Dino 101 U of AThe University of Alberta recently launched an online course designed to answer all your (or your children’s or student’s) burning questions about Dinosaurs, the fascinating animals that once walked the earth many years ago. Dino 101 offers the opportunity to learn from one of the world’s foremost dinosaur experts, Philip Currie, who founded the Tyrell Museum for Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta, and registration is now open. The course requirements? An internet connection and a sense of adventure. Developed in partnership with Coursera, an online education hub that hosts students from around the world, the course also has a free version.

Students will learn about how dinosaurs lived, what they ate and how they fought, as well as their origins and extinction.

The course includes lessons delivered from museums, fossil preparation labs and dig sites. Interactive elements include a 3D fossil file of real scanned dino bones and a history of time tool to explore exactly when the species roamed the earth. The course capitalizes on the rich collection of paleontological resources in Alberta, says the university.

“We’re excited to be partnering with the University of Alberta to offer a course that will ignite imaginations and engage people of all ages to learn about a subject as fascinating as dinosaurs,” said Coursera co-founder Daphne Koller.

“Dino 101 will be engaging for individuals, families and community members to share in the learning experience of the scientific method through the inspirational world of dinosaurs,” said Schaeffer. “It will also help highlight the best of Alberta’s rich dinosaur assets.”

See more about and register for Dino 101 at http://uofa.ualberta.ca/dino101.