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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.
MOOCs—novelty without substance or here to stay?