Faculty of Health

Understanding Dementia MOOC reaches 100,000 enrolments

The University of Tasmania’s Understanding Dementia Massive Online Course (MOOC), which has reached a record-breaking 100,000 people, opens tomorrow ( Tuesday, 25 July 2017 ).

The first Tasmanian MOOC to reach the 100,000 milestone and one of the most successful in the world, the Understanding Dementia MOOC is run by the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre in the Faculty of Health

An easily accessible nine-week online course, the MOOC builds on the latest in international research on dementia and draws on the expertise of neuroscientists, clinicians and dementia care professionals.

Enrolments for the MOOC, which began in 2013, have come from more than 170 countries around the world.

Understanding Dementia is one of two highly successful MOOCs run by the Wicking Centre.

The Preventing Dementia MOOC introduced in 2016 has already reached 25,000 enrolments to date.

Wicking Centre Co-Director James Vickers said the growth of the Understanding Dementia MOOC is driven by its strong research base and up-to-date content.

“Each iteration of the MOOC is refreshed with new content in response to the changing evidence base for dementia,” he said.

“In the next version, we have particularly refreshed sections on the brain as well as the four major diseases that cause dementia.”

He said the positive feedback from past participants was also a major key to the course’s popularity.

Participant Rowena Leitch said the MOOC benefitted her career and equipped her with the latest research to pass onto family and friends.

“I was able to educate myself with the facts,” she said.

“I then went on to do the Preventing Dementia MOOC, and enrolled to complete the Bachelor of Dementia Care which I am in my second year of and loving.”

The Understanding Dementia MOOC is open for enrolments until 18 August, 2017.