Our Open Online Course on Medical Professionalism

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Our PILOT attempt at enabling equitable access to learning that is informal, inter professional, collaborative and easily accessed from anywhere, anytime and through any device the student chooses

This was a course on Medical Professionalism and had students from Africa, the South Asian subcontinent , Europe and Australia. The students were from a varied inter-professional background — doctors, nurses, head of NGO’s , students. The contributors included subject matter experts from the Mayo Clinic, Professors from South Asia and Australasia.

The internet had suddenly enabled a nurse in rural Ghana to access education from the best minds in the field who were thousands of miles away — at her own time and in the device of her own choosing.

The internet truly enables empowerment. Could this be one of the many solutions to foster a more equitable world ?

Equitable Access to Informal Collaborative Learning — The Way forward for a brave new world

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Great talk by Sugata Mitra on leveraging the cloud to enable equitable access to informal learning.

Jay Cross in his Book on informal learning says

Formal learning is like riding a bus: the driver decides where the bus is going; the passengers are along for the ride. Informal learning is like riding a bicycle: the rider chooses the destination and the route.

Could these¬†educational systems foster such riders who may well come back with innovative solutions for the “Wicked Problems” faced by society today ?