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University of McGill massive open online course: pioneering sport and exercise medicine education
  1. Steffan Griffin1,
  2. Ian Shrier2
  1. 1 College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2 Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Community, Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Steffan Griffin, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK; steffangriffin{at}

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In 2015, over 30 000 students from nearly 200 countries enrolled in the first massive open online course (MOOC) in sport and exercise medicine (SEM)—the body matters. With a relative deficiency of reputable SEM resources available to the public, and the historically high prevalence of SEM and sports science-related ‘myths’, this course was created to provide the public with a reliable source of information and exposure to experts in the field. Through the combination of a professor's vision and digital technology, this MOOC delivered the equivalent of 200 years of academic endeavours over 3 months. In addition, utilising social media1 and the linked BJSM blogs, the course demonstrated why MOOCs are considered a promising method of education.

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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