Massive Open Online Courses


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Dante’s Inferno
(May 18 – June 13, 2015)
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 Published in late 1314, the Inferno traces a pilgrim’s journey from the Dark Wood of despair to the source of all sin and iniquity. Dante the pilgrim descends to the bottom of Hell at the prompting of Virgil, who had been sent by Dante’s beloved Beatrice at the request of St. Lucia who was herself prompted by St. Mary, the Mother of God. The goal was to bring Dante through a recognition of sin to enable him to renounce it in the following canticle, the Purgatorio and enter into the mind of God in the Paradiso. Dante gets through hell in about a 24-hour walk; we pilgrims will spend a little over a month in the journey.

 Online Teaching and Learning
(May 18 – June 13, 2015)
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 This course will prepare teachers develop and implement online teaching and learning environments. Instruction will be provided on how to create a syllabus, weekly lectures, and activities that involve real-world problem solving and critical thinking skills. Participants will discuss methods to assess and evaluate student assignments and develop strategies and methods to initiate conversation among students that will encourage the growth of a community of learners. Methods by which to add multimedia to course documents, e-portfolios, and various forms of software to create and publish course materials will also be discussed. In addition, participants will examine theories and theorists associated with adult learning.

The New Atheism
(May 18 – June 13, 2015)
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This course will focus on how the new atheism is confronting today’s world in the attempt it is making to secure political power in its assault against faith. The course will provide adequate ways in which Catholic leaders might respond to this onslaught.


  Dante’s Purgatorio
(June 15 – July 10, 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 of 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.

MOOC Design
(June 15 – July 10, 2015, with an additional two weeks to build one’s own MOOC on Edvance360.com)
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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.


  Addiction and the Family
(June 15 – July 10, 2015)
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This course will focus on alcoholism as the paradigm of addiction in this material. While the purpose of the course is to acquaint the student with basic information concerning alcoholism and its impact on the household, the religious community and the broader community, a special focus of this curriculum will be on the impact that addiction has on children.

Dante’s Paradiso
(July 13 – August 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.

 Teaching Research Design
(July 6- August 14, 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.

Intercultural Competencies
(July 6 – August 7, 2015)
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 This course will explore the nature of intercultural competencies and engage the learner in methods concerning their development and cultivation within a community of faith.

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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