Also Seen: Teaching Myth to 54 000 at a Time

The incipit of a piece in the Boston Globe:

In 15 years of teaching, University of Pennsylvania classicist Peter Struck has guided perhaps a few hundred students annually in his classes on Greek and Roman mythology through the works of Homer, Sophocles, Aeschylus and others — ‘‘the oldest strands of our cultural DNA.’’

But if you gathered all of those tuition-paying, in-person students together, the group would pale in size compared with the 54,000 from around the world who, this fall alone, are taking his class online for free — a ‘‘Massive Open Online Course,’’ or MOOC, offered through a company called Coursera. [...]

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