Assistant professor of biology Marcel Salathé and seven of his Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics colleagues have launched “Epidemics – the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases,” Penn State's first science MOOC on Coursera. At the same time, Salathé has premiered his mobile epidemics simulation game Moocdemic.
Digital epidemiologist Marcel Salathé is a biologist without a lab. Instead, he uses social media as a tool to track the spread of infectious diseases.
An optional component to the epidemics MOOC, Moocdemic is a mobile game where learners detect, spread and control a fictional infectious disease in real time.
The epidemics MOOC is taught by eight Penn State faculty, with Marcel Salathé as lead instructor, who engage learners and showcase the wide range of expertise at the University's Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics.
In this epidemics MOOC video screenshot, animations are used to enhance the learning experience.
In this weekly "Ask Us Anything" video screenshot, epidemics MOOC faculty address questions from learners all over the world.