Online learning and nutrition education

Online learning and nutrition education

Initial findings of a systematic review presented by community health professor and grad student at nutrition education conference.

Community health professor Dr. Megan Patton-Lopez and graduate student Amy Spielmaker presented a poster at the annual Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior conference in Minneapolis. The poster summarizes a systematic review the duo – along with four researchers from other institutions – are working on about online education in college-level nutrition classes.

Amy Spielmaker, left and Megan Patton-López presenting poster at 2018 nutrition education conference.

“We wanted to see what’s out there, if educators are having success, and then make some practical recommendations for people teaching online,” says Amy Spielmaker, a master’s candidate in WOU’s Information Technology program who also has a background in nutrition. “I’ve seen some reports say that by 2020, more than 50% of college classes will be online, so it seems important to understand what instructional designs are effective.”

Dr. Patton-Lopez adds that one of the main reasons she wanted to do the research was to inform the design of her online nutrition class this summer.

I like that online learning provides flexibility for working students as well as opportunities for problem-based learning. I’m looking forward to building upon this experience within my teaching and scholarship.

Poster abstract: Exploring the use of online learning in postsecondary nutrition education courses Amy Spielmaker, Megan Patton-López, Zubaida Qamar, Mallory Koenings, Brandy-Joe Milliron, Marissa Burgermaster