Dr. Stephen Ruzicka, professor in the Department of History, was interviewed by the Triad Business Journal regarding teaching one of the first MOOCs or “massive open online courses” at UNCG. While the courses are not for college credit, they are designed to be completed at one’s own pace and a certificate is earned at the end.

MOOCs utilize the internet to bring higher education to a wider audience. Universities and other organizations in the Triad and around the world have offered MOOCs both as a way to pursue their missions and to extend their brand recognition.

The class that Ruzicka teaches is entitled “The Soul and the Search for Meaning: From the Greeks to the Present.” The basis for the online course was his campus teachings about the development of ideas about the soul and the universe.

“Our quest to understand our existence has played out over many generations and across the rise and fall of civilizations,” Ruzicka says. “We are all driven by a need to understand who we are, where we come from and how we got to where we are today.”

The News & Record also reported on this program in their section called “The Syllabus.”