MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.
While the basic information of the course as it pertains to nutrients may be correct, the inflammatory "Is obesity a disease"-discussion is both out of place (Since the resulting bodyshape is only marginally relevant to the topic of Nutrition and Wellbeing) and will alienate any obese people who might wish to take the
While the basic information of the course as it pertains to nutrients may be correct, the inflammatory "Is obesity a disease"-discussion is both out of place (Since the resulting bodyshape is only marginally relevant to the topic of Nutrition and Wellbeing) and will alienate any obese people who might wish to take the course, who get to read nasty comments like "No it's all just a matter of self-discipline and lifestyle" despite plenty of substantiated scientific research indicating a predisposition, which has been derided by the very educators as something that "some biologists argued" as if there wasn't plenty of evidence both anecdotal and statistical that there is a clear disposition for obesity and that being fat and fit is in no way mutually exclusive (which I say as a conventionally thin woman, who was very impressed at Akira Armstrong's latest business venture).
Not to mention that the entire talk around the matter would probably be highly triggering to any eating disorder survivors who might have come to the course for scientific information on nutrition to help them in their recovery.
Asking such a question of the laymen who take the course is entirely inappropriate anyway:
Asking an ABSTRACT question about which biology and medicine are not in agreement of the laymen who take courses and are woefully underqualified to give a nuanced response may have educational value, but not if it's inviting often scathing judgement about real people living very real lives.
Had the course perhaps warned that intense topics would be discussed and that eating disorder survivors and obese people might wish to skip certain steps for their own mental health, I might have even been able to respect the inclusion even if I feel it is woefully out of place, because it is a topic that comes up in popular culture, but as the course info invites "everyone who is interested in food and health", which would obviously include both abovementioned groups , I must find myself disgusted.
Robert Draper is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Straightforward basic class in nutrition and some of the ideas surrounding nutrition such as food addiction, sustainability and epigenetics. Well presented and clearly written, in Futurelearn's familiar bite-sized topic chunks with a good discussion going on in parallel. Well worth a look if you are new to the subject.