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LUXVERA™ "GREAT Talks" Series Begins

| January 23, 2014

Recognized as one of the nation's top online schools by U.S. News & World Report, Regent University has launched a new Christian Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) platform called LUXVERA™ featuring free college courses as well as a series of "GREAT Talks" by notable intellectuals in the fields of politics, law and religion.

Both the courses and the "GREAT Talks" series are free and available to anyone around the world with access to the internet.

Featured "GREAT Talks" include "A Life Well-Lived" by Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson, chancellor and CEO of Regent; "American Exceptionalism" by Dr. Paul Bonicelli, executive vice president of Regent and former George W. Bush appointee; and "Presidential Power" by Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

The "GREAT Talks" series also features "Right to Die" by Jeffrey Brauch, dean of Regent's School of Law; and "Character and Leadership" by Dr. Doris Gomez, dean of Regent's School of Business & Leadership.

The first college course offered on LUXVERA, titled, "Who is Jesus?" explores the life and ministry of Jesus. The course was developed by Dr. Corné Bekker, chair of the Department of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministry at Regent.

"The free online class enables participants to consider the identity, relevance and challenge of Jesus for the 21st Century world," said Bekker.

Other upcoming courses on LUXVERA include "What Did Jesus Teach," which will launch on Wednesday, Feb. 5, and "Why Did Jesus Live?" on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

LUXVERA, meaning "light and truth," is Regent's exclusive online platform. Those who complete courses on LUXVERA may be eligible to receive a certificate of completion from Regent. In the future, Regent also plans to confer actual college credit at the university as a paid option. As the program further evolves, Regent also plans to implement fully accredited degree programs.

"With Regent University being a leading Christian university that is also recognized as a top online learning institution, LUXVERA will have significant ramifications both here and around the world," said Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riaño, dean for Regent's College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), and director of the university's MOOC strategy and initiatives.

"A Christian MOOC can deliver thoughtful and free content to unlimited numbers of people. LUXVERA is elegant, engaging and designed to provide an accessible and extremely affordable education with excellent academic content. Christian higher education has the power to transform and LUXVERA is the means by which Regent and the entire Christian community can give hope for a better life that includes a great education that molds the mind, heart and our actions," said Moreno-Riaño.

MOOCs are the latest progression in higher education, allowing universities to attract many more students and provide innovative styles of learning. To date, more than 6 million students are enrolled in the two largest MOOC platforms, with such prestigious universities as Harvard and MIT already effectively utilizing these platforms.

Visit LUXVERA™ to enroll.

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Mindy Hughes, Public Relations

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