For the first time in history, a scientific society, in this case the Spanish Society of Microbiology (SEM), teaches an online course via Twitter. Twenty-nine professors and researchers from 20 universities and research centers collaborate in this initiative coordinated and organized by the Teaching and Diffusion of Microbiology group of the Spanish Society of Microbiology.
The objective of this massive online course MOOC ( massive online open course ) is to spread concepts and basic notions about this subject with a simple, informative and very visual language. It is aimed above all at high school students, secondary school teachers, university students, science professionals and scientific journalists, but also all interested people of any condition.
The “classes” consist of a set of 30-40 tweets about microbiology through which content, webs, links, news, images or videos are shared. Each one will last about half an hour and will be launched at an hour of a given day of the week. Students are convened through social networks. Each day will be a different topic, among which are viruses, malaria, resistance to antibiotics, archaea and bacteria, fungi and yeasts, origin of life and microbial evolution, microbiology in enology, microbes and plants…
It can be followed by anyone who has a Twitter account. To do this, you just have to connect to this social network on the indicated day and time and follow the class with the hashtag #microMOOCSEM. Classes will be sent through the Twitter account of the SEM @SEMicrobiologia. The course will start on Tuesday, April 5 and will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 pm (Spanish time) until Thursday, June 2. Afterwards, the contents will be collected at https://storify.com/microMOOCSEM.
The teaching centers involved are the Universities of Barcelona, Navarra, Alicante, Cantabria, Complutense of Madrid, Miguel Hernández, Basque Country, Granada, Malaga, León, Valencia, Seville, Santiago de Compostela, Zaragoza, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spanish Institute of Oceanography, Higher Center for Public Health Research-FISABIO Foundation, Doce de Octubre Hospital-CNIO, National Center of Microbiology and Massachusetts General Hospital of Boston (USA).