Educational Technology

October 21, 2013

Participate in a virtual disease epidemic in Moocdemic

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By Samit Sarkar, Polygon

The Penn State University professors behind a massive open online course (MOOC) on infectious-disease epidemics are running an online game, Moocdemic, that will allow players to see how a disease spreads across the globe. Moocdemic is tied to “Epidemics – the dynamics of infectious diseases,” a free, eight-week online course offered by Penn State. More than 27,000 students have registered for the sessions, according to Marcel Salathé, an infectious disease biologist at the university’s Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics and one of the instructors of the course. “We’re going to run a massive online epidemic here in parallel to this course with you, the participants — virtually, of course,” said Salathé.

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