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Online dementia program available

March 27, 2014
by Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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This year’s version of the University of Tasmania’s massive open online course (MOOC) “Understanding Dementia” will go live March 31.

The university’s Wicking Dementia Research and Education Center launched the MOOC in 2013 and says it’s the first of its kind. In the inaugural year, 9,200 people worldwide enrolled in the free offering. The completion rate was the second-highest for a MOOC on record, according to the university. This year, to date, more than 10,000 people have registered for the course, about one-third of them from outside Australia.

The curriculum of the nine-week course draws on the expertise of neuroscientists, clinicians and dementia care professionals at the Wicking Center. The course is designed for health professionals, residential facility support staff, health policymakers, social scientists, those in the early stages of dementia and their families and caregivers, and individuals with a general interest in dementia. Participants who complete the MOOC are eligible to progress into the university’s online undergraduate dementia care degree program.

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