The MOOC

I’m in week three of the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) I posted about recently. The course is titled “Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.” This is my first experience with a MOOC and so far I’m impressed and intrigued. I see enormous potential in this format. I only wish I had more time to spend on the discussion boards interacting with the other participants as the global nature of the course is powerful.

Did I mention that there are 25,000 students in the class? (That’s not a typo.) 25,000 active participants from all over the globe – Korea, Cameroon, USA, Venezuela, Ethiopia, India, Romania… it feels really amazing to be in class with such a global – and extremely large – community.

I’m thinking about food from refreshingly new perspectives. This week’s lectures focus on diabetes and the role of nutrition in its prevention and management. One of the assignments is to create a meal plan for someone with diabetes. Even though that’s part of my daily life, I suspect I’ll learn from this assignment.

Update: Here’s theĀ Diabetes Meal Plan I came up with. To me, this plan feels too high in carbohydrates and calories, but it is designed to fit within the assignment parameters.

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