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Regent to Launch Premier Christian MOOC

Regent University, the preeminent global Christian university and a top 10 online school as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, has announced that it will launch an exclusive platform for massive open online courses (MOOCs) in January 2014.

Called LUXVERA", meaning "light and truth," the new platform will offer high quality, Christian higher education courses online to anyone with internet access. Learn more and register for the first class at the microsite.

"LUXVERA fits perfectly with the mission of Regent University, which is to provide transformative Christian education to all parts of the world," said Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson, Regent Chancellor and CEO. "In fact, early on, Regent recognized that online learning would change the landscape of higher education. Now, as the first Christian university launching a MOOC on our own proprietary platform, Regent will be able to teach the world, offering a robust and meaningful, innovative learning experience."

As widely reported, MOOCs are the latest progression in higher education, since they allow universities to attract many more students and provide innovative styles of learning. More than six million students are enrolled in the two biggest MOOC platforms today, and top universities such as Harvard and MIT have effectively utilized these platforms.

Regent professors are creating the course material for LUXVERA. The content will be presented in a highly innovative fashion with lectures and video material provided by Regent, the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), and the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), among others.

In January 2014, LUXVERA will begin to offer diverse content to reach numerous audiences interested in high quality, free education. LUXVERA's courses will include content featuring industry experts in such fields as education, media, government, the arts, cultural analysis, law, psychology and counseling, world politics, and religion and spirituality. Content will be offered in several formats to provide students with learning experiences tailored to their level of interest.

LUXVERA's first class will be "Who Is Jesus?"—developed by Dr. Corné J. Bekker, chair of the Department of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry in Regent's College of Arts & Sciences. The course will 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.

Initially, LUXVERA courses will be free. As the program evolves and grows, Regent plans to offer certificates of completion or actual college credit at the university as paid options. Also in discussion is the possibility of implementing full associate or bachelor degree programs.

Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, dean of Regent's College of Arts & Sciences, is director of the university's MOOC strategy and initiatives.

"Students in higher education today are not just seeking to learn skills, they are seeking transformation," said Moreno-Riaño. "If we can give them both, so that they walk away enriched from LUXVERA, then that's a winning combination."

Hear more from Moreno-Riaño on Regent's MOOCs.

Learn more and register for the first class at the microsite.

Mindy Hughes, Public Relations

Phone: 757.352.4095 Fax: 757.352.4888