Heini Utunen on the benefits of MOOCs for the WHO

3. November 2016
Name: Heini Utunen
Position: Technical Officer, Knowledge Transfer for Outbreaks, WHO Emergency Program
Thema: Mooc for Education in Epidemical Outbreaks

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) for the latest pandemic outbreaks?

When you need to push out information frequently and fast, a MOOC is your way to go. The world health organization (WHO) tried many platforms with the requirements of being modern, agile, dynamic and the possibility of gathering feedback interactively. With the help of the Hasso Plattner Institute, WHO doesn’t have to deal with technical problems but can rather focus on the core challenge of producing materials in this new form. The base for the WHO’s new online courses is build on the openHPI technology.

According to Utunen the platform has three target groups. Staff deploying for emergency missions, practitioners from other companies and a big audience which is interested. WHO tries to cover a broad range of topics e.g. pandemic-specific, social sciences and the latest outbreaks.  In most of the courses you will even get a certificate which can be used for work qualifications.

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