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Friday, February 24, 2017

“The Science and Politics of the GMO” Free Online Cornell Course Launches March 1, 2017

Written by: Sarah Davidson Evanega, PhD 
Subject: FREE online Cornell course on GMOs launches March 1

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On Wednesday, March 1, we will re-launch “The Science and Politics of the GMO” our Cornell- EdEx Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).   Please join us!

This is a five week online Cornell course free to anyone, anywhere with an internet connection. 

Enrollment for the course is now open, and instruction begins March 1st.  The course is self paced and learners can log on at any time that is convenient for them to go through the material.  Each week we will host approximately one optional live session through an online platform called ShinDig. New content is released each week on Wednesday, but learners can take more than a week to move through the content.  The course assumes only a high school biology background.  It is very accessible.

Studying the science of GMOs helps us to understand biotechnology’s potential role in addressing eminent challenges in agriculture. In this free, 5-week introductory course, students will learn the basics of genetic engineering, explore the political debate around the GMO, and review the arguments for and against the technology’s use. We will study the politics surrounding the GMO and its impact at both an individual level and on society as a whole, including problems, perceptions, benefits, and risks associated with GMOs. 

To learn more about the course, the instructors, and to enroll, visit:

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Our goal is that this MOOC will impact people’s understanding of science, what it can and can’t do, and how information is transmitted. The intent is not to influence how people feel about GMOs, but to provide the critical thinking and scientific literacy tools necessary to make informed decisions—and to understand the broader impacts of those decisions. 

We first ran this course in September 2016.  In that inaugural run we engaged  6000 learners from 44 countries.  75% of the course participants were under the age of 40. We hope to build on that first success as we relaunch the course next week.

Please help us get the word out about this free course. Please forward this message to your curious neighbors, your aunties, your colleagues, your local grocer, your foodie friends and more!

All the best,
Thanks Sarah!

Blayne Reed

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