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What are OERs and MOOCs and what have they got to do with prep?

Power, A. and Coulson, K. V. (2015) What are OERs and MOOCs and what have they got to do with prep? British Journal of Midwifery. 23(4), pp. 282-284. 0969-4900.

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Abstract: As technology advances and becomes more accessible, it offers midwives a greater variety of ways to meet prep (continuing professional development (CPD)) standards (Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2011) and, at the end of 2015, its successor, revalidation. The concepts of online learning and open educational resources (OERs) have developed rapidly in the last two decades owing to advances in, and the massification of, information technology. The term massive open online courses (MOOCs) was devised by Dave Cormier in 2008 in response to the development of free, open, online courses which allow for an unlimited number of participants (Cormier, 2010). As OERs and MOOCs are free and easily accessible, could they be useful resources for midwives to access to meet CPD requirements? This article will explain what they are; suggest how they might be useful and recommend some resources to consider.
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General) > R735 Medical education. Medical schools. Research
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education > LB2395.7 Internet in higher education. Web-based instruction. Educational technology
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics > RG950 Midwifery
Creators: Power, Alison and Coulson, Kathryn V
Publisher: MA Healthcare Ltd.
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Health & Society > Midwifery
University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > University Departments > Library and Learning Services
Faculties > Faculty of Health & Society > Midwifery
Date: 2 April 2015
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 282-284
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Midwifery
Volume: 23
Number: 4
Language: English
ISSN: 0969-4900
Status: Published / Disseminated

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