New modules to announce – expanding our online offer

Although it seems far off at the moment, we wanted to let you know about two new online modules that we’ll be offering from September. They will add to our existing modules, and if you want to join us you need to apply by 20th July.

What are the new modules?

One of our new online modules is ‘Supporting people living with advanced dementia’, which will cover a variety of approaches and challenges relating to this phase of the dementia journey such as communication, pain and advanced care planning (amongst others). This module will be run by Mary Bruce.

The other new module is ‘Enabling environments for people living with dementia’. This module will get you thinking about the impact of the environment on people with dementia and how it contributes to autonomy and preservation of self and identity. This module will be run by Teresa Atkinson.

What other modules can I study?

If you want to improve your leadership skills around dementia our module on ‘Person-Centred Leadership: the VIPS Approach’ would be a good one to do, and the next iteration of that starts in September. This module will be run by Professor Dawn Brooker.

We’ve also got ‘Expert practice in delivering person-centred care’ which is based on implementing the Focussed Intervention Training and Support (FITS) programme. It enables students to become Dementia Practice Development Coaches within their organisations. This is a double module running across two semesters, with the next iteration starting in January 2021. This module will be run by Isabelle Latham.

We’ll also have two further modules starting in January 2021. ‘Engagement and Empowerment in Dementia Studies’ will consider issues relating to citizenship, how people with dementia are positioned in society, and what we can do to empower them. This module will be run by Chris Russell.

The final one to tell you about is ‘Dementia in the Family Context’. The focus of this module will be on family carers of people with dementia and will help you to get a better understanding of their experiences and needs, and how we can better support them. This module will be run by Professor Tracey Williamson.

Do I have to do the Postgraduate Certificate?

No, all of our online modules can be taken as standalone options. If one particular topic is of interest to you, there’s no reason why you can’t just do that module. You can also choose to study one module from our range and see how you get on before making any decisions about further study, so there’s no long-term commitment needed straight away.

What will I get out of studying a module?

Regardless of which module you choose, we hope that studying with us will help you to build your confidence and improve your skills around dementia. Obviously each module will be different and have its own specific learning outcomes relating to the individual topics, but we would expect you to improve your ability to critically analyse and reflect on current evidence, and develop plans for putting your learning into practice. The whole aim of our modules is to help you to improve the care and support available to people with dementia and their families, so we want you to be able to go out there and make positive changes as a result of what you learn. You’ll also get to meet a group of like-minded people working in various locations and settings, so it will be a great chance to learn from each other and share experiences.

For those of you with a more academic interest, each module will give you 15 credits (30 for the double module), and their content is grounded in research and meets Tier 3 leadership learning outcomes.

I’m not used to formal studying. Will I be able to cope?

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience we might get you to do a short piece of writing when you apply to check you’ll be ok with a module. The benefit of the modules being online is the flexibility they offer, so you can fit the work around existing commitments and study at your own pace. Our module leaders are available to offer support and respond to questions, and we’ve found previously that students have also been very supportive to each other. If you get stuck with anything there will be plenty of people to ask.

How does it work being online?

Although our modules are online rather than in an actual classroom, we’ve tried to make them interesting and engaging by using a variety of activities. These will differ slightly between modules but could include:

  • Real-time sessions – the module leader and students will get together in a ‘virtual’ classroom at the same time for a lecture, discussion, or question and answer session, so you’ll get a chance to see everyone else and feel part of the group
  • Video lectures – pre-recorded content from the module lead and other tutors, relating to the topic for a particular week
  • Reading lists – articles to support your learning each week
  • Discussion forums – spaces where you can have a ‘conversation’ with other students by posting comments to each other
  • Quizzes or surveys – ways of finding out what you’ve learnt or found out
  • Short exercises – you might be set an activity to do offline and report back on
  • Wikis – working collaboratively on a common piece of text to come up with something that you agree on
  • Reflective journals – a private space for you to keep a record of your own personal thoughts and reflect on your experiences

Obviously some of these activities work better when students engage and there is an expectation that you’ll interact on the module, but then if you were in an actual classroom we’d have the same expectations!

Where can I find out more?

Hopefully you like the sound of what we offer. For further details about the modules, entry requirements and fees please follow the link below. Link to module information

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