MOOC Happenings at Northwestern

2016 has already been a big year for Northwestern’s stable of massive open online courses (MOOCs) and it’s about to get even bigger! We’re proud to welcome Weinberg to the list of Northwestern schools contributing content to our global learning community with two new courses, one of which is available now.

The first Weinberg MOOC, “The Talmud: A Methodological Introduction” by Barry Wimpfheimer, launched on April 18, 2016 and takes learners through a rigorous analysis of the first chapter of the Talmud, a central text of Rabbinic Judaism. In the next Weinberg MOOC, “Luther and the West” by Christine Helmer, learners will explore the fascinating and broad-reaching story of Martin Luther and his impact on modernity in the west. This course is scheduled to launch in the fall of 2016.

These courses join the stable of MOOCs lineup Northwestern began rolling out in the fall of 2013 and represent the 28th and 29th courses the University has produced to date.

You may have also noticed that the MOOCs on Coursera look a little different than when they originally launched. As of April 1st, Coursera has officially retired the original version of their platform and has migrated all courses over to their new auto-cohort model. Other than Specialization Capstone Projects which run on a fixed, quarterly schedule, all of the MOOCs on Coursera are now always open for enrollment. A new cohort begins every two to four weeks, so if you miss the beginning of a course, you won’t have to wait very long to get started.

Want to join a Northwestern MOOC? We’ve got Specializations (a sequence of related courses) on Leadership, Social Media Marketing, and Content Strategy, as well as a host of individual courses on topics as diverse as Teaching the Violin and Viola, Introduction to Reproduction, and the Fundamentals of Digital Image and Video Processing. You can find the full roster of available courses and details on the ways to take them on our Join a MOOC Today page