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Best Practices for Developing an Online Course for Public Health Professionals
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, , Ontario Tobacco Research Unit, Canada

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Orlando, Florida, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-83-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

In public health it is crucial to have knowledge of research and real-world issues. Tobacco & Public Health: From Theory to Practice is an online course on tobacco control that offers a bridge between research and practice. The 4 modules: Protection, Prevention, Cessation and Evaluation have enrolled over 5400 participants in their 6.5-year lifespan. To ensure successful training for professionals it was crucial to use a multidisciplinary team, apply adult learning principles and web design best practices, and craft systems to easily enroll and track students. New content and learning management systems were created to make course maintenance simpler. To reveal key findings, the means for building, and sustaining the course were studied. An outcome evaluation showed knowledge gains and high participant satisfaction. Overall, developing a successful online course needs time, resources, and skill. These and other lessons learned can be applied to online courses in numerous disciplines.

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Podgorski, A. & Cohen, J. (2010). Best Practices for Developing an Online Course for Public Health Professionals. In J. Sanchez & K. Zhang (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2010--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 300-302). Orlando, Florida, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 1, 2020 from .

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