Cornell University Offers Free Online Biotechnology Course

Cornell University Offers Free Online Biotechnology Course

March 15, 2017

RDBA sponsor Southern Gardens Citrus recently made us aware of a unique educational opportunity for retail dietitians. On March 1, Cornell University re-launched their online education course titled "The Science and Politics of the GMO." 

This is a five-week online Cornell course free to anyone, anywhere with an internet connection. The goal of the program is to impact people's understanding of science, what it can and can't do, and how information is transmitted. The intent is not to influence how people feel about GMOs, but to provide the critical thinking and scientific literacy tools necessary to make informed decisions-and to understand the broader impacts of those decisions. In this course, you will learn the basics of genetic engineering, explore the political debate around the GMO, and review the arguments for and against the technology's use. The politics surrounding the GMO and its impact at both an individual level and on society as a whole will be addressed, including problems, perceptions, benefits, and risks associated with GMOs.

The course is self-paced and learners can log on at any time that is convenient for them to go through the material.  Each week, one optional live session is hosted through an online platform called ShinDig. New content is released each week on Wednesday, but learners can take more than a week to move through the content.  

To learn more about the course, the instructors, and to enroll, visit: