IC-Health - Improving the digital healthliteracy of European citizens
IC-Health is a project to develop a series of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) to help improve the digital health literacy of European citizens. MOOCS will be developed in eight languages (English, French, Italian, Danish, German, Swedish, Dutch and Spanish). Countries involved in the pilot are Spain, Italy, Belgium, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and Denmark.
IC-Health partners met in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria on 1st December 2017 and held the first General Assembly of the project. The event was held at the premises of the Health Service of the Government of Canary Islands and was organised by Consulta Europa, with the support of the project coordinator. Each work package leader presented the work that had been carried so far, and what the next steps will be.
Partners were particularly interested in sharing with the others their experiences and described the main successes and difficulties encountered so far when dealing with offline and online co-creation. One of the main difficulties encountered by partners relate to the cohort of the pregnant and lactating women. They usually have difficulties in finding time to meet offline, but are very active on the online IC-Health platform. On the other hand, seniors have more time and are more willing to engage offline, but some of them do not make use of the Internet to search for health-related information. Those examples highlight the importance of working with diverse target groups and to create MOOCs that will answer each group’s specific needs.
Furthermore, partners recognised the need to engage more on the European room of the IC-Health platform. The platform was created to allow participants of the Communities of Practice to engage after the offline meetings, and each target group in each country has a specific room dedicated to them. A European room was also created to stimulate the debate on digital health literacy. For more information, please click here.
The next General Assembly meeting will be organised at the end of the project, in conjunction with the final conference in Brussels in October 2018. In the meantime, do not hesitate to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, and to participate in the European room of the IC-Health platform!Read More Leave a Comment
IC-Health co-creation process continues all around Europe, this time with children and adolescents. IC-Health partners Meyer Children’s Hospital organised a co-creation session on 25th November with children and adolescents, while Comitato Collaborazione Medica also conducted a session with adolescents on 13th November.
The groups discussed various ways to ensure good quality information while searching for health-related information online. Particular focus was brought on Google search and source reliability, and how to recognise trustworthy health care sites. Students had great ideas on the structure of the MOOC too, such as making the course as interactive as possible and include personal experiences.
One of the key aspects of the IC-Health project is to involve ordinary citizens in the creation process of the MOOCs in order to make the online courses tailored as closely as possible to citizens’ needs. Each target group is thus able to design a course whose content and structure reflect the characteristics of other fellow citizens. As such, although every MOOC will aim to improve digital health literacy skills, all MOOCs will be different from one another. It will be very interesting to see the differences in presenting information not only between target groups but also between countries!
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The IC-Health Consortium is happy to share with you the first issue of our project newsletter, released on the 30th October 2017. On a quarterly basis, we will wrap up the core findings of IC-Health, providing you with key information, insights into our co-creation activites, and much more.Read More Leave a Comment