Grammar and Syntax Make Their MOOC Debut in Course Taught by Stanford Scientist

McKiernan, Gerard [LIB] gerrymck at IASTATE.EDU
Thu Oct 11 18:28:13 EDT 2012

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MOOCs > Not Just For Sci-Tech , But Also For SciTech Writing ...


Grammar and syntax make their MOOC debut in course taught by Stanford scientist

Stanford medical faculty member Kristin Sainani launches an online science-writing class.

Kristin Sainani is teaching her 'Writing in the Sciences' course online for the first time this fall.

Here's a really bad sentence: "This paper provides a review of the basic tenets of cancer biology study design, using as examples studies that illustrate the methodologic challenges or that demonstrate successful solutions to the difficulties inherent in biological research."

Kristin Sainani – epidemiologist, statistician and writer – teaches scientists not to write like that. She does it in a classroom at Stanford's School of Medicine, and, since late September, she does it online, reaching thousands of scientists and would-be scientists who find cell structure way easier to master than sentence structure.


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Gerry McKiernan
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