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Learning Microbiology on Twitter

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 Microbiology Teaching and Diffusion group of the Spanish Society of Microbiology.

The objective of this free massive online MOOC (massive online open course ) course is to spread basic concepts and notions on this subject with a simple, informative and highly visual language. It is aimed above all at high school students, high school teachers, university students, science professionals and science journalists, but also all interested people of any condition.

The “classes” consist of a set of 30-40 tweets on microbiology through which content, websites, links, news, images or videos are shared . Each one will last around half an hour and will launch at an hour on a certain day of the week. The students are summoned through social networks. Each day a different topic will be discussed, among which are viruses, malaria, resistance to antibiotics, archaea and bacteria, fungi and yeasts , origin of life and microbial evolution, microbiology in oenology, microbes and plants …

It can be followed by anyone with a Twitter account. To do this, you just have to connect to this social network on the day and time indicated and follow the class with the hashtag #microMOOCSEM . The classes will be sent through the SEM Twitter account @SEMicrobiologia. The course will begin on Tuesday , April 5 and will be taught on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 p.m. (Spanish time) until Thursday, June 2, after which the contents will be collected at

The educational centers involved are the Universities of Barcelona, Navarra, Alicante, Cantabria, Complutense de Madrid, Miguel Hernández, Basque Country, Granada, Malaga, León, Valencia, Seville, Santiago de Compostela, Zaragoza, Autónoma de Barcelona, Spanish Institute of Oceanography , Superior Center for Research in Public Health-FISABIO Foundation, Hospital Doce de Octubre-CNIO, National Center for Microbiology and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston (USA).

For more information, contact the course coordinator Ignacio López-Goñi ([email protected] <mailto: [email protected]> / @microbioblog).

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