Interview with the edX/HarvardX Greek Hero MOOC Team

This week, we’re joined by the team behind The Ancient Greek Hero, one of Harvard’s longest-running classes which has become one of the most talked about MOOCs on the Internet.

Students enrolled in this edX class will recognize Professor Greg Nagy and his colleagues Leonard Muellner, Claudia Filos and Jeff Emanuel, a subset of a wider team of scholars and professionals behind Greek Heroes (or HeroesX as the team likes to call it) who were kind enough to participate in a discussion of what goes into a successful MOOC course.

(Note: Towards the end of the interview, we discuss the class’ first assessment question which you can see towards the end of this earlier piece on MOOC testing.)


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8 Responses to Interview with the edX/HarvardX Greek Hero MOOC Team

  1. Janet M Ozsolak June 15, 2013 at 12:17 am #

    I enjoyed your June 14 podcast. I am a fellow learner and enjoying the course immensely. Good luck with your experiment!
    Janet Mayragul Ozsolak

  2. Nektaria_Greece June 15, 2013 at 4:48 am #

    Good questions! The problem isn’t that the teachers aren’t greek, the problem is the pronunciation of ancient greek. Even Erasmus admitted that he was wrong. Why is the community still using his awful accent???

    • ioannis June 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

      are you serious? 😀


      • Nektaria_Greece June 16, 2013 at 5:23 am #

        Of course I am!
        Διάβασε το βιβλίο του Κωνσταντίνου Οικονόμου εξ Οικονόμων “Περί γνησίας προφοράς της ελληνικής” και θα δεις (θα το βρεις στην Ανέμη)

  3. Annette June 15, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    It is a stunning course. Prof Nagy is the best prof I have ever encountered. He is so passionate about his subject and that is all that is needed to be a great teacher.

  4. George Barckley June 16, 2013 at 2:34 am #

    This turned into a great lesson. All involved in its creation are doing a great job. My wife and I are taking the class and my wife said tonight that she will miss the class as the end is coming near.

  5. Carolyn June 17, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    Very nice, and I appreciate your observations at the end.

  6. Tom Bennet September 27, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    The new mooc wave is a boon for education. For too long too many institutions have been charging too much!

    However, there has been a lack of coverage of what is going on in Europe. iversity ( ), is shaking things up in a big way. They have 3 courses where you can get ECTS credits-credits that are interchangeable between in european universities. exciting times.

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