University of Oxford, the Institute Pasteur in Paris, Stanford University, CSIC (Spanish National Research Council), are some of the eighteen international universities and research centres which will collaborate in the first worldwide open access Microbiology course online via Twitter. A total of twenty-one professors and researchers use this social network as a tool for teaching on vaccines and antivax, antimicrobial resistance, gut microbiota, pathogens or microbiological warfare.
Using simple and concise language, the objective is communicate science to a general audience outside the academic environments using a social network as Twitter. Lectures will consist in 30-40 tweet-size statements with associated links, related web pages, blogs, news and specially images and videos.
The course will take place over seven weeks (from October 2 to November 15) with classes scheduled every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 17:00 (UCT/GMT +2). Tweets will be sent from the @SEMicrobiologia Twitter account and will be programmed to be posted at a frequency of one tweet per minute. It is not necessary to register for the course. You can find information by searching Twitter with the hashtag #EUROmicroMOOC. All the classes will be in English and they will be compiled and stored online using the open tool Wakelet.
This initiative is organized and coordinated by the group of Teaching and Dissemination of Microbiology of the Spanish Society for Microbiology (SEM) with the collaboration of the Federation of European Microbiology Societies (FEMS).
For more information, please contact Ignacio López-Goñi (email: firstname.lastname@example.org / Twitter: @microbioblog)