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Plagues, Witches, and Wars: A MOOC Postmortem

In conjunction with the Center for Digital Humanities, Professor Holsinger held an event to consider the future potential for MOOCs in humanities teaching. Holsinger reflects upon his experience teaching a recent MOOC as it touches upon the future potential of this teaching platform, and offers practical advice to USC faculty who might be interested in the logistics of designing, contracting, and teaching a future MOOC.  This event to appeals to all members of the USC community interested in the theoretical and practical implications of this model of pedagogy for teaching in the humanities.


Bruce Holsinger specializes in the literature and culture of the medieval world, with additional interests in historical fiction, modern and contemporary theory, the history of the book, and premodern religious cultures. He is currently finishing a book called Archive of the Animal: Science, Sacrifice, and the Parchment Inheritance, which explores the parchment record of the Western tradition from a number of different angles (environmental history, animal studies, zooarchaeology, theologies of sacrifice, etc.). A longer-term book project, The Work of God: Liturgical Culture and Vernacular Writing in Britain, 550-1550, examines the shaping role of liturgical culture in the history of literary writing, from the earliest known vernacular survivals in the sixth century to the coming of common prayer in the sixteenth. 

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