MOOCs and affordable education opportunities for all

New technologies have helped to make education more accessible and affordable even for those living in remote communities. ICTs have become popular on the education industry to broaden the outreach of their courses and make available contents that are relevant for stakeholders.

In some specific situations, particularly when the world faces crisis times, this education opportunities become so relevant that thousands of people enroll immediately enhancing the knowledge of communities and families across the world. Massive Online Open Courses (MOOC) can assist in the dissemination of critical awareness contents and help to save lives.

Now the world is facing the worst pandemic in recent times. MOOCs are an effective instrument for knowledge transfer that can reach to the last mile, providing contents that are free and easily accessible with a basic Internet service.

The 2019-nCoV has spread rapidly worldwide, both in North and South countries, affecting rich and poor families everywhere. ICTs are an opportunity for relevant actors in global health, such as the World Health Organization (WHO), to bring their expertise to the local communities and help them to become more resilient and protected.

Real-time online training during global emergencies is critical for effective preparedness and response. It may save lives and prevent many to become affected. It can help to build confidence and trust.

According to WHO, the OpenWHO Massive Online Open Courses for COVID19 provide learning resources for health professionals, decision-makers and the public. As by now, more than 320 000 learners have already enrolled. “As the pandemic continues to evolve, new resources will be added, additional language versions will continue to be rolled out, and existing courses will be updated to best reflect the changing context”, informs WHO.

Just try them and become better prepared to deal with COVID19 at: https://openwho.org

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