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Lessons learned on teaching a global audience with massive open online courses (MOOCs) on health impacts of climate change: a commentary

Barteit, Sandra ; Sié, Ali ; Yé, Maurice ; Depoux, Anneliese ; Louis, Valérie R. ; Sauerborn, Rainer

In: Globalization and Health, 15 (2019), Nr. 52. pp. 1-5. ISSN 1744-8603

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Abstract

Background: The adverse health impacts of climate change are increasing on a global level. However, knowledge about climate change and health is still unavailable to many global citizens, in particular on adaptation measures and co-benefits of health mitigation. Educational technologies, such as massive open online courses (MOOCs), may have a high potential for providing access to information about climate change links to health for a global audience.

Main body: We developed three MOOCs addressing the link between climate change and health to take advantage of the methodology’s broad reach and accelerate knowledge dissemination on the nexus of climate change and health. The primary objective was to translate an existing face-to-face short course that only reached a few participants on climate change and health into globally accessible learning opportunities. In the following, we share and comment on our lessons learned with the three MOOCs, with a focus on global teaching in the realm of climate change and health.

Conclusions: Overall, the three MOOCs attracted a global audience with diverse educational backgrounds, and a large number of participants from low-income countries. Our experience highlights that MOOCs may play a part in global capacity building, potentially for other health-related topics as well, as we have found that our MOOCs have attracted participants within low-resource contexts. MOOCs may be an effective method for teaching and training global students on health topics, in this case on the complex links and dynamics between climate change and health and may further act as an enabler for equitable access to quality education.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Globalization and Health
Volume: 15
Number: 52
Publisher: BioMed Central
Place of Publication: London
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2019 13:44
Date: 2019
ISSN: 1744-8603
Page Range: pp. 1-5
Faculties / Institutes: Medizinische Fakultät Heidelberg > Institut für Public Health (IPH)
Subjects: 610 Medical sciences Medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: Health, Climate change, Global health, Global education, Global audience, Capacity building, Massive open online course, MOOC
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