• Introducing the Food Fraud Initiative and MOOC

    by John Spink • February 20, 2013 • Blog, MOOC • 5 Comments

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWelcome to the Food Fraud Initiative! We are using this blog as a tool to share with you the frequent updates and developments in the world of Food Fraud. In addition, your comments can add value to the discussion and help set the direction for new topics and research.

    Our mission is to leverage Michigan State University’s broad leadership position to protect the global and domestic food supply from Food Fraud vulnerability. We are a collaboration point for a wide range of stakeholders including industry, domestic and international agencies, associations, and other academics. Aligned with the Land Grant mission of MSU, we apply research, education, and outreach from theory to practical application with those stakeholders. The research forms the base for the development of new educational programs, which is applied to evolving outreach engagements. Feedback from those outreach engagements provides insight and direction for our research.

    Our education programs dovetail with our outreach engagements. We have expanded from our graduate course in Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection and the Graduate Certificate in Food Fraud Prevention to provide a free and more accessible open, online course – the May 6–24, 2013 Food Fraud Overview MOOC.

    What’s a MOOC?

    A MOOC is a massive open online course, a hot new development in open learning. MOOCs invite large-scale participation and are free to anyone in the world via the web. The aim of universities offering these courses is to expand their reach beyond just the classroom to potentially millions of new students.

    The Food Fraud Overview MOOC is provided by MSU free to all interested parties across the supply chain and across the globe. The Overview MOOC is a two-session, 2-hour webinar accompanied by assessment quizzes. Students who successfully complete the assessments will receive an MSU Food Fraud Overview MOOC Credential.

    As more people become aware of the concept and the vulnerabilities of Food Fraud, they will also become more effective at not only intervention and response but also at prevention – the more participants in the MOOC, the safer our global food supply chain can be. The MOOC doesn’t just define the problem, it also focuses on prevention. This MOOC is positioned as a bridge between general webinars and more intensive programs such as the graduate course, graduate certificate, or even a Food Fraud focus in a Master’s degree. Please click here to Register Now.

    Please join us in creating a public forum and expanding awareness of the Food Fraud vulnerability. By participating in the MOOC you demonstrate that this concept is vital to your organization. By forwarding this information to your colleagues around the world you help build harmonization of terms and the prevention focus. By engaging us as a research partner you will help advance the discipline of Food Fraud. JWS.

    5 Responses to Introducing the Food Fraud Initiative and MOOC

    1. Hyeonho Park. ISO TC247 WG2 convener
      March 28, 2013 at 8:25 am

      Hi. Dr. John Spink. Congratulations on your successful launching of this Mooc.
      Hope for your prosperity and i will try to assist you in any way.

    2. May 9, 2013 at 2:00 pm

      Terrific initiative Dr Spink. I confess, that I didn’t know what a MOOC was, but now I do. Besides the recent horse meat represented as beef scandal several months ago, what are some other recent examples the past 12 months? Will I learn about the dangers of food fraud?

    3. May 30, 2013 at 11:29 am

      Dear Dr. Spink,
      Thank you for the great idea of presenting your research and giving free knowledge to the food community. Sorry, I missed your MOOC. Will there be a recorded web presentation that can be logged on to? Thant woud be great! Keep uop the good research & training.
      Regards,

    4. John Spink
      June 3, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      Thanks for the comments. This MOOC is now closed, but we are scheduling the next Food Fraud MOOC for the fall. Check back on this website or sign up for blog updates to keep informed on the next dates. JWS

    5. John Spink
      June 3, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Thanks for the comments. This MOOC is closed but we will be holding another Food Fraud MOOC this fall. Please check back on our website or sign up for blog updates to find out future event dates. JWS

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