Hansen says, "Many people have a lifelong dream of becoming an Egyptologist, but very few realize these dreams. Universities that offer degrees in Egyptology are few and expensive. Through the use of open source to offer online courses in hieroglyphs and Egyptology, I give people around the globe the opportunity to follow their passion for ancient Egypt without leaving home or paying a fortune."
The courses will include many features made possible only through other open source software, such as animated clips showing how to draw hieroglyphs, made with DrawSWF, and online submission and correction of homework with the ability to include hieroglyphic signs directly online, using Wikiheiro.
Courses are currently under development and beta testers are now being recruited through the Glyphdoctors Web site. Egyptophiles are already meeting one another and discussing ancient Egypt in free forums that are available on the site.