The development and delivery of course modules depend on a volunteer faculty. Tutors might be Public Health professionals who are academic or service-based, and in the current workforce or retired, and can act as:
Teams of at least 5 people share the load to developer, review or deliver modules.
As a facilitator, you would spend around 2 hours a week guiding the online discussions - for one of the 5 Topics (over two weeks) that go to make up each Module. We ask you to: 1. Post a pre-prepared discussion question to open the discussion of the Topic for the students 2. Respond to the student postings regularly during the 2-weeks and encourage participation if this is slow 3. Summarise the discussions at the end of the 2-weeks. There is a guide for online facilitators and a 'course' for new facilitators, if required, to help with the methods of being a good online facilitator. Also a Tutors Corner on the course website for discussions about academic issues, we also ask for some of the tutors to help with the setting and marking of assignments
Module leader. Each course unit has a unit leader who takes overall responsibility for the unit. The roles are performed in conjunction with the Academic Coordinator and both are supported by Student Support Officers to whom each student is assigned. Roles include ensuring that the units are appropriately set up to reflect any changes based on feedback from the previous semester, that tutors are assigned as online facilitators to each of the Topics and as assignments markers. There will also be some reporting requirements.
Dissertation supervisor. The Dissertation is the final part of the MPH award and extends over 2 semesters. Students can only enroll in this if they have passed 8 modules/units at the Masters level. The idea is not to perform a research project, but to plan one. The role of the academic supervisor includes guiding the student academically through the choice of health problem, the review of the literature and writing up a proposal. This is done in conjunction with a module leader who coordinates the dissertation module, and in communication with a local advisor identified by the student. The academic supervisor is asked to read draft(s) of the student’s dissertation, provide feedback, and is expected to be accessible by the student and in regular email contact with the student.
Open Online Course support. We also have a sister site for self-paced learning available to anyone, for continuing professional development rather than for academic credit http://ooc.peoples-uni.org and support for development and updating of these courses is also welcome.
Individuals or organisations. We welcome suggestions from those who wish to collaborate and join this initiative in any capacity, including suggestions for the development of new course modules, and from individuals or organisations. If you would like to join in please fill out our Tutor Registration Form. Please get in touch through the contact form.
Modules currently offered can be seen here, and those planned or in development include: Environmental health (including Climate change); Violence and Health; Zoonoses and 'one health'; Health informatics. Development team members are welcome in each of these. Any individual or organisation who would like to join in the process of developing a new module is invited to suggest a topic to us.
What will I get out of being a tutor?
Work with a diverse and interesting group of colleagues from many countries
Develop partnerships and collaborations with individuals and institutions in many different settings
Keep up to date with advances in international Public Health
Get up to speed with developments in IT and the open source approach - a new way for individuals and organisations to develop collaboratively and share the products of their work
Have a teaching role, with lots of support
Receive a certificate recognising your contribution each semester, for use in your portfolio or for Continuing Professional Development
If you are a UK Public Health trainee, you may be able to cover some of your own learning outcomes identified by your trainer or the Faulty of Public Heath - see here for some of the learning outcomes you can meet - they are highlighted on the spreadsheet accessed through the link (you will have to get these approved by your individual Educational Supervisor)
And, of course, feel good about being able to help build capacity to deal with major health problems in settings where this is so much needed
Getting started as a tutor
We will ask you to complete a short registration form, and give you access to the Courses web site. Please note that the registration form times out if left idle for too long and may generate an error message at the point of submission. We would advise that you prepare your responses on a Word document or Notepad first and paste into the registration form to avoid errors.
For those who have joined us as a tutor, thank you for joining the Peoples-uni family.
The first thing to note is that there are two websites: the general site where you are now, and the educational platform (called Moodle) on which the courses are based – this is at http://courses.peoples-uni.org and to access it you will need a username and password.
You can see how to log in to the courses site and a number of other pieces of information in the Tutors Handbook on the course website site. You might also find the Student Handbook on this site helpful. This is public access - you only need a password to access the courses site.
There is a Guide for online facilitators in the courses site (so will require you to log on first). Please do take the time to study this. From time to time we run this as a 'course', but it is important to look through before you start your first session as an online facilitator or developer/reviewer.
There is a Tutors Corner on the courses site (so will require you to log on first) which includes the Tutors Handbook and various items such as a discussion forum for discussions amongst tutors and resources about various academic issues.