Category archives: Education

The #microMOOCSEM initiative: Twitter as a tool for teaching and communicating science

The #microMOOCSEM initiative: Twitter as a tool for teaching and communicating science

EducationMicrobiology

By Ignacio López-Goñi

An innovative group of 30 international education professionals taught the first online microbiology course using Twitter, #microMOOCSEM, complete with lectures, videos, news, and more, with some classes reaching over 260,000 impressions and 3,700 retweets. Currently, most students are users of social networks like YouTube, Facebook or Twitter and have incorporated them, often unconsciously as powerful […]

Draw a Scientist!

Draw a Scientist!

EducationSociology

By José Ramón Alonso

Researchers do not know what influences have the stereotypical images of scientists, if any, on children’s perception of science. The most common technique for assessing children’s perceptions of scientists is the Draw-a-Scientist Test (DAST). David Wade Chambers firstly proposed it in 1983, and its main aim was to identify at what age the stereotypic image […]