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I'm in week three of "Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention," the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) I posted about recently. This is my first experience with a MOOC and so far I'm impressed and intrigued. I see enormous potential in the format. I only wish I had more time to spend on the discussion boards interacting with the other very many other people in the class.

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 an extremely large, global community.

As a result, I'm thinking about food from refreshingly new perspectives. For example, the focus of this week's lectures is the role of nutrition in diabetes management and prevention. One of the assignments is to create a meal plan for someone with diabetes. OK, that part is not refreshing since it's something I do everyday. But once we completed the class... [Update: Here's the Diabetes Meal Plan I designed according to the assignment parameters.]

I signed up for my first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course): Nutrition for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention through Coursera.

The class starts in 10 days and I can't wait. While I have worked and taught in the online space before, this will be my first experience inside a MOOC. I'm excited by the newness of it and hope the course will be engaging, challenging and filled with diverse and curious learners.
I'll let you know.