Twitter as a Tool for Teaching and Communicating Microbiology: The #microMOOCSEM Initiative

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Título: Twitter as a Tool for Teaching and Communicating Microbiology: The #microMOOCSEM Initiative
Autor/es: López-Goñi, Ignacio | Martínez-Viñas, María José | Anton, Josefa | Cid, Víctor J. | Martín González, Ana | Brown-Jaque, Maryury | García-Lobo, Juan M. | Sánchez, Manuel | Vilchez, Juan Ignacio | Robledo-Mahón, Tatiana | Seder-Colomina, Marina | Tapia-Paniagua, Silvana Teresa | Hernández de Rojas, Alma | Mira, Alejandro | Gallego-Parrilla, José Jesús | López Díaz, Teresa María | Maicas i Prieto, Sergi | Villalobo, Eduardo | Quindós, Guillermo | Balboa, Sabela | Romalde, Jesús L. | Aguilar-Pérez, Clara | Tomás, Anna | Linares, María | Zaragoza, Óscar | Gil-Serna, Jéssica | Ferrer-Espada, Raquel | Camacho, Ana I. | Vinué, Laura | García-Lara, Jorge
Grupo/s de investigación o GITE: Ecología Microbiana Molecular
Centro, Departamento o Servicio: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Fisiología, Genética y Microbiología
Palabras clave: Microbiology | Teaching | Social networks | Twitter | MOOC
Área/s de conocimiento: Microbiología
Fecha de publicación: dic-2016
Editor: American Society for Microbiology
Cita bibliográfica: Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education. 2016, 17(3): 492-494. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v17i3.1200
Resumen: Online social networks are increasingly used by the population on a daily basis. They are considered a powerful tool for science communication and their potential as educational tools is emerging. However, their usefulness in academic practice is still a matter of debate. Here, we present the results of our pioneering experience teaching a full Basic Microbiology course via Twitter (#microMOOCSEM), consisting of 28 lessons of 40-45 minutes duration each, at a tweet per minute rate during 10 weeks. Lessons were prepared by 30 different lecturers, covering most basic areas in Microbiology and some monographic topics of general interest (malaria, HIV, tuberculosis, etc.). Data analysis on the impact and acceptance of the course were largely affirmative, promoting a 330% enhancement in the followers and a >350-fold increase of the number of visits per month to the Twitter account of the host institution, the Spanish Society for Microbiology. Almost one third of the course followers were located overseas. Our study indicates that Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC) via Twitter are highly dynamic, interactive, and accessible to great audiences, providing a valuable tool for social learning and communicating science. This strategy attracts the interest of students towards particular topics in the field, efficiently complementing customary academic activities, especially in multidisciplinary areas like Microbiology.
ISSN: 1935-7877 (Print) | 1935-7885 (Online)
DOI: 10.1128/jmbe.v17i3.1200
Idioma: eng
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Derechos: ©2016 Author(s). Published by the American Society for Microbiology. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license ( and, which grants the public the nonexclusive right to copy, distribute, or display the published work.
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