Barry Wimpfheimer and Sarah Wolf designed and produced the first ever MOOC on the Talmud in 2016.
The course is divided into eight modules. Each module consists of 3-5 short video lectures (videos are usually less than ten minutes long) along with downloadable texts and multiple choice quizzes. The course also has two more involved writing assignments. This MOOC is free to the public, although you can get a certificate for completing the course for a fee. And users are also able to selectively use the course materials by, for example, binge watching the videos without doing the assessments. The course has active discussion forums where users can interact with fellow members of their cohort of students and with the instructors. We look forward to seeing you online!
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are free courses produced by various universities for the general public and housed by companies with special platforms specifically designed for this kind of adult distance learning. Northwestern has partnered with Coursera to produce and host many MOOCs.