Even the largest university lecture hall can only squeeze in a couple of thousand students, so addressing her remarks to an audience of 40,000 was, British-born, California-based Professor Jo Boaler admits, a whole new teaching experience, The Telegraph reports.

Known and venerated by many classroom practitioners and parents for her pioneering approach to maths education (as set out in her bestselling book The Elephant in the Classroom), Boaler has recently had her first experience of online teaching by Mooc.

The Mooc, or Massive Open Online Course, is currently the hot topic of debate in university circles. For some it is the...

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