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Online course

Designing E-Learning for Health

Design effective e-learning that tells powerful, real-life stories, in health and other sectors, with this free online course.

Designing E-Learning for Health

Why join the course?

In this course, we will ask: How do we translate real-life experiences into e-learning? How can our e-learning tell powerful stories? What methods can we use to design high quality and reusable e-learning resources? How can we best get our ideas across to multiple audiences?

We will introduce a methodology that you can use yourself, to design your own e-learning objects in all sorts of contexts, not just health.

By the end of the course, you will have created your own storyboard and specification for a high quality piece of e-learning, which you can develop further after the course.

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What topics will you cover?

This course will cover the following topics:

  • The nature of the small multimedia learning resources known as reusable learning objects (RLOs), their characteristics and use.
  • The ASPIRE framework that we use for resource creation
  • Storyboarding for resources.
  • How to turn a storyboard into a final specification.
  • Quality assurance within resource creation, focusing on health resources
  • Tools and tips for future e-learning resource development.

When would you like to start?

  • Available now
  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Discuss pedagogical approaches to e-learning in Health. In particular the specific characteristics of learning resources that contribute to effectiveness within a health setting.
  • Discuss the context of Health-related e-learning resources and OER.
  • Investigate examples of health resources developed and used by different stakeholders, their evaluation and effectiveness.
  • Apply the HELM ‘ASPIRE’ framework for resource development.
  • Develop storyboards with different stakeholders.
  • Apply storyboarding tools and methods.
  • Identify and use assets (images, video, quizzes etc.) within learning resources.
  • Develop evaluation strategies for resources.
  • Investigate various tools and methods for converting your storyboard ideas into a web-based resource. If you choose, you can create your resource and share it with the other participants.

Who is the course for?

This course is relevant for people who work in e-learning in any area of medicine and healthcare. The practical nature of the course means that you can easily apply what you learn in the workplace. While our focus is around health, the course and methods presented are transferable to many other contexts and sectors so it is suitable for anyone with an interest in designing e-learning.

Who will you learn with?

Heather Wharrad

I am a Professor of e-Learning and health informatics in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham. My interests are around designing for e-learning in healthcare education.

Richard Windle

I am an Associate Professor of Health E-learning I work within the Health E-learning and Media (HELM) team, supporting a wide range of stakeholders to develop and research learning resources.

Who developed the course?

The University of Nottingham is committed to providing a truly international education, inspiring students with world-leading research and benefitting communities all around the world.

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  • Access to this course for 7 weeks
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes

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  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible