Over 8 weeks in September and October 2016 Physiopedia, in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross, delivered it’s fifth Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on the topic of Cerebral Palsy (CP). 14,010 participants formally registered for the Managing Children with Cerebral Palsy course, this represented 179 countries and 84% were physiotherapists.

The course was delivered in the new online learning platform Physiopedia Plus that has been specifically developed to deliver online education and professional development to Physiotherapists and Physical Therapists worldwide. The platform provides a personalised learning environment for the student that records all learning activities and achievements in an innovative learning dashboard. The learning activities including the books, quizzes, discussions and certificates are provided securely once a user has logged into the system. Every user also has the opportunity to record a reflective note on each learning activity, particularly important for countries where evidence of professional development is output based such as the UK.

To complete the course, participants had to complete 62 learning activities including 6 case study related activities, 6 quizzes and 12 contributions to the discussion forum. Over the 8 weeks of the course nearly 124,000 learning activities were logged by the system. To pass the course and receive a certificate of completion the participants were required to pass the final quiz with an 80% pass rate and submit an assignment that demonstrated their learning from the course. At the date of this report over 700 people had completed the course and downloaded their certificate.

by Rachel Lowe extracted from physiospot