Massive Open Online Courses


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Holy Apostles College & Seminary has been offering free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) since fall 2012 through Edvance360. Beginning in Spring 2016, the college is converting all of its MOOCs to Facebook groups.

The reason for the move is to build on social media most of our registrants already use and design classes that log on to you. Every time you engage the course, you’ll be instantly engaging everyone else within it through their mobile devices and/or desktop computers. This kind of power will enable our MOOCs to become more dynamic and attract hundreds more participants in each course as friends share with friends the classes they’re taking. With this new platform, moreover, we can run more MOOCs at the same time. In addition to that, Holy Apostles plans to offer 50 unique MOOCs in 2016, with a new one starting each week.

To sign up, just click the “Like us on Facebook” link above, and you’ll instantly receive notifications of when each course is about to come open. You’ll simply be prompted to join the course group.

The notices will appear in your Facebook the day before each MOOC begins, and all materials to complete the MOOC will be made instantly available to you once you’re inside a course group.

For those MOOCs that require a book purchase, the link to the .epub version of the book will be on the main group page, and you’ll only be a click away from having access to everything you need for success in your course.

 


Registrants may participate in as many of the above courses as they like for free. Those who complete all 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.

Psalms as Christian Prayer: The Old Testament Speaking to the New Covenant
August 8 – September 2, 2016

This course is designed to provide assistance in the teaching of the Holy People of God how to pray with the Universal Church using the Liturgy of the Hours under the guidance of the Magisterium of Saint John Paul the Great and Pope Benedict the XVI.

Apologetics: I’m Not Really Sorry!
August 8 – September 2, 2016

This course will focus not just on the “what” of apologetics (i.e., the content of the case), but also the “how” of apologetics (i.e., the proper techniques necessary to successfully make the case).

Mariology: There’s Something about Mary
August 15 – September 9, 2016

This course will endeavor to resituate the basic Marian teachings of the Church in a Scriptural, historical and modern context. Using what is said of Mary in Lumen Gentium, ch. VIII and other post – conciliar documents, Mary’s importance to the faith of Catholics in the post – modern era will be emphasized.

33-Day de Montfort Consecration Schedule
(Rolling Start Dates – see schedule)

This course will prepare one for his or her Consecration to Jesus through Mary, teaching 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.

Dante’s Inferno
September 12 – October 15, 2016

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 under a month in the journey.

Intercultural Competencies
September 12 – October 14, 2016

This course is based on the intercultural competencies modules designed by the USCCB Office of Cultural Diversity in the Church for the purpose of providing ministry leaders with “a basic level of awareness and proficiency in the area of intercultural competency.”

Dante’s Purgatorio
October 10-November 11, 2016

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.

Medical Ethics, Part 3 of 3
October 10 – November 4, 2016

This Massive Open Online Course will examine the history of Catholic ethical teaching on medicine and health care, with particular attention to common ethical dilemmas concerning the beginning and the end of life.

Apocalypse Now: The Relevance of Revelation
October 10 – November 4, 2016

This mini-course will serve as an overview for the Book of Revelation (Apocalypse).

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
October 11 – November 5, 2016

Very rarely, in the course of education in the history of the Church, do we spend much time with the individual personalities who have been so influential in terms of doctrine and practice. This course endeavors to produce extended conversations between the students and many historical figures, figures from varying backgrounds and points of view. Whether they be fathers (or church mothers), emperors, spiritual writers, friend or foe, it is vitally important that we understand, in context, their writings, personalities and contributions.

Introduction to Islam
October 31 – December 5, 2016

If you’ve ever had questions about Islam, this course is for you. It is impossible to overestimate the influence of Islam, which brings inspiration and meaning to the lives of many millions of people worldwide. At the same time, misunderstandings about Islam abound. Now, in Introduction to Islam, you will explore the full sweep of the religion of Islam. Prof. Gabriel S. Reynolds will answer your most important questions about the fastest-growing religion in the world. THIS COURSE REQUIRES AN MP3 DOWNLOAD FROM NOW YOU KNOW MEDIA. USE COUPON CODE LC1636. 

Dante’s Paradiso
November 14-December 16, 2016

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.

Unbroken: Physical Limits/Limitless Love, Part 1/3
December 5 – December 30, 2016

This course will draw us into a deeper understanding of Christian faith, vocation, catechesis, ministry & ecclesiology – in light of the presence and reality of physical & intellectual impairment among disciples. As part of the core of Christian life or ministry, our focus is pastoral & ecclesial; rather than clinical, medical, legal or psychological.

