Open Education – Online courses & resources for eye health

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Eye care human resources face many constraints. Limited training facilities and faculty, not enough ophthalmologists and eye care teams, poorly distributed and isolated work forces. These are crucial challenges in low and middle-income countries where 90% of avoidable blindness is found

In response, the Open Education for Eye Health programme is developing a series of Open online courses in key topics in public health eye care. The courses are free to everyone to access and the course materials are published under a non-restrictive Creative Commons copyright license as Open Educational Resources (OERs).

How to use our eye health OER

Our Open approach aims to empower learners, educators, managers and leaders in eye health to build knowledge and skills in public health eye care and strengthen both clinical and teaching practice for the elimination of avoidable blindness.

  • LEARN: Improve your eye health practice by participating in one of our Open courses and applying the learning.
  • SHARE: Support eye health teaching and learning beyond the course by downloading the OER materials and sharing them with colleagues or the team.
  • TEACH: Include the course content in local residency training or as part lifelong learning for professionals, or support our courses as a facilitator*
  • IMPROVE: Advocate for life-long learning in your setting, create and contribute to the OER materials, send us feedback or adapt and re-use the OER in local training.

* requires public health and ophthalmic training

Sign up for an Open online course

Join more than 20,000 people from 160+ countries who have enrolled in our Open online courses.Map showing the distribution of enrolments on our open courses: UK, India, Nigeria and the US are the most popular countries,e ach with > 1000 joiners

Enrolments on our FutureLearn courses by country March 2016 – January 2019

FutureLearn courses

Learn together with eye health professionals from different cadres, countries and contexts on our FutureLearn courses. Learn also from the lead educator and course facilitators – eye care experts from around the world who share their expertise and experiences in the comments and discussions.

Diabetic Eye Disease: Building Capacity To Prevent Blindness

Understand the diabetes challenge and how health professionals can work with people with diabetes to prevent blindness. Learn the key facts about diabetic eye disease and its management, and how health teams and people with diabetes can work together to reduce the risk of vision loss and blindness.

Global Blindness: Planning and Managing Eye Care Services

Understand global blindness and how to plan effective eye care.Learn about the WHO definitions of visual acuity, the burden of visual impairment, the Global Action Plan and explore the key management strategies for cataract and refractive error services. Discover how principles of planning can be applied to address local eye care needs.

Content on this course is also provided in Spanish and Portuguese. A separate French course also runs at the same time: La Cécité dans le Monde: Planifier et Gérer les Services de Soins Oculaires. 

Eliminating Trachoma

Discover how communities and experts are joining together to end trachoma disease across 42 endemic countries by the year 2020. This course is aimed at the personnel implementing and managing trachoma programmes at a district and community level. It provides insights from stakeholders, experts and professionals as they share their experiences of their successes and challenges of eliminating blinding trachoma.

Open Study at LSHTM courses

Study our two ophthalmic epidemiology courses at a time and pace that suits you.

Ophthalmic Epidemiology 1. Basic Principles

Learn the key features and examine the uses of the main epidemiology study types for eye care. Understand the key concepts of prevalence and incidence, explore the causes and distribution of visual impairment in populations, learn about key epidemiological study designs and assess their strengths and limitations for studying eye disease.

Ophthalmic Epidemiology 2. Application to Eye Disease

Learn the key features, and examine the uses, of epidemiology for eye care. Critically analyse the different features of the main epidemiological study designs and discover how they are used to address different research questions in eye health.

Note that Global Blindness is also available for self-study on Open Study at LSHTM – enrol now. 

More courses coming soon…

  • Retinopathy of prematurity.
  • Glaucoma.

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