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Building dementia knowledge globally through the Understanding Dementia Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)


Eccleston, C and Doherty, K and Bindoff, A and Robinson, A and Vickers, J and McInerney, F, Building dementia knowledge globally through the Understanding Dementia Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), npj Science of Learning, 4 Article 3. ISSN 2056-7936 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1038/s41539-019-0042-4


The prevalence of dementia is escalating world-wide and knowledge deficits remain a barrier to community inclusiveness and quality care. The need for quality, comprehensive education has been identified as a key priority for global action plans on dementia. The Understanding Dementia Massive Open Online Course (UDMOOC) offers the potential to improve dementia knowledge globally. Completion rates for the UDMOOC (20162017) were on average 42% of enrolments, and 69% of participants care or have cared for people with dementia. The current study shows baseline dementia knowledge was positively related to previous learning about dementia from various types of exposure to the condition including having family members and/or working with people with the condition, and having undertaken dementia education. However, knowledge of all participant groups showed substantial improvements after completion of the UDMOOC. This was shown regardless of educational background and previous experience of dementia, and group differences after completing the UDMOOC were minimised. The UDMOOC is therefore an effective knowledge translation strategy to improve dementia knowledge for a diverse, international learner group.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:dementia, MOOC, evaluation, knowledge
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Eccleston, C (Dr Claire Eccleston)
UTAS Author:Doherty, K (Dr Kathleen Doherty)
UTAS Author:Bindoff, A (Mr Aidan Bindoff)
UTAS Author:Robinson, A (Professor Andrew Robinson)
UTAS Author:Vickers, J (Professor James Vickers)
UTAS Author:McInerney, F (Professor Fran McInerney)
ID Code:132545
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:32
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2019-05-12
Last Modified:2020-07-21
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