Branching out – a MOOC on a completely different topic

The other day I saw a MOOC advert cross my twitter stream – a MOOC on Patient Engagement Design. Interestingly enough its put on by the folks at Stanford Medicine (OK, that is probably why it crossed my Twitter stream – cause I follow Stanford Medicine).

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in June, I started blogging at http://bcbecky.com. I’ve found that I want my blog to be useful for some higher purpose. It isn’t just for me. I also want it to be useful in some way for medical education, but I’m not certain how it might be useful. I’m hoping this course will help me glean some insights into how my blog and my personal story might provide useful information for medical education.

My immediate feedback on the course is that they need to proofread their introduction text. The info in the first screen is full of typos. It doesn’t bode well for something that is intended for a large audience to include a bunch of sentences that don’t make sense. I also find it amusing that the course “will not provide a Statement of Accomplishment”. This is the first time I’ve enrolled in an xMOOC type course that doesn’t involve any form of statement of accomplishment. In addition, they say outright that the discussion forums are a place for students to interact and that we should not expect interactions from staff or course instructors (this is where they have typos as they say “You should not expectation communication from the course staff on the discussion boards”, huh?)

So, although the topic has promise, I’m not immediately encouraged by the sloppiness in the implementation. I do hope to find some useful resources and perhaps gain some deeper insight into what medical educators think it means to engage patients.

4 Comments

  1. I am also concerned that it seems like the facilitators of this course are so hands-off they may never read this blogpost! Sounds like one-way traffic, which does not bode well for patient engagement!! I could be entirely wrong, this is just an impression i get from your blogpost

    • Thank you for your comments. We will do our best to address them. Please keep in mind we are trying to do something good and important with online education – we will succeed in certain places and fail in others.

      At the end of the day, after the course is finished, I hope you will judge the inclusion of patient voices, as experts in healthcare, co-teaching our class at Stanford, as not only one of our successes but also a necessity for EVERY course that aims to teach about healthcare.

      I truly hope folks will see past the typos and to the heart of the course and why we think it is so different and special.

      Medicine X is working on a certificate program for ePatients but wanted to make this course available to the public as soon as possible.

      Cheers,
      Larry Chu

      • Thanks for the note Larry. Would love to chat with you (or team members) in person as the course progresses or after the course. This course is an intersection of my personal interests – as an academic in Education, a participatory researcher, educational technologist, online educator and a breast cancer patient.

    • Hi Maha, please be assured that myself, Kyra Bobinet, and my ePatient co-teachers in this course are very hands-on. Please do take a moment to go do our course discussion board and add your own definition of what patient engagement means to you. I would love for you to add your voice to the discussion. Engagement cannot be accomplished alone, and we are here to be together with you, in this important dialogue.

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