“Clinical Supervision with Confidence”: Exploring the potential of MOOCs for faculty development

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Background: Postgraduate medical trainees require named clinical supervisors.
Given the time pressures and difficulties of geographical access, there is a need to identify appropriate solutions for faculty development. We developed and launched a clinical supervision MOOC (FutureLearn platform) in March 2015.

Objective: To assess the potential of the clinical supervision MOOC for faculty development.

Methods: Quantitative data was obtained from FutureLearn course analytics and
course surveys; qualitative data was obtained from learner feedback within the

Results: Learners (1,938) from over 75 countries signed up for the MOOC. Of the
899 individuals who began the course, 334 (37.2%) completed. Learners were
highly satisfied with the course design and delivery, and enjoyed the opportunities for interprofessional and social learning.

Conclusions: MOOCs have great potential for faculty development without geographical boundaries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the EUROPEAN STAKEHOLDER SUMMIT on experiences and best practices in and around MOOCs (EMOOCS 2016)
EditorsMohammad Khalil, Martin Ebner, Michael Kopp, Anja Lorenz, Marco Kalz
Place of PublicationGraz, Austria
PublisherBooks on Demand GmbH, Norderstedt
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783739237107
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016
Event4th European MOOC Stakeholders' Summit - Graz, Austria
Duration: 22 Feb 201624 Feb 2016


Conference4th European MOOC Stakeholders' Summit
Abbreviated titleEMOOCs 2016


  • Clinical supervision
  • MOOC
  • Faculty development
  • Technology enhanced learning

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