Harvard University Holds Largest Bible Class in the World; Regent University Launches MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)

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How the apostle Paul ‘beat out Beyonce,’ and how Christian colleges are joining in on online education trend.

More than 22,000 students from 180 countries are currently studying Paul’s New Testament letters, thanks to Harvard University and edX, which offers massive open online courses (MOOCs) for free.

Professor Laura Nasrallah is teaching “Early Christianity: The Letters of Paul,” which “explores the context of these letters in the Roman Empire and the impact of these powerful texts today.”

She told the Huffington Post:

The day the course launched was astonishing—like drinking from a fire hose. The edX discussion threads couldn’t handle the amount of people who were commenting, and crashed and slowed down. More people participated on Poetry Genius that day than ever before—the apostle Paul beat out Beyonce!

The edX platform was founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2012. Nasrallah’s course on Paul is one of 21 courses Harvard offers through edX, while other universities—including MIT, University of California Berkeley, and Rice University—also provide courses on the platform.

Christian universities are getting in on the MOOC trend as well.

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SOURCE: Kate Tracy 
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