LSBU develops new online courses for healthcare professionals
09 September 2014
Typical Massive Open Online Courses
(MOOC's) have been heavily criticised for high drop-out rates, sometimes
exceeding 90% of students not finishing the course. To address this, LSBU has worked with
professional filmmakers to create two MOOC's that break the mould by borrowing
heavily from techniques used in popular television shows.
The new MOOC's each consist of eight-part
dramas that play out over eight weeks, ending on a cliff-hanger to inspire the
participant to "tune in next week" and find out what happens and to continue their
learning to the end of the course.
One drama follows the journey of an
elderly person suffering with mental health problems as she becomes
progressively ill, while the second tells the story of a man whose physical
health deteriorates to the point where his life is in danger. The stories then
map their recovery and the interventions that should have taken place by
Both MOOCs have been commissioned by
Health Education North Central and East London, which has responsibility for
ensuring high quality education and training provision to health professionals.
Professor Warren Turner, Dean of
LSBU's School of Health and Social Care, said: "These are the first Massive
Open Online Courses that LSBU has developed, and we spent a lot of time
analysing how to make them as engaging as possible, with characters and
scenarios that play out their lives on the screen like a soap opera."
"Those working in healthcare there
will be supported learning materials, but the intention is for these online
dramas to be accessible to anyone who can benefit, including those members of
the public who care for people with mental or physical health problems.
In order to meet the needs of this
potentially wide range of participants, the learning materials are organised
into "universal" and "advanced" levels. Both MOOC's – hosted on the Canvas
Network - start on 22 September 2014 and end on 31 October 2014.