Many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) urgently need more trained healthcare staff to deliver eye care services. There are 285m visually impaired people globally, 90% live in LMICs.
To address this issue, our programme aims to:
- Scale up the impact of a successful face-to-face course in public health eye care using Open Education (OpenEd) approaches and create content relevant at a local level.
- Build sustainability and capacity by promoting OpenEd amongst eye care educators internationally
We created a short, openly licensed, online course:
- Content applicable across multiple cultures and settings.
- Hypothetical case study for application of learning
- Local course mentors who support discussion and share experience
- Bite-size resources published in multiple formats for access needs and learning preferences
- Delivered pilot on institutional Moodle with eye care workers from Kenya, Botswana and Ghana
- Global delivery twice on Futurelearn
Data collected on participant demographics, engagement and attitudes to OpenEd through pre- and post-course surveys, analytics and qualitative interviews.
- 3,001 participants have actively engaged with the course
- First online course for 84% of respondents in pilot and 64% on Futurelearn (1st run)
- Satisfaction: 98% of pilot respondents thought it was a good learning experience. 96% thought course was good or excellent on Futurelearn.
- Internet access remains challenging
- Application of learning: clinical practice and educational re-use
Facilitate four African educational institutions to adapt the course for their contexts and training curriculi. We will support development of an international community of interest in OpenEd eye care.
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