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Learning is not compulsory … neither is survival.” —W. Edwards Deming

Canvas Network is at it again. And by “it,” we mean consorting with creatures of the night, TV executives, and some fearless professors to combine horror with open, online learning.

The Strain

This time, we’ve teamed up with FX and the University of California, Irvine, to bring you a brand-new edutainment course, “Fight or Die: The Science Behind FX’s 'The Strain.'” Based originally on the New York Times best-selling novels “The Strain Trilogy” by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, the FX original series “The Strain” was created by del Toro and Carlton Cuse; this MOOC begins in June and will address academic topics inspired by the showfrom parasitic invasions to disease dynamics to cyber-attacks.

What we proved with “The Walking Dead” course, our very first edutainment course offered in 2013, was that edutainment attracts people who might not otherwise consider online learning. We heard from participants who found the experience so encouraging that it convinced them to go back to school and earn a degree. If we can achieve outcomes like that through non-traditional courses based on the activities of TV zombies and vampires, then we’ll keep exploring edutainment.

We’re taking what we’ve learned from our past experiences to make “Fight or Die: The Science Behind FX’s 'The Strain'” the best edutainment course we’ve offered yet. For example, we’re offering several learning pathways for participants who have different needs and interests - so whether you want to learn about cyber attacks, dive into disease modeling, or just watch all your favorite Strain clips over and over again, you’ll find something to meet your needs in this course.

We are also offering several exciting, engaging new learning tools in this course, thanks to some of our Canvas Certified Partners. These tools include Zaption, which allows participants to take quizzes or join discussions while they watch videos;  Piazza for more engaging, easier to manage discussions; and Qualtrics to collect feedback and data about the learning experience.

So, whether you’re a fan of “The Strain,” a biological and cyber threats enthusiast, an actual vampire, or you’re just curious about edutainment, visit Canvas Network to enroll in Fight or Die: The Science Behind “The Strain”. Check back here for course updates and stalk us by following the hashtag, #TheStrainMOOC.

Keep Learning,
Katie Bradford 
Canvas Network Instructional Designer

 

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