New free online course for health educators

A new online course, ‘Designing E-Learning for Health’ launched by The University of Nottingham’s School of Health Sciences

The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is the first of its kind on the UK’s multi-institutional FutureLearn platform and has been developed by the University’s Health E-Learning and Media Team (HELM).

It is also the first MOOC to be launched by the School of Health Sciences which educates the nurses, midwives, physiotherapists and sports rehabilitators of tomorrow.

Designing E-Learning for Health is a five-week course for healthcare teachers to create their own tailor-made e-learning resource for their particular field of study. The course is aimed at anyone who has an interest in designing e-learning and introduces a methodology which can also be adapted to other areas of teaching, not just in healthcare education. It has been created using the pioneering teaching skills and expertise within the School of Health Sciences.

Lead educator on the course, Professor Heather Wharrad, said: “The course is based on an accessible approach to creating high quality eLearning resources that we have been using and developing over the last 10 years. We have used it to develop over 200 resources that are now being used worldwide.”

The course starts on February 15 2016 and requires a time commitment of three hours per week from participants. The course is free to access and anyone is welcome to sign up regardless of educational background or level of knowledge in the area.

HELM eLearning resources (Reusable Learning Objects or RLOs) are used by educators, students, service users, clinicians and many more across 50+ countries and are available from their HELMOpen platform.

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