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Second chance to learn about death and dying through free online course

Dying2Learn will be presented by Professor Deb Parker, Associate Professor Jennifer Tieman, Dr Christine Sanderson and Deb Rawlings.

Enrolments open today for a free, web-based course that allows people of all ages to learn about death and dying, and engage in supportive discussion.

Dying2Learn is the second Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to be offered by online palliative care resource CareSearch. The five-week course, which starts on 3 April, will have the same content as the Dying2Learn MOOC offered in the middle of last year.

CareSearch research fellow Deb Rawlings says about 800 people actively participated in the previous MOOC, and many said they were surprised to have really enjoyed it.

“You don’t go into this sort of thing thinking ‘I’m going to have a great time here’, but people did and they were surprised by how many like-minded people they met,” she says.

Dying2Learn will have four modules:

  1. How does today’s society engage with death and dying? How do we use language to describe it? What about the role of television and film?
  2. What does death ‘look’ like? How is death and dying portrayed in the media?
  3. If death is the problem, is medicine the answer? A look at what we die of, the role of medicine, and prolonging life versus prolonging death.   
  4. Digital dying: Death during the internet-age.

Ms Rawlings says some previous participants found the course inspired important conversations about death and dying that they’d never had before.

Discussion about end-of-life wishes and advance care planning left people thinking for the first time about what they wanted for their funeral, or whether they wanted an event before they died instead.

A session on prolonging life, led by a palliative care physician and an intensive care specialist, covered issues such as resuscitation.

 “A lot of participants found that was a real light-bulb moment. They didn’t realise some of the things that can happen if you find yourself in intensive care.”

Ms Rawlings says a highlight of the course was the storytelling it inspired. The non-judgemental, supportive online environment made participants comfortable to share personal stories and events from their lives.

Ten groups, including one for people who had experienced the death of a child, were formed through the MOOC’s online platform, allowing members to interact afterwards.

“At the end of the day, we weren’t teaching them so much as allowing them to shape conversations and lead their learning themselves.”

Ms Rawlings says the MOOC was designed for the general public, so CareSearch was surprised that two-thirds of those enrolled last year were health professionals.

“They interacted as people, not as health professionals, and they were posting personal reflections, not work-based ones, so that was great to see.”

She said some of last year’s participants had already emailed to say they planned to do the MOOC again.

For more information and to register, visit www.caresearch.com.au/Dying2Learn.


Comments

  • I would like to enroll please.

    - Moida Montesa
  • I am interested in participating

    - Sherryn Parker
  • I truly believe in Palliative Care. I am only a housewife so not an academic at all. I would be very interested in doing this Course you have advertised on FB. I'm not sure I would be eligible. Many thanks, Margaret.

    - Margaret Preston
  • I would dearly love to do these courses. I currently work in a residential aged care facility as well as a preschool. Thank you so much for the opportunity. Shaz

    - Sharon Gordon
  • I would like to enrol please

    - Kylie Williams
  • Interested in the course from a Nursing and personal perspective. Is it online. Is there a cost. Does it contribute any CPD points. Is an attendance certificate issued. Interesting course - would love to know more. Thank you

    - Kim Purkiss RN
  • Would love to be a part of this very interesting course - both as a Health Professional and personally. Does it generate any CPD points?? Is a completion certificate administered. This is certainly an area I would love to find out more about and enjoy the process .

    - Kim Purkiss RN
  • I am very interested can you please let me know all the details thank you Raylene

    - Raylene macdonald
  • I've attempted to sign up, a pop up is displayed and it is near impossible to fill out - cannpt enter data to save.

    - Wayne Pratt
  • Hi there I am keen to enrol. Are there any costs and classes? Also do we obtain an certificate after completion?

    - Thelmarie Neser
  • Hello my name is Coleen, I would like to do the online palliative care course.During my life time I have been at then end of life for a number of people.For me it is a privellidge to be present for no matter the duration.May I please have the information. Regards Coleen.

    - Coleen Anne Neboraczek
  • I would be very keen to learn more please send information on how to enrol for course

    - Shelley Hurst
  • So interested in pursuing this. I have facilities Death Cafe and am engaged in offering grief counselling frequently. I lead a Comgirt Chour for bedside song for the ill and dying.

