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A perspective of massive open online courses (MOOCs) and public health


Bettiol, S and Psereckis, R and Macintyre, K, A perspective of massive open online courses (MOOCs) and public health, Frontiers in Public Health, 10 Article 1058383. ISSN 2296-2565 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3389/fpubh.2022.1058383


Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have emerged as an innovative educational technology relevant to and affecting higher education, professional development, and lifelong learning. This paper introduces the principles of MOOCs and reviews the development of these platforms over time. We reflect upon the considerable investment by institutions to develop, deliver and promote such courses, particularly in public health. While open to interpretation, the inherent power, influence, and effectiveness of MOOCs is unquestionable. The potential contribution of MOOCs to public health education is immense, with almost universal reach and access. However, apart from research into participant engagement and knowledge, MOOC-related research and evaluation continue to lag with the rapid proliferation of these courses in response to emerging challenges, as seen with the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) pandemic. This makes analyzing the contribution of MOOCs to public health education, health promotion and community programs challenging. This perspective article provides a robust rationale for the necessity of MOOCs and their utility in upskilling health professionals and the general public. It builds on current knowledge to comprehensively explore the factors influencing the development, and application of MOOCs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:massive open online courses, Moocs, public health
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Higher education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Professional development and adult education
UTAS Author:Bettiol, S (Dr Silvana Bettiol)
UTAS Author:Macintyre, K (Dr Kate Macintyre)
ID Code:154608
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2022-12-14
Last Modified:2022-12-16

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