FSKN Awarded for Innovation and Effectiveness

The innovative use of open content to improve food safety in developing countries has earned a team of Michigan State University (MSU) faculty and staff a 2011 Effective Practice Award from the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C). The award recognizes practices that are innovative and advance the goals of access, learning effectiveness, faculty and student satisfaction and scalability. It was presented at the 17th Annual Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning.

The FSKN team developed a model centered around open educational resources (OER) and the use of mainly open software tools that focuses on solving issues critical to consumers, industry, and higher education. As a result, it has provided a way to make resources and training more affordable for food safety workers in developing countries.

The award will recognize Karen Vignare, Gwyn Shelle and Sunnie Kim from MSUglobal; Dan Clay, Director of Global Programs in Sustainable Agri-food Systems; Deepa Thiagarajan, Assistant Professor in the Institute of International Agriculture; and Leslie Bourquin, Associate Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

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