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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.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Designing E-Learning for Health

Why join the course?

Healthcare is a vast and constantly changing global sector. We all have a stake in it, so it is vital that both professionals and patients not only have access to accurate information, but also to the stories and experiences of real people.

Translate real-life experiences into effective e-learning

As educators, we know that bringing these voices to life in e-learning will make it more effective, but this also poses challenges:

  • 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?
  • And how can we best get our concepts and ideas across to multiple audiences?

Discover a methodology for designing e-learning objects

In this free online course, we will explore these questions and introduce a methodology that you can use yourself, to design your own e-learning objects in all sorts of contexts, not just health. We will take you through the process – from deciding on a learning aim to getting ready to develop your resource.

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

Learn with the Health E-Learning and Media (HELM) team

The course is led by The University of Nottingham’s Health E-Learning and Media team (HELM). We will deliver our course as a team, and encourage collaboration and discussion, so that we can all learn from each other.

HELM has developed over 200 standalone and free-to-use Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs) over the last 15 years, which have been used by an estimated one million people from 50 countries for teaching or self-directed learning.

We will be sharing our flexible and practical methodology, which works for us and many others.

So, whatever your background – whether you are working in, or are a user of, education, health or training; have an interest in e-learning and online pedagogies; or simply want to learn more about how to get ideas out there – we look forward to meeting you.

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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?

  • 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 aimed at anyone who has an interest in designing e-learning. While our focus is around health, the course and methods presented are transferable to many other contexts and sectors.

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.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £49.00

Statement of Participation £34.00

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