Human Health Campus Goes Mobile
A Global Virtual Community of Learners
On Thursday, 22 September of the 55th IAEA General Conference, a special side event was held to introduce the mobile version of the distance learning tool developed by the IAEA, called the Human Health campus. In addition to being available online for desktop computer users, those with a smart phone will now have access to a wide variety of learning material in radiation medicine including nuclear medicine, oncology, medical physics, radiopharmacy and nutrition, all essential in the global fight against cancer and other non-communicable diseases. The purpose of the new platform is to provide capacity building in Member States, with a particular emphasis on the needs of developing countries, where such learning may not be readily available or easily accessible.
Unlike most e-learning platforms available online today, the IAEA human health campus is much more than just an internet library or database. In addition to providing users with course work on radiation medicine and nutrition the human health campus also offers video and audio learning modules, making the learning experience highly interactive. Designed to cater to the learner’s needs, the unique curricula allows students to follow the courses in a self-directed manner and progress at their own pace. To complete the learning process, it also offers possibility of self-assessment with feedback. By launching the human health campus onto mobile telephones, the IAEA can facilitate knowledge sharing quicker and more efficiently.
Supporting Lifelong learning in Member States
The human health campus mobile learning platform will serve as a key supplement to formal trainings in radiation medicine. By collaborating closely with universities and teaching hospitals around the world, the IAEA is helping to support educators in developing Member States by providing the knowledge and technical expertise of world renowned radiation medicine specialists. While accreditation for clinical practitioners varies between national professional bodies, the availability of mobile learning as a tool for continuing education is an invaluable step in ensuring that Member States have a highly trained and well-established workforce in radiation medicine.
Because the internet is not always available in developing countries due to a lack of technological infrastructure, accessibility is a key issue the IAEA is trying to address with this new mobile learning tool. As the prevalence of mobile telephones—even so-called smart phones—continues to grow in developing countries, the human health campus will allow health care professionals around the world to have access to state of the art radiation medicine know-how. In this sense, the smart phone is no longer a luxury, but a valuable device for medical students and professionals to better address today’s pressing global health issues for the benefit of the international community.