Book of James, Part 1/2
December 5 -December 30, 2016

This course will seek to implement the vision of Dei Verbum 12 as fleshed out by Pope Benedict in Verbum Domini for our study of The Letter of James.

The Gospel of Luke, Part 3 of 3
December 12, 2016 – January 6, 2017

This course is the third of three mini-courses designed as an intensive study of the Gospel of Luke taking into consideration the historical, religious, and cultural background of this rich and inspirational gospel with emphasis placed on the “pastoral and practical” implications of the Gospel of Luke.

St. Teresa of Avila, Part 2 of 3
December 12, 2016 – January 6, 2017

This course will continue Part 2’s exploration of the life, writings and spirituality of St. Teresa of Jesus (Teresa of Avila). Her major writings will be consulted, especially The Interior Castle.

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 1 of 3
December 12, 2016 – January 6, 2017

This course will engage in a detailed exegetical study of the Gospel of Matthew. Questions regarding the immediate historical, social, and cultural background will be considered.

Theology of the Body: Original Unity of Man and Woman
December 19, 2016 – January 13, 2017

This course will articulate John Paul II’s general audiences on the Original Unity of Man and Woman: Catechesis on the Book of Genesis, between September 9, 1979 and April 2, 1980.

Angels, Demons, Deliverance and Exorcism
December 19, 2016 – January 13, 2017

This course engages the study of angelology, demonology, and the appropriate pastoral response to certain manifestations of diabolical activity and the Church’s responses to that activity.

Nature of Love
December 19, 2016 – January 13, 2017

The great 20th century philosophers of love might surprise you if you think you know all about love. For example, C.S. Lewis thought that being needy was just as much a part of love as sacrifice!  Dietrich Von Hildebrand thought that love is not a matter of the will but of the heart! Students will explore definitions of love, obstacles to love, C.S. Lewis’ concept of the Four Loves; Dietrich Von Hildebrand’s masterpiece The Heart; and challenges to becoming a more loving person in daily life.

Book of James, Part 2 of 2
December 26, 2016 – January 20, 2017

This course will continue to implement the vision of Dei Verbum 12 as fleshed out by Pope Benedict in Verbum Domini for our study of The Letter of James.

Unbroken: Physical Limits/Limitless Love, Part 2/3
December 26, 2016 – January 20, 2017

The guiding question driving this course is, how can we in our parishes better reflect the Kingdom of God, especially in the ways that we recognize, welcome, honor & learn from the presence, gifts & contributions of children & adults with physical & intellectual impairments or emotional difficulties?

The Social Media Magisterium of Popes Pius XII through Francis
December 26, 2016 – January 20, 2017

This course will engage the student in a survey of the past 59 years of magisterial teachings concerning the use of social media – from Miranda Prorsus (1957) by Pope Pius XII through the 2016 World Communications Day message of Pope Francis.

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 2 of 3
January 9-February 3, 2017

This course will engage in a detailed exegetical study of the Gospel of Matthew. Questions regarding the immediate historical, social, and cultural background will be considered.

Theology of the Body: Blessed are the Pure of Heart
January 9-February 3, 2017

This course will articulate John Paul II’s general audiences on Blessed are the Pure of Heart: Catechesis on the Sermon on the Mount, between April 16, 1980 and December 10, 1980.

The Social Magisterium of John Paul II
January 9-February 3, 2017

This course will articulate John Paul II’s social magisterium as found in four of his documents: Human Work, 1981 (Laborem Exercens), On the Dignity and Vocation of Women, 1988 (Mulieris Dignatem), The Splendor of Truth, 1993 (Veritatis Splendor), and On the Value and Inviolability of Human Life, 1995, (Evangelium Vitae).

Unbroken: Physical Limits/Limitless Love, Part 3/3
January 19-February 10, 2017

The guiding question driving this course is, how can we in our parishes better reflect the Kingdom of God, especially in the ways that we recognize, welcome, honor & learn from the presence, gifts & contributions of children & adults with physical & intellectual impairments or emotional difficulties?

The Gospel of Matthew, Part 3 of 3
January 19-February 10, 2017

This course will engage in a detailed exegetical study of the Gospel of Matthew. Questions regarding the immediate historical, social, and cultural background will be considered.

Theology of the Body: Life According to the Spirit
January 19-February 10, 2017

This course will articulate John Paul II’s general audiences on Life According to the Spirit between December 17, 1980 and November 28, 1984.

Past MOOC Courses

Dante’s Inferno
(January 11 – February 9, 2016)

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.

