A Math Classroom, Without Walls

The announcement of a new math course generally doesn’t elicit the kind of response that accompanies a movie premiere, but in a way, that’s what happened when Robert Ghrist debuted “Calculus: Single Variable” in January. About 50,000 students, from 62 countries, showed up for class.

Fortunately, no one had to fight for a seat at the head of the classroom. That’s because Ghrist’s lecture is a massive open online course, better known as a MOOC. Ghrist’s class was among the first to be offered by Coursera, the online learning platform with which Penn is partnering.

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Video by Kurtis Sensenig, Office of University Communications