As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m currently working on a very large and complex health information system project. I’ve been on this project for nearly 10 months now and it has been both a fantastic learning opportunity and a chance to see my work have real and immediate effects 1A subject for a future blog posting – the process uses of evaluation! – to be sure.. One of the areas I’m learning a lot about is health information technology – and I’m about to learn a lot more. The lead for learning on the project has brought to the attention of project staff a course called “Interprofessional Healthcare Informatics” offered by the University of Minnesota through Coursera.
Coursera is “an education platform that partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.”(Source). For a fee, you can also get a certificate to verify that you passed the course, but since I already have quite a few credentials behind my name, I don’t think that it’s worth the money for me. I’m just interested in learning the content and you get all the same content in the free version.
I’ve heard good things about Coursera from friends and colleagues and, as a post-secondary instructor in both online and offline settings, I’m almost as interested in how the course is run as I am in the content.
Expect to see the notes I take during the course here – since recording notes about stuff I’m learning seems to be the primary use of this blog these days!
Wish me luck!