Can MOOCs meet your learning needs?

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If you have a personal development plan (PDP) as part of your continuing professional development (CPD) could a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) help? The aim of this learning activity is to look at what MOOCs are and whether there are any that could fulfil your learning needs as a medical illustrator. Just as reminder do look at previous editions of the journal that include guided learning activities to support your professional development including developing your PDP (Bryson 2011) and choosing a mix of learning activities (Bryson 2010).

This paper looks at the role of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in fulfilling your learning needs; from looking at what MOOCs are through to examples of courses from different Universities and advice for completing a course. The sequence of activities takes you from looking at your learning needs, to finding a course, thinking about how to plan and prepare for learning using a MOOC then writing a review or reflecting on the impact of your learning.

  1. What are your learning needs?
  2. Matching a MOOC to your learning needs
  3. Plan and prepare for your MOOC
  4. Reviewing and reflecting on your learning.
On completion of this learning activity you will be able to:
  • Evaluate the role MOOCs could play in your contiuning professional development.
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