Syracuse University is taking a step into time and space by offering a Doctor Who class next semester. The director of the online masters in communications program at the college, Anthony Rotolo, is making the Who study available as an independent study class. That means it doesn’t exactly count as credit, but students can petition to make their education about the Doctor count towards their degree. It’s described thusly:
#WhoClass will feature a series of entertaining and informative lectures from Professor Rotolo spanning the whole of Who history. Rotolo’s unique teaching style involves the use of real-time Twitter and interactive polling during lecture as well as live screenings of media content. Those attending the live class sessions on the Syracuse University campus will need to keep their smartphones and sonic screwdrivers at the ready.
Those who cannot attend the live version of the course are invited to join #WhoClass in our MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). By joining us online, you will get all the same content as the students on campus, and you will be part of the same discussions and online community, too! No matter where you are in the Universe, you can be a part of #WhoClass.
The course will feature screenings of classic and recent Doctor Who episodes presented in the live class with interactive discussion. Online students will screen content at home. We will also view and discuss rare clips and lost stories, sample Who foods (would you like a Jelly Baby?), give away prizes in our trivia games and a lot more. #WhoClass is a whole new way to learn about and experience Doctor Who, whether you are a longtime “Whovian” or you’re looking for a crash course on The Doctor and his travels in time.
You can register for the class and read much more about what it entails on Rotolo’s website.