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  • University of Nottingham

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.

13,138 enrolled on this course

  • Duration

    5 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours

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.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

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?

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.

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

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.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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