A MOOC (“moo-ck”) 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 application of the general concept is being defined as we speak.
There have been articles in the Chronicles of Higher Education, New York Times Sunday Edition, Wall Street Journal and others. There is a major push by Universities to expand all aspects of teaching to open and online distribution… whether traditional classroom lecture based courses, online graduate classes, or non-credit outreach programs. The Food Fraud Overview MOOC is one of those outreach programs that will be a two-week program with readings, a 2-hour lecture, and then a weekly assessment quiz. This is free to everyone in the world who is interested in Food Fraud prevention. As more people become aware of the concept and the vulnerabilities, they will also become more effective at not only intervention and response but also of prevention – the more participants in the MOOC the safer our global food supply chain. Students will receive an MSU Food Fraud Overview MOOC Credential. This MOOC is positioned as a bridge between general webinars and the more intensive programs such as the graduate course, graduate certificate, or even a Food Fraud focus in a Master’s degree.
Watch Dr. Spink’s talk about the Food Fraud Overview MOOC concept at MSUglobal’s 2012 FoxFire event.
The objective of this course is to provide students with an insight into the emerging corporate need of Food Fraud Management. The course draws on a wide range of current experience and expertise, infusing many real-world applications and problem-solving exercises that will provide a framework for success in the future. The course will also serve as a forum for MSU to gain insight from the students who are working professionals, many of whom are leading their industries.
The course will provide students with an insight into this unique fraud opportunity. Food Fraud is presented as a public health vulnerability but with economic opportunities for a country – Food Fraud prevention can lead to increased domestic productivity due to fewer illnesses, increased production of safe food for domestic consumption and a higher value for safer export product.
The course will start with an introduction to MOOCs and Food Fraud in general. Additional content will include: global laws and regulations which are both governmental- and industry-led, a review of the fraudsters and fraud events, an introduction to criminology theory and methods to assess the fraud opportunity, systems and techniques to both identify efficient countermeasures and to reduce specific vulnerabilities, and then next steps for governments or companies.
Students are required to successfully complete an assessment for the first module before gaining access to the second module. Students will receive an MSU Food Fraud Overview MOOC certificate of completion upon successful completion of the assessment.