The University of Dundee, working in collaboration with the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC), is set to offer its first MOOC after signing a partnership agreement with the FutureLearn platform.
Dundee and BSAC’s first course will be on antimicrobial stewardship – a global education programme for healthcare professionals. The eight-week course will launch on FutureLearn in September 2015, and will be repeated regularly. Learners can register their interest in the first run of the course here: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/antimicrobial-stewardship.
The announcement of this project reinforces the need for urgent action to reduce antibiotic resistance through education of healthcare professionals, patients and public. The World Health Organisation identifies antimicrobial stewardship as one of the most important key interventions in combating antimicrobial resistance, a global problem that is increasingly affecting healthcare professionals’ ability to treat infections – both common and complex.
The free Antimicrobial Stewardship course on FutureLearn will enable healthcare professionals to understand what stewardship is and how it can be applied in practice. Participants will interact with colleagues globally and develop skills that will support responsible prescribing, improve infection control practices and improve patient outcomes within their own specific health care locality. The course is designed to meet the needs of practitioners across the globe in differing healthcare system and settings.
Karl Leydecker, Vice-Principal for Learning and Teaching at the University said this: “Our purpose as a University is to transform lives locally and globally, and a MOOC centred on a global healthcare issue such as antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic use, is one way we can do that.”
He continued: “This is an exciting development for the University and we are already working on offering further courses with FutureLearn.”
Simon Nelson, Chief Executive of FutureLearn said: “This course will be an important addition to our growing portfolio of healthcare courses and we look forward to working with the University and bodies like the BSAC to create more topical programmes for our global community of learners.”