Notre Dame launches inaugural open online courses on edX

Author: Sonia Howell

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The University of Notre Dame’s first MOOCs (massive open online courses) are now open for registration. Created by Notre Dame faculty working with the Office of Digital Learning, these inaugural four MOOCs, offered through the University’s partnership with edX, draw on expertise from across the University. The courses are available to anyone with a free edX account.

The launch courses are:

  • I “Heart” Stats, with Vice President and Associate Provost Dan Myers.
  • Jesus in Scripture and Tradition, with Hesburgh Professor of Catholic Theology Gary Anderson and Professor of Theology John Cavadini.
  • Understanding Wireless, with J. Nicholas Laneman, professor of engineering and director of the Wireless Institute; Barry Keating, Jesse H. Jones Professor of Finance; Aaron D. Striegel, associate professor and associate department chair of engineering; and Patricia L. Bellia, professor of law and Notre Dame Presidential Fellow.
  • Math in Sports, with Mike Hildreth, professor of physics, and Annette Pilkington, associate professor of teaching in mathematics.

I “Heart” Stats, an introductory course to statistics and everyday life, will be taught by Myers, winner of the Notre Dame Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., Award for Excellence in Teaching. In Math in Sports, Pilkington and Hildreth will combine mathematical tools with Notre Dame’s student-athletes to demonstrate how math can help predict and analyze sporting performances and outcomes. Understanding Wireless will provide an introduction to the technical, commercial and legal aspects surrounding wireless communication. All four inaugural courses are aimed at a global and nonspecialist audience.

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“Notre Dame’s courses on the edX platform deliver on the promise we make as a university — to advance learning in the service of human flourishing both here on campus and in the wider world,” said Elliott Visconsi, the University’s chief academic digital officer. “Our initial courses feature Notre Dame’s world-class faculty on topics of broad interest from a variety of disciplines; the courses have been designed for everyone. Through these courses, we hope to create learning communities in schools, colleges and universities. We also look forward to enhancing the connection with our alumni, parents and friends through these engaging offerings.”

The first of these not-for-credit courses, I “Heart” Stats, will commence April 15. Understanding Wireless will launch on May 18, Jesus in Scripture and Tradition on June 1 and Math in Sports on June 15. To register for these courses, click here or visit the NotreDameX course page on the Office of Digital Learning website.

Contact: Sonia Howell, Office of Digital Learning, 574-631-1061,

Originally published by Sonia Howell at on January 06, 2015.