Keeping up with technology is more important than ever, and programs like these allow experts to share their skills with people of all ages allover the world, Cohen said.
"Technology is accelerating at a faster and faster rate, but the faster we develop things, the quicker it is to fall behind and the harder it is to catch up. Media literacy is a woefully understudied topic in most curricula," she said. "With this, it doesn't matter what your level of comfort is. We start with the assumption that everyone is new, and you can jump in at anytime. All you need is an Internet connection.
"We're covering very hot topics, even if you don't immediately recognize the application to your own life."
Those topics include Cohen's lesson, starting Feb. 25, on understanding and conquering technology overload.
"Multitasking gets a lot of bad press, but on some level, we've evolved to do just that. We just need to be more aware of our limitations and conscious of what we're doing," she said. "I realized a long time ago that having Twitter and Facebook open at my desk may not be the most conducive thing. What we're doing is studying the cognitive mechanisms responsible for how much we can handle."
Anyone interested in participating can register at WVUCommMOOC.org.
Reach Mackenzie Mays at mackenzie.m...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4814.