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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 seconds Hello, welcome to our Designing E-learning for Health course. I’m Heather Wharrad, a professor in the Health E-learning and Media team in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham. The health care landscape is evolving rapidly, and digital technologies are providing new ways to both access and share health information. Whatever your background or profession, you have health experiences and knowledge to share. For over 10 years, we’ve been working with different groups of people who want to do just this– tell others about their experiences and knowledge in health by creating an online learning resource to share with a wide audience. We use the concept of a reusable learning object– or RLO– to structure and design the e-learning resources.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 seconds RLOs are short, multimedia rich chunks of e-learning that’s easily accessible and free to use on the web. We have worked with many groups to produce a large number of these RLOs that are being used extensively worldwide. RLOs are designed using a tried and tested method, which we’re going to take you through over the next five sessions. During the course, different members of the helm team will facilitate sessions that introduced you to the various stages of RLO design, and there’ll be lots of opportunities for discussion and debate, as well as the chance to work together in groups. A key principle in our approach is that RLOs are designed by the users themselves.

Skip to 1 minute and 33 seconds This makes the RLOs fit for purpose, and therefore appealing for others to use too. We want you to take away from this course your own RLO design on this topic that you want others to share. We know from our research that the RLOs is having a big impact on distributing knowledge across the world, even in developing countries where they are being used to help train health care professionals in places with massive shortages in skilled practitioners. In this session, we’re going to learn more about RLOs, what they are, and why they’re proving to be a successful and accessible way to distribute knowledge, especially in health care context.

Exploring E-Learning for Health

How can an E-Learning resource be used to convey powerful stories and subject knowledge in healthcare?

We are delighted to welcome you on board. In this course you will find out about how to design a high quality E-Learning resource. Each week we will take you through the steps in the design process. This week we will introduce you to the ‘reusable learning object’ or RLO - an E-Learning resource with particular design characteristics that we have found help people to learn. We will show you lots of examples of these E-Learning resources and how they have been designed and used. The rest of the course will take you through the ASPIRE process for developing high quality E-Learning specifications. ASPIRE stands for Aim, Storyboard, Populate, Integrate, Review and Evaluate - we will take you through these steps in Week 2 so lets get started on Week 1!

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Discussion points

  • Think about your own experiences of using E-Learning.
  • When did it work well or not so well?
  • What are you hoping to get out of the course?

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Designing E-Learning for Health

The University of Nottingham