33-Day de Montfort Consecration Schedule
(Rolling Start Dates – see schedule)

This course will prepare one for his or her Consecration to Jesus through Mary, teaching 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.

Sacred Art & Music
(January 18 – February 13, 2016)

This course will examine the Church’s teachings on sacred art and music as an integral part of the Liturgy in the Latin Rite tradition. It will look at why the Church considers sacred art and music essential to the ultimate purpose of its liturgy: the worship of God, and by means of it, the sanctification and edification of the faithful. It will look at how the Church defines “sacred art” and “sacred music,” and how they can authentically be given expression today in service of the liturgy.

The New Atheism: Painting with all the Colors of the Wind
(January 25 – February 20, 2016)

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.

MOOC Design: Do You Have What it Takes to Launch a Massive Open Online Course?
(February 1 – March 11, 2016)

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.

The Gospel of Luke (part 1 of 3)
(February 8 – March 4, 2016)
This course is an in depth study of the Gospel of Luke taking into consideration the historical, religious, and cultural background of this rich and inspirational gospel.

Dante’s Purgatorio
(February 10 – March 13, 2016)

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.

Lenten Journey with Jesus
(February 10 – March 24, 2016)

The course follows Jesus from his humble birth and youth in Bethlehem through his ministry in the Galilee and then to Jerusalem for his death and resurrection. The course considers the religious, cultural, social and political background of Jesus and the early Christians.

Addiction and the Family: Alcoholics among Us
(February 15 – March 11, 2016)

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.

 The Joy of the Gospel
(February 18 – March 10, 2016)
This 3-week Massive Open Online Course will focus intensely on the question of Joy from the perspective of three faith traditions advanced out of Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, CT, the University of Divinity in Melbourne, Australia, and the College of Bible and Ministry at Harding University.

Mission and Evangelization: The Right Way to Reach out and Touch Someone
(February 22 – March 18, 2016)
The ultimate purpose of mission is a share in the communion between the Father and the Son in their Spirit. (R.Miss, 23). The mission of establishing the lordship of Christ over the entire creation has no boundary. It is concerned not only with mission ad intra but also with mission ad extra. Redemptoris Missio, states three concrete situations in which the church carries out its various evangelizing activities, namely: pastoral care or activities, re-evangelization and new evangelization. Therefore, this course will explore, using Pope Francis’s Evangelii Gaudium, the biblical-theological foundation of mission, challenges in evangelization and a profound exploration of John Paul II’s call for new ardor, new expression and new method in evangelization.

The Eastern Fathers of the Church
(February 29 – March 25, 2016)
This course is meant to introduce the study of the Church Fathers. It is comprised of excerpts of teaching from major Eastern Fathers that can be applied to one’s spirituality today.

Islam through Catholic Eyes
(March 7 – April 15, 2016)
This course will endeavor to explore the relationship between Christianity and Islam couched in terms of Nostra Aetate’s statement that “the Church regards with esteem also the Moslems” and compare this relationship with the myriad ways in which Catholicism has encountered and continues to encounter Islam in the world. In addition to exploring Catholic writings on Islam, the course will encounter Islam in its own words with texts from the Qu’ran and with both didactic and creative literature written by Muslims.

Social Media Magisterium
(March 14 – April 8, 2016)

This course will provide the student with an appreciation of the role of media in the Church regarding proper and responsible evangelism by exploring the Social Communications Magisterium beginning with Pius XII’s Miranda Prorsus (1957) and Vatican II’s Inter Mirifica (1963), followed by documents from the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and some selections from the 48 World Communications Day speeches delivered between the years 1967 and 2014 by Popes Paul VI, John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis.

Online Teaching and Learning
(March 14 – April 8, 2016)
The World Wide Web has extended globally our teaching and learning environments, and those who teach normatively make use of the Internet in their daily engagements with colleagues and students. Because the Internet is a dynamic environment, those of us who teach anything necessarily seek to strengthen our understanding of how we might come to use the tools it provides more effectively in both our oncampus and online classrooms. This course will provide terminology, tools, methods and assessment models that are of general value to all teachers.

Interreligious Dialogue from a Catholic Perspective
(March 21 – April 15, 2016)
This course is an examination of inter-religious dialogue between Catholicism and the other four major religious traditions of Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The Catholic understanding of inter-religious dialogue is studied, especially in light of the call to evangelization.

Dante’s Paradiso
(March 27 – April 28, 2016)

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.

“Are You Still a Priest?: Tension and Trust for a Year of Mercy”
(April 4 – April 29, 2016)

This Massive Open Online Course will explore for this Year of Mercy a selection of true stories of tension and trust through the ministerial experience of Fr. Gerald J. Kleba, who offers sensible and saintly ways in which to engage the pastoral issues of our time.

