Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Positive Ageing

Trinity EngAGE Centre for Research in Ageing is partnering with AFI to develop a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Positive Ageing

Age Friendly Ireland and Trinity College Dublin’s EngAGE Centre for Research in Ageing are working together with representatives from five of the country’s Age Friendly City & Counties programmes to develop a MOOC which will present strategies for positive ageing.

What is a MOOC?
A MOOC is a free online course delivered to approximately 10,000 students. MOOCs are being developed by Trinity College Dublin and are delivered using the FutureLearn platform. You can browse FutureLearn’s current MOOCs here.  Each MOOC lasts between 2-6 weeks, with a new lesson made available to students each week. Students who sign up for a MOOC commit between 2 to 4 hours each week. The types of activities used in a MOOC vary depending on the course content, but often include video features, articles, resources for greater investigation, and a discussion forum to encourage social interaction. This Trinity EngAGE-AFI MOOC will provide the platform to empower older adults to advocate for their health and well-being, encouraging participants to share their experiences and personal strategies.

Watch this space
On the 9th of April, older people from around Dublin, including 5 Older People’s Councils, gathered at Trinity College to contribute to the development of a Massive Open Online Course on Positive Ageing. Facilitated by Sarah Bowman, Director of Public Engagement for Trinity EngAGE, participants provided suggestions for delivering an online course that engages older adults with relevant and timely information, stimulating conversations, and an emphasis on the benefits of ageing rather than the burdens. Over the next month, this group of individuals will assist Trinity Engage in co-creating the MOOC to shape a positive ageing experience. It is expected that this first Trinity EngAGE MOOC will be delivered in September 2015, so watch this space.