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23 Jan

Interested in technology and its impact on our daily lives? Well you may want to visit West Virginia University ’s first MOOC. Never heard of a MOOC, no problem, the Department of Communication Studies in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences wants to introduce you to this new, free way of learning.

A MOOC, otherwise known as a massive open online course, is a type of online course aimed at large-scale participation and open access via the web. Individuals that participate in a MOOC co-create their learning experience. Recent examples of the use of MOOC include Udacity, an education start-up launched by two computer science faculty at Stanford University whose first class on artificial intelligence generated an enrollment of 160,000 students in 190 countries

“The WVUCommMOOC is not a course for credit, it is a free, ungraded event designed to allow the public to explore some of the current issues involving the role of communication technologies in our personal and professional lives,” said Matt Martin, chair of the Department of Communication Studies. “Participants can visit the MOOC when time permits, and be part of the discussion, or just tune in to see what others contribute.”

In week one, starting February 4, Nicholas Bowman will present and moderate “Learning to Cope with Our Robot Overloads,” a session dedicated to examining the principles of human-computer-human communication. In week two, starting February 11, David Westerman will investigate on-line relationships (just in time for Valentine’s Day) with “Love at First Like.” In week three, starting February 18, Alan Goodboy and Matthew Martin will address cyberbullying, and other destructive workplace behaviors in “Cyberbullying: The Dark Side of Online Communication.” In week four, starting February 25, Elizabeth Cohen will moderate “Understanding and Conquering Technology Overload.” Complete course descriptions are available online.

“Each section will become available online on its start date and will remain open for review and comment once it has gone up. So if you miss one week, you can see and complete it at a later time,” Martin said.

Those interested in joining one or all of the MOOC sessions, can register online. Registration is free and open to everyone.

“We hope that people of all ages and walks of life will take advantage of the expertise of our faculty and this new learning opportunity,” Martin said.

For more information visit the MOOC site, or contact Chair Matt Martin at

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