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Development of On-line Course Materials for NFS 425/525 Child Nutrition
Education and Behavioral Science
Janet M. Colson
Colson will be developing on-line materials for Child Nutrition (NFS 425/525), which is a required course for Nutrition and Food Science majors, as well as Early Childhood Education majors. This project will offer students a flexible approach to instruction; provide students current information in the rapidly changing science of nutrition; enhance student's computer skills; and incorporate an interactive setting in a distance education course. The first on-line course offering should be available in Spring 2001.
The proposal Development of Online Course Materials for Child Nutrition (NFS 425/525) was funded for the spring semester of 2000. Much was accomplished towards the goals of the proposal during spring 2000; however, because of an unforeseen need to change the required course textbook, the course was not completed until the end of fall semester 2000. The online course will be offered spring 2001. The work that was completed and the degree to which it was completed are summarized below by semester.
After attending the OIT workshop taught by Barbara Draude on use of the courseware CourseInfo, I developed online course materials using the textbook Child Nutrition by Margaret McWilliams. The course consisted of 10 lessons with the following materials included for each lesson:
- Course objectives with hyperlinks to current sites dealing with aspects of maternal-child nutrition and health.
- Assignments designed to be submitted online—some were computer graded and others required instructor grading and feedback.
- Computer graded study quizzes with feedback explaining correct answers.
In addition to the 10 lessons, the course included a list of web sites related to course materials and student discussion capabilities.
Summer semester 2000 <p>Students enrolled in the summer Child Nutrition correspondence class were given the opportunity to complete the course either by the traditional correspondence method or using the newly developed online format. About half chose to submit assignments online and all used the online study quizzes to help prepare for exams.
In late June, I was informed the Child Nutrition textbook was out of print and a revised edition would not be available until 2001. This made it necessary to select a new book to use for the fall lecture section of Child Nutrition and a new textbook for the online course scheduled for spring 2001.
Fall semester 2000
The new textbook Nutrition Throughout the Life Cycle by Bonnie S. Worthington-Roberts and Sue Rodwell Williams was organized differently than the old textbook and also covered different information. Since I was using the new textbook for the web-enhanced lecture section of Child Nutrition, I worked on new online materials as the fall semester progressed. The new course has 12 lessons instead of 10. Course materials completed are listed below:
- Power-point presentations to serve as "online lectures". (As I developed new presentations
for the lecture section, I modified them to an on-line format.)· Revised course objectives
to coincide with the new textbook. Objectives contain hyperlinks to current sites
dealing with aspects of maternal-child nutrition and health. · Revised assignments
designed to be submitted online—some will be computer graded and others will require
instructor grading and feedback.
- Computer graded study quizzes with feedback explaining correct answers (Actually,
the students enrolled in the lecture section used these to help prepare for tests.
The students provided very helpful feedback and constructive criticism to me. For
example, I had 30-35 questions per study quiz. Students preferred three quizzes with
10-12 questions each. They said it was more helpful and easier to use.)
Additionally, I have spent time browsing the web for other online nutrition courses and the formats used. A course at University of Vermont uses an online tutorial program in FrontPage. I feel it is much more "student- friendly" and a better learning tool than the online study quizzes I developed using CourseInfo courseware. I contacted OIT about the FrontPage tutorials; they wrote the Java Script and instructed me to use it. I would like to revise the online