Friday, February 28, 2014

SuperMOOC 2!

"Are you a life long learner? Do you like comic books? Do you think it would be interesting to discuss social issues using comic books as a lens? Are you an educator looking for different methods to present your material? If so, this course is for you!"

Christine Blanch, a doctoral student in Educational Studies at Ball State and comic writer for Thrillbent, has organized a massive open online course (MOOC) titled "Social Issues Through Comics."  This is her second comic book-themed MOOC, the first being "Gender through Comic Books."

The five-lesson series includes discussions of addiction, the environment, and social inequality.  I don't see anything that is explicitly about LGBTQ-folk on the list of comics to be covered, but the team behind the course includes a few queer and/or queer-adjacent people, so I remain hopeful. The guest interview list is impressive, featuring Denny O'Neil, Matt Fraction, Greg Rucka, and many more awesome people.

The course runs from March 10 to August 10 and meets once a month.  You have to buy all of your own comics, which is going to be pretty hefty chunk of change, so I recommend signing up with friends and swapping around.  On the bright side, the course itself is free, and you can always take it just for the discussions and interviews.

Sign up now over at the Canvas Network!


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