• 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 online e-learning course.

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Designing E-Learning for Health
  • Duration5 weeks
  • Weekly study3 hours
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In this course, we will ask: How do we translate real-life experiences into e-learning for healthcare? How can our e-learning tell powerful stories? How can we 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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  • Week 1

    Exploring E-Learning for Health

    • Welcome and introduction to the course

      Welcome to the course. Find out what you will be doing in the next 5 weeks and meet the team you will be working with.

    • What's in a Learning Object?

      In this activity we will talk about some of the key characteristics of reusable learning objects (RLOs) that have contributed to their popularity and impact in health. We will deconstruct an RLO and explore the media components.

    • Summary

      Summary of what we have covered in week 1 and brief introduction to week 2

  • Week 2

    Getting Started with Development

    • Weekly round up

      In Week 1 we explored the nature of the learning resource format and why it works well in the health arena. Before we move on to discuss development, here's a short round-up of these main points and discussion.

    • Introduction to Week 2 - The Development Process

      Take a look at the development process that we use and begin to develop aims for your own resource. Say Hello to Fern's team as they begin the process of resource development

    • ASPIRE

      ASPIRE is the acronym for the steps in the development process we use when developing e-learning resources. Read this article and watch the video to discover what it stands for, why we use it.

    • Developing the aims for your resource

      The first step in the development process is to consider the aims of your learning resource. Read this article and watch the video outlining factors to take into account at this stage and why it is so important to get this right.

    • Fern and her team

      In this activity you will have chance to see how Fern's team consider the aims for their resource.

    • Working on the aims for your RLO

      Creation and peer review of aims

    • Summary

      Summary of learning outcomes and brief introduction to Week 3

  • Week 3


    • Weekly round up

      Questions and themes arising from the discussion forums in Week 2.

    • Creating a Storyboard

      Find out how to develop a storyboard for your e-learning resource and see how Fern's team developed theirs for their RLO project. You will have the chance to create and share your own storyboard based on your Week 2 learning aim.

    • Stages in the Storyboard Process

      Watch some short videos from Fern and her storyboard team who we recorded during their workshop. This section also gives an overview of how the workshop group was formed and the different stages of the storyboard process.

    • Task: creating your storyboard

      Create your own storyboard based on the learning aim you chose in Week 2. We encourage you to share your storyboards with us and each other.

    • Week 3 Summary

      Discuss with us and your fellow learners how you found the task and share any tips you have picked up.

  • Week 4

    Populating your Specification

    • Weekly round up

      A short video addressing questions and themes arising from the discussion forums in Week 3.

    • Turning your storyboard into a specification

      We will look at how you can turn a storyboard into a specification for your RLO and what considerations there are in populating your resource.

    • Summary

      Summary of learning outcomes and brief introduction to week 5. A heads up also for the Q&A in Week 5.

  • Week 5

    Quality & Creation

    • Weekly round up

      A short video addressing questions and themes arising from the discussion forums in Week 4.

    • RLO health check

      Why is quality important in a resource? Why particularly so for healthcare resources? What factors make a high quality resource? We will use a quality framework and also take you through the peer review process.

    • Talking about tools

      Once you have a sound design, you are in a position to develop your e-learning resource. Here you will find some practical tips and tools to help you, regardless of your level of technical expertise.

    • Hear from our team - Q & A Panel

      We round off the course with your questions to our team, and a big thank you to all of you for taking part and getting involved.

    • Final words

      Some final thoughts and reflections from your course team.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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?

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.

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