUXVERA is the means by which Regent and the entire Christian community can give hope for a better life that includes a great education that molds the mind, heart and our actions.”
First on the docket for Regent’s MOOC platform is a course titled “Who is Jesus?” developed by Corné Bekker, chair of the Department of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry at Regent. The “GREAT Talks” lectures will feature Christian leaders like Regent’s CEO Pat Robertson; Paul Bonicelli, executive vice president of Regent and former George W. Bush appointee; and Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice…