THS providing training for e-Learning

Tuesday, 10 May, 2016

THS Director, Prof Rick Speare, helped facilitate a workshop in Bangkok in April to improve eLearning across the Thailand One Health University Network (THOHUN). The workshop was called "Planning meeting for e-learning development" and it was held in Bangkok on 4-5 April 2016. The workshop was attended by about 35 university academics from 32 faculties from 6 Thai universities. Disciplines represented included medicine, nursing, veterinary science, dentistry, pharmacy and environmental science.

Prof Greg Sales, an instructional designer from the University of Minnesota, led the workshop. This workshop was an activity under the One Health Workforce component of the USAID funded Emerging Pandemic Threats Programme (EPT). USAID has been running the EPT now for about 4 years to decrease the risk of emerging infectious diseases. The One Health Workforce component aims to train the health and environmental workforce in EID hotspots such as southeast Asia and eastern and central Africa. The project uses a train the trainer approach and works with universities to train the future workforce (UGs) as well as the current workforce (employed and PGs).

This e-learning workshop, although it was about general online readiness and not One Health per se, brought together academics from a large number of disciplines who would not normally have close contact. In several cases this led to planning of cross-disciplinary One Health subjects as well as plans to have e-learning governance structures across a number of health related disciplines. One Health transdisciplinary collaboration in action!

The Pharmacotherapeutics course for Remote Area Nurses run out of the Centre for Remote Health, Alice Springs, Australia was used an example of a good e-learning course. For further details see the report out of Charles Darwin University.

Earlier this year Rick Speare was involved with eLearning activities with the School of Public Health, Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya.

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