Massive Open Online Courses

MOOCs: Taking Neuroscience Outside the Classroom

Len White
Leonard White (far right) engages with students

Duke contributes to neuroscience education beyond campus through MOOCs — Massive Open Online Courses, via Coursera — which allow DIBS and other Duke faculty to reach adult learners around the world.

One of the most popular and highly rated of the 67 Duke MOOCs is “Medical Neuroscience,” taught by Leonard White, PhD, Associate Director for Education at DIBS and Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies in Neuroscience. Last year, Medical Neuroscience was again designated a “Top 50 MOOC of All Time” by Class Central from among 8,000+ courses reviewed from about 750 universities worldwide.

Other DIBS Faculty Network Members teaching MOOCs recently:

  • Roger Barr—“Bioelectricity: A Quantitative Approach” and “Bioelectricity: The Mechanism of Origin of Extracellular Potentials”
  • Brian Hare—“Dog Emotion and Cognition”
  • Jennifer Groh—“The Brain and Space”
  • Dale Purves—“Visual Perception and the Brain” and “Music as Biology: What We Like to Hear and Why”
  • Guillermo Sapiro—"Image and Video Processing: From Mars to Hollywood with a Stop at the Hospital”
  • Jana Schaich-Borg—"Data Visualization and Communication with Tableau”
  • Walter Sinnott-Armstrong—"Think Again, parts I-IV: How to Understand Arguments, How to Reason Deductively, How to Reason Inductively and How to Avoid Fallacies”