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IC-Health Project: Development of MOOCs to Promote Digital Health Literacy: First Results and Future Challenges

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Evaluation Unit of the Canary Islands Health Service (SESCS), 38109 Tenerife, Spain
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Health Services Research on Chronic Patients Network (REDISSEC), 38109 Tenerife, Spain
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Center for Biomedical Research of the Canary Islands (CIBICAN), 38320 Tenerife, Spain
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Canarian Foundation Health Research Institute of the Canary Islands, 38109 Tenerife, Spain
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ITED Research Group, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of La Laguna (ULL), 38200 Tenerife, Spain
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Endocrinology and Nutrition Department, University Hospital Insular Materno-Infantil, 35016 Gran Canaria, Spain
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Research Institute of Biomedical and Health Sciences, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 35001 Gran Canaria, Spain
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Consulta Europa Projects & Innovation, 35017 Gran Canaria, Spain
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Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Université Catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
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Department of Economics and Business Management, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 35001 Gran Canaria, Spain
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Diabetology Unit, Meyer University Children’s Hospital, 50139 Firenze, Italy
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IC-Health Project Partner Consortium: Canary Islands Government—General Directorate for Public Health (Spain), Associazione Comitato Collaborazione Medica (Spain), University of La Laguna (Spain), Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), University of Udine (Italy), Ulster University (UK), Tallinn University (Estonia), University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy), Scanbalt (Denmark), Meyer Children’s Hospital (Italy), Consulta Europa Projects & Innovation (Spain), FUNKA NU AB (Sweden), European Health Management Association (Belgium).
Sustainability 2020, 12(16), 6642; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166642
Received: 28 July 2020 / Revised: 11 August 2020 / Accepted: 13 August 2020 / Published: 17 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Opportunities and Challenges for the Future of Open Education)
Digital health literacy (DHL) is the ability to search, understand and evaluate information from digital media and apply that knowledge to solve health problems. However, currently many citizens have not developed these skills, and this compromises not only the self-management of their health, but the possibility that health services are socially sustainable. The objective of this article was to present the objectives, activities and results of the IC-Health project whose objective was to develop a series of massive open online courses (MOOCs) to improve the DHL skills of European citizens. An exploratory report on DHL’s current evidence was developed. Furthermore, a survey, focus groups and group interviews were conducted to determine DHL levels and the needs of population cohorts (children; adolescents; pregnant and lactating women; the elderly; and people affected by type 1 and type 2 diabetes). A participation strategy with end users was designed through a community of practice for the creation of MOOCs with the seven European countries that participated in the consortium. Thirty-five MOOCs were developed in eight different languages and a descriptive and exploratory assessment of MOOCs was conducted with new participants. This first evaluation indicated that MOOCs can be an effective educational resource for DHL and a facilitator of shared decision-making processes. The process of co-creation of MOOCs, the components, the challenges and the opportunities identified in this European project could be useful for other developers of MOOCs who want to co-create interventions with beneficiaries in similar settings. Further longer-term actions are still needed to improve citizens’ DHL. View Full-Text
Keywords: digital health literacy; MOOCs; open education; co-creation; eHealth; shared decision making digital health literacy; MOOCs; open education; co-creation; eHealth; shared decision making
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Perestelo-Perez, L.; Torres-Castaño, A.; González-González, C.; Alvarez-Perez, Y.; Toledo-Chavarri, A.; Wagner, A.; Perello, M.; Van Der Broucke, S.; Díaz-Meneses, G.; Piccini, B.; Rivero-Santana, A.; Serrano-Aguilar, P.; on behalf of the IC Project Consortium. IC-Health Project: Development of MOOCs to Promote Digital Health Literacy: First Results and Future Challenges. Sustainability 2020, 12, 6642. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166642

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Perestelo-Perez L, Torres-Castaño A, González-González C, Alvarez-Perez Y, Toledo-Chavarri A, Wagner A, Perello M, Van Der Broucke S, Díaz-Meneses G, Piccini B, Rivero-Santana A, Serrano-Aguilar P, on behalf of the IC Project Consortium. IC-Health Project: Development of MOOCs to Promote Digital Health Literacy: First Results and Future Challenges. Sustainability. 2020; 12(16):6642. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166642

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Perestelo-Perez, Lilisbeth, Alezandra Torres-Castaño, Carina González-González, Yolanda Alvarez-Perez, Ana Toledo-Chavarri, Ana Wagner, Michelle Perello, Stephan Van Der Broucke, Gonzalo Díaz-Meneses, Barbara Piccini, Amado Rivero-Santana, Pedro Serrano-Aguilar, and on behalf of the IC Project Consortium. 2020. "IC-Health Project: Development of MOOCs to Promote Digital Health Literacy: First Results and Future Challenges" Sustainability 12, no. 16: 6642. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12166642

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