Improving Healthcare Through Clinical Research - online course starts November

Posted on 12 October 2017 (Permalink)

A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), developed by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN), University of Leeds and FutureLearn, is due to run again in November and is open for registration.

The NIHR CRN has delivered a total of four MOOCs over the last two years, providing more than 21,000 people with access to a flexible learning resource all about clinical research and how it improves healthcare. This free online course has meant that people from all over the world have joined in, building a dynamic online learning community all curious about research, from healthcare professionals to patients and the public.

The next MOOC is entitled 'Improving Healthcare through Clinical Research’ and will run from 6 November 2017. You can sign up now at the FutureLearn website to register. The MOOC is a four week online course and is free of charge. The course works alongside online materials and online community of learners, and aims to answer some pertinent questions, including:

  • How are treatments and cures discovered?
  • What is the impact of clinical research?
  • How do we undertake clinical research?
  • Why do we do clinical research?

Find out more by watching the MOOC trailer.

Over four weeks, the course includes;

  • Learning about the roles of different members of a research team
  • Hearing from people who have taken part in clinical research studies
  • The ethical and scientific principles that underpin the research process
  • Getting a better understanding of the challenges of conducting clinical research and the benefits to modern healthcare.

Registered learners have access to the MOOC materials for two weeks after the course has finished. The online learning discussion with moderators and learners is a live experience and better accessed over the four weeks while the course is running.