What do you do when your boss asks you to construct a MOOC on Chinese Marxism? This was Roland Boer's experience earlier this year. Many questions immediately arose: what is a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and how does it work? On what should it focus – Mao Zedong and the history of Chinese Marxism; developments in philosophy; the practice of socialism; or perhaps the situation in China today? Since there is relatively little international awareness of the nature, debates, and practices of Marxism in China today, Roland decided to focus on this area. This presentation discusses some of the practical issues around this unique MOOC, filming in China (with special permissions), how to present 5-7 minute videos effectively, and who might be interested, and – most importantly – what the best topics might be.
Roland Boer is Professor of Literary Theory at Renmin (People's) University of China, Beijing, and Research Professor in Religious Thought at the University of Newcastle, Australia. An internationally recognized lecturer, he is the author of numerous articles and books, including In the Vale of Tears; Lenin, Religion, and Theology; Criticism of Earth and Political Grace.
Share with friends