Rohloff, Tobias; Utunen, Heini; Renz, Jan; Zhao, Yu; Gamhewage, Gaya; Meinel, Christoph
EC-TEL Practitioner Proceedings 2018
Dimitrova, Vania; Praharaj, Sambit; Fominykh, Mikhail; Drachsler, Hendrik
The platform OpenWHO was developed in 2017 in a cooperation between the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI). The Department of Infectious Hazard Management, under the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, worked together with the HPI to create a new interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform offering online courses to improve the response to health emergencies. The platform was newly launched as there was an identified need of an open and scalable solution for fast distribution of life-saving content in disease outbreaks for frontline responders. The platform provides adjusted versions of the massive open online learning resources that are self-paced and at ease formats for the frontline and low-bandwidth use. The HPI already developed know-how in previous Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) projects like openHPI and openSAP. OpenWHO is based on the same technology as the aforementioned projects. This paper will provide insights into the practical deployment, the adaption of the MOOC concept, and lessons learnt within the first year of this platform.