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In the past couple years MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses) have become more and more popular and well known.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/04/education/edlife/massive-open-online-courses-are-multiplying-at-a-rapid-pace.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

Coursera, Udacity and Edx are the main providers. Does anyone know if these providers or another smaller provider or university offers Judaic Studies courses? The potential for teaching torah on a high level to a large audience is exciting.

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I know nothing about MOOCs, but note that Judaic Studies departments in universities often teach things that are not Torah. –  msh210 Jul 25 '13 at 18:28
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Does webyeshiva.org count? –  Isaac Moses Jul 25 '13 at 18:31
    
@msh though most of it is Torah (loosely defined; I'm including things like Jewish history and Jewish philosophy) –  Double AA Jul 25 '13 at 18:41
    
@IsaacMoses webyeshiva is a different model. It seems to be a traditional class just offered online. Certainly a good thing and one i might take advantage of. But I dont think it is a MOOC en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mooc –  Michael Horwitz Jul 25 '13 at 19:00
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What are the characteristics that distinguish MOOCs from such classes as are offered by webyeshiva? –  yitznewton Jul 25 '13 at 19:29

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Rutgers University offers the following courses for free:

In addition, several Israeli universities offer Jewish related courses on Coursera. Such as:

A few other possibilities:

Of course, as msh210 pointed out, many professors in Judaic Studies do not teach Torah and it's probably worth checking out who the professors are and reading through their syllabi to make that determination. Nevertheless, here's a start.

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What msh210 pointed out was that many teach things that are not Torah in addition to Torah. –  Double AA Jul 26 '13 at 13:54
    
@DoubleAA: I understand, what I meant is that these courses might not reflect traditional, halakhic Judaism (e.g., teaching a course on Torah that relies on documentary hypothesis). –  Aryeh Jul 26 '13 at 14:25
    
Most of the courses listed here are about the history of Jews and are not Torah courses at all. –  Isaac Moses Jul 26 '13 at 14:32
    
@Aryeh what I meant was even such a course would contain some things that are problematic and some things that are valuable. whether or not it is worth going and listening only for the good stuff is a different question –  Double AA Jul 26 '13 at 14:40
    
@Aryeh People will not know there is a valid other way of learning bible if Yeshiva University,Bar Ilan or some other university with professors who are Talmidei Chachamim don't offer courses also. –  Michael Horwitz Jul 28 '13 at 2:26

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