Holy Apostles College & Seminary

Massive Open Online Courses

Sign up for free online, open mini-courses.

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 MOOC Design
(February 16 – March 14, 2015; with an extension to March 28 for personal MOOC completion)
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This certificate course will describe the fundamentals of Massive Open Online Courses. The certificate will involve four modules dealing with MOOC design, development, implementation, and marketing. Participants will be given one week to complete each module. During their module completion, participants will be given the opportunity to request MOOC space of their very own on which to build their MOOCs.


Dante’s Purgatorio
(February 18 – March 21, 2015)
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Published in the autumn of 1315, the Purgatorio traces Dante the pilgrim’s journey from where he has emerged out of hell to the top of Mount Purgatory where he finds man’s first delight, the Garden of Eden. The goal the canticle is to show Dante the renunciation of sin consists in the perfection of the virtues through grace so that he may enter into the mind of God in the Paradiso. Dante gets through Purgatory in about four days; we pilgrims will spend a little over a month in the journey.


Teaching Research Design
(March 16 – April 24, 2015)
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This certificate course will engage faculty in thinking about issues of student research skill development in the context of shaping curricula to make research more integral to the instruction process. The institute will involve six modules, each of which will include thought pieces, guidance on how to operationalize skill development in students, and opportunities to interact on the relevant issues as well as prepare practical materials to help you move forward in student research skill development. Completion of the course assignments is the sole requirement.

The certificate requirements in teaching research design have been adapted to meet the needs of secondary school teachers. See adapted syllabus here.


 Filling Our Father’s House: What Converts Can Teach Us About Evangelization
(March 23rd – April 19th, 2015)
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This Massive Open Online Course will give the student tools for the New Evangelization. Taking lessons from Shaun McAfee’s book, Filling Our Father’s House: What Converts Can Teach Us About Evangelization, the student will learn several techniques and tools for bring the Gospel to others, growing in a deeper relationship with Christ, and getting more involved with the parish and the apostolate of the laity.


Dante’s Paradiso
(April 5 – May 7, 2015)
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Completed in 1321, the year Dante died, the Paradiso traces Dante the pilgrim’s journey from the Garden of Eden at the top of Mount Purgatory straight through ten heavenly spheres and into the mind of God. The goal the canticle is to allegorize the divinization process. Dante gets through Paradise in no time flat; we pilgrims will spend a little over a month in the journey.


33-day de Montfort Consecration Schedule
(Rolling Dates – See link above)
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This course will prepare one for his or her Consecration to Jesus through Mary. This course will teach why one should consecrate himself/herself to Jesus through Mary, how it is done, what benefits are derived from it, when to do it, and how to live the consecration as a way of life. This course will involve six modules. Participants will be given one week to complete each module.


Registrants may participate in one or all of the above courses for free. Those who complete the modules in each course will receive a certificate of completion from the MOOC Moderator for the purpose of receiving continuing education units from their education offices.


Registrants will receive by email confirmation of scheduling at the time of registration and login information to the course site the Friday before each MOOC begins.


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