    - Dianne Bsker
  • Hi everyone, I am one of the MOOC authors and thought I could answer a few of your questions. We have been so staggered with the response this time around and in just 24 hours we have received over 850 enrollments - you may have to try a couple of times as the website is so busy. A few facts - yes it is online and it is also free. It is definitely not academic at all - it is us having conversations about death and dying. There are no tests or exams but also no CPD points (although we do have infromation for health professionals on how you can do this yourself) as we are not teaching a course on palliaitve care. If you want to join in the conversation you can enrol via this link: https://www.caresearch.com.au/Caresearch/tabid/2868/Default.aspx

    - Deb Rawlings
  • I would like more details regarding this course. Any cost any traveling involved. Thank you I am really interested in this course. Thank Nancy

    - Nancy
  • I would be interested in the courese as some one from the general community who has had alot of topsy turvys in life.n

    - Sharon McLennan
  • Would love to do this. I am currently in my Masters of Counseling internship for Hospice/palliative care. I am in the U.S. will that be an issue?

    - Sarah Gregory-Ferguson
  • I would like to enrol please

    - Michelle Hawkins
  • Hi I have just seen this advertised and would be interested to know more about what exactly is involved Start and end dates Day or night time Which day or days?? How is it structured - x amount of hours on one day a week or many days etc Just a bit more info would be very helpful Have just completed an Adv Dip of Counselling and think this may be a great adjunct

    - Jennifer Emmerton
  • Hi Jennifer, you can enrol through CareSearch here https://www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/tabid/4213/Default.aspx all questions can be emailed to caresearch@flinders.edu.au. Best of wishes, Grace PCA.

    - Grace
  • Hi Michelle, you can enrol through CareSearch here https://www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/tabid/4213/Default.aspx all questions can be emailed to caresearch@flinders.edu.au. Best of wishes, Grace PCA.

    - Grace
  • Hi Sarah, you can enrol through CareSearch here https://www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/tabid/4213/Default.aspx all questions can be emailed to caresearch@flinders.edu.au. Best of wishes, Grace PCA.

    - Grace
  • Hi Nancy, you can enrol through CareSearch here https://www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/tabid/4213/Default.aspx The course is free and no travel is involved. All questions can be emailed to caresearch@flinders.edu.au. Best of wishes, Grace PCA.

    - Grace
  • Hi Dianne, you can enrol through CareSearch here https://www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/tabid/4213/Default.aspx all questions can be emailed to caresearch@flinders.edu.au. Best of wishes, Grace PCA.

    - Grace
  • Hi Coleen, you can enrol through CareSearch here https://www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/tabid/4213/Default.aspx all questions can be emailed to caresearch@flinders.edu.au. Best of wishes, Grace PCA.

    - Grace
  • Hi Thelmarie, you can enrol through CareSearch here https://www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/tabid/4213/Default.aspx all questions can be emailed to caresearch@flinders.edu.au. Best of wishes, Grace PCA.

    - Grace
  • Hi Raylene, you can enrol through CareSearch here https://www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/tabid/4213/Default.aspx all questions can be emailed to caresearch@flinders.edu.au. Best of wishes, Grace PCA.

    - Grace
  • Hi Kim, you can enrol through CareSearch here https://www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/tabid/4213/Default.aspx all questions can be emailed to caresearch@flinders.edu.au. Best of wishes, Grace PCA.

    - Grace
  • Hi Kylie, you can enrol through CareSearch here https://www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/tabid/4213/Default.aspx all questions can be emailed to caresearch@flinders.edu.au. Best of wishes, Grace PCA.

    - Grace
  • The Mooc is free and anyone can join. It is online so no travel. We already have overseas participants enrolled which is great to see. The mooc starts on Monday (registration opened yesterday) and you are in charge of your own learning. Self-paced, you can do as much or as little as you want. It runs for 5 weeks. Please see the posts above for the Web address to enrol. For any questions please email caresearch@flinders.edu.au. Deb Rawlings (one of the MOOC facilitators)

    - Deb Rawlings
  • I am a volunteer palliative care doctor attached to Palliative Care Assosciation Kota Kinabalu Sabah Malaysia for 20yrs and would like to join this course to refresh myself. I m heavily involved with home care palliative care.

    - Dr Hjh Suzain Suhaimi
  • Would love to be part of this course

    - Sandra Wilson
  • I would like to enrol in this course. I have had many dealings with persons at a time of grief. Now I am retired I have time to volunteer in Palliative Care. One can never stop learning

    - Leonie Harris
  • I am a student in a therapeutic music course and think this course would enhance my ability to understand the process of dying.

    - Glenda Underhill
  • Would love to enroll please!

    - Lois Berry
  • Hi Lois, you can enrol through CareSearch here: https://www.caresearch.com.au/caresearch/tabid/4213/Default.aspx All questions can be emailed to: caresearch@flinders.edu.au. Best of wishes, Isaac PCA.

    - Isaac
  • Very interested in this course. Always been interested in death, life after death and cementeries. Have lost a lot of loved ones and friends and had a near death experience.

    - Gladys Barber
  • Hi I would like to sign up for this course plz

    - Cherie overs
  • I am interested in this course

    - Lorraine Fielke
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