In August and September of 2013, students from over 200 countries took the world’s first Social Psychology "MOOC" (massive open online course). The class was offered by Wesleyan University, hosted by Coursera.org, and drew more than 250,000 students, making it the largest synchronous university course ever given.
The final assignment of the course, "The Day of Compassion," asked students to live 24 hours as compassionately as possible and to analyze the experience using social psychology. Roughly 700 students received a perfect score on the assignment, and the class then voted on which of these students deserved a Day of Compassion Award generously sponsored by the Stanford University Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE).
In 2014, the grand prize winner will be flown on an expense-paid trip to Stanford University and have the opportunity to meet the Dalai Lama when he visits that area. In addition, CCARE will donate $1,000 to any prosocial nonprofit organization chosen by the grand prize winner, and $100 to nonprofits chosen by each of ten students who received Honorable Mention. Here are some other pages related to the assignment: