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Johns Hopkins: Center for Teaching and Learning and Center for Gun Policy and Research Launch New Online Learning Experience on Firearm Purchaser Licensing

The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research and the Center for Teaching and Learning at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health are launching the University’s first-ever Teach-Out, a free and open online learning event on firearm purchaser licensing policies on January 20.

The four-week event, Firearm Purchaser Licensing: The Background Check Policy Not Enough People are Talking About, is led by Dr. Cassandra Crifasi, deputy director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research and assistant professor in the Bloomberg School’s department of health policy and management.

Learning materials include an overview of firearm licensing policies and evidence of effectiveness, materials on the social context of licensing, including public opinion polling and differences across geographic areas and groups. In addition to guest lecturers, Dr. Crifasi will lead a weekly interactive discussion forum with students and invite them to participate in call-to-action activities in their own communities.

The Teach-Out complements the Center for Gun Policy and Research’s MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), Reducing Gun Violence in America: Evidence for Change, offered on Coursera, the online learning platform. The new Teach-Out is shorter, as it focuses on one gun policy topic, and includes interactive discussion until the learning event ends on February 16. The Teach-Out also encourages participants to commit to some action or behavior change. The Teach-Out content will be archived on the Gun Center’s website.

Pre-enrollment is open. Enroll and learn more.

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