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BU Study Contributes to Online Health Education Debate
Date:4/16/2010

A major UK study by leading health experts at Bournemouth University (BU) has contributed to the national debate surrounding the provision of open educational resources (OER) by revealing the key factors surrounding support for and against free online health education.

(PRWeb UK) April 16, 2010 -- BU’s Dr Heather Hartwell and Dr Ann Hemingway investigated the barriers and enablers of free online public health education as part of the PHORUS (Public Health Open Resources in the University Sector) project - an initiative designed to test practical considerations and benefits of providing OER in Higher Education.

Carried out in partnership with the Royal Society for Public Health and the Higher Education Health Sciences Subject Centre, the study found that online educational resources present key benefits such as recognition and networking opportunities but also raise concerns surrounding Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and academic credit.

Using what’s known as a Delphi study, a qualitative research method that relies on the judgment of individuals presumed to be knowledgeable and expert at what they do, Dr Hartwell and BU colleagues Dr Ann Hemingway and Dr Catherine Angell studied the controlled feedback towards the availability of online resources given via workshops, telephone interviews and the PHORUS dedicated web page.

Key reasons behind support for sharing public health resources online included:

 
  • Reduced costs of producing teaching materials for universities
  • Networking opportunities
  • Participation in OER development
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