A third Institut Pasteur MOOC (massive online open course), entitled "From neuron to behavior", will be available to the public from May 16 and the registration opened today via the "France Université Numérique" (FUN) platform. This MOOC will cover cutting-edge topics in neuroscience research: evolution, development, plasticity and pathologies of the nervous system.
The final sessions of this MOOC will also raise the fascinating issue of the interaction between the microbiota and the brain, a rapidly expanding research topic at the Institut Pasteur. Led by Pierre-Marie Lledo, Director of the Neuroscience Department at the Institut Pasteur, this MOOC will feature no fewer than 26 speakers. Registration for the new MOOC will open on February 16, 2016.
It is hoped that this third Institut Pasteur online course will emulate the success of the first two MOOCs, one on concepts and methods in epidemiology and the other on vaccinology, both of which attracted more than three thousand learners for each session. The Vaccinology MOOC of the Institut Pasteur has been followed by a large public, although aimed at learners with a scientific or medical training and not at the general public. The fact that it was hosted on a French platform did not prevent it from gathering a large audience, from 116 countries. The large proportion of learners from outside France (almost ¾) for this MOOC proves FUN’s ability to welcome a very diverse community of learners.
Three additional MOOCs are planned for 2016 as part of efforts to consolidate and diversify the Institut Pasteur's role among the education community. FUN is progressively becoming a major actor in the world of MOOC by proposing online courses both in French and English. The Institut Pasteur is aiming to maximize the possibilities offered by online teaching and further increase its range of MOOCs, in close partnership with the Institut Pasteur International Network.
Mis à jour le 17/02/2016