4. Kevin Werbach
Werbach teaches a MOOC on gamification. He has taught 150,000 students, and been called a “rockstar” and “internet royalty.” But he’s not a fan of the perception, writing in the Chronicle of Higher Education that there’s a danger in thinking of professors as rockstars.
“The rockstar meme implies that teaching is all about performance,” he wrote. “What happens on stage is still what matters, even if techno-hip educators supplant traditional sages. Talk of rock-star faculty members reinforces the static lecture model that MOOCs were, ironically, developed in part to destroy. The audience at a rock concert is listening, not interacting.”
5. Zombie survival professors
The course was taught by an all-star team of UC Irvine instructors: social science lecturer Joanne Christopherson; physics professor Michael Dennin; public health lecturer Zuzana Bic; and mathematics lecturer Sarah Eichhorn.