World Antibiotic Awareness Week – working together

Mon, 22 Nov 2021 10:03:00 GMT

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the top ten global public health and development threats of the modern world.

Our Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health are striving to slow the development of AMR by promoting understanding and adopting a Faculty wide educational approach on this topic. This presented an opportunity for collaboration, creating a short, online self-study course to introduce an awareness of AMR, relevant to our undergraduate students.

With World Antibiotic Awareness Week just taking place, our first-year students have taken the opportunity to start learning about AMR, by studying an introductory forerunner to core curriculum content. This online module was initially designed for MPharm undergraduate students, but then adapted for other healthcare students such as optometry and biological subjects, thereby introducing a consistent approach to educating and raising awareness about AMR across the Faculty.

One of the main challenges for this project was to adapt an existing course for many different healthcare contexts. This meant designing a reusable course, whilst keeping a consistent approach to the topic. Another challenge was to produce content that was academically informative (without assuming any prior knowledge of the topic) and was also succinct and user-friendly.

The course was developed using Rise, a content authoring tool used extensively in the i3HS Hub that was chosen for this project because of its many interactive elements, which can be easily embedded in an online course. It is also easy to collaborate and get feedback on the course content with others through the Review tool and to evaluate impact, student engagement and knowledge acquisition, when uploaded to Blackboard. As such, Rise is a fantastic means by which to make self-study based learning an enjoyable yet informative experience.

For more detailed information about challenges faced, implementation, and evaluation of the project, please read this article or contact Catherine Wasiuk (Rise) or David Allison (AMR)