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WHO report: e-Learning systematic review

Transformative Education News is following developments after the Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Thailand in January. 

BREAKING NEWS: WHO will shortly be releasing a report "eLearning for Undergraduate Health Professional Education- A systematic review informing a radical transformation of the health workforce development".
This report has been prepared by WHO departments of Knowledge, Ethics and Research and Human Resources for Health 

A second report (results of systematic review) will focus on in-service education is due to be released around the World Health Assembly this May.

The WHO co-hosted session at PMAC 'A new era for health professional education through innovative
technologies?' which concluded that eLearning and use of ICT in health in general will transform health systems and education of healthcare professionals. Understanding the needs and the environment is essential and prerequisite for success. 

One size fits all is not an approach to employ and care should be taken when using the MOOCs as a resources. 

The challenges to eLearning are real and should be addressed in collaborative manner between the different stakeholders. eLearning on its own is not the solution and a blended learning method needs to be adopted. Further work to build the evidence and enhance the experience is needed.


Right to left; Dean Julio Frenk (Havard), Dr Feng Zhao (African Development Bank), Dr Najeeb Al-Shorbaji (WHO), Dr Martin Kinyua (IntraHealth International), Dr Rishi Desai (Aga Khan Academy), Dr Julian Fisher (Hannover Medical School)
Speaker but not on photo; Dr Josip Car, Imperial College London


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MOOC's are a great ways of passing knowledge and even practices. Since the cMOOC that was advanced by Siemens and Stephen Downes , that had great connection with the connectivisim movement and the eMOOC by the IVY universities of the world. Standford, John Hopkins to name but afew. EDX, Coursera have been the main players offering MOOCs. 

Health delivery will naturally improve if more health workers follow MOOCs promoting the same. I trust the world will be fast recongnising MOOCs as appropriate CPD's

Dear Martin,


I would have given anything to be in your shoes in the frozen moment captured in that picture. You were standing in the company of the architect of the third phase of global higher education reforms, Prof. Julio Frenk.

And thanks Nobert for introducing me to MOOCs!