Shakespeare Matters MOOC nominated for the 2018 edX Prize

We are excited to announce that Lucy Potter has been nominated as a finalist in the 2018 edX prize for the Shakespeare Matters MOOC.

The edX prize celebrates contributions and innovations of MOOC teachers in the edX community. There are 10 finalists for the edX Prize and the winner will be announced at the edX Global Forum, held in Boston this November.

The Shakespeare Matters MOOC has also been listed as one of the Top 50 Free Online Courses of All Time on Class Central. After its initial successful course run, the Shakespeare Matters online course is being re-release on September 6th in self-paced mode. It makes use of fun, interactive learning tools to explore some of Shakespeare’s best-known plays and their enduring legacies, and to appreciate their relevance in the 21st century.

The Shakespeare Matters MOOC covers:

  • Why Shakespeare still matters, all through a focus on emotions
  • Ideas and techniques that will help you understand as well as enjoy Shakespeare’s plays
  • How to understand and appreciate Shakespeare’s language and its power


Here’s what some of our learners had to say about the Shakespeare Matters course:

The greatest strength of the course lies in the personal engagement of the lecturers and academic professionals behind Shakespeare Matters with learners of all levels on the discussion forums. No prior knowledge is assumed –and I believe no genuine contribution or attempt to come to grips with the topic on the learner’s part was left without acknowledgement and sincere regard. Without this, the exploration of Shakespeare and his works might have been a cold and lonely experience indeed. Thanks then to those whose diligence and involvement ensured it wasn’t. 


Part of the charm of this course was how personal it was. Students are encouraged to find their own Shakespeare. Additionally, the videos are made in a way that you feel like you are having a conversation with friends rather than watching an online lecture.


Fantastic course. I came to Shakespeare Matters ~ knowing very little about the man, the history or his works. I came away with a love for William Shakespeare and a yearning to both continue my education about him, as well as a yearning to see his works live. Because of this course, I became a member of the Ohio Shakespeare Festival and can’t wait for the entire season worth of performances.


I loved this course. It was well designed and easy to follow. Rather than studying the entire play certain sections were analysed and discussed that led to a deeper understanding of the play as whole. I hope they eventually design similar courses for Shakespeare’s other plays.


An interesting and informative course that puts you in touch with like-minded people. Through discussion groups, opinions are challenged and broaden. My knowledge of Shakespeare’s plays has increased enormously through the exposure to different perspectives.


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Enrol now in the Shakespeare Matters MOOC to become part of our online learning community, and experience the universal appeal of this course.

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