The MOOC project (Massive Open Access Online Course)

Creator and main author: Professor Irena Papadopoulos

This taster MOOC, aimed to address the following questions:

  • What is compassion?
  • Is it an inborn characteristic or do we learn this as we go through life?
  • If compassion is inborn, does this mean that everyone understands it and expresses it in the same way?
  • If we learn compassion as we go through life, how does our family, our cultural group, our education, our gender etc influence the way we understand and express compassion?
  • Are nurses and other health professionals being encouraged to cultivate and apply compassion? If yes, how is this done, if no, why is it not done?

It lasted three weeks with a fourth dedicated to assessments for those who wish to obtain a certificate of attendance. The educational approach which underpins the course is based on co-creation of knowledge which requires active engagement and participation.

The themes of the MOOC were: a) culture and diversity, b) cultural competence, c) culturally competent compassion.