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One Health. 2018 Feb 12;5:37-39. doi: 10.1016/j.onehlt.2018.02.001. eCollection 2018 Jun.

First 'Global Flipped Classroom in One Health': From MOOCs to research on real world challenges.

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Institute of Global Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
Pôle de soutien à l'enseignement et l'apprentissage, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland.
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal, Canada.


In 2016 and 2017 the first three MOOCs (Massive Online Open Course) addressing One Health were released, two of them by University of Geneva and University of Basel (Switzerland). With the support of Swiss School of Public Health and using these two highly interdisciplinary MOOCs, the first 'Global Flipped Classroom in One Health' was organized in Geneva and Basel in July 2017. This innovative event gathered 12 Swiss and international MOOC learners to work on specific public/global health challenges at the human-animal-ecosystem interface in interdisciplinary teams supported by experts from academia and international organisations (e.g. World Health Organization) based in Geneva, Basel and internationally. According to the final survey, the level of satisfaction by learners was high and they benefited from the experience in different ways: reinforcement of their knowledge and capacity to perform innovative research in One Health (e.g. using digital epidemiology), visits and meetings with experts in Global Health (e.g. World Health Organization and Institute of Global Health in Geneva, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute in Basel) and emerging research collaborations etc. A novel project-based learning and research model arising from MOOCs was successfully created, which offers opportunities for global education and research addressing real world challenges utilising a One Health approach.


E-learning; Flipped-classroom; Global Health; MOOC; One Health; Project-based learning

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