Open Education for Eye Care (free online courses)

Learners, educators and training insitutions connected through Open Education

Eye care human resources faces many challenges. Limited training facilities and faculty, not enough ophthalmologists and eye care teams, poorly distributed and isolated workforces. This is a central challenge, in low and middle-income countries, where 90% of avoidable blindness is found.

In response, ICEH  is developing a series of free online courses in key topics in public health eye care. The courses are free to everyone to access and the course materials are published as Open Educational Resources (OERs) under a non-restrictive copyright license called Creative Commons which means the course contents can be legally downloaded, adapted and shared by eye care clinicians, educators and learners.

ICEH free online courses

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.

Sign up now on FutureLearn (course is running until November 4th 2017)

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.

Enrol now for this course as self study on Open Study at LSHTM (you may need to set up an account first)

Sign up and study with others on FutureLearn (next course starts October 30th)

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.

Enrol now for this self study course on Open Study at LSHTM (you may need to set up an account first)

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

Enrol now for this self study course on Open Study at LSHTM (you may need to set up an account first)

More courses coming soon…

  • Diabetic eye disease (Spring 2018)
  • Retinopathy of prematurity (2018)
  • Glaucoma (2019)

Find out more

  • View the 2017 ICEH webinar series on Open Education
    5 webinars with ICEH staff  and Open Education  experts from around the world exploring how eye health educators can use digital communication technologies to innovate and improve teaching practice and address some of big challenges facing human resources development  and global eye care training.
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  • Educators interested in re-using and adapting the course materials can contact us at

Acknowledgements

We gratefully acknowledge the support of partners, course participants and funders:

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