LUXVERA Featured on The 700 Club
| February 19, 2014
Viewers of The 700 Club on Tuesday, Feb. 18, experienced a taste of course content from "Who is Jesus," the first class offered by LUXVERA, Regent University's new open online course platform. The course also received a compelling endorsement from Regent Chancellor and CEO, Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson.
"The problem is that higher education has priced itself out of the reach of many students. These massive open online courses are the answer," Robertson said.
He discussed reasons for studying the life of Jesus and pronounced LUXVERA's first lessons, "beautifully done."
"Who is Jesus" is the first of three courses on Jesus, all developed by Dr. Corné J. Bekker, chair of the Department of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry in Regent's College of Arts & Sciences. The courses explore the divine inspiration, authority, and readings of the Biblical New Testament writings—the Gospels—that are the primary source for understanding the life and ministry of Jesus. With new insights, students will be able to consider the identity, relevance and challenge of Jesus for the 21st century world.
"Once we truly figure out who Jesus is, paradoxically, we then find out who we are," Bekker said during an interview with Robertson on the program. "This is the most important question of all time—who is Jesus."
During the interview, Robertson and Bekker also discussed the concept of massive open online courses—known as MOOCs—especially the opportunity that MOOCs offer to bring quality education to those people around the world who otherwise would not have access.
"Technology has always driven higher education," Bekker explained. "Now the world has become flat. The Internet opened absolutely every door for us, and we have the opportunity to bring education to those people that are not able to come to a college to study."
Following on the heels of the second course, "What Did Jesus Teach?" which opened earlier in February, the third course, "Why Did Jesus Live?" opens on Feb. 19.
These courses, along with a series of "Great Talks," are free and available to anyone with Internet access.
Learn more about LUXVERA and register for free classes.
Mindy Hughes, Public Relations
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