Specialization Neuroscience: Perception, Action and the Brain
Duke University has designed this specialization for advanced baccalaureate and prospective or current graduate students who are pursuing degrees in the brain sciences. Duke University has had one run of the Capstone project of this specialization on Coursera’s session based platform.
By Courtney Lockemer, Communications Manager for Online Duke
What does it take to make a MOOC?
What does it take to make a MOOC? Duke’s Center for Instructional Technology created a infographic that tells the story of one MOOC, Medical Neuroscience, taught by Duke professor Leonard White. The infographic illustrates just how much effort goes into one online course (196 videos, for example) and the many far-reaching impacts that come out of it.
Duke University was an early Coursera partner and has produced 31 MOOCs (and counting) for a total of over 2 million enrollments since 2013. Duke faculty who created and taught MOOCs often found the experiences personally rewarding and pedagogically transformative.
Prof. White recently participated in a unique interdisciplinary conference on humor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (see website for complete description of the conference: http://humor.web.unc.edu/). His talk and demonstration was entitled, “A Neurobiological Consideration of Humor”. In keeping with his Medical Neuroscience style, he brought human brain specimens to demonstrate to the diverse audience how the brain processes humor. The audience included, social scientists, psychologists, philosophers, humanists, feminists, humorists, television “sit-com” writers and producers, professional comedians, and students from a variety of disciplines. Several attendees gathered around the brains at the conclusion of the presentation for a closer look, to ask questions, and to hold a brain.
Coursera has been using a session based course platform in the past. Courses started at fixed points in time and students wanting to take the course at a time it was not scheduled had to wait for the next run of the course. That has changed, from now on you enroll and immediately start courses on the new on-demand course platform of Coursera
The first session of Medical Neuroscience was in 2013. The course is designed for people that are enrolled in a health professions curriculum or are preparing to do so. The intellectual challenge and content level of this course is comparable to what first-year students in the graduate-level health professions would experience and the course is expected to require 16-20 hours per week of effort.
During all the sessions there good, lively and instructive discussions on the Discussion Forum.
Prof. Purves et al. are currently working on a new edition of ‘Neuroscience’, the course textbook . For the sixth edition of a lot of new images are being added to make the neuroscience concepts even more clear.