On several occasions over the past few years, I’ve put my prior experience as an English teacher and tutor to work, developing basic online course content for clients using learning management tools such as Moodle and LearnDash. This teaching and online course development experience, paired with two years of taking online courses through a community college, has helped shape my opinions concerning online learning. But what of these massive open online courses (MOOCs) that have been gaining in popularity? How do they compare to taking a formal online course through a university of community college? What platforms do they use, and how is the material presented? I decided to give edX a try for my first MOOC experience.
"Cannabis ... is an iconic yet controversial crop," begin Dufresnes et al. in this 2017 paper published in PLOS ONE. They reveal that in actuality, due to regulations and limitations on supply, we haven't performed the same level of genetic testing on the crop in the same way we have others. Turning to next-generation sequencing (NGS) and genotyping, we can empower the field of Cannabis forensics and other research tracks to make new discoveries. The researchers discuss their genetic database and how it was derived, ultimately concluding that databases like theirs and the "joint efforts between Cannabis genetics experts worldwide would allow unprecedented opportunities to extend forensic advances and promote the development of the industrial and therapeutic potential of this emblematic species. "