Massive Open Online Courses
University of Edinburgh scientists are organising and participating in a MOOC featuring topics in appetite and obesity
MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are a teaching innovation designed to reach learners in very large numbers. Their main charateristics are large-scale participation and open access. MOOCs were pioneered at Stanford University and Full4Health partner University of Edinburgh is one of only two European Universities now offering such courses. The five-week course is entitled Critical Thinking in Global Challenges and starts in January 2013.
The course already has >40,000 learners registered. It will feature issues surrounding the health risks of obesity and the concept of food addiction. These topics are used as a basis for discussion and exercises to improve the learner's critical thinking skills. The course is free and open to anyone with an internet-linked computer.