Open Educational Resources for Health Training: Capacity Building for Global Health


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On 8 October 2012, Ted Hanss, Chief Information Officer at the University of Michigan Medical School, gave this presentation at the School of Public Health Symposium "Capacity Building for Global Health: Responding to Challenges and Opportunities."

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Open Educational Resources for Health Training: Capacity Building for Global Health

  1. 1. Open Educational Resources for Health TrainingPresentation to SPH Symposium: Capacity Building for Global Health Ted Hanss Chief Information Officer University of Michigan Medical School 8 October 2012 Slides posted at Except where otherwise noted, this work is available under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License ( Copyright 2012 The Regents of the University of Michigan. Cover image CC:BY-SA Jessica Duensing (Flickr) 1
  2. 2. Share Legallywith Open Educational Resources (OER) Free Public Under some licenses to use, adapt, redistributeImage CC:BY-SA Colleen Simon (Flickr) 2
  3. 3. Why make your materials publicand add an open license?•Time (build on others’ effort)•Money (free to access)•Quality of content (more eyes toreview)•Recognition & collaboration(worldwide visibility of authors) 3
  4. 4. Human Resources for Health• Any long-term solution to the global health crisis requires investment in human resources.• Only well-trained health providers can ensure: – Achievement of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, – Implementation of global vaccination and medication distribution, and – Preparation for the next epidemic 4
  5. 5. Education Challenges• Low budgets, small workforce, high disease burden• Scarce, aging, and emigrating teaching staff• Insufficient classroom spaces University of Ghana Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, 2010. Photo CC BY NC University of Ghana. 5
  6. 6. The mission of theAfrican Health OpenEducational Resources(OER) Network is toadvance health educationin Africa by creating andpromoting free, openlylicensed teachingmaterials created byAfricans to shareknowledge, addresscurriculum gaps, andsupport health education 6
  7. 7. Adapt materials to local contextWhen you look intextbooks it’sdifficult to findAfrican cases.[S]ometimes it can beconfusing when you seesomething that you seeon white skin so nicelyand very easy to pickup, but on the dark skinit has a differentmanifestation that maybe difficult to see. Image CC:BY-NC-SA Kwame Nkrumah-Richard Phillips, lecturer, University of Science and Technology 7
  8. 8. Midwiferystudents in Malawiat Kamuzu Collegeof Nursing showoff OER coursematerials on CD-ROM UNIMA, 2010. Photo CC BY Saide. 8
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  10. 10. Image CC BY NC University of Ghana, University of Michigan. 10
  11. 11. Caesarean Section OER Module, CC BY-NC University of Ghana and Dr. N. Cary Engleberg. 11
  12. 12. Partnerships between PhysiciansChallenge and ArtistsElectronic learning activities are notwidespread; health instructors donot have time to learn multimediaskills.Approach•KNUST: Multidisciplinarycollaborations with the College of Art 3D sculpture for training about(Communication Design, Sculpture) Central Nervous System.•University of Ghana (UG): Hire Image CC:BY-NC-SA Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technologyexternal multimedia specialists with (KNUST). Additional photos on Flickr.expertise in film and 3D animations 12
  13. 13. Accomplishments• 170 individuals trained• Student publishing assistants• 12 institutions have contributed OER Africa Convening, 2011. Photo CC BY Saide. – 135 learning modules, including 339 separate materials – 144 videos• Over 2 million YouTube views• Access from nearly every country around the world• Policy workshops and subsequent implementation of OER-enabling policies 13
  14. 14. Visualization of greatest wordfrequency in YouTube comments – from 14
  15. 15. Ted HanssChief Information OfficerUniversity of Michigan Medical project is supported by the HewlettFoundation 15