Medical Ethics: Part 1, The Historical Background
April 11 – May 13, 2016
This Massive Open Online Course will examine the history of Catholic ethical teaching on medicine and health care, with particular attention to common ethical dilemmas concerning the beginning and the end of life.

Economic Science and St. Thomas Aquinas
April 18 – May 13, 2016
This is a MOOC on what is perhaps the most burning and urgent of social issues of our times, namely, the relationship between the science of Economics and Ethics. It demonstrates that the modern view has reversed the true relationship and that it is a mistake of enormous practical significance, not unrelated to the vicissitudes that the modern economy has experienced in the past and, now worldwide, is undergoing at the present time. To regain the proper perspective on the relationship, we need to recover the practical wisdom of two of the geniuses of Ethics in the history of that study: Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas.

Memorize the Mass!
May 2 – May 27, 2016

This MOOC applies the powerful methods of the Catholic art of memory once more to all the parts and rites of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, both in the Novus Ordo or Ordinary Form and in the Extraordinary Form or Traditional Latin Mass. Readers will learn not merely how to memorize facts and repeat them like a parrot, but to come to know the names, the sequence, and the meanings of both forms of the Roman Rite of the Mass like a rational human being made in God’s image and likeness with an intellect and a will, and they will learn to engrave each and every one of those rites upon the tablets of their hearts, knowing them literally forward and backward!

33-Day de Montfort Consecration Schedule
(Rolling Start Dates – see schedule)

This course will prepare one for his or her Consecration to Jesus through Mary, teaching 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.

Dante’s Inferno
May 16 – June 11, 2016

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.

Medical Ethics: Part 2
May 16 – June 17, 2016

This Massive Open Online Course will describe the modern health care situation and its failure alongside the contemporaneous need for the religious traditions to exercise their appropriate influence.

In Praise of Life
May 23 – June 24, 2016

This MOOC illustrates how ten different factors can improve our appreciation of life: Evolution prepares it, Meaning justifies it, Love enhances it, Truth directs it, Freedom crowns it, Virtue strengthens it, Sexuality promotes it, Marriage shelters it, Gratitude honors it, and Christmas celebrates it. Required text available at http://enroutebooksandmedia.com/inpraiseoflife/

The Gospel of Luke (part 2 of 3)
May 30 – June 24, 2016

This course is an in depth study of the Gospel of Luke taking into consideration the historical, religious, and cultural background of this rich and inspirational gospel. Recommended text available on instant download http://enroutebooksandmedia.com/holylandchronicle/

Marriage Law: Love & Loss in the Modern World
June 6 – July 1, 2016

This course will provide students with a firm basis in canon law for all the stages of guidance they give to those in marital relationships and those whose relationships have broken down.

St. Augustine: from the City of Man into the City of God
June 13 – July 8, 2016

The course is designed to introduce ministers of the Catholic Church to the ministry of St Augustine of Hippo.

Dante’s Purgatorio
June 13 – July 15, 2016

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.

Weeping with Jesus
June 20 – July 22, 2016

In the past the word grief was used only to describe the sorrow of loss through death. Nowadays pain coming from other kinds of losses such as rejection and divorce are also seen to involve grieving. Even though Weeping with Jesus is not designed to help with such forms of grief, what you read could help you encounter the personal love of Jesus for you in any kind of heartbreak. Required text available at http://enroutebooksandmedia.com/weepingwithjesus/

Bereavement Miracles: A Program of Unity and Hope
June 27 – August 5, 2016

The Bereavement Miracles program was designed to play a quintessential role in evangelizing the “spirit of  mission” to individuals who are suffering from the death of a loved one by relating eternal realities in a systematic program/approach that integrates understanding of human sorrow to the nature of divine love and renewal. Required text available at http://enroutebooksandmedia.com/bereavement-miracles/

St. Teresa of Avila (Part 1/3)
July 11 – August 5, 2016

This course explores the life, writings and spirituality of St. Teresa of Avila. Teresa’s method of prayer and her reform of the Carmelite way of life to foster closeness with God are emphasized. Her writings, The Book of Her Life, The Way of Perfection and The Interior Castle, are studied.

Theology & Science
July 11 – August 5, 2016

The linkage between science and theology is explained, beginning with the historical background, continuing to the present day. Our contemporary understanding is influenced by the writings of Pope John Paul II, as well as various scientists and theologians.

Dante’s Paradiso
(July 18 – August 19, 2016)

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.