ENACT/ENAF online courses


The online versions of the ENACT and ENAF courses have been successfully adapted from the face-to-face using MoodleTM, a leading open-source virtual learning platform. Both courses have been extensively piloted (academia, NGOs, international institutions) and revised in line with participant and tutor feedback.  


Who is the course for?

  • 10 ½ units that cover the need for nutrition education (NE); what people need to know about food and diet, and how to talk about these issues with people; where NE is most practised and most needed; the essential elements in the process of NE and the main prevailing approaches, their strengths and limitations; theory and its application; the process of developing an intervention, from formative research through planning and implementation to evaluation; the wider food environment and the need for advocacy.
  • About 20 activities per unit, involving experiential learning, data research, discussion, practical approaches, group work, debate, critical thinking, reading for a range of purposes , opinion-sharing, case studies, and knowledge-checking, among others.
  • Outside activities in every unit to apply what is learnt.
  • Project work: a participatory nutrition education mini-project, carried out in four sessions over four units with participants from the community. The main activities are situation analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • A wide variety of resources including infographics, articles, databases, resource books, videos, checklists, guidelines and working documents (e.g. needs analyses, project documents).

What is required to follow the course?

  • Regular access to internet
  • Recommended PC/Windows browsers: Firefox 4 or later, Google Chrome 11 or later, Opera 9 or later. Internet explorer is not recommended.
  • Recommended Mac browsers: Firefox 4 or later, Safari 5 or later, Google Chrome 11 or later.

How does it work? 

The course is for anyone with a background in nutrition who has, or will have, a professional need to handle nutrition education: for example, undergraduate students in nutrition, health, agriculture or education, and also agriculturists, nurses, health service managers, community workers, or NGO staff.

  • Time: about 10-13 hours per unit for course participants, and about 10 hours per unit for tutors.
  • Technical requirements: Each unit is spread over one or two weeks. A new unit is made available each week. Participants work through the unit independently, in pairs or as a group, completing the activities. During each unit an "outside activity” or project session is carried out and reported on. The tutor assesses the coursework and gives feedback throughout the unit.

What are the next steps?

FAO is finalizing the last details before both ENACT and ENAF online courses can be made available to the public.