Massive Open Online Courses: How Registered Dietitians Use MOOCs for Nutrition Education

      For several decades, learners have been able to take courses and get continuing education online; but in 2011, a new type of distance learning took off in the form of massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
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      These large-scale courses typically share some common features: open access using the Internet, free of charge, asynchronous, interactive user forums, and the opportunity to earn a document of completion or achievement.

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      Most MOOCs are offered through several existing web-based platforms or initiatives that have formed collaborative partnerships with top global universities to provide courses on a wide range of subjects. A typical MOOC includes videos, resources, assignments, and assessments offered within a defined time period with characteristics similar to traditional face-to-face classes. Coursera (, edX (, and Udacity ( are some of the more well-known platforms, although there are many other MOOC providers ( Some providers, such as Udacity, focus on technology-related topics, whereas others, such as Coursera and edX, offer a growing number of food-, nutrition-, and health-related MOOCs developed by a diverse group of academic institutions.
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