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Building dementia knowledge globally through the Understanding Dementia Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)


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Eccleston, C ORCID: 0000-0002-7913-6888, Doherty, K ORCID: 0000-0002-0122-0123, Bindoff, A ORCID: 0000-0002-0943-2702, Robinson, A, Vickers, J ORCID: 0000-0001-5671-4879 and McInerney, F ORCID: 0000-0003-1781-402X 2019 , 'Building dementia knowledge globally through the Understanding Dementia Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)' , npj Science of Learning, vol. 4 , doi: 10.1038/s41539-019-0042-4.

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The prevalence of dementia is escalating world-wide and knowledge deficits remain a barrier to community inclusiveness and quality care. The need for quality, comprehensive education has been identified as a key priority for global action plans on dementia. The Understanding Dementia Massive Open Online Course (UDMOOC) offers the potential to improve dementia knowledge globally. Completion rates for the UDMOOC (2016–2017) were on average 42% of enrolments, and 69% of participants care or have cared for people with dementia. The current study shows baseline dementia knowledge was positively related to previous learning about dementia from various types of exposure to the condition including having family members and/or working with people with the condition, and having undertaken dementia education. However, knowledge of all participant groups showed substantial improvements after completion of the UDMOOC. This was shown regardless of educational background and previous experience of dementia, and group differences after completing the UDMOOC were minimised. The UDMOOC is therefore an effective knowledge translation strategy to improve dementia knowledge for a diverse, international learner group.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Eccleston, C and Doherty, K and Bindoff, A and Robinson, A and Vickers, J and McInerney, F
Keywords: dementia, MOOC, evaluation, knowledge
Journal or Publication Title: npj Science of Learning
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
ISSN: 2056-7936
DOI / ID Number: 10.1038/s41539-019-0042-4
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Copyright 2019 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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