Global Campus offers its first massive open online course: Health and
Wellness 101K-State Communications
|The first cycle of K-State
Global Campus' free online course is taught Oct. 6 to Nov. 15, with
content remaining open to students until Dec. 12. Click the image above to
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Kansas State University Global Campus is launching its first
massive open online course, or MOOC, titled Health and Wellness 101: Everyday
Small Changes. This free online course teaches the small, realistic changes that
can be made in daily lives to improve health, physical fitness and overall
well-being. The first cycle of the course is taught Oct. 6 to Nov. 15, with
content remaining open to students until Dec. 12.
The popularity of
massive open online courses, which allow access to online courses without the
tuition, has been growing steadily.
"MOOCs can reach people anywhere
around the world in an efficient and asynchronous manner, making them ideal for
outreach education in ways the traditional classroom can't achieve," said Linda
Yarrow, assistant professor of human nutrition at Kansas State
When Diana Wilson, a registered dietitian and K-State alumna,
expressed interest in offering a massive open online course, she and Yarrow
started investigating how to make it happen. Yarrow led the development team for
the course and will teach its first cycle this fall. As an experienced
instructor of online classes through K-State Global Campus, she always looks for
new and entertaining ways to educate people.
"K-State does not currently
have a MOOC, so this is a new concept for many people," Yarrow said. "K-State
Global Campus got excited about the idea of exploring new ways to educate and
supported us in the startup."
Health and Wellness 101 includes six
modules containing fun, engaging activities, including videos and interactive
games. It also uses message boards for student communication and weekly
real-time chats with a registered dietitian to discuss how students can apply
what they are learning to their own lives. Topics include meal planning, healthy
cooking, body image, physical activity, substance abuse, stress management and
other helpful information for living a healthy lifestyle.
Yarrow says the
massive open online course process encourages instructors to be creative and
innovative in their educational offerings and presents the opportunity to make a
positive difference on a global scale.
"Developing a Health and Wellness
MOOC with the potential of improving lives and health outcomes for all
individuals clearly meets the mission of both K-State and the university's human
nutrition department: To discover, disseminate and apply knowledge to promote
improved food choices, nutritional status and well-being of people," Yarrow
said. "We are very excited about the future possibilities and the opportunity to
continue to promote K-State in a unique way via MOOCs."
To find out more
about this course or to register, visit http://global.k-state.edu/health4you