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article image'Walking Dead' online course to be offered for free

By Andrew Ellis     Sep 4, 2013 in Entertainment
The infection that is The Walking Dead has finally made its way into our education system. Don't worry, it won't end with one of Daryl's arrows going through your way-too-expensive books.
According to multiple sources, including USA Today, AMC has partnered with Instructure, an educational technology company, and the University of California, Irvine, to offer a massive open online course (MOOC) that will involve case studies from the hit TV drama.
The course is called Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC's The Walking Dead and will begin Monday October 14th, which is the day after the premiere of the new season. According to Forbes, the course will run for eight weeks, and will be taught by UC Irvine professors of physics, public health, and social sciences.
If you're wondering if you can satisfy one of your curriculum requirements by taking this course, then unfortunately, it's just for fun.
In talking about the course to WIRED, Melissa Loble, UC Irvine's dean of distance learning, said, “The chance to reach out to an audience who we may not have been able to touch or speak to [before] is very exciting.”
She went on to add that it'd be a win for them if the class inspired people who don't usually like subjects such as math to suddenly like that subject.
In the same WIRED article, it says that the weekly classes will consist of lectures, discussions with experts in each discipline, members of the show's cast, and, like most other college courses, tests. Each Monday, the course will focus on one of the four subjects (physics, social sciences, math, and health sciences). A second will be talked about more of a secondary role. Lobel said that the hope is that with this approach there will be something every week for everyone.
So now if you're ever watching the show, and feel like you should be doing something more productive, just sign up here, and you will be.
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