LUMC creates a free online course about transplantation

23 October 2015• NEWSITEM

The LUMC is the first medical institution in the world to offer a massive online open course (MOOC) about clinical kidney and pancreas transplantation. Transplant experts at the LUMC have developed this free course, which is taught in English, in collaboration with Leiden University over the past year. Its broad and international design makes it suitable for use in medical teaching.

The LUMC is the first medical institution in the world to offer a massive online open course (MOOC) about clinical kidney and pancreas transplantation. Transplant experts at the LUMC have developed this free course, which is taught in English, in collaboration with Leiden University over the past year. Its broad and international design makes it suitable for use in medical teaching.

The MOOC has been developed with funding from Leiden University and investments the LUMC has made in novel educational methods. Transplant experts at the LUMC have created the course in collaboration with the Online Learning Lab, part of Leiden University’s Centre for Innovation. The Online Learning Lab has previously developed many popular online courses. Dr Marlies Reinders is the senior lecturer supervising the project: ‘The MOOC requires students to take an active role. People from all over the world will participate in the course, including medical professionals from countries with limited access to education; the course increases their network and expertise.’

All aspects of the procedure

KidneyThe design of the online course is very broad. Dr Reinders: ‘Many departments at the LUMC are involved in clinical kidney and pancreas transplantation. We cover all aspects of the procedure: those requiring attention before the transplant, the surgery itself, patients with complex clinical symptoms and early and late challenges after the surgery. Each module ends with an interactive clinical case study with the students actively finding solutions. Dr Reinders: ‘There are weekly presentations with questions, assignments and visualisations including of kidney transplants. There are also two serious games students can play to acquire knowledge in a stimulating environment.’

Training application

The MOOC is there for everyone who wants to learn more about transplant medicine, more specifically medical students and professionals. Dr Reinders: ‘The interactive nature of the exams and assignments and the active discussion forum make this course coordinate well with clinical practice. Leiden University and the LUMC will include this MOOC in the syllabus of the Medical and Biomedical Sciences degree courses.’ She added that partners of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) will follow that example. The course is free of charge and will start on the Coursera online platform on 25 January.

A second MOOC, titled 'Anatomy of the Abdomen and Pelvis; a journey from basis to clinic', will start on 1 February. 

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