Coursera's Online Equine Nutrition Course

I was very excited in the beginning of Janurary to receive the news that Coursera was running its online Equine Nutrition course again, which began in 27th Jan. We're now at the end of week 3 / beginning of week 4, and I've been loving it! It's not too tough, but it does take me back to IB higher level biology so if you didn't like biology class then some the lectures may not be for you. 

At the moment week 3 is my favourite, its about nutrient sources so fresh and conserved forage, as well as cereals. Week 1 was about the horse's anatomy (looking in detail about the stomach, large and small intestines) and week 2 about feed composition (carbohydrates, proteins, fats, minerals and vitamins) You need to put about 2-3 hours of work into it every week, which really isn't too much to ask for. I'm very much looking forward to the last two weeks especially week 5's equine clinical nutrition.

The great thing about this is that even though it's an online course, they have posted videos which makes it feel like you are having your own personal lecture. There are also the discussion boards, which are very active. I love reading through everyone's thoughts and ideas, people on this course are posting great questions/ideas, and the teachers are very good at replying. It's also a very flexible course, which is great as I'm able to pick and choose when I study, so it's easy for me to study this alongside my actual university politics course. And the fact that you can do the end of week exams whenever you want is also really helpful, especially for people who have other things e.g. jobs to do!

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