MOOC to aid cancer battle

Sheffield Hallam has joined the fight against one of the UK’s biggest cancer killers by launching a MOOC in Enhancing Prostate Cancer Care

In collaboration with Prostate Cancer UK the MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has been designed to give healthcare professionals, patients, carers as well as those with a keen interest in the disease, the chance to expand their expertise and to improve their knowledge of prostate cancer.

The University and the charity have developed the five-week programme to cover key areas such as diagnosis, treatment, end-of-life care and survivorship.

The course is open to health professionals, students, patients and carers. It will be delivered in collaboration with e-portfolio system, PebblePad via an online interactive workbook, discussion forums and live webinars with Sheffield Hallam academics, medical specialists and guest speakers provided by Prostate Cancer UK.

Registration is now open for the free course which will start on 13 October 2014. It will be the first time the University has introduced a MOOC to its extensive course offering.

David Eddy, MOOC course leader and principal lecturer in radiotherapy and oncology at Sheffield Hallam University, said: ‘This is a first for Sheffield Hallam and Prostate Cancer UK. It is designed to support and enable people across the country and outside the UK, to study or improve their knowledge about prostate cancer care.

‘Not only will the course support and facilitate learning, it will also provide a forum for healthcare professionals, patients and carers to share information and discuss new ways to improve prostate cancer care.

‘The course has been designed and will be delivered by world-class academics from Sheffield Hallam that will provide a high-quality and engaging learning experience in line with our other programmes.’

To register for a place on the MOOC visit or contact David Eddy via for more information.

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