CHS Faculty: Interdisciplinary module [Nutrition 211] – interactive blended environment

Lecturer Catherine Pereira has created a blended learning environment on the iKamva platform (Nutrition 211 Module).  According to the online environment, the module “provides the basic and core knowledge base for the BSc Dietetic majors (Therapeutic Nutrition, Community Nutrition and Food Service Management) as well as for the Nutritional Medicine course for the BSc Complementary Medicine degree”.

The online environment supports traditional teaching and learning methods, providing students with additional opportunities to engage with course content.

Overview of modules guides students

The module Overview (landing page when students log in to the site), provides students with a description of the module and its key areas. Students are also provided with the lecturers contact details and office location.

Poll eTool enables needs analysis

In addition, the lecturer made use of the Poll eTool, at the beginning of the year, in order to find out which lecture times would best suit students. This eTool is also able to create graphs in order to visually illustrate results.

Discussion topic encourages ‘the student voice’

The Discussion Forum eTool was used to create a formative assessment task. Clear instructions relating to the discussion topic was provided by the lecturer, as well as additional readings in order to assist students in formulating their response. Students were required to engage in the discussion forum by posting their opinions of “the pros and cons of high protein diets”. This task took place during class time, and students were also allowed to comment on and critique on of their peers’ responses.

Structured and scaffolded environment

Additionally, the lecturer made use of Course Resources, which was structured into several folders relating to the various topics and concepts explored in the module. These included CarbohydratesEnergy, Micronutrients, and Protein, among others. These folders included relevant readings, journal articles, exercises and tutorials, as well PowerPoint presentations used in lectures, allowing learners to extend their learning experience beyond the classroom.

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