Whitman course offered as UI’s first MOOC

The University of Iowa is offering its first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) with a free online course on Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself.”

Every Atom: Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” is an interactive MOOC  developed by the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Every Atom will be taught by IWP director Christopher Merrill and preeminent Whitman scholar Ed Folsom.

A welcome video created by Folsom and Merrill introduces the concept and the topic: http://courses.writinguniversity.org/info/every-atom.

During the six-week course, Folsom and Merrill will break down “Song of Myself” in 12 video conversations. Folsom and Merrill will pose a question to participants at the end of each session and will critique answers and offer insights within the MOOC’s discussion forum. During a live breakout session held at the end of each week, the teaching assistants – each a Whitman specialist of a type – will recap discussion topics and answer popular questions.

The course will begin on Feb. 17 and runs through March 29. To register, please visit http://courses.writinguniversity.org/info/every-atom and select “SIGN UP.”
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