I was excited about starting this course- so much so that I took valuable time away from finishing my lesson assignments with LSU. Unfortunately, it did not at all live up to my expectations, which were not very high to begin with. The course is broken down into several modules, each with one-page subtopics to read. The bulk of the course is text, but there are some pictures, some short video clips and some interactive (flash?) embedded media. The rigor of this course is simply not there. Most of the information is so basic and superficial that at times it is even comical. Example: one question asked was "How does someone get AIDS? 1) It just happens on its own. 2) It is caused by the HIV virus." Even if you have never, ever, ever heard of AIDS or HIV the answer to the question is so obvious that it makes one wonder why they would even bother asking it. Second example: "Which three of these are recommended for healthy living: 1) Something. 2) Something. 3) Not exercising 4) Something." Hmmm. Ummm. Errrr. Other little gems of information include: that lack of money makes it difficult for people to buy food, that the infant mortality rate is higher in Africa than North America and that eating too many carbohydrates and saturated fat makes you gain weight. The only portion of this course that holds any value would be the brief descriptions of the different nutrients and minerals. By brief, I mean they are only one page each with just a couple of paragraphs of basic information. Strangely, these pages are written as if the intended audience already knows what terms like polysaccarides and monounsaturated fats are. The course goes on to explain what happens when you consume too much or too little of the essential nutrients, but the information overall is meager. It does not help you to understand how they interact with your body nor exactly what part of what processes they used in. Lastly, the formatting for the course is abominable. Some subtopics are only one sentence long. In fact, there were two modules that each only took me a minute to complete since every single topic in them consisted of nothing more than one or two sentences. Sentences that did not contain any information less common sense than "when the sun goes down, it becomes dark outside." Each page takes a long time to load due to the advertisement that appears for several seconds before the content loads. This makes it frustrating when there happens to be no content. A hot tip that anyone using ALISON should remember is that to save time, you should open all pages from a module into different tabs before you read them. That way, by the time you get to each page, the advertisement will have already closed and your lesson content will be loaded. The last module on this course is unbelievable. I can only suggest that you try it just to make fun of it. This is the one where the previous question on AIDS came from. This module shows you several videos, from 5-10 seconds each, giving you extremely basic information on AIDS (mind you, without ever telling you what AIDS even is). Then, you are immediately asked questions which mirror word-for-word the 5-10 second video you just watched. Not only that, but several of the videos are redundant. It would be as if I did this to you: Lesson 1: My cat is a cat. My cat is black with white spots. The color of my cat is black and its spots are white. It is a cat. Question 1: What color are the spots on Maniac Craniac's cat? Question 2: What pet of Maniac Craniac's is black with white spots? Question 3: Does Maniac Craniac have a cat? Just to throw this out there as well, here is a copy of the sample Diploma that they display on their site. Not bad, but it will cost you a big chunk of change to get one of your own: Conclusion: This course wasn't what I thought it would be. It was superficial, awkwardly arranged and at times even comical with how poorly it was developed. I expected a lot more from reading the course description beforehand and from the fact that it is a "diploma" program rather than one of their shorter "certificate" programs. It really was a waste of time and not something I would proudly boast to to others nor dare to flaunt on a resume. However, this is just one course , which does not directly reflect on ALISON's other programs. ALISON gets its course material from several different providers and I would suppose- since I have yet to experience them- that each course provider offers differing levels of rigor and continuity. Notwithstanding, in my opinion, it does reflect poorly on ALISON that they would allow such a sub-par course to be a part of their offerings. Even if their IT or business certificate programs are excellent, in my mind there is a bit of a gloom over them given their lack of standardization of quality. That said, I haven't given up on them entirely and would like to try out a few of their other programs (Diploma in Legal Studies, among others).