Online Class: Cryptozoology 101

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Course Description

The field of cryptozoology is considered a true science by some and by others it ranks somewhere in between UFOlogy and paranormal research. Our goal with this course is to provide students with the most accurate and factual information available, presenting it in an unbiased format so that students can decide for themselves if each cryptid (a creature of cryptozoology) is real, a myth, a hoax or a misidentified animal. 

The course begins by introducing students to cryptozoology and examining the true definition of this interesting field of research. While many who are unfamiliar with the field may dismiss it as "ridiculous", there is a scientific basis for its merit, including the discovery and capture of animals that were once thought only to be of myth and legend, like the platypus, for instance.

Section two of the course focuses on the most popular cryptid of all time: Bigfoot. This huge, hair-covered creature has mystified mankind for centuries. Students will be able to read intriguing stories of sightings, see still photographs of evidence and read what experts have to say about Bigfoot's identity.

The third part of this course focuses on other famous cryptids, including the Loch Ness Monster, Chupacabras, Mokele-Mbembe or "living dinosaurs", and Thunderbird. Each has its own cult-like following of believers intent on proving that their beloved creature does indeed exist.

The last part of the course deals with cryptids that are specific to one area but whose stories have been sensationalized all across the nation. Whether it's the catchy name, like "Dover Demon" or the twilight zone-like stories, these cryptids are known worldwide and most locals are proud to live in their made-famous-by-a-cryptid town.
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    Course Lessons

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    Lesson 1: What is Cryptozoology?

    In this section, you will learn about cryptozoology, cryptids and the basis for their study. This will include learning about some of the many zoologically-recognized animals that were once cryptids. 11 Total Points
    • Lesson 1 Video
    • Take Poll: Cryptozoology as Science
    • Take Survey: Reasons for Taking this Course
    • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
    • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

    Lesson 2: The Foundations of Cryptozoology

    Given past findings, cryptozoologists believe that the search for cryptids is not only meaningful, but is one of the most fruitful paths toward zoological discovery. 20 Total Points
    • Lesson 2 Video
    • Take Poll: Cryptozoology as Science
    • Complete Assignment: Lesson 2: Scientific Proof of Cryptozoology
    • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

    Lesson 3: Famous Cryptozoologists

    Here is a condensed list of some of most highly-regarded and dedicated researchers in cryptozoology. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 3 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

    Lesson 4: Existing Species That Were Once Cryptids

    Here is a list of animals now classified in zoology that were once thought to be just myths and legends. 15 Total Points
    • Lesson 4 Video
    • Complete Assignment: Lesson 4: Extinct Animals that are not Extinct
    • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

    Lesson 5: Living Species Previously Thought to be Extinct

    Here is a partial list of animals that prove that there may indeed be many more animals waiting to be brought out of "extinction". 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 5 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

    Lesson 6: What Keeps Unnamed Species Hidden?

    Many species may go unnoticed due to their environment and their biological makeup. 20 Total Points
    • Lesson 6 Video
    • Take Poll: Are they real animals?
    • Complete Assignment: Lesson 6: Hidden Species
    • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

    Lesson 7: Understanding Bigfoot

    In this section, you will learn about the origin of Bigfoot and hear the stories that began the sensationalism that surrounds this creature today. The amount of sightings and evidence is massive, however, for this course we chose to focus on the informati 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 7 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

    Lesson 8: Bigfoot Evidence

    While no researcher has produced any skeletal remains of Bigfoot, there has been an incredible amount of evidence collected that points to the existence of Bigfoot. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 8 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

    Lesson 9: Sightings: Tales or Truths?

    The following lesson is a list of the most famous of Bigfoot sightings. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 9 Video
    • Take Poll: Sightings: Hoax or Real
    • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

    Lesson 10: Loch Ness Monster and Other Sea Serpents

    This section focuses on some of the most interesting, and equally mysterious, cryptids. For each creature, you'll find information on its origin, as well as theories, sightings and evidence to help prove or disprove its existence. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 10 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

    Lesson 11: Chupacabras

    This lesson discusses blood-sucking creatures and the notorious Chupacabra. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 11 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

    Lesson 12: Mokele-Mbembe

    While these creatures are thought to spend most of their time underwater, they have been reportedly seen lifting their heads and necks up, crossing swamps and even tramping through the rainforests. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 12 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

    Lesson 13: Thunderbird

    While there have been sightings of huge birds in various countries throughout the world, Thunderbirds are native to the United States. 9 Total Points
    • Lesson 13 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam

    Lesson 14: Mothman

    While it seems almost every region across the world has its own "local legend", this section focuses on those that have the biggest following and who have received the most amount of media attention. One thing is for sure, each makes for an interesting re 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 14 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 14 Exam

    Lesson 15: Jersey Devil

    The Jersey Devil is most often described as having the head of a horse, a long neck, skinny legs with hooves, and large bat-like wings. 20 Total Points
    • Lesson 15 Video
    • Complete Assignment: Lesson 15: Jersey Devil: Hoax or Real
    • Complete: Lesson 15 Exam

    Lesson 16: Dover Demon

    Three teenagers in Dover, Massachusetts claimed to each have a separate encounter with a creature that would later be dubbed the Dover Demon. 10 Total Points
    • Lesson 16 Video
    • Complete: Lesson 16 Exam

    Lesson 17: Cryptozoology Websites

    Additional Resources: Websites 79 Total Points
    • Lesson 17 Video
    • Take Poll: End of Course Poll
    • Take Survey: Course Comments
    • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
    • Complete: Final Exam
    Total Course Points

    Learning Outcomes

    By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
    • Define cryptozoology.
    • Summarize the origins of cryptozoology.
    • Summarize the famous cryptozoologists.
    • Summarize the existing species that were once cryptids.
    • Summarize which species were previously thought to be extinct.
    • Summarize what keeps unnamed species hidden.
    • Describe what bigfoot is and compare and contract various evidence of its existence.
    • Summarize the history of sightings and evidence of the Loch Ness Monster.
    • Summarize the history of sightings and evidence of the Chupacabra, Mokele-Mbembe, Thunderbird, Mothman, Jersey Devil, and Dover Demon, and
    • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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    Course Title: Cryptozoology 101
    Course Number: 8900099
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    Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (2,623 votes)
    Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
    Course Type: Hobby/Enthusiast (Self-Paced, Online Class)
    Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
    Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
    Instructor: John Chouinard
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