23andMe and Udacity today announced a new online course entitled “Tales from the Genome: Adventures in DNA, Identity, and Health,” a Massive Open Online Course (“MOOC”) directed at genetics. According to the website, students will learn about “fundamental principles of inheritance, gene expression, mutation and variation, development of simple and complex biological traits, human ancestry and evolution, and the acquisition of personal genetic information.” The class is labeled as being aimed at beginners.
Although not announced on the Udacity website, the course will be available beginning on September 30, 2013.
The “Tales from the Genome” class will be taught by Matthew Cook, Lauren Castellano, Joanna Mountain (of 23andMe), and Uta Francke (also of 23andMe). For more information, see the press release at Market Watch (“23andMe and Udacity Launch Introductory Human Genetics Course“).
MOOCs are rapidly becoming a way to supplement your knowledge or take that class that you wish you’d been able to take in college. They are typically condensed and not as detailed as a traditional university course, but allows thousands of students access to world-class professors and content. Other MOOC platforms include Coursera and edX.
Are you planning to take the course? Have you taken a MOOC before?