What is the weekly time commitment for the course?

This will vary but expect to engage for 8-10 hours per week in the course. Assigned recipes are expected to take ~1 hour 15 minutes to make.

What is a typical schedule like?

Each week (Monday–Sunday) there are assignments (2-3 recipe sets to make with short reflections) and supplemental material to read/watch. It is self-paced.

What types of assignments will I be asked to complete?

There will be knowledge checks (similar to quizzes) based on audio presentations on cooking, nutrition, and sensory analysis. You will also be asked to make recipes in your home, write brief reflections on recipes you will be making, and take part in two palate-solving activities.

Are there any live sessions?

There will be 2 synchronous (live) sessions that students are expected to attend. The dates of these are Wednesday, July 8, at 12:00pm EST and Monday, July 20, at 6:00pm EST. In extenuating circumstances, students who are not able to attend the live sessions will be able to view the recording afterwards.

Can the course be taken from anywhere, including outside the US?

Yes. Our certificate is 100% online. Please note that class materials are in English.

Are there any required textbooks that must be purchased for the course?

Yes. Students will need to purchase The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters. Additionally, students will need access to a phone in order to download a free app that will be used during the course.

Who are typical student audiences taking this course?

This is course is intended for health professionals who deliver education emphasizing skills such as meal preparation as well as anyone interested in improving the way they eat through developing their culinary skills. A major goal of this course is to have the student be able to apply these concepts not just in the classroom, but in their home and work settings as well.

Are there any prerequisites for this course?

There is no specific coursework required for this course.

How will I be graded?

You will be assessed on your participation in the discussion boards, completion of assignments, and comprehension of the course material. In order to receive an electronic Certificate of Completion, students must receive a 70% or better in the course. Because this is a Non-Credit professional program, there is no transcript.

Will there be baking involved in this course?

No, due to limited time, there will not be any baking.

How much money is expected to pay for groceries to make the assigned recipes?

This varies depending upon where you shop and how many servings you will be buying for. Estimate $5-$10/person.

What if I have a dietary preference or restriction?

The instructor can recommend substitutions if you’d prefer not to cook with/eat a component of the assigned recipes.

Is this program available for Continuing Education Units?

Not at this time.

Does this course qualify for UVM employee tuition remission?

No. Non-credit courses do not currently qualify for tuition remission.

What browser and computing device should I use for this course?

We recommend using a browser other than Internet Explorer with our Blackboard online learning system. Firefox, Google Chrome, or other browsers tend to work more effectively with Blackboard. It’s very important to note that Blackboard will only work with a desktop or laptop computer. It is not designed to be used with phones or tablets (e.g., iPads), so please make sure you have access to a desktop and/or laptop computer for the duration of the class.

Have a question that is not listed here?

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