K-State Global Campus' first free online course reaches students on six
|K-State Global Campus' first
massive open online course reached 2,100 people across the globe this
fall. (Photo: David Mayes)|
Last fall, Linda Yarrow, assistant professor of human nutrition, taught K-State
Global Campus' first massive open online course, or MOOC, to 2,100 people across
the globe. The course reached participants in North and South America, Europe,
Asia, Africa and Australia.
The MOOC, called Health and Wellness 101:
Everyday Small Changes, covered topics on living a healthy lifestyle, including
healthy meal planning and cooking, body image, physical activity, sleep habits,
lowering disease risk and stress management. Yarrow says health and wellness
issues appeal to a diverse global population.
"Everyone, at some point in
their life, becomes more concerned about their health," Yarrow said. "Sometimes
it's because they realize their needs change as they get older, and other times
they witness friends and family having health complications. We tried to make
the course very personal, though it's hard to do on such a large, international
On a national level, several employers across Kansas and the
United States encouraged their employees to complete the course or promoted it
to their clients.
"We had teachers from the Wichita school district whose
administration said the course counts toward personal development," Yarrow said.
"We had junior high and high school science teachers using it to teach a science
elective to students. We had wellness staff from corporations who were in charge
of promoting health and wellness at their organization, as well as extension
agents nationwide who took their clients through the program as a
The MOOC also increased awareness about Global Campus' academic
opportunities and reputation to a larger international audience. Providing
information for free, from a credible source, helps foster more global
"We had very positive comments about K-State," Yarrow said.
"Many students stated they loved getting information from such a reputable
source. One student even said she Googled the reputation of the university first
and was impressed so she signed up. K-State is well known within the United
States, so it was great to be able to promote the university worldwide."
Learn more about the course at http://global.k-state.edu/healthforyou