“That’s Awesome!” — Child Nutrition and Cooking

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Great Examples from Online Courses 

What It’s About

Child Nutrition and Cooking from Stanford University has some awesome video content. The lessons are presented from a cozy kitchen setting by instructor Maya Adam, MD. Each video is a pleasingly short and well-produced video, ranging in topic from dietary considerations to cooking demonstrations to social interactions around food.

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Why It’s Awesome

The videos themselves are beautiful to watch and Maya is well-rehearsed and natural in front of the camera. Interactions with her child are included that support part of her goal to address the social nature of our relationship with food.

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Interleaved with the live recordings are artistic renditions of the topics being discussed in glowing writing on a solid black background. The writing and artwork is rendered as the video runs, drawing the viewer’s eye through the discussion. The choices for artwork are well aligned with the content, and do not feel like a distraction from the points being made in the narration.

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The editing involved during the videos is also excellent, incorporating the artwork and external video shots without every feeling choppy, incomplete, or rushed. External video feels customized to the topic. Each video has a clear focus and leaves the viewer feeling that they could act on the information provided. The entire course is a tidy 5 hours and looks great!

Justin Johnsen

Author: Justin Johnsen

Justin supervises CIT's Online Course Builders as they assist Duke faculty to develop massive open online courses (MOOCs). The team maintains a deep knowledge of the features of the implemented platforms and can also offer suggestions on how to use online tools to achieve teaching goals. Justin is the primary technical liaison for Duke with the Coursera company, and he keeps up to date on the latest platform features and issues to share with our CIT staff and Duke faculty. He has previously worked closely on 'Introduction to Genetics and Evolution', 'Introduction to Astronomy', 'Medical Neuroscience', '9/11 and Its Aftermath -- Part I', 'Marine Megafauna | An Introduction to Marine Science and Conservation', 'Understanding 9/11', and 'Tropical Parasitology' offered by Duke and Coursera.