Supporting public health training for eye care across the Commonwealth through Open Education
Open Education in Eye Health (OEEH) was established in response to the growing global need to embed a public health approach to effectively address avoidable blindness and the health training inequalities which exist. Training programmes in eye health, particularly in low and middle income countries (LMIC), are constrained by limited faculty and resources. In addition, public health for eye care is essential for practice within health systems but often is not covered within clinical ophthalmic training curriculums. The pace of change in medical knowledge requires the development of professional life-long learning approaches and resources.
OEEH contributes to addressing this glaring global gap using digital technology and collaborations with global networks of eye health educators and experts. Our Open online courses aim to break the “iron triangle” of access, quality and cost of education by providing free and flexible access to high quality public health for eye care training opportunities at scale and at the point of need.
So far, 5 courses in key subject areas have reached over 22,505 participants, from 188 countries and territories around the world with two-thirds from LMICs. Open registration enables individuals and eye health teams to learn together and with colleagues from different settings. Over 300 Openly licensed educational resources, created with 110 collaborators from 25 countries, are available to download, reuse, share and adapt for local training needs. OEEH partners with eye health training institutions and educators to promote the quality, equity and sustainability of the training at the local level.
Overall, the OEEH approach to online learning is enabling large numbers of eye health workers, educators and managers around the world to take a purposeful and self-directed approach to updating their own knowledge and delivering relevant professional development to eye health teams in their settings.
Find out more and register for one of our OEEH courses on the LSHTM website at http://iceh.lshtm.ac.uk/oer/