Something for Which MOOCs Might Be Very Appropriate

ACADEME BLOG

About a week ago, the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Wired Campus blog included a short post by Casey Fabris titled “A MOOC Hopes to Sink Its Teeth Into a New Audience: TV Fans.”

The post focuses on a four-week MOOC based on the FX television series The Strain, which follows the spread of a disease with the “hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism.” The course will be titled “Fight or Die: The Science behind FX’s The Strain” and it will use the show’s elements as a starting place for discussing parasites, cyber attacks, and disease dynamics. It will be offered through the University of California at Irvine, with the cooperation of FX, and hosted on Instructure’s MOOC platform Canvas Network.

This will be the second MOOC offered through the University of California at Irvine to employ this approach. In 2013-2014, the university, Instructure, and the AMC…

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