Internet based public health capacity
building for developing countries:
People's Open Access Education
Initiative
Richard...
Context: Ideas behind the Peoples-uni
• Develop public health capacity in low income countries
• Keep costs very low using...
1 2 3 4
Context: History of Peoples-uni
2006 2007
URL
created
Module
pilot
Charity
status
2008
1st
semester
20102009
2010: 86 + volunteers
2010: 200 students
Modules
Foundation Sciences
Biostatistics
Introduction to Epidemiology
Evidence Based Practice
Health economics
Inequaliti...
Developing a module – selecting
open educational resources
1. Good search engines
Health Sciences Online ( http://hso.info...
Case study: Evidence Based
Practice
Module follows Peoples-Uni template:
• 5 topics (2 weeks each)
• Online facilitation b...
Commend
to others?
Relevant
to job?
More
modules?
Diploma/
MSc?
How did we do?
Student feedback
How did they do?
First semester pass rate
Facilitating on People’s Uni:
experiences and challenges
• Learning from vastly diverse student experiences &
cultures
– S...
Student activity report: example
Student experience: developments
• Separate CPD and academic award streams
• Upgrade to Masters in Public Health to start
...
Peoples-uni and Partnerships
• Collaboration and partnerships essential
• Local relevance of education
• Local credibility...
Finally
Peoples-uni’s 'social model' approach can
•contribute to Public Health capacity-building in low/middle-
income cou...
Distance Learning for Health Workshop: Public Health Online Courses - Jessica Sheringham, People's Uni
Distance Learning for Health Workshop: Public Health Online Courses - Jessica Sheringham, People's Uni
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  • limit each to 12 minutes
    First, information on the context in which your programme was developed:
    the identified health needs that the programme was designed to address;
    the target audience;
    the programme development and implementation process;
    an overview of what it has achieved to date.
  • Say…
    ~ 100 active volunteers, working as:
    Trustees
    International advisory group
    QA, IT, Operations groups
    Course delivery & development teams
    Education officers
  • Students – very yet variably experienced in many fields
    From early semester
    Educational experience
    Medical degree 46
    Other Health degree 34
    Other non-health degree 30
    No degree 7
    Postgraduate degree (in addition to any above) 25
    Current occupation*
    Public Health worker 48
    Mainly clinician 56
    Student 4
    Academic 7
    (*2 no answer)‏
  • Illustrates 2 things –
    1. great to track participation/involvement in a way more difficult than face-face teaching
    2. BUT can see a very typical pattern here: more viewing than participating, involvement drops off as module progresses.
    Note: this is not universal and sometimes very good reasons for time away from P-Uni (students have demanding day jobs, examples of 1-2 dealing with severe humanitarian emergencies during the course), but challenge for facilitators
  • Distance Learning for Health Workshop: Public Health Online Courses - Jessica Sheringham, People's Uni

    1. 1. Internet based public health capacity building for developing countries: People's Open Access Education Initiative Richard Heller, Gracia Fellmeth, Terence Harrison Steve Fabricant & Jessica Sheringham
    2. 2. Context: Ideas behind the Peoples-uni • Develop public health capacity in low income countries • Keep costs very low using •open educational resources •open source delivery mechanisms •volunteers • Position outside (but in collaboration with) traditional university system
    3. 3. 1 2 3 4 Context: History of Peoples-uni 2006 2007 URL created Module pilot Charity status 2008 1st semester 20102009
    4. 4. 2010: 86 + volunteers
    5. 5. 2010: 200 students
    6. 6. Modules Foundation Sciences Biostatistics Introduction to Epidemiology Evidence Based Practice Health economics Inequalities and SDH Public Health concepts for policy makers (F+S) Evaluation of Interventions Public Health Ethics Public Health Problems Communicable diseases Disaster management & emergency planning HIV/AIDS Maternal Mortality Preventing child mortality Public Health nutrition Patient safety Non-Communicable Disease: Diabetes & CVD
    7. 7. Developing a module – selecting open educational resources 1. Good search engines Health Sciences Online ( http://hso.info) Open Courseware Consortium ( http://www.ocwconsortium.org/) OER Commons ( http://www.oercommons.org/) Johns Hopkins School of Public Health Opencourseware (http://ocw.jhsph.edu/topics.cfm) Tufts Opencourseware ( http://ocw.tufts.edu/) Global Health elearning centre ( http://www.infoforhealth.org/elearning/) 2. Our own appraisal 3. Student comments
    8. 8. Case study: Evidence Based Practice Module follows Peoples-Uni template: • 5 topics (2 weeks each) • Online facilitation by volunteer tutors following facilitators guide • Automated application and enrolment process http://courses.peoples- uni.org/course/applications.php • MCQs available during module • Assessed assignment after module • Automated records & creation of academic transcripts
    9. 9. Commend to others? Relevant to job? More modules? Diploma/ MSc? How did we do? Student feedback
    10. 10. How did they do? First semester pass rate
    11. 11. Facilitating on People’s Uni: experiences and challenges • Learning from vastly diverse student experiences & cultures – Students also have wide range of abilities: pitching it right • Maintaining quantity and quality of discussion throughout entire module – Stimulating postings (dealing with online ‘silences’!) – Tried realtime chat, but timezones & connectivity problems • Maximising potential of the technology, distance learning ourselves…whilst appreciating limitations faced by our students: – Access to online materials – Limited bandwidth, computer access – Extremely challenging day jobs
    12. 12. Student activity report: example
    13. 13. Student experience: developments • Separate CPD and academic award streams • Upgrade to Masters in Public Health to start semester 1 2011 • More structure to resources and discussions • Improve information to create realistic expectations among the students • Charge fees as condition of enrolment ($50 US per module charged)
    14. 14. Peoples-uni and Partnerships • Collaboration and partnerships essential • Local relevance of education • Local credibility • Add value not compete • Institutional • Double badge awards • Internet access centres • Individual • Course module developers • On-line facilitators • Technical support
    15. 15. Finally Peoples-uni’s 'social model' approach can •contribute to Public Health capacity-building in low/middle- income countries • work in other academic areas • All collaboration welcome, please join in or make suggestions: •Individuals: developing modules, facilitators, technical support •Institutions: jointly develop & deliver courses of mutual interest • More information: •http://peoples-uni.org •rfheller@peoples-uni.org •jsheringham2004@yahoo.co.uk

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