General chatter - Coursera (online diet and diabetes courses)

10-15-2013, 11:51 AM
I was just wondering if anyone has ever taken a free online course at I've signed up for the New Nordic Diet and I saw that there is one all about diabetes. Maybe a bit technical but interesting...and hopefully motivating!

(there are lots of interesting courses, but those were the two diet related ones I saw)

10-15-2013, 02:05 PM
I have taken some on Udacity, coursera and edX. Coursera offered a nutrition course this year, which was ok. I did not completely agree with all of it. But I love the concept of open online courses. I now wait until the ones I liked are all becoming certifiable. The quality is sometimes high and sometimes not so. These courses often are a remake of already existing ones. But since they are free, it is easy to drop in or out. I would do it.

10-15-2013, 03:06 PM
Yeah I take various courses on a variety of subject. I don't do any certifiable courses because it doesn't matter to me. I just applied for the Udacity Masters program though so that should be interesting if I get into the pilot group.

10-15-2013, 03:09 PM
Thanks for the reply Lolo. Now I'll have to check out those other sites you mentioned :)

I've never taken an online class before, so I'm curious how much 'work' (if any) it will be.

10-15-2013, 03:11 PM
Thanks Nelie too!

Any favourite courses that you've taken?

10-15-2013, 03:21 PM
Classes vary. But really it is all about what you put into it. One class I decided to drop had a lot of reading and a paper included. I just don't have much time. I've been taking Dino 101 through Coursera which isn't much work at all and an Ancient Greeks course that had a fair amount of reading but I mostly skimmed.

Some classes have minimal reading, multiple choice tests and/or homework while others may be more involved with more reading, perhaps peer reviewed assignments and what not. So really I'd say you get what you put into a course. Many people audit courses and others put in full effort. Nothing wrong with either approach.

10-15-2013, 09:53 PM
I have not enrolled in a MOOC yet, but i'm interested in 'hobby' classes like photography, geneology, nutrition, art, etc. Thank you for your reviews.