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OnE LEARNS - Online Education for LEAdeRs in Nutrition and Sustainability

The overall aim of OnE LEARNS is to increase awareness of the potential of online education and use it to increase digital health literacy and promote the global sustainability goals. We are targeting government officials and actors in the civil society organisations (such as NGOs) in Rwanda and Ethiopia who hold a position with a mandate to bring about change.

Rwanda and Ethiopia are resource-limited African countries that experience unacceptably high rates of malnutrition among children and other health-related issues. The importance of training health workers to reduce these health problems is paramount. Many of these health workers can be trained online and this approach has twofold benefits where the training can be provided at much lower costs compared to face-to-face approaches. Information we have obtained from local partners show that computers, internet connections and spaces for participants are available for the planned online training.

We will create an online training program comprising three modules targeting government officials in Rwanda and Ethiopia working with education, agriculture, health and social welfare. The first module will demonstrate the pros and cons of online learning in general and Question-Based Learning (QBL) methodology in particular. The second module introduces concepts of digital health literacy and how to increase digital health literacy among both public health professionals and the general public. The third module will cover the global sustainability goals with a focus on nutrition and public health.

The State-of-the-art of online training is based on research in the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) at Carnegie Mellon University, US. In OLI they have shown that their QBL approach with online support can reduce learning time by 50%, with similar or improved results, at midterms and finals, as compared to traditional campus courses (Lovett et al., 2008). Nowadays, OLI courses are being used at ≈ 1.000 colleges and universities in the US, but the spread outside North America is limited. KTH has piloted the methodology since 2017 in Sweden and proven its value in various contexts and cultures.

Information about the project from KTH:s press releases (in Swedish) .

Team

Olle Bälter, Reuben Mugisha and Chantal Mutimukwe at KTH

Katarina Bälter, Benti Geleta Buli, Feben Javan, Christine Persson Osowski at Mälardalen University

Funding

Swedish Institute

Project Duration

June 2020-June 2021