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Athletics: Our Food For Life

Syllabus for Athletics: Our Food For Life

Danilo Zivanovic's picture
Wed, 2010-08-25 02:37

NOTE: This is a temporary schedule, new movies and readings will be added each week. It's subject to change depending on course progress, unforeseen circumstances, etc.
Required Book:
There will be NO required book for this class; Learning Materials will come in the form of videos, excerpts, and articles.

  • All discussions in this course will take place in the discussion forum (inside this course)
  • We are going to use Blogger: (please set up a blog if you don’t have one already)
  • We will use synchronous tools and meetings when needed and choose a time that works for all of you.
  • Please make sure to share your thoughts, ideas and knowledge. This is a peer to peer learning and your input is needed. The course is not taught, it is facilitated by the course leader.


This course is based on the assumption that you are willing to fully participate in and take responsibility for your learning and, in some cases, the learning of others. Active participation in learning asks you to go beyond reading and be willing to question, apply, critique, discuss. I anticipate learning a great deal from you as we go through this process and I view myself as a facilitator of this class rather than the single source of information and insight.
As you discuss, remember that your goal is to find creative ways to elicit people’s ideas and feelings to deepen understanding of the key issues of the subject. Try to pose open-ended questions, not questions that can be answered with “yes” or “no”. Avoid posing questions that cannot be answered or that are unnecessarily difficult, but don’t hesitate to pose complex question.

Here are some general guidelines for discussions. You may want to also make some suggestions for guidelines based on past experiences.
1. use full sentences and punctuation for clarity
2. respond to ideas not personalities
3. proofread before posting
4. be respectful and give one another the benefit of the doubt
5. ask for clarification rather than attacking
6. do your own work only - don't repeat what someone else wrote
7. post discussions privately when they are responses to one person only - remember, 
we are all listening and don't want to deal with your personal discussions - only those posting meant for everyone
8. ask for help
9. post videos, try out ideas, think out loud.. Don’t be afraid to be a leader!!


We will be utilizing different websites to watch audio and video files weekly.
In case you don’t have programs installed: 1) VLC Player ( 2) Free Quicktime 7 can be downloaded from is a Windows version available). Quicktime will play MPEG-4 movies. You can also play them on your iPod. 3) Free RealPlayer can be downloaded from will play the Flash (.flv) movies. You can also download a free Flash Video player called FLV Player (
The audio and video files are larger than text files. It is best if you have a high-speed Internet connection. If you do not, I suggest you go to a public location, such as a library or campus computer lab, download the files and take them home to play. (You can save them on a USB thumb drive.) You may need to save the files to your desktop or a folder you set up before they will play. URI does not have a streaming video server, so you must wait until the file downloads completely before it will begin playing.

Week 1 - Introduction – Getting Started and Knowing each other – Building Community


  • Getting to know each member
  • Check out the course syllabus
  • Send a message introducing yourself to the rest of the class
  • Make your user profile: upload your photo in your profile and write about yourself.
  • Speak about preferences, interests, and your plans
  • Outline what you would like to achieve from Athletics: Our Food for Life!
  • Peer review is one of the main features of the peer-to-peer model. It allows the facilitator, to *not be the teacher*, and to learn alongside the peers.

Week 2 – What is a Healthy Lifestyle – A deeper look into creating an environment for a Healthy Lifestyle

Watch How to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle:

Watch the short trailer: How to Eat Better

Diet, Exercise and Your Heart

Diet BBC News – The Lunch Box Diet
Watch the CNN Gardner’s World Documentary – A look into Super foods (Parts 1-3):
Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:
Watch the CNN Horizon Documentary (P 1-5): Living to 101 – Longer and Healthier Life
Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:
Part 4:
Part 5:

  • What areas within the documentaries stood out to you?
  • What is a Healthy Lifestyle to you? Propose ways in which we can create an environment for a healthy lifestyle that is sustainable.
  • Complete Intro Page
  • Discuss your answers on sign-up assignment for this course/share comments and repeat the assignment. (Goal: What have I learned?)