In their recent editorial "Doing more for Kate"(16 Dec., 2005, p. 1741), T. Cech and D. Kennedy describe the need to revitalize science education. They wrote, "[We need to] teach better with less struggle." In an effort to empower higher education teachers, we built a Global Health Network Supercourse library of 2500 PowerPoint lectures on public health and prevention (1). The Supercourse, funded by the National Institutes of Health, has a network of more than 32,000 volunteer scientists from 151 countries.
The realization of the Supercourse is evidence that scientists in one field can network together to share their best lectures. Judging by the many thousands of teachers and students we are drawing to our Web site, we have been highly successful in improving training, research, and collaboration in the field of public health and prevention.
The first step to expanding the system to all of science is to build a collection of the best lectures from the top scientists, such as Nobel Prize winners and members of the U.S. Institute of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences of the United States. The ultimate expansion will be to all scientists worldwide, with a faculty of a million and 300,000 lectures available to all. If we could achieve this goal, we would reduce the time it takes for scientific information to reach the classroom from 7 years to 7 minutes. At the same time, we could improve science training for millions, which is especially needed in developing countries. A Supercourse of Science would provide a new, more efficient means of teaching.