My Global Philosophy Course

President Michael S. Roth writes in The Wall Street Journal about his experience teaching a MOOC, “The Modern and the Post-Modern,” on Coursera. Though he was at first “awe-struck by the number and variety of students” enrolled in his online class, communication between students on message boards, Facebook and a “Google Hangout” video chat made the class seem less massive.

He concluded: “Teaching this MOOC has shown me that online courses will be increasingly viable and valuable learning options for those who can’t make their way to campuses. Taking a course online is clearly not the same thing as integrating study with residential experience, but it is a powerful mode of learning that is already enriching millions of lives across the globe.”