New free online course for healthcare educators

23 Nov 2015 14:27:40.840


A new open access online course called Designing E-Learning for Health has been 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 5 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.

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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 15th February 2016 and requires a time commitment of 3 hours per week from participants. Designing eLearning for Health is open for sign up now via the FutureLearn platform here. 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 (Resuable 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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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham has 43,000 students and is ‘the nearest Britain has to a truly global university, with a “distinct” approach to internationalisation, which rests on those full-scale campuses in China and Malaysia, as well as a large presence in its home city.’ (Times Good University Guide 2016). It is also one of the most popular universities in the UK among graduate employers and the winner of ‘Research Project of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2014. It is ranked in the world’s top 75 by the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, and 8th in the UK by research power according to the Research Excellence Framework 2014. It has been voted the world’s greenest campus for three years running, according to Greenmetrics Ranking of World Universities.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, its biggest-ever fundraising campaign, is delivering the University’s vision to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. More news…

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More informationis available from Kirstie Coolin in the Health E-Learning and Media Team, University of Nottingham on +44 (0)115 823 0762,

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