We are excited to share with you that registration for the second iteration of the MOOC in concussion course is now open and will be available until October 19, 2020! The course starts on September 28, 2020 and runs until Nov 23, 2020 and is free. This course is intended for any stakeholder with an interest in concussion!
Concussions continue to be an important public health problem. A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a freely available course that anyone can register for. In April of 2019, the University of Calgary in collaboration with the Université Laval, launched a MOOC in concussion and 8,519 individuals enrolled in the course and 36% of individuals completed the final exam and received a “Certificate of Achievement” for the course. The MOOC in concussion will cover a range of topics that are relevant to concussion. The course will start with an introduction and each week of the course will cover a topic on the diagram below.
Registration is open until October 19, 2020 at the following link:
The second iteration of the course will include updates in the research evidence and new tools and resources that are available since the initial course in April of 2019. The goal of this course is to disseminate the latest evidence-based information on concussion (informed by the 5th International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport, McCrory et al 2017 BJSM). This course has been adapted from a MOOC in concussion that was developed in French at Université Laval by Dr. Pierre Fremont and his team (BMJ Open Sport Exerc Med. 2020; 6(1): e000700. doi: 10.1136/bmjsem-2019-000700).
A total of 39 contributors were engaged in the development of this course and included researchers in the area of concussion, health care professionals, sport associations, coaches, players and Parachute Canada. This course is meant for all stakeholders with an interest in concussion (parents, coaches, players, teachers, administrators, sport associations, policy makers, health care professionals, researchers). The course includes an ongoing interactive discussion forum that course participants can engage in and discuss topics with one another and the course instructors (K Schneider and P Fremont). All participants are also invited to participate in an evaluation of the course as part of research to better understand how the MOOC impacts concussion knowledge and how the course can evolve in future iterations.
Authors and Affiliations:
Kathryn J. Schneider PT, PhD and Pierre Fremont MD, PhD, FCMF
This course was supported by the Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine, Universite Laval and the Integrated Concussion Research Program (ICRP), University of Calgary.